The programme is currently being used in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. (We have also begun to introduce this scheme to some of the more able readers in year 2.) Accelerated Reading is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. Children will complete an on-line Star Reading test and will be assessed and levelled. They will then be able to choose a book within that level. Each book is scored using a range of information: Reading level, number of words and the number of points available. Once the children have read the book they will complete an on-line quiz. The questions will challenge children’s understanding of what they have read using comprehension style questions.
Children will very quickly be able to monitor their own success in the points score and levels achieved. Progress will be celebrated and certificates awarded.
The Accelerated Reading programme motivates students of all ages and abilities to read for pleasure and enables teachers to diagnose problems accurately and address them quickly.
Your role in your child’s success continues to be key. When your child brings home a school reader, please continue to help them with unfamiliar words and phrases that they may find tricky to read or understand. There may be some challenging ideas or themes that they may find difficult to understand that will need explaining, especially as your child moves to onto higher levels. As far as possible, children should be encouraged to read independently either to you or quietly on their own. Follow up by asking your child questions about what it is they have read: Who were the main characters? What was the main event? How did the chapter end?
Children will then take the quiz in school and be given a new target and level. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below.