Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting
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.
Please see school website for further details

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be

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Phonics and Reading

Our Reading and Phonics Mission

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.

Our reading buddies

Meet our reading pals

Well done to all St Joseph's Extreme readers! 

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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

Recommended books for different year groups