St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

We have reached the end of a rather turbulent term but I want to express my thanks to our children for their continued effort and positivity, our parents and carers for their patience and support, our staff for their dedication and hard work and our governors for all the support and hard work behind the scenes to support our school. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break, knowing that as a school family we will all continue to be careful so that we can come back to have an amazing summer term! Mrs Hodges You can email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can: head@st-josephs-brig.calderdale.sch.uk

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Reading

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.

We use the Oxford Reading Tree as well as a range of other books offering a phonics based approach to enable our children to apply the phonics they have been taught. We also ensure they have access to a range of non-fiction books.

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 books for the children to choose from and 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.

You can access free e books on the website https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk