Heron Hall launches new literacy initiative with prizes to celebrate achievement

Accelerated Reader, an online reading assessment and progress tracker, has been launched at Heron Hall Academy.

Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.

A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read.

Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.

Students in years 7 to 10  read during form time and were then quizzed on the books they have completed.

Forms and year groups have been competing for the most participation and pass rates.

The 'golden goody bag' which was sponsored by the Community Champion at Tesco Ponders End and the school, was won by 7Y who read 1,754,129 words.

Form tutor Mr Lee said:

 ‘I am honoured that 7Y have won this fantastic event. It was wonderful to see so many young people becoming passionate about their reading and their competitive streak certainly prevailed. I am a very proud form tutor.’

Five students in each year group were also recognised for their reading achievements with three students already having read over one million words each!

Photo shows Giselle Morris, Heron hall librarian, with three of the prize winners.