During 2017 pupils in Years 4 and 5 of King’s Rochester Preparatory School will begin to use Accelerated Reader. This is a UK-wide programme designed for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, and motivating pupils to read for pleasure.
The pupils will be directed to the Accelerated Reader database of over 28,000 titles, encompassing the majority of the Preparatory School Library’s stock of fiction titles. Each book is labelled to indicate its level, interest and points value. For each book there is a quiz, which tests a pupil’s comprehension of what they have read.
By nominating books within a pupil’s capabilities and interests, it encourages children to read appropriately at optimum level. Results can be viewed by parents via The Home Connect Site and the pupils reading history is saved onto their personal virtual bookshelf, accessible from home or school.
Research has shown that pupils need at least thirty minutes of practice reading per day to accelerate growth and this will be accommodated in class-reading, Library lessons and the ‘Drop Everything And Read’ programme, but parents are also encouraged to support their child’s progress by urging them to read privately at home.
We are confident that the adoption of Accelerated Reader will complement existing practices, making reading more visible and directed, thus supporting our pupil’s development. Accelerated Reader is one of a series of initiatives at King’s Rochester designed to promote further reading for pleasure.