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Accelerated Reader & We are Reading

Accelerated Reader

If your child is in Year 7 or 8,they will participate in the Accelerated Reader Scheme.

Accelerated Reader is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor children’s reading practice. The pupil takes a Star Reading Test three times a year; September, February and July, this test uses multiple-choice questions and usually takes around twenty minutes.  From the test, we can ascertain the pupil’s reading age and are given a level by which they must choose their books.

Our school library has a selection of books for the pupils to access, both fiction and non-fiction.  After they have made their choice and finished the book, pupils take a short online quiz to measure how much of the book they understood.  Accelerated Reader is part of our time table and your child will spend either some or all of that lesson reading.

Parents can access their child’s bookshelf through the Home Connect link with a username, given out by school.  There you can see what your child has read and how they are progressing.

Lancashire County Council have designated the Spring of 2018 to the Spring of 2019 as a “Let’s Get Reading”Year in which all schools, libraries, children and young people’s services work together to promote reading.  

We are the lead school for our district, with Mrs Humphries, our School Librarian heading up the regular meetings.  Other schools involved are Haslingden High School, All Saints, BRGS, Whitworth High School and Tor View.  In the summer term, whilst the World Cup was taking place, all the schools in our district read a new novel written live by Tom Palmer.  Tom produced a new chapter every day with the story revolving around the events in the World Cup.

Our current theme is celebrating the 100th year of Armistice Day and as such all the schools concerned are producing displays and promoting books about that topic.  Looking ahead, we are very excited to announce that Tom Palmer will be spending half a day with our Year 7 and 8 pupils in January 2019, talking about his books and taking part in activities.