Today we have held a Reduced Plastics Eco Day in school.
Our School Councillors wanted to raise awareness in our school about how we could help the environment and make a difference. The Eco Team took on this challenge suggested by the School Council and organised the day. The children were encouraged to walk to school, if possible, and to bring in an Eco-friendly packed lunch (avoiding single use plastics).
Chartwells, our hot meals provider, worked with us to ensure that hot meals were served out of reusable servers (rather than disposable/recyclable plastic trays). Chartwells also came into school to deliver assemblies to our children to explain how lunchbox contents can be environmentally friendly and how portion control and food waste can be limited by things they do each day.
The children were asked to reduce water usage when cleaning their teeth, think of other ways to reduce water usage and had class discussions about their part to play in reducing their carbon footprint and helping our environment.
Our Eco team ensure lights are off when not in use, doors are kept closed to retain heat and they empty the recycling bins. The Eco Team award an Eco certificate to one class per week in our celebration assembly. This is awarded to the most Eco-friendly class of the week.
Our Eco Warriors with their badges on
This week has seen the launch of Accelerated Reader in Key Stage 2 classes.
Accelerated Reader is a computer based programme that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading. Pupils pick a book at his/her own level and read it at his/her own pace. When finished, they take a short quiz on the computer or iPad – passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. AR gives both pupils and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and choose books suited to their sustained progress.
Popular children’s books are on the Accelerated Reader programme so pupils can select from the wide range of books in classrooms and the school library. Pupils wishing to look up titles that are part of the Accelerated Reader programme can search through over 25,000 books on www.arbookfind.co.uk.
Pupils can see what books they have read and how they did. The programme also gives them suggestions on what to read next based on their interest and ability. Children see a sunflower or graph, depending on their year group, which builds up as they pass quizzes.
They can build their reading skills and stamina, and are not put off by books that are too basic or too demanding for them. They also have fun completing quizzes and earning points along the way towards individual or class targets. Struggling readers are well supported, and high achievers are encouraged to read books that really engage and challenge them. Teachers can track children’s progress book by book, and tailor recommendations to a child’s individual needs. Above all, children are highly motivated and inspired by successful reading.
This week, each pupil in Key Stage Two has taken a ‘Star Reader’ test online which gives them their ‘ZPD’ (Zone of Proximal Development) This then informs them of the range of books that will challenge them without causing frustration or loss of motivation.
Accelerated Reader Guide for Parents