In our ongoing drive for excellence and our determination that your child achieves as highly as possible in all subjects, a new reading program has been acquired for the school.
Accelerated Reader is world-renowned for its ability to transform the reading habits and abilities of students. Accelerated Reader is a computer-based software programme that helps to track pupils’ reading – both in terms of their reading ability and what and how much they are actually reading. Reading is not just important for English, it is a vital skill that will help your child to achieve in every subject and in day-to-day life outside of school. We therefore want to create a reading culture in our school, so that all pupils can share in a love of books, stories, facts and information.
We have therefore incorporated a 40 minute reading slot as part of every school day. This will take place after lunch, and will be undertaken in form groups. In addition to this, for at least one slot every two weeks, the pupils will be able to take an online quiz about their reading via the Accelerated Reader program. To do this, your pupil will need a reading book, and this book must be available on Accelerated Reader. The vast majority of popular books are available on Accelerated Reader; however if you would like to check if a book is on the system or not, you can visit www.arbookfind.co.uk
Your child also takes a ‘Star Reading Test’ as part of the programme. This provides a reading age and a ‘ZPD’ score: ‘Zone of Proximal Development’. This score determines the ideal level your child should be reading at; these levels are then indicated on books that are available for loan in the library, via stickers. You can also use the AR bookfind website to find out the level of a book. We have restocked the library with a range of new and engaging titles for all ages and abilities. For this reason, it is vital that books are looked after. However, pupils are also free to bring in their own books – indeed this is something we would definitely encourage!
Please support your child by helping them to consistently have a book to read, both at home and at school and by ensuring he or she is reading as often as possible.