At Michaela, our pupils read thousands of words every day. A typical day for a pupil (of any ability) might look a bit like this:
7.55am: Silent reading in form time.
8.15am: English lesson: read 1000 words of the Odyssey.
9.15am: Maths lesson: read 200 words about a new mathematical concept.
10.30am: Science lesson: read 500 words about the International Space Centre.
11.30am: Humanities lesson: read 800 words about ancient Mesopotamia.
1.30pm: French lesson: read 500 words in English, translated into French.
2.30pm: Silent reading in form time.
Pupils in our reading club would read for half an hour after school with me.
All pupils read at home for 30 minutes each night.
Assuming that pupils read about 1000 words in morning tutor time, another 2000 in afternoon tutor time, and around 2000 in the evening at home, I would estimate that our pupils are reading around 8000 words a…
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