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Phonics and Reading

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Phonics and reading. 

The exciting things I will learn in Phonics and reading at St Joseph’s are:

At St. Joseph’s the teaching of reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer. A rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading.  Reading is taught initially via high quality and pacy daily phonics sessions following the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme. There is a sharp focus on ensuring that younger children gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, gives them the foundations for future learning. 

The children have a rich reading curriculum and the skills of reading are taught through effective shared and guided reading sessions which are sequential and build upon prior learning.

In 2020, we introduced Accelerated Reader. This runs from Year 2 up to Year 6. 

If you want to know more about Accelerated Reader you can follow this link

From the Accelerated Reader website you can also download the Accelerated Reader App and the Book Finder.  You can use these with the Login and Password you will find in your child’s Reading Planner.


The exciting things that take place in Phonics and reading are:


World book day 

Author visits 

Weekly visits to the Library 

Reading buddies 

Fantastic book awards (Y6 pupils)

Brilliant book awards (Y2 pupils)

Extreme readers 

Book swaps from the Lancashire Library Service 

Regular reading quizzes

Author days 

Poetry weeks 

Story afternoons 

Themed days linked to different Authors 


Why do I need to know this? 

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. Our passion is to develop early reading for our children in the Early years foundation stage. We aim to provide children with a rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum which develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading. We regularly assess reading at all stages, to make sure gaps are addressed quickly and effectively for all pupils. We provide children with reading books which connect closely to the phonics knowledge, when they are learning to read.  At St Joseph’s we ensure that when children start our school in the Early years foundation stage children gain the phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read. These basis skills are essential foundations for future learning. These skills will enable them to access all aspects of the curriculum. We want all children to leave St Joseph’s with a life-long reading habit and a love of books because reading will improve their vocabulary, inspire them creatively and improve their ability to write well.



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Our reading environment


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This video is a guide to support parents to help their children to recognise and say the sounds correctly.

Set 1 Sounds

Set 2 and 3 Sounds

Early Years Foundation Stage progression in reading