What is 'Accelerated Reader'?
This year, children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are taking part in the Accelerated Reader programme which helps us to manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Each child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood what they have read.) Accelerated Reader gives children and teaching staff feedback based on the quiz results, which are then used to help the child set goals and direct on-going reading practice.
As they read, children are taught to make appropriate notes in their Reading Journal, e.g. chapter summaries, character notes, etc. which will support them when carrying out their quiz. If children do not pass the quiz, teaching staff will support them by:
Every week, teachers review student progress during focused class sessions.
Parent Information Session
We recently ran an Information for our Year 4, 5 and 6 parents and carers to explain the Accelerated Reader programme in detail and to discuss ways in which you can support your child with their reading.
Here is a copy of the powerpoint presentation from the session:
Celebrating in Style with Star Books!
When children quiz on a book they have read, they achieve a score which indicates how much they have understood the book. Each time a child scores 100%, they get their Reward Card stamped. Once they have filled their reward card with 10 stamps they are invited to Star Books Cafe!
In Star Books Cafe, children are served tasty hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and they munch on cookies whilst they enjoy a special 'reading for pleasure' session. Children love to get comfortable and read a book of their choice and often use the time to make book recommendations to each other.