Miss Duebel is responsible for running the school library from September, taking over from Mrs Penny. The school is strongly committed to improving literacy and understands the importance of reading for pleasure. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of good quality literature and to enjoy reading. We have a well-stocked library and use the Junior Librarian computer system to catalogue our books. This system enables children to search for library books on the computer and provides help and inspiration on what they might like to read next. Books can be borrowed by scanning them out and then later returning them back to the library. In September, Year 6 have the opportunity to become volunteer librarians. Further details will appear on the roles and responsibilities page of our website later this month.
Accelerated Reading Scheme
From the beginning of the new school year in September, Miss Duebel will also be implementing the introduction of the Accelerated Reader (AR) scheme. AR uses a computer program to help teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Children chose a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When they have finished their chosen book they take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they have read. AR gives children, teachers and librarians feedback on the quiz results. Teachers can use this to help set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them – this makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers and librarians help children choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating. This helps to ensure that each child can pass the quiz and experience success.
Miss Hewett will be holding a parent workshop about AR on Wednesday 1st November at 2.30 p.m. Further details will be available nearer the time.