Reading at Offley
Key Stage 2
Children in Key Stage 2 use the Accelerated Reader programme as a means of promoting reading for pleasure and supporting their development in reading. At least four times per year, the children will be assessed by taking a ‘Star Reading Test’ online which gives them a reading age and a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) – a book-banded numerical range from which they can choose their reading books. Once they have completed a book, they will be asked to take an Accelerated Reader quiz, in which they will need to achieve a score of 85% in order to pass.
The Accelerated Reader programme has a strong focus on developing the four pillars for progressing in reading: comprehension, quantity of reading, balance of genre range and complexity of texts. The children are encouraged to read texts across their full ZPD range to aid the development of their comprehension and also their pleasure in reading.
We ask that the children read as often as possible (at least 3 x 20 mins per week) and have their reading book in school everyday as they have dedicated Accelerated Reader time to read their books.
Each term, the children are set a Reading Practice Target by their teacher which is individual to them and generated through the Accelerated Reader Programme. They can take steps towards meeting their target by completing Accelerated Reader quizzes and achieving the pass score. When logging in, the children can see their progress towards their target. If they achieve their target, and their average pass score is 85% or above, by the end of each term, they will be included in the Reading Treat. For Key Stage 2 pupils only, this has now replaced the previous Reading Treat that was based on gaining stamps and stickers for reading at home.
Please see the documents attached for further information on the programme.
Key Stage 1 & EYFS
The children in KS1 & EYFS use daily phonics lessons and Pathways to Read sessions to develop their skills in decoding and comprehension. PM Benchmarking assessments are used to help teachers understand what level their pupils are reading at. Benchmarking explicitly assess pupil’s instructional and independent reading levels using unseen, meaningful texts. Children are benchmarked by staff, as and when appropriate, to determine their bookband. Children will bring home a banded reading book from school to read at home.
Reading Eggs: In addition to this all children in EYFS and KS1 will also have a username and password to log onto the 'Reading Eggs' reading program. This is an online reading program that we have subscribed to where children can access reading lessons, phonics games and books. Children complete a placement test as and when is necessary to ensure that they are completing tasks at their right level.
Home Reading Expectations: Children in EYFS are expected to read at home at least 5 times per week and children in KS1 are expected to read at least 4 times per week. This can be from their banded reading book, reading eggs or even a book from home.
Pathways to Read
As of September 2020, pupils in Years 2 – 6 will be following the Pathways to Read programme of study. This involves a focus on a high quality text each half term which the children will explore as a whole class and in smaller groups. This will help to develop their comprehension of a range of texts as well as giving them opportunities to develop their fluency in reading using a number of strategies.