‘Reach for a Book’ is a literacy programme at The Reach Free School, whereby pupils read every day for half an hour after breaktime. It is based on Accelerated Reader, an acclaimed programme which develops literacy skills through reading. Accelerated Reader (AR) produces an average of two years’ reading age growth in just one academic year while promoting reading for pleasure.
AR is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student.
Using information generated by the software, teachers help pupils select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration.
In addition, it helps teachers to monitor pupils’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills.
Why do we do it?
- Develop a lifelong love of reading in our pupils
- Motivate pupils of all ages to read more, suitably challenging, books
- Raise literacy standards for pupils of all ages and abilities
- Access instant reporting on each pupil’s progress, diagnose problems and intervene as necessary