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Literacy for Learning

At Seahaven Academy we believe that reading is fundamental to the development of children and countless research shows the links between good reading skills from an early age and future success in life.  We aim to nurture a love of reading that is exciting and rewarding, we want to see our students passionate about reading and reaping the benefits that brings.

Accelerated Reader

WHAT IS ACCELERATED READER (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.)

AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct on-going reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.

Accelerated Reader ensures that students at all levels achieve and make optimal progress. The program helps motivate pupils to read, by guiding them to books that are just right for them and promoting rewards for their progress.  Pupils can then build on their reading skills and enjoy reading, becoming confident, independent readers.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Pupils take a STAR Reading test to assess their reading level.

Star reading is a computer-adaptive reading test used to assess pupils’ reading ability and to determine their recommended level. The results of this assessment provide valuable information for teachers.  The STAR test results offer a recommendation of the ideal readability level of books each pupil should read at – their ZPD.

Pupils then choose and read a book from the school library at the right level for their individual needs. Once they have finished, they take an Accelerated Reader quiz.  Accelerated Reader is a database of quizzes to test comprehension of books read.

Their percentage correct score and the points that are awarded for passing a quiz are highly motivating for pupils. Teachers give pupils praise for achievement and decide on incentives and rewards. With staff guidance and reviewing their latest score, pupils then make an informed decision about the next book to choose.

 WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Supporting Reading at Home

As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child comprehends what he/she is read. Make learning a family affair! Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading, and discussing books that each of you has read.

Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader and building a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Reading nights – an excellent way to get together as a family. The local library has multiple copies of books, so you might try reading the same book as your child and let the discussions commence. Speak with your child about the book they are reading. Useful questions to ask – do you like your book? What’s happened so far? What do you think will happen next? Who is your favourite character? Why?

To help with home reading, we provide a reading toolkit which gives a number of techniques and strategies to best support readers, this is available here, you can also search for books with your children at www.arbookfind.co.uk.

We know that finding books children want to read or authors that excite them, can be difficult; the choice is daunting and guidance rather thin on the ground.

With this in mind, below is a series of links to a wide variety of resources, websites, blogs and organisations which can help and inspire you and your children in the quest for that perfect book.

Book Trust:

The Book Trust transforms lives by getting children and families reading

Book Trust is the largest reading charity in the UK. It works to inspire a love of reading in children because it knows that reading can transform lives. The charity gave out over two million carefully chosen books to children throughout the UK. Every parent receives a Book Trust book in their baby's first six months.

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/2

Association for Library Service to Children 2015 Notable Books:

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

Children’s Book Council:

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading.

http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbc-book-lists/2017-finalists/

Lovereadingforkids.co.uk:

Lovereading4kids was created to be the best recommendation site for children’s books from toddlers to teens. It has been created using the experience they have as parents and book lovers, who want our children to read great books.

You can register for FREE for a unique range of services specifically created to help you as parents and anyone else who likes to buy books for children. You can choose the best books for boys and girls of all ages.

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Newhaven Library:

The staff at the newly refurbished Newhaven Library are currently working closely with Seahaven Academy to support our reading programme. Staff there will be able to assist pupils in their search for the right book using www.arbookfind.co.uk.

In addition, together with the library service, we are developing a recognition system which will identify those students who regularly visit library: we can then begin to reward those students who are taking proactive steps in their learning.

TES:

Formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, is a weekly UK publication aimed primarily at school teachers in the UK. It was first published in 1910 as a pull-out supplement in The Times newspaper.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/100-fiction-books-all-children-should-read-leaving-secondary-school-%E2%80%93

Contact us:

Should anyone wish to discuss any of the above in more detail, or has any tips to encourage the reluctant reader, or book recommendations they would like to share, please feel free to contact Rhi Kavanagh, our joint Head of English/Literacy Coordinator: kavanaghr@seahavenacademy.org.uk.

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