At The Wordsley School, we believe that reading is of great importance as it is key to academic success. Research has clearly shown that pupils who enjoy reading improve their vocabulary, increase their ability to think analytically, become more skilled writers and have sharper memories. Ultimately, it can help them to achieve better results in all subjects. Therefore, pupils who read more also have better opportunities throughout life. Scientific research shows clearly that a pupil who reads regularly for 20 minutes per day is far more likely to be successful at GCSE level and beyond.
The Accelerated Reader Programme works by identifying a pupil’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is essentially a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them to develop their vocabulary. Pupils choose books from the library that fall within this range and, when they have finished a book, they take a short electronic quiz that assesses their understanding of what they have read. This allows the English teachers to have meaningful discussions about a pupil's reading and how we can help them to develop it.
Pupils are rewarded for their achievements in Accelerated Reader with prizes each time they achieve 100% in a comprehension quiz and vouchers when they score 3, 5 and 7 100%s in a row. Pupils, who read over one million words, are rewarded with a trip out during the summer term.