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Establishing a stronger reading culture in Cwmbran

Maendy Primary School, Cwmbran, Wales

Maendy Primary School have been using myON by Renaissance since September 2019, primarily in KS2 classrooms for linking assessed reading to the Accelerated Reader programme.

In Years 3 to 6, pupils access myON every day during guided reading sessions, where they have the opportunity to read independently and/or with an adult. Using Star Reading, they can keep reading levels up to date every half-term, ensuring the correct level of challenge and progression for all pupils.

In the Foundation Phase and Special Needs Resource Base, teachers access myON as a teaching resource for group and class reading led by the teacher. Teachers are using the myON library to read to children during circle time or for books related to subject-specific topics. The audio feature is particularly useful for younger pupils or pupils with additional learning needs.

“I’ve noticed a vast increase in students reading Accelerated Reader books – which were limited in choice and suitability previously.”

Maendy Primary School’s literacy leader has held a parent engagement event and KS2 teachers have discussed myON during parents’ evenings too. This has highlighted the importance of reading at home to parents. KS2 children can now use myON as an additional or alternative choice to the usual home reading books.

In Year 3, the myON report tool has been used to incentivise children to complete challenges to increase the number of minutes they’re spending reading daily and weekly. KS2 teachers access the myON report tool to view the reading data, then select a ‘Reader of the Week’, who is presented with a certificate in a weekly celebration assembly.

myON has also proved useful for targeting children that require additional reading support and intervention. In Year 5, the children thoroughly enjoy using myON during guided reading sessions. Year 5 teacher, Mr Morgan, said: “I’ve noticed a vast increase in students reading Accelerated Reader books – which were limited in choice and suitability previously.

Teachers at Maendy Primary School are impressed with the direct link between myON and individual Accelerated Reader accounts, which means that the books recommended on myON are tailored, by reading age and genre, to each individual. Teachers at the school have commented that myON is “user friendly for staff, pupils and parents.”

myON digital reading has established a reading for pleasure culture throughout KS2 at Maendy Primary School, which extends beyond the classroom as pupils access books from home and enjoy reading from a range of digital devices.

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