We all know that reading transports curious minds to wondrous realms of the imagination. Reading determines success not only in the classroom, but in life. Highly popular and successful for over 25 years, Accelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, and we are very proud to welcome it to Shoreham Academy.
In January 2014 our Year 7s started their journeys on AR. After their initial testing every student will be given a reading range within the whole range of 1.0 - 7.0+. (A typical range for a Year 7 student would be 4.1-6.8) Students will then be able to read any of the 3,000 fiction books or 400+ non-fiction books (This number is expanding all the time as they add more and more quizzes) we currently have on AR in the library within their range.
After reading a book students take a short quiz online. We count the total number of words they have read and award them with prizes accordingly. It is our aim that every Year 7 will be a Bronze Badge winner (300,000 words) by the end of the summer term. The current Year 7s will be part of AR until the end of Year 9 by which time we hope they will all be word millionaires if not multi-millionaires!
Every time a student hits a new reward level they will be given a metal pin-badge to wear with pride on their blazers, as well as other (chocolaty) rewards. The top reader each year will win an Amazon Kindle Fire, with lots of prizes for the runners up.
We haven't changed the way we feel or think about reading. It is and always will be extremely important to us. AR will help us reward and thank our Year 7s for all the hard work they are already doing. As each new Year 7 joins us they will also become part of the AR reading journey.