St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Welcome to our academy website! We hope you enjoy browsing! You will find lots of information on here about the things we get up to in school as well as other important information. We are enjoying a wonderful summer term so far and our Year 5 and 6 children are looking forward to their residentials over the next few weeks! We still have some places available in our After School Club. If you are interested please give our office a call on 01484 713037. Mrs Hodges



We follow the Monster Phonics Programme which begins in our Reception class and runs through Key Stage 1 to Year 2.  This builds on the teaching in our Nursery which focusses on speaking and listening skills, the recognition of different sounds, rhyme and encouraging curiosity in letters and words, developing early mark making skills.

Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. It is a fun way to teach phonics, since it is multi-sensory. Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character. Monster Phonics is a highly advanced multisensory scheme. 

The systematic colour-coding of graphemes linked to phoneme monsters makes the phonics easier to understand. Our children also love the monsters, who bring phonics to life! The multisensory activities involve reading, writing, singing and actions.

Meet the Monsters and Characters that support our children as they learn their phonics and develop their reading skills!

Information and Support for Parents and Carers

We have lots of ideas and strategies for parents and carers to help you support your child in heir early reading and phonics knowledge and skills!

Check out your child's class webpage for information on what you can be working on with your child at home.