Wolves in the Walls


Posted by Mr Addison | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 11-10-2017

We have been reading Wolves in the Walls in class. Here is an audio recording of the book being read by the author Neil Gaiman.

Accelerated Reader at Riders


Posted by Mrs T | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 20-09-2017

Accelerated Reader at Riders

Hopefully you have heard all about Accelerated Reader and your children have told you all about it. If not, this guide is for you. I’ll explain what it is, who it is for and how you can help your child with their reading.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

Accelerated Reader is a computer programme which we use at Riders to monitor your child’s reading. It serves two functions: to assess your child’s reading level using the ‘STAR Reading’ programme and then to provide individual book quizzes using the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme. The STAR Reading programme helps us decide which level books children should be reading and the Accelerated Reader programme helps us to understand how well children are reading those books.


Who uses Accelerated Reader at Riders?

Accelerated Reader is used by all children in the junior school from Year Three through to Year Six. Some children in Year Two may take part too if they are reading white or lime books or are a free reader. See your child’s teacher if you are a year two parent and you want to know your child’s reading level and if they are ready for Accelerated Reader.


How does Accelerated Reader work?

Your child will start with a STAR Reading quiz. This quiz asks 35 questions to ascertain your child’s reading level. It is a computer adaptive test which means that if the quiz-taker answers questions correctly, the questions get more challenging. Conversely, if the quiz-takers answers questions incorrectly, the questions get a little easier. After answering all 35 questions, the child is given a book level. This could be any level from 0.5 to 20.0 but in primary school the highest level is usually around 6.0. This then guides your child to choose a book which will challenge them at an appropriate level for them. They can then go to the school library where the books are all organised into book level and they can then select a book that interests them at their appropriate level.

The children then read the book. If it’s a longer chapter book it is recommended that the children make notes about what they have read so that they can remember the events in the book to make it easier when taking a quiz.

After reading a book, your child will then access the Accelerated Reader programme. This will produce a 5, 10 or 20 question quiz about that particular book. The quiz length is determined by the length of the book. A short picture based book may have 5 questions whereas a Harry Potter book may have 20 questions, for example. After taking the quiz, your child will be given a percentage score and a breakdown of how they have faired on the quiz.

What happens next?

As well as having a book level, each book also has an attached number of points. Smaller books have fewer points, larger books have more points. Many of the smaller books in our library have 0.5 points but there are also some of our larger novels that are 18 points!

Depending on how well your child does on a quiz will determine how many points he or she gets for reading that book. If your child gets 80% on a 10 point book, he or she will receive 8 points for reading that book (80% of the 10 points available). This is true as long as your child achieves greater that 60% on a book. If children score less than 60%, they do not receive any points for that book.

How are children rewarded?

Children are rewarded by the number of points they earn. They will get awards for the following points:

10 points = bronze star reader (bronze pencil and a bronze star certificate)

25 points = silver star reader (silver pencil and a silver star certificate)

50 points = gold star reader (gold pencil and a gold star certificate)

There are more rewards for further points but these will be discussed at a later date.

If you would like any further information about Accelerated Reader, please see Mrs Tunnicliffe who will happily discuss it further with you.

Also, watch out for further year group workshops and library events during the year.


Spanish Greetings


Posted by Mr Addison | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 20-09-2017

In Spanish we have been learning different greetings. Here are some links to help us practise.


Greetings Song: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/spanish/all_about_me/songs/

Greetings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/spanish/all_about_me/greetings/

Climbing a mountain


Posted by Mr Addison | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 07-07-2017

The new Year 3s have been reading The Robot and the Bluebird. We wanted to write about the Robot’s journey so we went into the hall and pretended to walk through the forest, cross the river and climb up the snowy mountain. it was very difficult and windy!


Year 3 trip to Hillier Gardens


Posted by tyear3 | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 19-06-2017

Year 3 visit to Hillier Gardens


We loved walking round the gardens and ponds and looking at the beautiful plants, trees and flowers.


Some of the gardens felt like a pre-historic jungle!


We also looked at many  of the sculptures and statues made by local artists.


We also did some pond dipping and found newts!


Chameleons’ Volcano models – Part 2


Posted by tchameleons | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 25-04-2017

Welcome to Part 2….

The Volcano models are beginning to take shape now that the paint has been added.

We looked at photos of famous Volcanoes to help us with our painting.

Chameleons’ Volcano models – Part 1


Posted by tchameleons | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 25-04-2017

Chameleons have loved learning about The Earth and how it was formed. We have particularly loved making model Volcanoes!

These photos show the process of how we made our models.

It was great to see amazing team work and to see the transformation from old newspapers and a plastic bottle into an erupting Volcano!


World Book Day fun in Chameleons!


Posted by tyear3 | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 07-03-2017

We had a fabulous day on World Book Day, dressing up, reading books and having a Where’s Wally treasure hunt!

Congratulations to the amazing, inspiring children who participated in Rock Challenge too!

(I’m sure David Walliams would be very proud of seeing his book ‘The Boy in the Dress’ performed so brilliantly!

How to Wash Your Elephant! Chameleons have been following instructions…


Posted by tyear3 | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 07-03-2017

Have you got an elephant who is always rolling in mud?

Elephants need to be kept clean or they often become unhealthy. Use this handy set of instructions to ensure you keep your pet squeaky clean.

  1. Firstly, prepare your elephant for their bathing session in an area with plenty of space. Make sure that your animal is calm, well-fed and content. It may help to tickle their tummies to relax them if they are nervous about getting wet.

2. Next, prop up step ladders beside your pet otherwise it is impossible to reach the top of their body. Climb the ladders carefully as you carry the hosepipe. Use lukewarm water to completely soak your elephant’s skin.

3. After that, squeeze a whole bottle of elephant shampoo onto the animal’s back. Use the sweeping brush to reach up and scrub every part of their dirty skin. Start at their back and work downwards to their feet.


4. Afterwards, rinse them off until all of the soap suds are gone. Be very careful not to let any of the shampoo drip into your pet’s eyes as the pain could cause them to suddenly charge at you.

5. Now, you need to make your elephant lie down. A tasty bun may be helpful to convince them to go down to the ground. Use the sand paper to file the dead skin from the bottom of their feet and the nail clippers to trim their toenails. As a result, you should watch out for sharp bits of flying elephant toenail!



6. Finally, you need to gently clean your elephant’s nostrils and ears using the feather duster. This can be very dangerous. Move quickly away from your elephant’s trunk if they begin to shake or start to breathe more heavily. You do not want to be in the firing line of a powerful elephant sneeze!

Ancient Egyptian exhibition in Chameleons


Posted by tyear3 | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 23-01-2017

After all their hard work on learning about the Ancient Egyptians, Chameleons finally had their exhibition!

They looked fabulous and loved dressing up!