Learning the code of written language and acquiring literacy skills is fundamental to education and achievement.
Students have at least 30 minutes dedicated reading time every day, with many following an ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme and others using the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme.
Accelerated Reader is a programme that encourages students to read for enjoyment. After reading each book students undertake motivational quizzes that assess comprehension. This information is collated by the computerised system to provide staff with ongoing analytical progress data. An interactive Reading Dashboard allows teachers to see how well students are performing at class, group and individual level. It brings together data from the Accelerated Reader and the Renaissance Star Reading assessment to allow teachers to diagnose problems and inform intervention programmes.
see weblink for example of analytical data provided: http://www.renlearn.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/renaissance-place-dashboard-screens.pdf
The Accelerated Reading Home Connect service allows parents and carers to see their child’s reading progress and book quiz results. This can be accessed by using the log in details provided by the class teacher (lower school) or form tutor (upper school). Accelerated Reading Weblink
Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books, therefore Students undertake regular reading assessments to obtain a ‘ZPD range’ (Zone of Proximal Development). This Accelerated Reader book range ensures that students are reading at a level that is appropriate to their ability.
Students who have a Zone of Proximal Development below the Accelerated Reading programme, follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. This is the UK’s number one reading scheme and has over 800 books which provide a rich and varied choice of writing styles, genres and artwork styles at every level.