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Accelerated Reader

Stromness Academy uses the Accelerated Reader programme to help improve pupils’ reading and literacy.

Stromness Academy is in its third year of participation in the Accelerated Reader programme (AR)  This is designed to improve pupils’ reading skills by encouraging them to practise reading at a level which develops their vocabulary, while keeping the challenge level of books appropriate to their reading ability.  Put simply, the scheme helps our lower-school pupils to identify books which are just challenging enough.

Every day, S1-3 classes on the programme will have 20 minutes of reading allocated to them in one of their subjects. Pupils are expected to have a book with them everyday (their own or borrowed from school or public library). If this isn’t the case, each department has a box of books from which pupils can select reading material for the 20 minute session. Staff will be modelling good reading behaviour by doing some of their own personal reading.

Further information is available from our AR co-ordinator, Mrs Hunter, at the school.

Computers are also available for pupils to take their quizzes, both during English library periods or at lunchtimes.

Accelerated Reader in the School Library

The library provides access to many AR books which are identifiable by coloured labels on their spine. Book level, interest level, and points are indicated inside the book.


Pupils can also search the library’s online catalogue, OLIVER, from any PC, tablet or mobile phone with a browser. Further information about the library and its resources and activities can be found on the Stromness Academy Library Blog.

A specific AR book search is also available where searches can be done by book level, interest level, points, author, title, etc.

Click the image to go to the catalogue.

AR Links

AR Bookfind – Search for books with quizzes

Book Quizzes and Star Reading Test

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***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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