The Learning Resource Centre
Reading is seen as a vital part of student life at HCCS and to promote this the school subscribes to the Accelerated Reader scheme run by Renaissance Learning.
Students in year 7, 8 & 9 are enrolled and have a fortnightly library lesson.
Students complete a Star Reading test four times over the academic year to give an indicative reading age and a level of books which will help the student make the most progress in their reading. Too easy and the student won’t be challenged, too difficult and the book will cause frustration.
During library lessons students are encouraged to read books at the correct level and to complete an online quiz. The quiz should be completed ideally within 48 hours once the book has been finished as it will be fresh in the mind.
We recommend that students should read for at least 20 minutes daily. The school library contains around 5000 books. About ½ the books are fiction, the majority of which are on Accelerated Reading along with an increasing number of non-fiction. Books that students have at home can be checked to see if they have a quiz on them using the tab below.
Accessing the online resources:
Click here to access Renaissance learning to complete a quiz.
Click here to find out a book level.
Click here to suggest a book to be quizzed on.
Click here to access the school library system.
You can keep up-to-date with your childs progress by acessing the Home Connect site. You can use the tab in the top right hand side of the screen once you have logged in to set up email alerts.
Home Connect Access here:
To assist you in finding your way around the Home Conncet site there is a short presentaion you can access here.
Home Connect Presentation:
When students have completed a Star Reading test they will be given the suggested ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range which equates with a colour. Books which have a quiz on them have a coloured sticker on the spine.
Green: 0.0 - 1.9
Dark Blue: 2.0 - 2.9
Pink/Purple: 3.0 - 3.9
Pale Blue: 4.0 - 4.9
Yellow: 5.0 - 5.9
Red: 6.0 +