Every child is a reader- every child at St Joseph’s loves to read for pleasure and uses reading confidently as a tool to improve their knowledge.

Learning to read is a fundamental skill that all children need.  St. Joseph’s has a long standing well developed procedure for teaching children to read. It has developed over a number of years with each refinement added to enable pupils to achieve. Reading is a strength of the school with a focus on Phonics. At St Joseph’s, we use a variety of strategies to help children to develop fluent word recognition, comprehension and a love of reading.

Phonics is taught daily to children from EYFS (for more information on the teaching of early reading, please click here) up to and Year 3.  The children learn:

  • aural discrimination, phonemic awareness and rhyme awareness in order to encourage good spelling.
  • repetition and consolidation, so that spelling becomes automatic.
  • to segment and blend.
  • to read and write all 44 graphemes in the English language.
  • specific strategies to help them remember common exception words.
  • in a variety of ways that is lively, interactive and investigative.
  • to apply their phonic skills in all curriculum areas.

Please click HERE to view a video that explains our approach to teaching Phonics.

Teachers in Key Stage 1 and 2 build on the strong reading skills developed through the synthetic phonic approach in EYFS and follow several progressive reading schemes to widen the children’s reading experience. School regularly sends home reading books, and parents are kept fully informed of progress in a reading record book which goes home daily and provides a valuable link between home and school.

To promote a love of reading culture throughout the school teachers:

  • select a variety of genres of books to read to the class for for pleasure and enjoyment; children have ‘Storytime’ every day. Storytime is treated as an exciting ‘time out’ of the busy school day when everyone can come together and be entertained by the ‘written word’.
  • have received training in expressive and engaging reading techniques.
  • encouraged children to share their favourite books from home for ‘Show and Tell’ and give a brief summary of the plot – without giving too much away!
  • regularly take the children to the library to choose their own books to read in addition to the school reading scheme. The library is also open before and after-school for parents to visit with their child to select books to read together at home.  In Year 6, children are also given the opportunity to become librarians.
  • provide children with enrichment events such as ‘World Book Day’ and ‘Book Week’

What parents can do to help with their child’s reading at home?

 We encourage all parents to read with their child every day and to make time to discuss the story, characters, setting and ask children questions about what they have read. We ask parents to write a comment and sign their child’s reading record daily as a way of sharing their child’s reading journey at home. If you have any concerns about your child’s reading or how you can help them, please put a note in their Reading Record book, or speak to the class teacher.

Please click HERE to view your child’s reading record.

Please click on the icon below to see our Reading Champions.

Updated September 2020