At Castle View School we are passionate about reading. We want all of our students to read a wide variety of literature, regularly. We absolutely believe that developing a love of reading has a huge impact on their future success as well as teaching them about the wider world in which we live.
At its heart, Renaissance Accelerated Reader is simple. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
All students in years 7 to 11 are expected to have a reading book at all times. They will be set novels to read as part of their English curriculum and are expected to quiz on these as part of their homework. Teachers will check that students have completed these and passed each quiz with at least 60%. Quizzes can be taken in school using the Library facilities or at home via the link on the school website. Parents can also check on how they child is doing using Home Connect.
Other subjects will also set regular academic reading (a shorter text linked to the overall subject or a topic they are studying). Similarity, students are expected to quiz on these texts using Accelerated Reader to check their understanding of the text. This practice is an excellent way of building a wider understanding of topics and subjects as well as issues or themes that may be related to it but that are not discretely taught. This all adds to the development a well-rounded young person.
My child says they hate reading. How can I help?
If your child doesn’t like reading, there could be many factors at play. Here are some ideas to try to encourage your child to have a new outlook on reading:
- Read with them. At any age, reading aloud can be fun and a good way to find topics and genres you have in common
- Model reading yourself and talk with your child about what you’re reading
- Begin with audiobooks and encourage your child to read along with them
- Encourage reading any material on any Make the most of e-reading apps, online articles, magazines, comics, or manga in addition to books. If your child is a gamer, suggest books on her favourite video games
- Take an interest in what interests your child and read about it. Share articles on their favourite sports teams or pull out a cookbook and explore recipes together
Reading becomes rewarding when you provide opportunities for your child to explore the things they like or you enjoy an adventure together.