St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Finkil Street, Brighouse HD6 2NT

01484 713037

St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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Reading is the key to everything and we want to instill in all our children a love of reading that will enable them to access a breadth of knowledge and support them in their life journey. Not only do our children have the opportunity to learn to read for themselves but they also experience being read to regularly, as we nurture a love of story and books.

We use Monster Phonics as our programme for teaching children to decode letters and words. The reading books our children then bring home contain the key sounds that they have been learning in class and this enables them to have lots of opportunities to apply those sounds as they decode using their phonics.

Once our children become confident and independent readers we aim to move them on to short novels and then longer novels which appeal to their reading interest.

From Year 1 we begin guided comprehensions sessions which helps the children to break down a text, analyse the components within it, then build it back up again and use this skill to decode and develop their comprehension skills and the ability to both predict and infer. This work continues through KS2.

All our classes have a wealth of good quality books for the children to choose from, fiction as well as non-fiction.  We encourage them to read and then change their books on a regular basis.

We include time for the children to read and enjoy a book on their own as well as ensuring reading for pleasure sessions where they listen to a member of staff read a story to them. Our children love this!

Almost all subjects within the curriculum involve reading and we aspire to provide our children with a wide range of opportunities to read in different contexts for pleasure as well as for knowledge.