St Paul's Primary are proud to be an Accelerated Reader school. All KS2 pupils are currently enrolled on the program. We believe that with our commitment to the scheme and your support at home we will see vast improvements in our pupils reading and academic achieving.
Why do we want students to read?
Regular reading improves comprehension (the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning), concentration, broadens vocabulary and boosts academic success.
Reading becomes faster and more fluent.
Research shows that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.
It can have a positive impact on pupils’ emotional and social behaviour.
Imagination is stimulated.
‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ Joseph Addison.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a really effective software tool used to monitor reading. It enables pupils of all abilities to improve their reading and comprehension skills by guiding them to books at an appropriate level for them.
Pupils take a STAR test to establish their STAR reading level. Pupils then read books within this level – AR fiction books are organised by reading level in the school library. Students take a quiz on the website after reading each book to assess how well they understood it. AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and ongoing reading practice. Their STAR level is tested every other term to see how well they have progressed.
The more a child reads, the more quizzes they pass leading to a sense of success and achievement.
How much will my child read during the school day?
Renaissance Learning’s research has revealed that children who read for more than 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Each class in KS2 has two slots in the library each week where they can change their books and enjoy reading in the space provided. Reading is also encouraged at the start of the day and straight after lunch. Whole class reading takes place each day using the reading book which that class is focusing on in guided reading lessons.
Each week the class teacher chooses a child to receive the reading award which is linked to their achievement in AR.
Every time a student scores 100% in a quiz their name goes into a raffle with the draw happening at the end of each term.
There will be a prize for the class that has done the most quizzes each term.
We plan to have a ‘Millionaire’s club’, where students will get their name on the board and a certificate to show they have read a million words. At the end of the term they will be rewarded with....
We'd like to thank the Foyle Foundation for their generous grant that has enabled us to roll out AR across KS2.