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Ofsted Recognised Reading Strategy in the North East

Thomas Walling Primary Academy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Thomas Walling Academy has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading to support the school’s reading development strategy! In May 2021, following a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection report, the inspector made several positive observations around the school’s reading development strategy and the healthy culture of reading established at Thomas Walling Academy.

After discovering that over 14,743 Accelerated Reader quizzes and over 1,049 Star Reading assessments had been completed by pupils from August 2020 – November 2021, we got in touch with the academy’s designated Accelerated Reader lead, Jennifer to find out just how vital a role Accelerated Reader and Star Reading contributes towards the overall reading development strategy at Thomas Walling Academy.

Jennifer writes:

“The positive response we had from our children was overwhelming.”

When Accelerated Reader was introduced in KS2 to replace our reading scheme, the positive response we had from our children was overwhelming. Once they had completed their Star Reading assessment and had their reading range, the children were free to choose texts that they were interested in reading.

“We have found that the children talk more about books with pleasure and recommend texts to each other.”

Pupils’ love of reading has grown as has their independence. The children are reading regularly because they are reading texts of their own choice and are excited to take the quiz once it is completed. They are excited to earn words both individually and as a class. The children look forward to taking the Star Reading assessments as they want their reading range to improve so they can access different books. We have found that the children talk more about books with pleasure and recommend texts to each other.

In May 2021, Thomas Walling Academy received a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection report. Within the report, the inspector made the following observations regarding the school’s reading development strategy:

“Adults have systems in place to check when pupils are falling behind in their reading.”

– Ofsted

“The teaching of phonics and reading is now a strength of the curriculum. Children get off to a good start learning to read in Reception. They further develop their phonics knowledge, and confidence as readers, across Years 1 and 2.”

“Adults have systems in place to check when pupils are falling behind in their reading. Staff provide additional reading or phonics sessions. This helps pupils to catch up, and keep up, with their peers. Once pupils have mastered their phonics knowledge, they quickly become fluent readers.”

“Pupils talk zealously about their favourite books and authors.”

– Ofsted

“The inviting reading areas around the school captivate the reading enthusiast. Pupils talk zealously about their favourite books and authors.”

– Ofsted inspection report from May 2021.

 

 

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