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Read Write Inc and Accelerated reader

How we teach and assess Reading

 

The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Read Write Inc phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1. Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Careful intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels as soon as needs are identified.
 
Once children are confidently reading, they move on to the Accelerated Reader programme. This generally happens when pupils are in Year 2. Reading across the school is supported using AR Reader. Pupils are assessed on their comprehension skills on a regular basis by doing a ‘star test’ which then gives the individual a targeted ‘reading range’. This range gives children the opportunity to choose a book that interests them that will also continue to support them in their reading progress. Pupils take reading books home from the classroom and library to practise some of the skills they are learning in school. These books are banded according to comprehension level and when children are confident with their knowledge of the book they take a ‘reading quiz’ online about what they have read which gives them instant feedback on their success. If children are consistently succeeding in these quizzes then they are encouraged to read books that are higher within their range and if they continue to succeed, they are able to take another ‘star test’ to give them a new reading range. For more parent information about Accelerated Reader, please see the documents below.