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.