A Culture of Reading at Dover Christ Church Academy

We believe that reading is the most important skill a child can learn at school. It is critical in developing vocabulary, comprehension, emotional intelligence and, at a utilitarian level, understanding questions and writing answers in exams in every subject. Most importantly reading is a skill for life, opening the door to a wealth of different worlds and experiences.

At Dover Christ Church Academy, we care deeply about giving our students every opportunity to develop and enhance their reading skills. To this end we will be using the Accelerated Reader programme with students in years 7-9, to help them improve their reading skills. Each student in years 7-9 will read for 20 minutes during the school day, class reader and read for 30 minutes each night at home. Students record their reading in a homework book which is signed by parent/ carer each night. There will also be weekly awards to recognize students and tutor groups who are putting the most effort into improving their reading skills.

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated reader provides three easy steps to help students improve their reading skills.

Step 1: Students read a book within their ability range, which is known as zone of proximal development (ZPD). There are a plethora of books for students to choose from and students can even request for books to be put on the Accelerated Reader programme.

Step 2: Once students have finished their books, they take a comprehension quiz.

Step 3: A report is generated after a quiz, which provides an opportunity to monitor the progress students are making and keep them motivated in the programme.

If your child does not do well on a quiz, we will help him/her choose another book that is more appropriate. In most cases, children really enjoy the quizzes. Since the books they read are tailored to their reading and interest levels they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

Let’s Get Reading!!!

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