Reading at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

At St Joseph’s we view reading as a key life skill that will enable children to become lifelong readers.  We passionately believe that every child will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities.  We aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds!  More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home

At St Joseph’s we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their reading and writing.  We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links.

Mrs Millican is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact the school, who can refer you to her.  Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.


Talk For Writing

We want to help all our children develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers and it is through the Talk for Writing approach that we believe we can achieve this. Through its multi-sensory and interactive teaching it enables children of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of story/text types using various methods including:

  • listening to and learning texts and stories;
  • taking part in drama and role-play;
  • drawing and story mapping;
  • collecting words and language strategies
  • building their working knowledge of grammar.

Please click here to read further...


To see St Joseph's Reading Policy and Reading for Pleasure Policy please click here


Please look at the list of links we have provided that highlight Ashley Booth's recommended 100 books that children should read before they leave primary school. It has been broken down into KS1, KS2 - Years 3/4 and Years 5/6.

With thanks to Ashley Booth at  who put them together.