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Everyone at Beechwood School wants to support and develop our pupils’ attitude towards reading for pleasure. We have Reading Ambassadors and Reading Buddies in school who help share their love of reading and they help others in finding books for each child to enjoy. 

As a school we use Accelerated Reader in school for the children to move on to once they have progressed through our Early Reading phonics programme, ELS.

Accelerated Reader helps motivate children to read and understand what they read independently. Many children can read the words but they are not able to recall or comprehend what they have read. This system will help with all of these skills and will enable them to choose books that are a suitable level for them to read independently.

For additional information on how Accelerated Reader works, there is a leaflet that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

If you have a book from home or the local library that you would like to read and then test on in school, then please use the link below to see if it has an AR test available:

Type in the title of your book, e.g. ‘The Sea Saw’ and press search.  If there is an AR comprehension test, you will see a picture of the front cover of the book and the relevent information beside it. The BL (Book Level) number indicates if the book is within the ZPD book levels that your child should be selecting books from.

'The Sea Saw' by Tom Percival is ZPD 3.9, so for someone who has a range of 3.1 – 4.5, this book would be a mid range book at their appropriate reading level.

Not all books that are read at home need to be AR books, but these are the only books that you can complete an AR comprehension check on once you have read it independently. Sharing any books together is a fantastic thing to do and we will always continue to read quality books of all levels and subjects together, and we hope that you will continue to do the same with your child at home.


Contact the School

Beechwood Primary School

Mrs. S. Harper - Headteacher
Meredith Street

Main Contact: Miss Taylor

Tel: 01270 214490
Fax: 01270 251529
[email protected]

SEN Contact: Miss Geary

SEN Email: [email protected]