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 "English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised’

National Curriculum for English

Talk for Writing

Central to our approach to teaching English at Carnagill is using Talk for Writing. Through this we aim to introduce children to a wide range of texts and genres, vocabulary and sentence structures through immersing them in a wide range stories, poetry and non-fiction texts. There is a focus on oral learning which continues and develops from EYFS to Year 6. Through this we aim to use high quality texts to teach our children to use language as effectively as they can in a wide variety of situations, as laid down in the National Curriculum so developing English ‘life skills’.


Reading at Carnagill

Reading is taught in individual, paired or small group Guided reading sessions. Oxford Reading Tree (Songbirds, Floppy’s Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree spine), Rigby Star and ‘real’ books are used within these sessions. Early Reading is taught using Dandelion Readers. This is also used along with the Talisman series as a catch up programme in KS1 and 2.

Home Readers at Carnagill

Children bring home a reading book. This will usually be an Oxford Reading tree book. (Songbirds, Floppy’s Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree spine, Project x or Alien Adventures). Children are also encouraged to read and discuss their own books at home.

Reading for Pleasure

We provide daily opportunities to read for pleasure and information as well as making the most of reading celebrations such as World Book Day.

Teaching reading, including Guided Reading

We use Letters and Sounds, the related Phonics play resources and Read Write Inc Sound cards to teach Early Reading. (See the Phonics Policy for more information).


Carnagill School English Policy

Carnagill School Phonics Policy


The English Subject Leader at Carnagill School is Mrs E Brown.

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