Reading and Phonics

How do we teach reading at Carnagill Primary School?

Here at Carnagill Primary School we strive to ensure that all children will leave our school equipped with the skill of reading as well as having a life-long love of reading.

To reach that goal we begin our reading journey with daily phonics in EYFS, KS1 and where necessary in KS2 using the Read, Write Inc Programme (RWI).


Read, Write Inc aims to get children reading fast. Our staff are enthusiastic and sharing stories is at the forefront of each session. Children are given decodable books carefully matched to their phonic ability. They see success and feel positive when they can read with increasing ease. By reading and re-reading books, they develop fluency and recognise more sight words. With three-readings of each story, the book is understood and expression is used. Our children develop and share ideas through partner work. They are given the tools to read anything put in front of them.



Read Write Inc at Carnagill

Mature readers

Once our children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self- select books to take home from a selection of organised books. We have recommended reads and promote reading for pleasure. Teachers supervise and check which books children are selecting each week to ensure children are building upon their reading ability as well as gaining a love of reading.

Reading at home

Wherever possible, please read with your child at home and expose them to a variety of fiction and non-fiction. Not only is reading an essential life skill but it can be a really rewarding pastime where quality and interesting texts are available, and it will help build your child’s vocabulary as well as their written skills.

As well as having a wide range of physical books in school, we also have a fabulous virtual library on our website. Children can listen to the stories or read them aloud themselves. There is a variety of books, including a range of diverse PSHE books to share with all the family. The virtual library can be found in the Parents section of our website.

Please see below links to recommended reads for each year group. These lists show a wide variety of different books your child could read at their age, and some of them will be shared in class. All reading will benefit your child; please see your child’s teacher if you would like advice as to how to help encourage your child to read.

Books For Topics Preschool List

Books For Topics Reception List

Books For Topics Year 1 List

Books For Topics Year 2 List

Books For Topics Year 3 List

Books For Topics Year 4 List

Books For Topics Year 5 List

Books For Topics Year 6 List

Reading Newsletter March23

S&L Curriculum Statement

Reading Curriculum Statement (1)

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Ten Top Tips Parent info RWI

Reading spine linked to our attitudes and values at Carnagill

Author of the Month Spotlights 2023 – 2024
At Carnagill, we strive to promote the love of reading within our children. To be a fluent reader is not only a necessary life skill, but one of life’s greatest pleasures. Books are a gateway for children and adults to explore new worlds, learn about the past, spark imaginations and develop critical thinking skills. Children should learn that reading is also a way to relax therefore an important mental health tool.
To ensure our children read a rich variety of books and an opportunity to learn about different writers and genres, we have launched Author of the Month. Each month is dedicated to a different author. This is promoted in class as well as our school library, where children can borrow books written by the author.
September- Roald Dahl
October – JK Rowling
November – Onjali Rauf
December – Tom Fletcher
January – Lauren Child
February – Judith Kerr
March – Michael Morpurgo
April – Joseph Coelho
May – Enid Blyton
June – Cressida Cowell
July – Tom Percival