At Chopwell Primary, we have introduced the Accelerated Reader programme from Year 2 to 6 to monitor and manage independent reading practice. Research shows that Accelerated Reader enables teachers to target instruction and accelerate reading growth for students of all ability levels.
AR has the ability to:
We believe that reading is all about practice. AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. All classes allow at least 30 minutes each day for AR reading practice.
Each child is given a ZPD and asked to choose an appropriate book from their level. After reading each book, they can then take an online quiz to earn points towards their target. In their reading time, children have access to i pads which they can use to take their quizzes.
This program is designed to motivate children to read and so far our children love it, often asking to take their quiz as soon as they walk into school. Children are rewarded in school for their progress with motivational stickers, extra break times and having their photograph added to our AR display in the entrance. Children also enjoy a "special treat" at the end of each term for achieving their targets.
We encourage all parents to get involved with their child's reading. The link below opens the 'At Home' page where parents can log in and see their child's progress using the user name and password. (If you have lost your home connect password and user name, please ask your child's teacher for another one).
How much reading must my child do to make good progress?
Research shows that children should read for at least 20 minutes a day to make good progress.
What scores should my child be getting on their quizzes?
Children who score over 85% on their quizzes make the best progress.
How can I help my child reach 85%?
If you child is struggling to reach 85% correct, ask them questions about the book as they read it. If it's a shorter book they could read it twice to ensure they've read it thoroughly. Each quiz should be taken within 24 hours of reading to ensure it's fresh in the child's memory.