The school has recently purchased a new reading scheme: Bug Club. We hope that you and your child will love these books and enjoy reading them at home.
*Please note that due to current COVID restrictions, no physical Bug Club books or B-Link Books are being sent home. We hope to return to this as soon as the operational guidance allows. Use of the online versions has continued as normal*
What is Bug Club?
Bug Club is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can find books at exactly the right level for them. We have physical books to read as well as access to online versions of very printed title. Your child is able to read either the physical book or the online version. Please note that a new physical book will not be sent home until your child’s previous book has been returned to school. There will be a £5 charge for any lost books.
Using the online reading world
Each child has a unique homepage and can log into it by following these steps:
1. Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
2. Enter the login details. Please see your child’s teacher if you need another copy of your child’s log-in details or school code.
3. Your child’s homepage will appear.
Reading a book online
Your child’s teacher will allocate books to your child according to their reading level. These books will appear in the ‘My Stuff’ area of their personal homepage.
Your child does not need to finish the book in one sitting (this is particularly true for older children who have lengthy novels to read).
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 ‘ActiveLearn Coins’. By reading more books, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward (very similar to the way in which they can purchase items on Sumdog). 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’.
Reading At Home
We ask that you encourage your child to read as much as possible at home. Every child has a B-Link Book which contains a reading record. We ask that you listen to your child read their Bug Club book and record a short note in their B-Link book a minimum of once a week. Your child’s teacher and/or teaching assistant will also listen to them read this book in school and record this in their B-Link book.
Your child will be allocated books at their current reading level. We use assessments in school to ascertain which reading level is matched to your child’s ability. Reading all books at one particular level does not mean your child will automatically move up to the next one. Our main focus is on understanding. Your child will only move up a level if we are confident they fully understand what they are reading. Being able to confidently decode and read out loud is only half the story – our main concern is that the understanding matches this. In order to support your child with their comprehension, please ensure they answer the “bug” questions independently and in as much detail as possible to show their understanding.
If you have any queries about this new reading scheme, please see your child’s teacher.