Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

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Finding the Right Book

How does my child find a suitable book?

Since children using AR are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.


Each classroom has a number of books at each level. A child then chooses one within their ZPD and after reading it, takes the test to check their understanding. Repeatedly achieving 100% means that the child needs to challenge themselves by reading one with higher points or a greater book level. Teachers will use the wealth of data they have at their disposal to support a child when choosing.


Can my child read outside of the books on AR?

Yes! If a child is eager to read a book that does not have a quiz, then we will never discourage them. All they need to do is take a note of the title and author (signed by a parent) into school. This is important as we record all books read outside of school and have several challenges over the year that this reading will help contribute to. We can also request that AR books are added to the system. 


How do I know if a book is on AR?

There is a website called AR BookFinder where children are able to see books at their level within school.  Alternatively, they can search to find appropriate books to look out for at the library. To date, over twentyfive thousand books (with accompanying quizzes) have been added to the Accelerated Reader system. 


Please click on the yellow link (top left) for AR BookFinder and enter the school's key code - OJ201919 (the first O is a letter and the second a number) - to find out which books we have in school.


Why not carry out an advanced search? Click on the tab and enter your book range (ZPD) and then you can find books by particular authors or on a particular subject. 


Can my child read outside of their ZPD?

It depends! This may seem a vague answer, but it really does depend on the book choice, the age and maturity of the child and their reading progress. If a child is consistently achieving 85% or more in quizzes at the top end of their reading range (ZPD), then we would be happy for a child to read a challenging book. However, we may discourage a child from reading above their range if they were already struggling within it. Every child is different; therefore, it is vital that you speak to the class teacher. The information generated by AR will help to inform any decision made. We also understand that sometimes a child who is struggling will tackle a book far harder than expected with superb results.