We think the online library is excellent for allowing all children to enjoy a book together.
Rather than it being a passive experience the children come up to the whiteboard and answer quizzes, highlight text, move things around – it all enhances the shared reading experience. The quizzes are very helpful and keep the children engaged – they encourage the children to remember the order of events.
Parents have loved using the online books with their children at home. The children in the intervention groups also have one book a week allocated to them in the intervention group to reinforce what they’re doing in school. We felt that the intervention group passed their phonics screening test with the use of Reading Planet and the reinforcement at home with the online has helped – they have been reading more at home when they wouldn’t normally, as they get stars at the end and enjoy taking part in the quizzes throughout.
Reading Planet has had an extremely positive impact on reading in KS1 here at St Barnabas. Our children are more positive in their desire to want to read to us and their parents. Parents tell us how excited their children are to read the online books using their iPads and to answer the comprehension questions when they have finished the story. Our KS1 Reading Attainment & Progress scores are improved and part of this improvement is due to our using the Reading Planet resources and using the online books in our Guided Reading sessions in class.