Tag: Accelerated Reader
Many of you are returning to school this week after the Easter holiday (welcome back!) and you’re probably asking your pupils what they’ve been reading during their break. With SATs looming for Year 6, this could be a great time to encourage them to read some non-fiction. It is one way of getting them to […]
By Joe Neale, English Subject Leader
This eureka moment was the catalyst for introducing set assessment periods. This means all the children will now sit their Star tests at the same time, five times a year, which is recorded in Star as a designated ‘assessment period’. Now, that might sound like a tall task, but with the right planning and communication we’ve succeeded in completing our first whole school assessment for years two to six. It took us a month to do, which Star classes as an acceptable period to make the data accurately comparable. We’re now armed with some really powerful insights, which has been further enhanced by adjusting our benchmarks…
We wouldn’t ask a child to run before they can walk… so why would we ask them to sit an assessment if they don’t have the reading skills to be able to decode what is being asked of them?
Well, in primary schools we wouldn’t dream of this. But when reading is one of the hardest skills to assess objectively, how do we truly know what level of reading comprehension a child possesses?
By Natasha Simpson, Deputy Head Teacher
“As any primary teacher will know, the transition from Year 2 to Year 3 is always a tricky one. Not only do we have to prepare teacher assessments by relying on our best judgement, the children are also suddenly faced with lots of new concepts and much higher expectations in terms of progress. Now, for maths and writing it’s very easy to objectively gauge where they are in their development. Reading is a completely different ball game.”
By Gillian Charlton, Librarian
St George’s CE School, based in Kent, have been using Renaissance Accelerated Reader to implement a range of creative reading celebrations. Gillian Charlton, Librarian, outlines the school’s approach.
We are always growing the number of quizzes available to customers on an ever-expanding variety of titles. These 30,000 books quizzed for Renaissance Accelerated Reader™ cover both fiction and non-fiction titles in each of our four interest levels (Lower Years, Middle Years, Middle Years+ and Upper Years). They range from the early picture books such as Fusspot Bill to classics like War and Peace, which is still the longest book on AR.
If you’ve read any of my recent blogs, you might have noticed that I believe picture books are vastly undervalued when it comes to the contribution they can make to supporting children’s reading development. So, as picture books appear to be a recurring theme as part of other blog topics, I thought it was about time I gave the ‘power of the picture’ book some dedicated ‘airtime’. With that in mind, I want to share with you ‘part one’ of my picture book series, where I’ve pulled together my top three list of ‘Golden Oldies’ along with some ideas as to how you could use them to support whole class reading.
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.
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.
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.