Pupils’ Accelerated Reader – https://ukhosted85.renlearn.co.uk/2243344/
Accelerated Reader Book Finder – http://www.arbookfind.co.uk
Accelerated Reader Home Connect – https://ukhosted85.renlearn.co.uk/2243344/HomeConnect/
Why has school chosen Accelerated Reader?
MHJS has a strong ethos of reading and we are always striving to improve and give the best opportunities to our pupils. We recognised that although children were reading freely and choosing books from the library, children weren’t always reading at the correct challenging level and some children were reluctant to read and lacked motivation. The benefits of reading an appropriately complex book are clear: children encounter new vocabulary, are able to link their reading to wider experiences and contexts and use and apply learned reading skills at the correct level of challenge. Accelerated Reader guides pupils to read texts that are of their interest, maturity and reading level. This is immediately more motivating for children and Accelerated Reader’s research shows that children who read books daily that fit these criteria, develop at a greater rate. We recognise that reading skills and ability can underpin a child’s achievement in education. We aim to use Accelerated Reader for this and to develop a lifelong love of reading in our pupils.
How is my child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) / book level generated?
Your child will take a Star Reader test. This assessment is not ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, it purely represents your child’s reading ability at the time taken. This is online and takes approximately 20-30 minutes. It starts with initial generic questions which become easier or harder depending on the child’s answers. The questions are multiple choice but we encourage children not to guess if they’re unsure, to help teachers get a more accurate picture of their reading ability. The assessment will happen half termly to ensure your child is being guided to read the most challenging texts for them in order to make the best progress. It will be carried out in class in an informal manner and teachers will always encourage the children to try their best to reassure them.
How will my child know which book to get?
The children’s ZPD/book level links to colours, e.g 2.0-2.9= yellow. Children are told their book level so they know what colours to look for. Most books in the library are labelled with a coloured dot on the spine to help them choose. They can also find a sticker on the inside of the book with information about the book level, points that can be earned, author and quiz number. On the children’s Accelerated Reader page recommendations pop up depending on previous reads too. Finally, there may be books your child wants to read from the local library, home or a bookshop but isn’t sure whether it fits their book level. In this case, please use http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/ to see what level the book is and to find other recommendations.
Should my child read their book in a certain amount of time?
There is no set time in which a child should read a book as we know children will be reading different length books and at different speeds. We ask that they read daily for 20-30 minutes and this way, they will complete a book in a reasonable amount of time.
How often does my child need to do a quiz?
Your child will do a quiz every time they finish a book. This means there is no set number to be done in a set amount of time because children will be reading at different rates due to varying length of books and the different speeds at which they read. We strongly recommend that children do the quiz linked to their book within 48 hours of completing the text so it’s still fresh in their minds. This way it will be a more valid representation of their understanding of the text read.
How can we as parents support at home?
We know how supportive our parents are at home. We would love you to:
· Encourage your child to read for 20-30 minutes a day and monitor.
· Make sure your child is reading books at the appropriate level of challenge (within his/her reading range).
· Talk to your child about what he/she is reading.
· Listen to him/her read. Give lots of praise.
· Discuss his/her reading book – reading comprehension questions are available on the school website. See the parents tab then Accelerated Reader.
· Encourage him/her to look up and record new vocabulary.
· Use Home Connect – please see details on the website to sign up. This tool allows you to see your child’s progress and be notified by email every time your child has done a quiz. When signing up, please check your junk email for their initial email to you.
· Use www.arbookfind.co.uk to search for suitable books (an advanced search will let you search for books within your child’s reading range and by genre)
What if my child is not enjoying their book?
Can my child still read books of their own free choice?
Yes! Your children are encouraged to continue to choose free choice books from the library if they wish to. They can choose up to 4 books from the library, 3 being free choice of any level and 1 Accelerated Reader book. The children have 3 opportunities a week to change books: their library session and library club on Monday and Friday lunchtimes.