At Robin Hood Primary School we want to build and nurture a life-long love of reading.

This begins in the Nursery where your child will have the opportunity to listen to well-known stories and re-tell them using role play and props.

In Reception Class children will take a variety of reading books home to share. Alongside this they will build their knowledge of individual letter sounds and high frequency sight words.

Your child’s individual reading record book will give you and your child’s teacher the opportunity to feedback your child’s progress.

When your child can read the first one hundred high frequency sight words they will transition onto Accelerated reader. This usually happens when they are in year 1 or at the start of year 2.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that will help to develop your child’s independent reading. It works in quite a simple way; your child will pick a book at their own level, and when finished will take a short comprehension quiz on the computer.

If your child passes the quiz then this shows that they have fully understood the content of their book. All children are assigned a reading band (or Z.P.D.). Your child will now be able to select a book from our library that falls within their Z.P.D.

This reading band will guide your child towards choosing books at an appropriate reading level and giving the correct amount of challenge. The aim is for them to pass the quiz and be successful. All of our books in school have been labelled and put into colour bands that will further help guide your child in choosing a book.

One of the best parts about using accelerated reader is that your child can choose their own books. This will ensure your child has a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them although we do ensure they read across a variety of genres throughout the year.

As a part of our reading programme we ask the children to read at home daily, fill in their reading diary and have it signed by a parent.

We would greatly appreciate your support in helping your child to do this, as ultimately the reading practise that your child gets outside of school contributes towards them becoming a confident, successful reader. The school is equipped with a bank of portable laptops and tablets to give easy access for pupils to do their quizzes.

A Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader

At Robin Hood Primary and Nursery School we offer a broad and balanced creative curriculum that is both skills and knowledge based.

Each year group covers six exciting projects over the course of the year that are driven by a variety of different subjects. Themes are cross curricular with some curriculum areas taught discretely such as French in KS2. Themes run half-termly with exciting home learning tasks and knowledge organisers sent home to introduce the project at the start of each project to spark interest and enthusiasm.

The class teachers plan trips, workshops, themed days and invite visitors to enrich pupil’s learning experiences. Opportunities for personalised learning are encouraged within projects. Each child’s presents their work creatively in a Learning Journal, a record of their learning for that theme.

The children are encouraged to regularly review and assess their work with their class teacher and follow personalised learning targets. Learning is shared regularly with the wider community in class assemblies and at parent’s evenings.