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Livingstone Primary School

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Image result for accelerated readerAccelerated Reader


Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool designed to meet the individual reading needs of every pupil. It is most effective when the school and home work together to promote individual reading. Accelerated Reader is used for all children in KS2 and Higher Attaining pupils in Y2. This page is designed to support parents in understanding the Accelerated Reading Programme. 


How It Works


1) Star Reading

Every half-term, pupils take a reading assessment called a “STAR TEST”. This is a computerised reading test which is used to identify the pupil's reading age. Based on this reading age, the pupils will receive a special score, which corresponds to a ‘ZPD’ (zone of proximal development).  The children select books based on their individual ZPD, which may cross different ‘book bands’ or levels of difficulty. This is very helpful as it helps students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration.


2) Targets

The children have individual targets set to achieve per half term.  These are generated by the programme, based on their reading age.  Therefore, a more able reader or older child will have a higher target than a younger or struggling reader.  The first target is to read enough books and pass enough quizzes to pass their points target.  The child must score above 85% average of accuracy in quizzes taken and they must read books that are within their ability, i.e. not books that are too easy.


3) The Accelerated Reader Book Quiz

Once the child has read a book, they can log in at school and complete a quiz on the book they have just read.  This quiz will check for their understanding and comprehension of the text.  This is important, as only quizzes passed will help accumulate points towards their targets.  The quiz is marked automatically and the children can see when they log in their progress across all targets. If the test is passed, it will go towards their accumulative ‘word count’. The first child in KS2 to 1 million words will receive a special prize in assembly!


4) Celebrating Achievement

All children are rewarded for any reading completed at home. Whilst we endeavour to hear the children read regularly in school, especially as the children become more independent and fluent, it will be vital for them to record all their reading. There are book marks, notebooks, pens, books to keep and book tokens for the greatest bookworms, so it really is worth doing extra reading when they can. Remember, reading unlocks the world around them!


5) What about reading at home and your own books?

Some of the older children have asked if their own books at home can count towards Accelerated Reader. The answer is, most of the time, yes! What you have to do is go to and check to see if your book is there. Check the ZPD is within your range, but if it's not and you're enjoying it, you can still read it and do the quiz after!



So the race is on...Hawks has overtaken

Kestrels in the word counting and really

going for it! 

Well done to Eliza and Dexter in Hawks and 

James in Kestrels for hitting ONE MILLION 


To improve your reading, you have to...







Take A Look @ Our New Cursive Writing Going On In Reception!

Livingstone Primary School is going continuously cursive from Reception and we have adopted a new handwriting scheme called Letterjoin! And we are delighted to report that it is going AMAZINGLY well! Mrs. Bliss could not contain her delight with this brilliant writing from some of our youngest pupils! FAB-U-LOUS!

Phonics and Early Reading


We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme to teach Phonics across EYFS and Key Stage one.

This is used to teach the phonic sounds as well as key words needed for reading and writing.


Links recommended by our school Phonics Lead, Miss Gray:


Alphablocks  is great for supporting reading and phonics:
The free parents section to phonics play which we use in school:
And a video to show how to say the sounds correctly!


Polly Ho-Yen, author of The Boy in the Tower and Fly Me Home visits Livingstone!

On Wednesday 25th September, Livingstone were incredibly lucky to have award-winning author Polly Ho-Yen lead writing workshops in Y5 and Y6. She shared her writing ideas and tips for generating ideas, getting published as well as making a living from being a writer. The children and staff were enthralled. She stayed with us all day and we all felt inspired by her presence. 


Look out for more writing workshops and visiting authors over the coming year.

Book Fayre 2019 @ Livingstone Primary!

Thank you, thank you, thank you if you generously bought a book from our recent book fayre. And because so many of you did, we raised an incredible £400! The most we have EVER made! We now look forward to being able to purchase more new books with the profits for our wonderful children.


Here are some of the new books which have worked their way onto the KS2 shelves since September, thanks to your generosity. 



Do you know WAGOLL?

(No it's not a strange dance - it's What A Good (piece of writing) Looks Like

When we start the writing process, we immerse ourselves in good examples of writing,in the genre. By reading, highlighting the features of text, good vocabulary features and 'magpieing' ideas, we learn to produce writing in that style and develop ways to improve it.

Here are some examples of WAGOLL from the DFE website (end of Y6 expectations)