English Reading and Phonics

Statement of Intent

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and want our pupils to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information.  By the time children leave St. Joseph’s our aim is for them to be competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.

Through the systematic teaching of phonics from Nursery to Year 2, following the Department of Education’s approved document “Letters and Sounds,” we aim for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.