We have recently invested in the Accelerated Reader initiative for all children from Y3 to Y6.
'Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils’ needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress.' (EEF, 2015).
This approach matches our vision for reading - to increase the enjoyment derived from reading real books whilst allowing us to rigorously monitor progress. 1:1 iPads from Y3 upwards alongside our well-stocked library allows a high level of independence and choice, giving the children more opportunities to 'own' their development in reading.
The Education Endowment Foundation conducted research that aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach, with positive results. See the EEF report below and find more information here:
We look forward to developing and refining our work with Accelerated Reader in order to strengthen and extend reading skills that have already been learned in Read, Write Inc and Literacy & Language.