We joined the Accelerated Reader scheme in January 2020 and we are really proud of the way in which our children and their families have engaged with this. As a very brief summary Accelerated Reader enables teachers, children and their parents to track their child's level of engagement with reading whilst ensuring that they are reading books at the right level of challenge for them.
Children from Year 2 upwards (and some in Year 1) have taken 'Star Reading Tests' in school which test children's level of reading and comprehension. At the end of the test, children are given a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), such as, for example, 2.0 to 2.9. This means that when reading children should read books within their ZPD as this means that the book will have an appropriate level of challenge for them (not too easy or not too hard!).
Which books fit into a child's ZPD?
Books are given an 'ATOS' level. The ATOS level indicates how difficult a book is to read. For example, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has an ATOS level of 4.8. So, if a child has a ZPD which includes 4.8 then this book would be appropriate for them to read and comprehend. If you need you child's ZPD then email their teacher. (the email addresses for Year Groups are on ther
How do I find a book's ATOS level?
In school, all the books which have an ATOS level have this on an appropriate colour sticker on the spine of the book. However, you can find the ATOS level of a book by using this link to Accelerated Reader Book Finder. Type in the book's name/author to find the book you are looking for.. (Click here to see an example).
Children are accessing books on the internet via Myon (https://www.myon.co.uk). These books will all have ATOS levels so the children are reading books in their ZPD.
How do children completed quizzes on books once they have finished reading?
Quizzes are accessed via this link https://ukhosted48.renlearn.co.uk/6703385/ . Children have their logins and passwords already (these are written in the home learning books). Children are then given quizzes on the book. There can be 3,5,10 or 20 questions (dependent on the size of the book).
Can children do Accelerated Reader quizzes on their own books?
The short answer is yes provided that the book is one that Accelerated Reader has created a quiz. They have created over 30,000 quizzes so far (more are added daily) which children can do. To check whether a book has an Accelerated Reader quiz you can use this link https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/default.aspx to check. You can use this to make sure that the book chosen is within your child's ZPD.. (see above).
To help you find books,we've put together lists from some more popular children's authors with the book's ATOS level. We will add more authors on in the near future. Click on the author's name to see their list of books.
Jacqueline Wilson for books from the Tracy Beaker series and others.
Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, Stick Man and more.
Dav Pilkey. Writer of the Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta (among others) series of books.
Ian Whybrow including some of the Harry and the Dinosaur books.
David Walliams including Gangsta Granny and Ratburger.
Liz Pichon for the Tom Gates series of books.
Lauren Child for Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort
Francesca Simon for loads of Horrid Henry books!
Michael Morpurgo for a very long list of books including classics such as War Horse. Private Peaceful and I Believe in Unicorns
Roald Dahl. Classic such as The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits and many more
Jeff Kinney for all those fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Below are lists for parents and pupils. The books have been selected by 'Books for Topics' who, on their website, select books that are linked to the topics so that teachers can use the text to support or lead the topic.
Many of these books do have Accelerated Reader quizzes to go alongside them. To check before reading, click on this link which will take you to Accelerated Reader's book quiz finder which will tell you if the book has an Accelerated Reader quiz as well as that book's ATOS level to ensure that the book falls within your child's ZPD. Click here to see an example.
Medway Libraries Invitation
Medway Libraries would like to invite you to join one of their three virtual book clubs, with sessions aimed at young people 8-19 years old. We also have provision for young people aged up to 25 years old with SEN. The titles can be borrowed online for free from our eLibrary (more details below).
We will be meeting on Monday 1st June at 12pm to discuss The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. This session is aimed at 8-12 year olds. To join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lost Words began as a response to the removal of everyday nature words - among them "acorn", "bluebell", "blackberry" and "otter" - from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion. Through acrostic poems, each making up a lost word, this enchanting book joyfully captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
The Lost Words became an instant bestseller, winning and shortlisting for numerous prizes (including the Wainwright Prize 2018, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019, Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017, Children's Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book of the Year Awards, and Waterstones Book of the Year), and prompted a surge in Kickstarter campaigns to give free copies to every school in Scotland, Wales and many English counties. It was described as a ‘cultural phenomenon’ in The Guardian, was widely acclaimed as an instant classic, and was shortlisted in 2017 (the year it was published) as one of Britain’s favourite books of all time on the natural world.
Need more books to read? Are you an Amazon Prime member? Well....read on!
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you will have access to Amazon Prime Reading which means you can read loads of free books. We've put together a list of Amazon Prime books which have Accelerated Reader quizzes. There is a good range of books for different ages including J.K. Rowling and David Walliams. Click here to see the list.
Would you like some free ebooks to read.?
Take a look at the Oxford Owl website https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page to find loads of books to read, We've put together a list of books from this website which have Accelerated Reader quizzes to go with them. Click here to see the list. You will need to register but you will then have access to books free of charge. (Please note that the books available may change)
Run out of books to read? Would you like access to more books?
You can download ebooks from Medway Library Service free of charge to tablets, phones and laptops. Medway Library Service have issued a guide to their library services which can be accessed currently. There are over 1,000 ebooks to be downloaded as well as a large number of audiobooks. Click here for Medway Libraries Resource Guide. You will need to download the Libby App (which is free to access) or the Overdrive App (if using a Kindle).
To join the library online and have immediate access to the online library follow this link.
If you already have a library card and have forgotten your PIN (which you will need to access Online resources follow this link.
ATOS levels of ebooks
To help link up the ebooks with Accelerated Reader we have listed the ebooks available from Medway Library and found their ATOS level so you know that which books are in your child's ZPD.
For books with an ATOS level of 0 to 1.9 click here, For books with an ATOS level between 2 and 2.9 click here. For books with an ATOS level between 3 and 3.9 click here. For books with an ATOS level between 4 and 4.9 click here. For books with an ATOS level between 5 and 5.9 click here. For books with an ATOS level 6.0 and above click here.
How can you best support your child at home with reading?
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has issued a report entitled '7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home'. To have a look click on this link. It provides some useful tips on how to use 'shared reading' with children. Talking with children about what they are reading (or even what they are about to read) helps with their understanding of what have they have read. Engaging in regular conversations with your child will also help your child develop a love for reading - even better if you are a reading role model as well.
Here are some further ideas from EEF.
Take turns to make plans and predictions before reading: ‘I wonder if… what do you think?’ ‘You think… Oh, I thought…’
Recap to check ideas and understanding as your child is reading: ‘So, you think that…’ ‘Did you expect…to happen?’ ‘Why do you think that happened?’
Use encouragement and praise to keep children engaged in reading: ‘What brilliant ideas…let’s see what happens.’ ‘You thought so carefully about... What might happen now?’
Share prior knowledge and past experiences that link to what is being read: ‘Have you learnt about…at school?’ ‘Do you remember when we watched…and found out about…’
Tune-in and listen to your child – be curious about their interests: ‘I didn’t know you knew so much about…’ ‘I love reading stories about...with you.’
If you need any help please contact your child's teacher via the phase email addresses. Keep reading!