myON – reading across the curriculum

In every subject our young people engage with across their school week they’ll need to read for a range of purposes to access the curriculum. As they read they’ll inevitably access new words and need to use their developing comprehension skills to make new meanings. All of these are skills which are nurtured with time, reiteration and frequency.

Students in Y7-10 have now been introduced to the myON reading programme we are using in school to enhance the opportunities our young people have to read for pleasure and purpose.

Each half-term students in KS3 and KS4 will be set a reading challenge to engage with and in Y7 and Y8 students will be set reading homework from all of the subjects they study in school. Our Geography and RE departments have led the way with this and other subjects will continue to set reading homework tasks throughout the remainder of the school year. Reading around a topic helps to enhance mastery so please do encourage your child to read and engage with the tasks set on myON by their class teachers.

So far 32.2k minutes have been read on the myON programme by St Thomas More students. 1.48K minutes have been read at home which reflects promising reading habits emerging. Let’s see if we can enhance that figure even further this half-term!

Each student in Y7 and Y8 has now been trained on myON by our school librarian Mrs Simcox. Students in all other year groups, including sixth form, have been provided with log in details via their weekly literacy morning in form, Register and Read. If you require support with using/and or logging into the programme please contact either Mrs Taylor-Hamblett or Mrs Simcox in school.

Students in every year group in school, including our sixth form, can also access the myON programme and read a range of texts of their choice. There are over 6,000 texts on myOn and over half are non-fiction so there will be something there to support our young people with every subject, topic, hobby or interest. myON can very much be used by our students similarly to an audible account, where they can browse for materials that appeal to their interests, there is also an option to have a text read aloud to you – this can help to engage less enthusiastic readers!

Those who read succeed!

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Mrs E Taylor-Hamblett teaches English at St Thomas More Catholic School. She is also Literacy Lead Across Curriculum.