Accelerated Reader is a highly successful customised reading programme, designed to help develop and improve students’ literacy levels and to encourage our girls to have a lifelong love of reading, regardless of aptitude and ability.
Walthamstow School for Girls has invested in the Accelerated Reader scheme for students in Years 7 and 8.
Students complete a reading assessment and are given their reading range, which is also known as a ZPD (zone of proximal development). This acts as a guide for students to select books appropriate to their reading level. Students in Years 7 and 8 have an Accelerated Reader lesson every fortnight to support their development of reading and comprehension.
Students are able to loan books from the school’s well-resourced LRC, run by our librarians, Ms Kelly and Mrs Guest. We also encourage students to swap books and loan books from their local library.
It is recommended that students read for a minimum of half an hour everyday – including at the weekends and during school holidays. This is important if students are to continue to develop their literacy levels. There are over 19,000 book titles on the Accelerated Reader programme. Students can look for books on www.arbookfind.co.uk.
Parents can log on to the AR website to see how their child is progressing by clicking on to the home connect icon.