St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Well we did not get off to the best start to the Spring Term did we! I know it is frustrating for you. We share that frustration but we know that the lockdown is to increase our levels of safety. We can persevere! Stay strong team St Joe's! You can contact your child's teacher via the email at the top of the class webpage or ring the office if you cannot email. If you need me I am here for you too so get in touch by email to head@st-josephs-brig.calderdale.sch.uk We miss the children already and look forward to being together with them again. Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts. Mrs Hodges

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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