To those who are not aware of the Accelerated Reader programme which runs here in Ballywalter PS here’s a brief outline:
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The pupils’ reading age and ability are assessed by the the internet-based software which also provides their teacher with an insight. The pupil can choose from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in the AR scheme, once finished reading they access computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress. Each pupil is set an individual word count target and once achieved they can choose from the “Rewards” cabinet in school.
This has proved extremely worthwhile and teachers have seen a marked improvement in Literacy skills and a real passion for reading blossoming in our school. Have a look below at some of our Remarkable Readers!