We are delighted to announce the introduction of Accelerated Reader into our school. Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that has not only been specially designed to improve children’s reading ability and continue to raise their reading age, but also to encourage and nurture a love of reading that will continue into adulthood.
The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is essentially a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary. Each child in Y3-6 has sat a short online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Using the outcomes of these tests, children will be directed to choose books from the school library that fall within this range and when they have finished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding of what they have read. This enables us as teachers to have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop. It also enables us to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs.
At Stoke Climsland School, we want pupils to appreciate how valuable and rewarding reading can be and dedicated time is built into our curriculum for independent reading.
On the reverse of this letter is a parents’ guide to Accelerated Reader for further information. If you would like to know more about the Program, please do not hesitate to speak to your class teacher or myself.
Juliette Endacott (English subject lead)