Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that has not only been speciﬁcally designed to improve children’s reading ability and continue to raise their reading age, but also to encourage and nurture a love of reading that will continue into adulthood.
The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is essentially a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary. Each child in Y2-6 has sat a short online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Using the outcomes of these tests, children will be directed to choose books from the school library that fall within this range and when they have ﬁnished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding of what they have read. This enables us as teachers to have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop. It also enables us to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs.
At Glen Park Primary, we want pupils to appreciate how valuable and rewarding reading can be and dedicated time is built into our curriculum for independent reading.
To access a parents guide on the scheme please click on the link below.
You can help your child choose books that are both interesting and enjoyable with AR BookFinder.