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All students in Key Stage Three participate in the Accelerated Reader Programme.  Students are assessed at the beginning of each academic year through the Star Reader test.  This produces a reading age which is converted into a number and colour (see below).  All books in the school library are colour coded according to the table.  Students select an appropriate book using their individual colour code.

A weekly timetable is followed where students read for 20 minutes a day.  During this time students are expected to read in silence from a book they have chosen from the library.

Form tutors encourage all students to participate and check each student has their reading book.  Once students have completed their book, they sit an online quiz to assess their comprehension.


Fortnightly updates are sent to Form Tutors recognising individual achievements through the ‘100 club’ as well as word counts.  House points are awarded accordingly.  All students who have achieved 100% in a quiz receive a certificate in assembly, with those who have achieved 10 or more also receiving an additional prize.


Some useful questions to ask students

At the start of a new book:

  • Look at the front and back covers. What do you think the story might be about? What makes you think this?
  • Consider the title. What do you think the story might be about? What makes you think this?

During reading:

  • What would you like to ask the characters or author at this point?
  • Are you finding anything difficult to understand? If you go back and re-read, what can you look out for?
  • Have you read; watched or seen anything else that is similar to this? In what ways?

After finishing a book:

  • Tell me what happened in the story.
  • What is the most important message or idea in the story?
  • What was the turning point of the story?
  • What one message or idea do you think the author wants you to remember from the story?