Phonics and reading
At St Joseph’s, phonics is taught through the use of the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) Programme. Children are assessed regularly, and grouped according to the sounds they know, and their level of fluency. If you would like to know more, then please download the presentation (at the bottom of this page) which explains how phonics is taught throughout the school as well as useful tips and advice on how you can help at home.
Staff have attended training on Read, Write Inc and the Literacy Co-ordinator closely monitors the provision and rate of pupils progress.
At St Joseph’s we are passionate about developing a love of reading and celebrate reading through special events, awards and storytelling sessions. We have regular book fairs which are eagerly attended. Children also enjoy World Book Day where we dress up as characters, participate in extreme reading and have storytelling sessions. Pupils also enjoy receiving books as prizes.
We are part of the Imagination library which issues free books to children in our EYFS unit to develop their love of reading. Children confidently discuss books they enjoy and their favourite authors.
We use the RWI reading scheme which has a fully decodable book linked to their phonics group but also a book bag book for enjoyment and storytelling. This scheme begins with the Foundation Stage and progressively become more difficult. For example, Key Stage 1 books (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) are written with a mix of high-frequency, often rhythmic language/clear phonic focus, and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies, while Key Stage 2 books cover a wide range of genres and subjects linking to the curriculum.
Once pupils are fluent, confident readers and no longer on the reading scheme, they independently choose books from our school library. This contains both new and classic fiction/non-fiction books from a wealth of popular authors.
We have introduced ‘Beat Dyslexia’ in school to promote reading and spelling skills. This gives targeted children the opportunity for specific support with their reading skills.
Handwriting is expected to be fluent, joined and legible. We currently use the light boxes to support formation and introduce joined handwriting in Year 2.