Pupils take a STAR Reader online assessment at regular intervals throughout the year. This acts as a diagnostic test and allocates the children with a 'range' - a level from which the children can select books from. The level is selected to enable the children to work on skills that may have been highlighted as needing development from the STAR Reader assessment. Pupils are free to select any book they wish from this level. For example, if a child achieves a range of 3.3 - 4.4, they can select books that fall within this range - the colour isn't necessarily the key indicator, it is the number on the inside cover of the book that is most important.
On completion of the book, children will take an online quiz that can only be accessed from school computers. Our school benchmark for success is an 85% average. I will update you throughout the year via text message or target labels within the children's reading records regarding your child's progress and our whole class quest to achieve 85%!
The Accelerated Reader program calculates how long each pupil is reading for using the number of words in the book (word count) and the time taken between each quiz. Our target is for an engaged time of 30 minutes per day - some of this will be done in school but regular, quality home reading is essential in order for this important target to be reached.
Mr Redfern and Miss Parish can access a range of reports to monitor your child's reading as well as listening to them reading aloud whenever possible. If you require any further update on your child in addition to texts and updates in reading records then please feel free to ask.
To increase success rates, you can ask your child to tell you about the story they are reading and discuss any new vocabulary with them.
Above all, we want the children to enjoy reading. This is why they are the ones who are able to select their own book from within their range. Reading is such a vital life skill and children thrive when they enjoy it.
Can my child read their books from home?
In short, yes. It's much more preferable for children to read one book at a time to enable them to properly follow a story. Quizzes can also be taken at home. All we ask is that books are checked using the Accelerated Reader book search to ensure that they fall within your child's ZPD (book range- this should be in their reading records).