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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Accelerated Reader - Letter to Parents

 

Dear Parents / Carers


The popular reading programme Accelerated Reader has recently been relaunched in school, so
we would like to outline how this programme works, the benefits to your child and the role you
can play in supporting their reading.

At Fisher More, Accelerated Reader is an important facet of their English lessons and form time.
In essence, pupils are encouraged by their teachers to read their library book and discuss their
reading with their peers. Once a fortnight, your son/ daughter will have a library lesson in which
they can return their books, take quizzes to check recall and comprehension, and earn points in
the process, contributing towards their form’s monthly total. Rewards will be awarded to the
winning form, with individual prizes given to our top readers.
Using the data collected from your child’s quiz scores, it is easy to monitor their progress,
tracking any changes to their reading age. In addition, it also enables us to implement
appropriate intervention for those pupils who are reluctant readers or find reading difficult.
Ultimately, one important aim of the scheme is to rekindle our pupils’ enjoyment of reading,
having a positive impact on their literacy skills in the process.
Pupils are free to select any book from the library, providing that it is appropriately challenging in
its nature. All library books are banded with a different coloured label to indicate their level of
difficulty; however, there is some flexibility allowed in the choice of books. Pupils are also able to
read a book from home, but this must be part of the Accelerated Reader programme, so that
quizzes can be taken, points accrued and your child’s progress monitored. You can check this
online for yourself at www.arbookfind.co.uk, or ask your child to check with the LRC manager.
Please can you ensure that your child brings their library book to school every day. Without it,
pupils will fall behind in their reading and sanctions will be issued to those regularly forgetting
their books. At home, pupils are expected to read for at least 20 minutes each day and your
support here would be greatly appreciated. It is widely accepted that reading develops a host of
literacy skills, as well as having a positive impact on pupils’ concentration levels, developing their
ability to empathise with others and enhancing their general knowledge.
Should you require any further information about the programme, or wish to monitor your child’s
progress more closely, please contact the school’s LRC manager via email:
bowdin.j@fishermore.lancs.uk.


Thank you for your continuing support,


Mrs J Bowdin
LRC Manager