St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Our Ethos Question this w/b 18th June: Do I recognise and accept that while we have things in common, we are also different?




Reading is a vitally important skill that all our children must learn and develop.

We have lots of different reading books in school for the children to enjoy.

We have a fully stocked library with lots of fiction and no-fiction books in.

We encourage all our parents/carers to hear their child read for at least 10-15 minutes a day and our Year 5 and 6 children to read for at least 30 minutes a night.

You can create special moments with your child - whatever their age - by setting some time aside to snuggle up together with a good book!

We ask our parents/carers to never underestimate the power of reading aloud to their child. To see and hear their parent/carer interested in and modelling reading, empowers and inspires a child to want to read more and better themselves!


We use the Oxford Reading Tree as our central scheme but have lots of other books to supplement this and foster a lifelong love of reading.

We also use Jolly Phonics as our consistent approach across school starting with Phase 1 in the Nursery.

We teach the 42 main sounds - not just the alphabet and we teach them in this order:

  1.    s, a, t, I, p, n
  2.    ck, e, h, r, m, d
  3.    g, o, u, l, f, b
  4.    ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
  5.    z, w, ng, v, oo, oo     (oo as in 'book' and oo as in 'moon')
  6.    y, x, ch, sh, th, th      (th as in 'that' and th as in 'three')
  7.    qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

Some of the sounds are made up of 2 letters......2 letters 1 sound.

We call these digraphs.

We teach the children the 'pure' sound of each letter, for example:

               n makes the sound 'nn' NOT 'en'

               m makes the sound 'mm' NOT 'em'

From Year 1 we introduce Guided Reading sessions where the children read the same group as others in their group. As the children read silently during dedicated Guided Reading time, the teacher will listen to each child read part of the book on a 1-1 and once all the children have done this the teacher will gather them to talk about what they have read. They will answer questions and discuss the characters, plot, motivation, consequences, the author's vocabulary choice, key events, predict what will happen next and why...etc.

This enables the children to develop those higher order reading skills they will need as they progress, becoming more confident and fluent readers who have the skills to understand and discuss the deeper meaning within a text.

Some children in school need extra reading practice and we organise this either through additional guided reading sessions or additional 1-1 reading. We also have some parent volunteers, trained by school staff, who come in and listen to some of our children read.


Reading is a gift that lasts a lifetime!