Reading and Phonics
Here at St Joseph's school, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Bug Club Phonics. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Bug Club Progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.
As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. We also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing across all subjects.
We teach phonics through a whole class approach which allows all children to keep up with age related expectations. Interventions are put in place for children who need additional phonics support so they can keep up with their peers.
How we teach Reading
Reading at St Joseph's is taught in a number of ways:
- Phonics intervention either 1:1 or in a group
- Guided Reading Lessons
- Reading for Pleasure
- Daily story time where teachers read aloud to their class
We teach our children to read through Guided Reading sessions daily using books matched to their secure phonics knowledge or reading book band. Each reading session has a clear focus linked to the content domains. Teachers plan activities to develop children's word reading, comprehension and enjoyment of reading using a range of texts. The children in EYFS and KS1 also have the opportunity to read phonics decodable books online using Bug Club Phonics.
To further support and enhance Reading for Pleasure, we have an author of the moment focus across the whole school. All children also have access to the school library and take books home to read for pleasure. In addition to this, as a school we have close links to the local library and the children visit twice a month.