READING

Reading with your child and being positive about reading is vital. Beyond providing basic physical and emotional care it is the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Make time to read with your child throughout their time in school. Year 6 pupils benefit just as much as reception pupils.

Promoting reading outside the classroom/for pleasure

Aside from Accelerated Reader, you will see:
Sharing a class reader ‘story-time’
Listening and telling stories (including use of audio-visual media)
Visiting the school library and the local library in Hoo (weekly visits set up for PiPs classes)
Reading corners/areas in all classrooms
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Independent reading for pleasure named, valued and timetabled: ‘Shared reading’ in FS, ‘Book bag time’ in KS1 and ‘Treasured 10’ in KS2
Rewarding reading in year groups: reading stars in FS, stickers in kS1 and reading certificates in KS2 as well as from y6 Librarians who give out reading certificates in Celebration assemblies
Regular visits from authors & actors undertaking book based workshops
School-wide World Book Day celebrations

Accelerated Reader


We have launched Accelerated Reader this year which is a book levelling scheme with extensive choice and the chance for children to take quizzes on the books that they read. AR gives pupils significantly greater choice in levelled books and quizzes than any comparable reading programme.
Over 27,000 reading practice quizzes are available on books from over 300 publishers and imprints. Independent of any publishing interests and suitable for children of primary and secondary age, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the programme. The quizzing element is fun for the children and also gives teachers the opportunity to monitor and track children’s progress as they read.

The STAR Reading test


STAR Reading scores present a snapshot of achievement at a specific point in time. This test is conducted termly and provides students with a ZPD range score (the range of book levels children could access) as well as much more useful information. This informs children and parents of the books children should be reading but also gives them the flexibility to try books which are of a slightly higher or lower level.
e.g. If a child’s ZPD is 3.4 – 5.4, they can enjoy books from the higher or lower end of their range. This has been well engrained into the school with class teachers providing time daily to read their chosen books and complete quizzes on iPads.