Phonics and Reading
Here at St. Joseph's, we follow the Letters and Sounds framework which is supplemented by Jolly Phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Pupils start their reading journey with books that are fully decodable and aligned to their phonic ability. At St Joseph's, we used books from Floppy's Phonics series and Reading Planet as our books to support decoding words. Once pupils are fluent readers and are able to comprehend what they are reading, they move on to banded books appropriate to their age and stage of reading. These books will have a coloured sticker on the spine which identifies which reading band level the book is in.
Reading for Pleasure
All pupils take home a reading for pleasure book. This is a book that the pupil will have selected from their class library. The pupil will choose this book based on enjoyment only. Therefore, adults in the home, will need to share this book with the pupil as it is likely that the book will be outside of their reading ability.
At St Joseph's, we strive to ensure that our pupils have access to high quality children's literature. Our books are selected based on current recommendations and pupil voice. We regularly add to our extensive books selection to ensure that pupils are fully engaged in the pleasure of reading.