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Reading at Welbeck Academy

At Welbeck Academy we focus the teaching of reading on the skills of word reading and comprehension. Through the development of these skills, we aim to nurture in our children an appreciation for literature, a love of reading and a wide, complex and varied vocabulary. At Welbeck Academy we have introduced Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine books to help us do this.  A list of these can be found for every year group below.


Word Reading

Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.  Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words.  At Welbeck Academy we teach word reading through daily phonics sessions in EYFS and KS1 using the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ programme.  In KS2 we teach word reading through daily spelling and whole class/ small group reading sessions.



Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world.  We develop our children's comprehension skills through curriculum experiences and experience of high-quality conversation with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.  At Welbeck Academy all pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and nonfiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, and to establish an appreciation and love of reading.  At Welbeck Academy we have developed our own range of materials to use to teach comprehension skills.  They are based on a range of high quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction that broaden and stretch the imagination and the experiences of our children.  In addition, we ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are enriched with ‘real life’ opportunities to widen the experiences of our children.

Accelerated Reader Programme

Welbeck Academy have adopted the Accelerated Reader programme for years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

This teaching tool gives staff an accurate judgement of reading age enabling us to ensure their reading books are appropriate and reflect their individual level of understanding. The children read a book, take an online quiz and get immediate feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills with our exciting incentives such as the Reading Challenge and half termly treats.  Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes.

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