As part of our literacy initiative all students in Year 7 and 8 take part in the Accelerated Reader programme. Below is a basic guide to how Accelerated Reader works. If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader you can contact the Librarian, Mrs Keeling.
Basic Guide to Accelerated Reader for Year 7 and Year 8
Accelerated Reading is a computer based program which monitors a child’s independent reading practise, both in comprehension and reading skills. The student takes a test three times a year, which gives a reading level. The Accelerated Reader program allows them to pick a book of their own choice, within that level, and allows them to read the book at their own pace.
Throughout the year students take quizzes on the books they are reading (An ideal score is 85% or above). The teacher will get feedback based on the quiz results. As the child gets better at reading their levels will go up as their reading improves. The books are colour coded so that they can identify their reading band.
Books are available in the school library, but students are also able to use their own book and can check if they are on Accelerated Reader by looking at AR Bookfinder on the following link http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/
Our expectation is that each pupil finishes a book in two weeks (at least 20 minutes reading a day should enable them to do this).
Literacy Lists for Key Stage 3 & 4
Links to media showing how Christian Foley (in house poet) works with us. He was broadcast on BBC Radio South West this morning and will be in tomorrow’s Hackney Gazette ( Page 3 ).
Here’s the radio link . It’s a 5 minute interview ( 2 hrs 55 mins into programme – at the end)
This is a detailed and interesting article in a South West England/Channel Islands newspaper
Writing Work Shops with Primary Schools
Primary School Writing Class begins on Thursday the 14th January at 3:45pm with Charlotte Fox. Primary school students may only attend if their primary school has registered the student with us.
Feedback from St John and St James Primary School - Hackney
"I wanted to thank you again for the work you did with the children. The kids loved the exploration of language and their own feelings that you led them through. I saw kids who can struggle to access written tasks perform their work with a gusto yet to be repeated. You created a safe, engaging environment for the children to express themselves freely which has been inspirational to them. I think that having poetry performed to them made a big difference. It showed them that there is more than one way to perform a poem which has made them more open in their own choices (less afraid of making 'mistakes')".