Reading in KS2

The ability to read well and to enjoy reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. 
Research shows that reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on both educational outcomes and well-being. So reading with your child really is an investment in their future!
At St Agnes Academy we teach reading and promote a love of reading through the following:
  • High quality phonics through Read Write inc
  • Fluency and expression taught through whole class Shared Reading
  • Comprehension taught through VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval and Summarising and Sequencing)
  • Independent reading through Accelerated Reader
  • Reading for Pleasure through enticing book areas, book events, regular opportunities for own reading and access to a wide variety of high quality fiction, non-fiction and magazines.
Each class also has a class reader which is read daily for the sheer love of it! Please ask your child about their class stories.
Accelerated Reader is used in our school from Y2-Y6 to ensure that children are reading books that they can both decode and understand. The programme allows teachers to have informed 'reading conversations' with children so that they can be guided to books that are at the correct level for them and that they enjoy. 
The programme has over 31,000 books for children to quiz on so they are able to choose books from home or from the library as well as our stock in school. This allows children to make real choices as readers and encourages them to read for pleasure. 
Children take a STAR test at the beginning of each half term to help teachers place them on an appropriate level. The children then choose and read their book and take an online quiz when they have finished it. The programme tracks the children's progress against a target which helps to motivate them and to help teachers monitor reading within the class.
For further information for parents please click on the PDF below.
To find out whether a book is part of the programme please go to the Accelerated Bookfinder link.




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Home Connect allows you to track your child's reading progress at home. Just click on the link below and log in using the details on the letter your child brought home from school.
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
The online book searching tool Accelerated Reader BookFinder can be used to find out the Book Level of your chosen book. This means that you can check the reading level of books you have at home or select from the library. It is important that children read books that are closely matched to their reading level to ensure success.
Click below to find out about the best and most current books for children.
Reading Challenge
Why not try our year group reading challenge? Click on the book covers below to find out the top 50 reads for your year group.
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6