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

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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.

Our Year 1 children read as a group to develop their comprehension skills through discussion as well as in small groups and reading 1-1 with a member of staff.

From Year 2 we start to follow a scheme called 'Cracking Comprehension' 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.

Our children have at least one Guided Reading session a week, more if needed, and this enables them to learn new skills in reading as well as reinforce and further develop existing skills.

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.

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.