myON – virtual library

Students across the school have now been introduced to the website myON, a virtual library we have invested in as a school. Y7 and Y8 students have also been trained on how to use this by our school librarian Mrs Simcox.

Students are able to search for books according to their reading stage or year group and also sort for reading material by topic and genre preference. The library is especially useful as there are topics linking to every subject our young people attend across your school week. This is also a library with a difference as there is an audio option for students to have the book read to them and a dictionary tool to support our young people with negotiating some of the difficult language that can be encountered across the curriculum.

Year 7 and 8 students will now receive reading based homework tasks linked to a wide range of subject areas. The Geography Department will begin this next week and Y7 and Y8 will be enjoying reading materials on Russia and Africa which are linked to the content they’re covering in lessons. Reading widely around a topic you are studying is proven to improve understanding, motivation and confidence – three skills we are committed to nurturing in our young people.

Every half-term Mrs Taylor-Hamblett will also set reading projects that link to a range of subjects in school. Cross Curricular Reading Project 1 is now live. The first project is due in on Monday, 25th April so there is plenty of time to enjoy the reading materials and engage in some of the supplementary tasks.

If you would like to ask anything further regarding myON please feel free to contact me in school.

Those who read succeed!

Mrs Taylor-Hamblett

Teacher of English | + posts

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