St Joseph'sCatholic Primary School


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Subject Leader: Mrs Handford

Governor Link: Mrs Strinati


Leaders have made sure that learning to read is a high priority in the school. (Ofsted, 2021)


At St Joseph’s, pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure, to read widely and to read aloud. Our aim is to encourage a life-long love of reading and reading is taught as a discrete subject throughout the school following our Success For All programme.


At the earliest stages of learning to read, children are given purposeful activities to support and develop their language skills through a variety of texts. Teaching of reading encompasses a collaborative learning approach where children become confident in the vital skills of prediction, questioning, clarifying, summarising and inference. Within our teaching of reading, children are encouraged to read aloud and talk about the texts that they read together. Children are encouraged to read daily both at home and in school and are able to select a different text from our reading scheme to take home daily as well as a separate book that they would like read to them. In KS1, these texts have been carefully selected to ensure they are engaging and phonetically matched to their understanding in phonics. In KS2, or as children become accomplished fluent readers, children are able to select books of their own choice to fully support their love of reading and independence.


Within the teaching of reading in KS1, children share stories that build reading and comprehension skills that will also help to develop their vocabulary. Each shared story book has an associated phonics sound that enables children to practise and embed the sounds that they have encountered in their phonics teaching. Within KS2, our children are able to access texts that challenge their reading skills. Our children enjoy a wide range of texts across a variety of genres that supports the essential reading skills they need to become competent, fluent readers who will become lifelong readers and writers. 


As a whole school, we are enthusiastic and excited about children reading for pleasure. We select books to share with our children daily in class. Children look forward to this story telling time each day where they can hear a fluent reader and lose themselves in the pleasure of a good book.


Skills Progression


Children's learning is assessed through teacher assessment and each child is tracked across the school using the Cornerstone's skills progression tool. 

Visit your local library in Aylesham which has now reopened and take books home for free. 

Opening times are below: 
Monday ➔ CLOSED
Tuesday ➔ 9.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday ➔ CLOSED
Thursday ➔ 9.30pm - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Friday ➔ 9.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Saturday ➔ 9.00am - 1.00pm
Sunday ➔ Closed

Enjoying books at break time and lunch time and with our friends.

Fire class visited the local library

Fire and Water class had a Poetry Slam to celebrate World Poetry day!