The Rationale

It is globally recognised that the biggest barrier to raising achievement and attainment is literacy. To define literacy is simple: it is reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is our aim to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to flourish; without these basic competencies, our pupils will struggle to fulfil their academic potential. We know that children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic, and more creative. They also do better at school. Children who read do better in life whether that’s educational attainment, confidence, communication skills, wellbeing or health. If children can read and understand a word, they can write it; if they can write it, they can say it. Simply put, reading matters. And together, we can really make a difference.

How It Works:

Renaissance Accelerated Reader is currently used in thousands of UK schools. It was designed to motivate reading for pleasure while giving teachers the tools to track reading habits, comprehension and progress. Pupils read books of their individual choice and then take a quiz ensuring they understand what they have read. In the UK over 31,000 quizzes are currently available and more than 150 are developed and added each month. An extremely broad range of books have been quizzed, both fiction and non-fiction, including popular books such as Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, alongside classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Gulliver’s Travels. In addition to these reading practice quizzes, vocabulary practice quizzes test a child’s understanding of particular words, and literacy skills quizzes analyse 24 different areas of higher order thinking skills.

Accelerated Reader gives immediate feedback on each quiz to children and to teachers, and tracks scores, difficulty level and overall comprehension over time. This formative feedback gives pupils confidence, and helps teachers shape reading instruction and offer personalised guidance.

Your Child:

In September your child will log on to a computer and, with the help of the class teacher, sit a 20-30-minute online test called a STAR test. This test is multiple choice and will determine your child’s reading age and ZPD. Your child’s reading age should be at or above their actual age and will look something like this: 11:08. ZPD stands for Zone of Proximal Development; in a nutshell, it corresponds with our reading books in the library. The ZPD will look something like this: 4.6-5.5. Your child will then choose a reading book within their ZPD (all reading books in the library are clearly labelled). It is expected that your child brings a reading book to school that falls within their ZPD – this book should be brought to school every day as it is part of their school equipment.

Pupils will record their results in their student planners. Here you will find their reading age and ZPD.

At the start of every lesson (maths, art, science, music etc.) pupils are expected to read their reading book for five minutes – giving them at least 25 minutes of reading per day at school. Fortnightly, pupils will also access a one-hour Accelerated Reader lesson where more guidance and support will be offered.

When your child completes the reading of their book, they must log on to a school computer and sit a short 5 minute QUIZ. For maximum impact, a child should sit a QUIZ no longer than 72 hours after they have completed reading the book. This is multiple choice and will give immediate feedback to your child. The process then repeats itself: a new book is to be chosen and a QUIZ taken once it’s been read.

Pupils will sit their STAR test three times during the academic year to monitor progress. Your child may be invited to attend after school reading intervention lessons or they may access additional support during the school day within the SEND department.

Your child may bring a book from home to read at school however, it must fall within their ZPD. You can find the ZPD of most books on the website www.arbookfind.co.uk. Please look at the number next to BL (book level) to determine the book’s ZPD. If the book cannot be found on the website, then, unfortunately, this book cannot be used for Accelerated Reader as no related QUIZZES can be completed.

Monthly we publish our leaderboards which encourages healthy competition between the students and we also have a Recommended Reading Library on the website here. this helps students find that next exciting book.

Students can access Accelerated Reader from home to complete quizzes.  The link for that can be found under the student section of our website.