What is Accelerated Reader?

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Accelerated Reader has had a significant role in developing the love of reading and literacy in our school.

Accelerated Reader is a software tool that assess your reading level, suggests titles at that level, and assess whether you have completed reading the book by asking a series of questions.  The software provides information to students regarding reading rates, amount of reading and other factors related to reading.

In years 7, 8 and from September year 9 students at Court Fields School all use Accelerated Reader.  It’s a targeted program which improves reading age through regular tested independent reading.  Your child will be assessed and given a level and will then be able to choose freely from the range of books at that level.

Once they have read the book your child will take a quiz to assess their understanding of character, key themes, plot and language.  A pass will mean they are making progress by having points off their target.  A 100% pass will earn your child two merits.

Students will read in school but will also be expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes a day.  They will not progress otherwise.  You can check on your child’s progress by signing in to Home Connect.What is Home Connect?

Accelerated Reader is highly successful at improving reading ages – but more importantly, it’s fun!  Students are able to try new, exciting books, discuss their reading with others and have the guidance of their English teacher and Mrs Robertson LRC manager.

Further Reading – A Parents Guide to Accelerated Reader.

Learning Resource Centre

We are very lucky to have a central, welcoming Learning Resource Centre.  The LRC was opened on the 22nd July 1993, since then it has been improved on a regular basis.

The LRC is bright and airy with plenty of seating, desks, computers and well stocked with fiction, non-fiction, eBooks and reference materials including newspapers and magazines all that you would expect to find in a modern up-to-date Learning Resource Centre.

Students are allowed to use the LRC before and after school and during lunch or break times, also during lessons with a completed Task Sheet.  Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Opportunities Club is held, from 3.15 to 5.15.  This is the ideal time to complete any homework.

Students may borrow two books for two weeks

Learning Resource Centre Opening Times

7.45 am to 5.15 pm Monday -Thursday

7.45 am to 3.15 pm Friday

 

The Learning Resource Centre also benefits from having a library system called Eclipse. This can be accessed at home as well as in school.  Eclipse has many great features including being able to check when books are due back, what books are available and also enabling students to access eBooks.  Students can also watch video-links of authors talking about their books, add book reviews plus view thousands of educational websites.

Eclipse also has an app which is available from the app store and searching iMLS

Accelerated Reader

Court Fields School invests in this very successful scheme from Renaissance Learning in order to help develop your child’s reading skills and raise standards in literacy.  All year 7 and 8 students are participating in the Accelerated Reader programme.

Stationary can be purchased from the LRC

Pens                            10p

Fineliners                    40p

Pencils                        10p

Sharpeners                 10p

Ink Cartridges              5p

Erasers                        5p and 10p

Rulers                          5p and 10p

Pencil Case                 70p

Compass                     60p

Protractors                  30p and 60p

Colouring Pencils        £1.50

A4 Ring Binder            70p

Document Wallet         20p

Polypockets                 2p

A4 Box File                  £2.50

A4 Lever Arch File      £2.00

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.  If you would like to see particular book titles and resources added to the LRC please speak to Mrs Robertson.