What is Bug Club?
Our school subscribes to a reading programme called Bug Club, for Reception and Key Stage 1 children (Year 1 & 2). Below you will find key information about the scheme and how your child can get involved at home. Our younger children in school have their own personalised login and access to their own learning platform.
Bug Club is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can access books at exactly the right level for them. We allocate books to your child according to their reading levels. These books will appear in the ‘My Stuff’ area of their personal homepages.
Throughout the books there are quiz questions for your child to complete. To answer a question, just click on the bug icon. Your child does not need to finish all the quiz questions in one sitting and can come back to a book later.
When your child has finished all the quiz questions in a book, he or she will earn ‘Active Learn Coins’. By reading more books, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward in one of the many reward schemes. The answers to the quiz questions will be sent back to our teacher site so that we can see how your child is progressing. We will also be able to assign more books for your child to read if the virtual book bag is running low.
When your child has finished a book, it will move to ‘My Library’. Children can read these books again if they want to, or they can choose new books from ‘My Stuff’.
The aim is for all children to have completed the reading scheme by the end of Year 3, so they then move onto new challenges instead of using Bug Club. These vary in difficulty and are aimed at getting your children to be more confident readers. The children are excited by these and work towards achieving the challenges in each class.
In Chestnut there is the Reading Cupboard for any child who has moved passed Lime level, and become a Free Reader. This is full of more challenging books for Free Reader children to broaden the texts that they read and develop their enjoyment with reading. There are exciting titles and series such as "How to Train your Dragon" and "The Secret Seven" in there for the children to get their teeth into. They enjoy reading the 'special books' out of the Reading Cupboard in Chestnut and all children enjoy working towards getting to take books home from the cupboard.
In Maple and Oak Class the children are challenged to read a wide range of books. This further extends the number of books that they have read, but the children also work towards certificates for their reading. For reading a broad range of 10 books the children will receive a Bronze Reading Award. If your child challenges themselves further they will receive the Silver Reading Award for reading a range of 20 books. Children who read a broad range of 30 books receive a Gold Reading Award. This is something to work towards for all children and is supported by reading daily.
This award is for children that go the extra mile by reading a range of 40 or more books. They work towards the Platinum Reading Award. This is a huge challenge but through daily reading this is an achievable target for some children, by the end of the year. Let's see how many children get that award this year!
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