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Reading

At St Joseph’s, all children have stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts, appropriate to their age group, read to them.  We understand the value of developing confident and enthusiastic readers, therefore we take every opportunity to promote reading and to ensure that it is enjoyable for all. 

 

Children in Year R and Year 1 are actively taught and supported to use phonics as the only approach to decoding with fully decodable books which match their phonetic understanding.  However, we also wish to foster a love of reading which comes from sharing high quality texts.  With this in mind, children also select a book from the class library to take home each week and share with their families.  

 

From Year 2 upwards reading skills are taught in daily whole class lessons which provide children with opportunities to share and discuss a range of high quality texts.  Children are explicitly taught the skills of skimming, scanning, predicting, retrieving and inferring and given opportunities to practise and apply these skills. 

 

Reading is a skill and, as with every skill, it requires not just instruction but practice. Reading practice serves a number of purposes. It enables students to apply the skills and strategies that we have taught, it gives us opportunities to check student learning and identify weaknesses and it draws students into the world of “real” reading - a world in which people learn from and enjoy books. 

 

Once children have become fluent readers, they move onto the Accelerated Reader programme.  Children are assessed termly using an online standardised programme to identify books which are at the correct level for them and they select books which are of this level from the class libraries for independent reading.  These books are regularly shared with adults at home and at school.  Once a book has been completed, the child is given the opportunity to quiz on it in school to check their comprehension.  Teachers monitor children’s results and ensure that all children are selecting books of an appropriate level and are showing a good level of comprehension of the texts they read.  An electronic reading record is kept on Class Dojo so that adults reading with children at home and at school are in regular communication. 

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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