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Posted on: 30/11/2018

Accelerating reading at Morpeth

Families are being urged to encourage Year 7 and 8 pupils to read independently for at least 20 minutes a day, as part of Morpeth School’s Accelerated Reader (AR) programme.

AR is a computer programme that allows teachers to monitor pupils’ reading practice and to make appropriate decisions about pupils’ learning needs.

Under the scheme, students pick books of their choice to read. When they have finished reading the book, they take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indicator of how well they have understood what they have read.

If pupils do not do well in the quiz, the teacher or school librarian will help them to:

  • choose another book that is more appropriate to their level
  • ask more probing questions as the pupil reads the book and before taking the quiz
  • pair the pupil with another student, to read the book together. 

Deputy Head of English, Mr Cannell said: “Studies suggest the top 10% of students read on average 40 minutes a day, and students who read for 25 minutes a day improve at twice the rate of other students who read less than five minutes a day.”

Classes with the most number of pupils completing the most amount of reading, will be awarded prizes.  

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