Renaissance Blog

Creating cross-curricular literacy links using Renaissance Accelerated Reader

By Lauren Shapiro, Senior Programme Manager

During my time at Renaissance, I’ve been fortunate to work very closely with the schools on our Renaissance School Partnership Programme. During my visits to these schools, similar questions and concerns emerged; Literacy Coordinators, who were responsible for Renaissance Accelerated Reader, wanted to find ways to embed its success across the curriculum.

Guest Post: Books and Boots at Millisle Primary School

By Ian McManus, Vice Principal

Millisle Primary School in Northern Ireland have introduced a new literacy scheme, monitoring reading achievement using Accelerated Reader and rewarding children with football coaching sessions from local team captain Jamie Linfield.

Access All Areas

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Access arrangements have hit the headlines recently, with the media focusing on ‘compare and contrast’ between independent and state schools. While the ratio for access arrangements is higher in independent schools, which has been attributed to ‘proper resourcing’ by the HMC, a group representing independent schools, Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager at Renaissance, believes that Star Assessments have a vital role to play in helping all schools to identify those children who need additional support.

What Kids Are Reading Awards 2017

By Renaissance UK,

At 3pm yesterday, whilst Doris was wreaking havoc across the UK scores of teachers, librarians, authors, publishers and a good helping of Renaissance staff were raising the roof at Sadler’s Wells for the launch of the 9th annual What Kids Are Reading report and 3rd annual awards.

How to: use AR quizzes as a backdrop for whole class reading

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

As part of my role here at Renaissance UK, I’m very fortunate to be able to visit schools and spend time in the classroom working with primary teachers to explore exciting new ways that Renaissance Accelerated Reader can be used ‘beyond the norm’. A recent example of this saw us using the Accelerated Reader quizzes as a backdrop to whole class reading in KS1 and lower KS2. The response was quite simply phenomenal, so I just had to share the approach with other primary schools so you could try it too…

From Apprentice to Master – our year with Accelerated Reader

By Laurie-Ann Spencer, Hummersea Primary School

Since introducing Accelerated Reader just over a year ago, Hummersea Primary School in the North East, has been on an exciting journey with developing a reading for pleasure culture and supporting children in their reading development – so much so that they were recently nominated as a Master School. Laurie-Ann Spencer, currently on maternity leave, spearheaded the roll out of Accelerated Reader and was so proud of the school achieving Master status, she wanted to share her personal highlights on making the move from ‘Apprentice’ to ‘Master’…

Reading Goldmines

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

The fact that there are so many of these lovely books – mostly picture books – in charity shops, is indicative of the fact that the potential of the picture book to support children’s reading development is vastly undervalued.

Don’t judge a book by its colour (band)

By Julie King, Reading Support Teacher

Having taught in primary schools for over 20 years, Julie King has seen her fair share of early reading approaches and an equal share of changes in assessment methods. Based on these experiences, Julie has become a strong advocate for leaving colour bands behind after the current purple or gold bands, when a child is a transitional reader who is able to blend sounds and word parts to read simple words.

Star-t as you mean to go on

By Nicky Nash, Assistant Headteacher

Evidence-based practice forms a core part of the teaching ethos at Brooklands Farm Primary School, with Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset used to encourage both teachers and students to thrive in a positive learning environment. With the first term now already over, Nicky Bullard, Assistant Headteacher at the school, takes us through her experiences of aligning technology with theorist principles and explains why they believe it’s important to ‘Star-t as you mean to go on’…

Renaissance in the news…

By Renaissance UK,

A study of over 850,000 UK primary and secondary school children sheds further light on the literacy gap between boys and girls. It shows that boys read less thoroughly than girls, leading to poorer literacy outcomes by the time they leave school.

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