How we develop reading? 

Pupils begin the Read, Write, Inc programme as soon in their first few days in Reception Class.  Once they have completed the programme they move onto the 'Accelerated Reader Programme' which encourages reading and checks for accuracy.  Pupils continue on this progamme throughout their time at Camelford.  We have recently made significant investment in reading through these programmes as well as purchasing new and exciting books and kindles.  Keep Reading Children!  

Read, Write, Inc

We use 'Read, Write, Inc' Phonics to teach children to learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension.  Throughout the programme, children learn the alphabetic code: the 150+ graphemes (letters) that represet the 44 speech sounds.  They rapidly learn sounds and the letter, or groups of letters, they need to represent them, in three sets of Speed Sound Lessons.  Simple and enjoyable mnemonics help all children to grasp the letter-sound correspondences quickly.  This knowledge is taught and consolidated every day.  High frequency words that are phonically decodable are taught as 'tricky' words (Red Words)and are practised frequently. 

Lively phonic books are matched to children's increasing knowledge of phonics and 'tricky' words so that, early on, they experience plenty of success.  Repeated readings of the texts support their increasingly fluent decoding.

A thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussions help teachers ensure that children comprehend what they are reading.

Teachers read aloud and discuss picture books with similiar themes to those in the Storybooks, so children build up background knowledge ready for the next Storybook.

Accelerated Reader

This year, Accelerated Reader (AR) was launched to help further develop our children's reading. Pupils take a 'Star Assessment' to determine their reading understanding, then given a 'Book Level' range. Pupils read books from within this range and quiz to determine understand.  This system ensures they read accurately and for meaning.  If you have any questions regarding Accelerated Reading, please speak to your child's class teacher. 




When teaching reading in KS2 we follow the acronym 'VIPERS' to ensure our reading sessions are clear and focused. Each week, during our reading sessions, we ensure we have covered questions and discussion on each of the key areas.

Reading- an essential life skill

At Camelford Primary School we love reading. Listening to your child read every night and reading to them is incredibly important. Spending this time with your child each day will make a significant difference to, not only their reading, but their success as a learner across the curriculum.

10 Benefits of Daily Reading

Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.

Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.

Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.

Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

Reading is a fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You'll never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

We Love Reading

In this section of the website, you will see the teachers and support staff sharing their reading journeys so far. Too often we ask children to read and enjoy reading without sharing our own journeys. Every Monday, a new member of staff will share their journey - all questions have been chosen and asked by the children. The children have taken the interviews and even edited the footage. There are definitely some aspiring interviewers and directors in the making!

03.03.20 - New items missing and teachers dancing?

28.02.20 Security Footage - Can you identify the people?

Teacher Interview Week 3 - How does Ron Weasley, Matilda and the Isles of Scilly help shape the reading journey for this member of staff?

Teacher Interview Number 2 - This week, Mrs Howard shares her reading journey

Teacher Interview Number 1 - Who is sharing their reading journey this week?

TOP 50 BOOKS for your CHILD and Recommended Websites

Listed below are the top fifty books recommended per year group. Have a look and see how many of these you can read this year. If you click on the link you can also download a checklist too. Happy reading!  

External Link Icon Reading Y5
External Link Icon Reading Y3
External Link Icon Reading Y4
External Link Icon Reading Y6
External Link Icon Reading Y2
External Link Icon Reading Y1
External Link Icon Book Trust
Free interactive books to read online and games to play
External Link Icon Literacy Trust
A great website for advice, games and recommended reads.
External Link Icon Storynory
Free audio books for your child to listen to
External Link Icon Love Reading 4 Kids
Book reviews and extracts to read
External Link Icon The Book People
A range of low-priced books to buy!
External Link Icon Oxford Owl
250 free e-books and advice for listening to your child read

Incentives to Read

We offer many incentives to read because we know the more you read, the more you will grow to enjoy it.

In order to help your child’s reading we are asking for your  support in reading at home. To encourage the children to participate we are rewarding them with stickers. To gain each new sticker they need to read 10 times . The children can add their stickers to the boat on the back of their reading record.


This Year's Extreme Reading Competition


We received over 50 entries in this year's EXTREME Reading Competition- Well done to all of the entries.  The competition was tough.  Stay tuned for the next reading competition.  


Pupil Entry Winner of this year Extreme Reading Challenge


Staff Entry Winner of this year Extreme Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge Entry

Reading Challenge Entry

Reading Challenge Entry

Reading Challenge Entry

Special Book Events

Camelford Primary makes reading fun.  We plan events throughout the year to support and encourage our pupils to read.  These events include Book Evenings when our pupils are encouraged to dress up, read with friends and engage in reading; Visits to the local library and from professional storytellers; parent/pupil competitions and book theme days.

Our Tintagel Storyteller

Just before the snow arrived on Thursday, the children across the school had the opportunity to listen to the amazing 'TIntagel Storyteller'

The children were so quiet as they listened to the imaginary stories from around the world. They listened carefully and felt the true magic of storytelling. 

Check back soon to see some amazing writing across the school.