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the welfare of children and young people. We expect all
staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or
welfare of any of our pupils, please contact Mrs Elder
(Designated Safeguarding Lead), or Mrs Scott
(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).

St Joseph’s participates in Operation Encompass.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse,
school will be advised that the child has been involved.
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At St. Joseph’s we aim to develop - in the children we teach - an enthusiasm for English in all its forms and the confidence to express themselves both orally and through the written word.

By developing a comprehensive range of reading skills we aim to foster in the children a love and appreciation of a variety of literature. These skills will enable them to access all aspects of the curriculum.



Phonics at St. Joseph’s is taught in a dynamic and fast-paced way. It uses initial and on-going assessment to monitor progress. The phonics programme also ensures that children are taught to encode unfamiliar words for spelling.  A National Screening Check is in place for Year 1 children where they are expected to decode and blend real words and pseudo words (nonsense words). Teachers and Teaching Assistants have taken part in a 2 day Read Write Inc training. This enables all staff to deliver a daily high quality phonics lessons. We follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Scheme of work. This has proved to be a great success and the children love taking part everyday. 



Throughout KS2 children follow the Primary Framework Spelling Bank, supplemented by Topical Resources Weekly Spelling Lists based on Synthetic Phonics. By Year 6 children are practising advanced spelling patterns. Teachers are also using a new resource to support spelling, grammar and punctuation by RWI Spelling. 


Our reading scheme for Nursery, Reception and KS1 is a combination of the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme and Floppy's Phonics.

In KS2 children can also access the Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops and the Project X reading scheme. When the children are ready, they can access books freely from the wide range of genres in the school library.


How can I help my child learn well in this subject? 

There are many ways to maximise your child's progress in Literacy.  One of the best ways is through reading with them regularly or - for older children - ensuring they are reading a wide range of high-quality books as often as possible.  


Another easy way of securing excellent progress is by using and modelling good use of language, for example having regular discussions with your child and encouraging them to use new vocabulary correctly.  Talking is essential to developing good language skills!


In addition, writing often and completing set homework tasks will also help your child to secure excellent progress.


External Links

There are many hundreds of excellent websites which can help your child learn well in this subject.  Here are some good ones:


  • for access to a wide range of e-books and activities (login required - see class teacher)
  • for a wide range of games, including fast-paced spelling games and the chance to compete against other children (login required - see class teacher)
  • for a wide range of phonics practice games
  • for spelling, punctuation and grammar games
  • for Read, Write Inc videos and activities 


Who can I speak to for more information, or if I wish to discuss my child's progress in this subject?

In the first instance, try speaking with your child's teacher by appointment or during our termly parents' meetings.  Where children may need additional support for Literacy, we use a wide range of intervention programmes. Examples include: Rapid Reading and Rapid Writing; Fresh Start; and First Class@Writing.


If you have any further questions about our English Curriculum, please speak to Miss Taylor, who is the English/Phonics Co-ordinator in school.


Keep an eye out for training for parents around phonics and our curriculum!!