Reading in Key Stage 2

Reading in Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1

At Bedlington Station Primary School we value reading as a fundamental skill that all children need to develop to prepare them for life. We place a strong emphasis on reading in school, across the curriculum and at home. In school we have a team of Reading Buddies who help promote and support reading in school, particularly at lunchtimes. All children take part in a daily phonics session, guided reading lessons in all classes across school as well as individual reading.

We have two systems in school to engage the children in reading, and reading at home. It is an expectation at all children will read or share a book at home every night.

We have developed a clear and structured system of reading books to support reading at home. ‘Cosmic Readers’ provides children with banded reading books to aide progression. ‘Cosmic Readers’ is used throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. These books are exclusively for children to take home and we encourage parents to change these book as often as required. 

Children in Key Stage 2 use Accelerated Reader (AR)

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his or her own level and reads it at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) 

AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Teachers help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.

If your child does not do well on the quiz, their teacher may help your child:

Choose another book that is more appropriate. 

Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz. 

Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child. 

In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

You can hep your child at home. As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading, and discussing books that each of you has read. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning, and creating a loving relationship between you and your child. Make learning a family affair!

Find out more about AR here.