Reading

At Newquay Junior Academy we love reading. Listening to your child read every night and reading to them is incredibly important. Sharing this time with your child each day will make a significant difference to, not only their reading, but their success as a learner across the whole curriculum.

Newquay Junior Academy prioritises reading by:

  • Creating a love of stories by using books as a focus and stimulus for other learning
  • Using Accelerated Reader to promote a challenge and competitive approach for reading at home
  • Teaching reading skills through a DERICS (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret, Choice, Summarise) approach




Accelerated Reader is used in our school from Y3-Y6 to ensure that children are reading books that they can both decode and understand. The programme allows teachers to have informed ‘reading conversations’ with children so that they can be guided to books that are at the correct level for them and that they enjoy. 

The programme has over 31,000 books for children to quiz on so they are able to choose books from home or from the library as well as our stock in school. This allows children to make real choices as readers and encourages them to read for pleasure. 

Children take a STAR test at the beginning of each half term to help teachers place them on an appropriate level. The children then choose and read their book and take an online quiz when they have finished it. The programme tracks the children’s progress against a target which helps to motivate them and to help teachers monitor reading within the class.

To access Accelerated Reader, please click on the link below:

AR Reader

The dedicated online book-searching tool Accelerated Reader BookFinder is publicly available to students, parents, teachers and librarians so they can identify appropriate books that are also of interest.

Please find a parent’s guide to Accelerated Reader here.


Reading Challenge

Pie Corbett’s introduction to the ‘Reading Spine’ and top tips

Listed below are recommended books for your child to read. How many of these can they read in a year?

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6