Rhythm for Reading

As part of the Year 12 Enrichment programme, we offer the students the opportunity to engage with the ‘Rhythm for Reading’ programme which involves mentoring Year 3 pupils at Goodrich Primary School.

The Rhythm for Reading mentoring programme was the brainchild of Marion Long, founder of Rhythm for Reading, which uses rhythm-based activities to help improve children’s ability to tackle multi-syllabic words, phrases and sentences with greater fluency. Having delivered the scheme in a number of primary schools across the UK, Marion approached Alleyn’s with the idea of running a mentoring programme with a local state school.

Each year over twenty Year 12 students participate in the ‘Rhythm for Reading’ project which involves the mentoring of pupils at a local primary school. This scheme involves teaching pupils to read music in an unconventional (and rather creative) way, which further develops their cognitive literacy skills. On average, the pupils we work with at Goodrich Primary School gain an average of 9 months progress in their reading skills over just five weeks of the programme. The students read individually with their mentors for ten minutes each week, following the ten-minute Rhythm for Reading sessions.

The Rhythm for Reading Scheme is another excellent example of collaboration between local schools working together in the best interest of the pupils.

"Being part of the Rhythm for Reading scheme at Alleyn’s has been a great and truly rewarding experience. It has given me an insight into the world beyond the Alleyn’s community and provided me with a chance to give back. Spending time with these children and helping them improve their reading ability was an eye opening experience as well as being fun as we got to know and connect with these amazing children during the process." 

- Ella, Year 12 student

 "I really enjoyed the Rhythm for Reading program because it was amazing to see the progress of the children as the weeks went on. I was helping two children in their reading and it was challenging, in the sense that, for each child I had to develop different techniques in teaching them and to help them overcome their difficulties. I would highly recommend the program."

- Elena, Year 12 student

Each year over Year 12 students participate in the ‘Rhythm for Reading’ project which involves the mentoring of pupils at a local primary school.