Our aim is to ensure all children are able to decode text as soon as possible and develop
their understanding of texts by reading widely and often from a young age.
information please come into school and discuss with your child's
class teacher on ways that we can help you.
At St Mary's, we greatly value parental support and one area where this has the most impact is reading. Within school, your child will read everyday during whole class, group or individual sessions but as with most things, the more practice the children get, the quicker their skills develop.
In Key Stage One and Two, teachers use a computer program called Accelerated Reader to manage and monitor pupils' independent reading. Each child picks a book of their choice from their assessed level from our well-stocked Library and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the pupil takes a short quiz on the iPad which assesses their comprehension of the book. The quiz gives both the child and their teachers feedback based on their quiz results; which is used to help set targets and direct ongoing reading practise.
Teachers determine each child's reading level using results from the STAR Reading Tests, which are completed in the first week of every half term. STAR Reading Tests are computerised reading assessments that use computer-adaptive technology to assess pupils' fluency and comprehension skills. Questions continually adjust to the child's responses so if the child's response to a question is correct, the difficulty of the next question is increased. Furthermore, if a child misses a question, the difficulty of the next question is reduced.
Comprehension Sample Materials
You can also access some additional comprehension questions by clicking on the link below, you can also view sample SATs papers (for 2016) for key stages 1&2 using the web link below, which will give you an idea of what your child will be assessed against in year 2 and year 6.