St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

'Go shine in the world.'


We take a phonetic approach (the sounds letters make) to the teaching of reading. We use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics so that reading, writing, handwriting and spelling are integrally linked, modelled and practised every day. These discrete phonic lessons are taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Children are regularly assessed and then streamed into relevant phases depending on their ability.   They learn the shape, name and phoneme for each letter and group of letters in a sequential way.  They have daily practice at reading those letter sounds and blending them to read words including the sounds that they have learnt.  The children get success and enjoyment from reading books linked to the sounds that they have been learning that week and these books are part of the home reading diet for the children as well as a book of the child's own choosing that they can share with parents/carers. Children are taught to read words automatically if they are very familiar; decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now established and to decode them out loud.


Please take a look at our slideshow and video clips below.