A Million Stories Letter to Parents
A St Joseph’s learner will develop a love for reading and become familiar with a wide variety of books, poems and plays from both their own and other cultures. They will read fluently with appropriate expression and good understanding and will enjoy recommending books to others.
The Oxford Reading Tree scheme is used throughout the school. This scheme has been developed with synthetic phonics at its heart and introduces the children to a wide variety of writing styles, enabling them to become confident readers. Your child will work their way through stages 1-16 (1-11 in Key Stage One). After this, they will move on to free readers to continue to develop their vocabulary and understanding of a broad range of texts.
We are really proud of our newly refurbished library, which we update frequently with exciting fiction and non-fiction texts for your child to enjoy. Each class (from Years 2 to 6) has an allocated lunchtime library slot when they are invited to spend some time exploring the range of books on offer:
Monday - Year 2
Tuesday - Year 3
Wednesday - Year 4
Thursday - Year 5
Friday - Year 6
(Nursery, Reception and Year 1 have opportunities to visit the library during the school day).
Our team of Year 6 library buddies keep our library well-organised and are always on hand to recommend a good read!
Reading in Class
We take great care in choosing exciting and high-quality texts to use in class throughout the school. Books that are currently being shared are displayed on each classroom door. We believe it is really important for our children to experience listening to adults read and therefore we make time each day to read in class. Please ask your child about the books they are enjoying in class.
Our reading buddy system, which sees children in Key Stage One paired up with a Year 6 pupil, is another way in which we develop and encourage a shared love for reading throughout the school.
Supporting Your Child At Home
There are many ways that you can help to support your child's learning in English at home and our teachers are always happy to support you. Below are some key ideas and starting points to help support your child's learning
Read often, read independently and read together.
Here are some great reasons to read:
- Sitting down with a book provides children with a time for quiet and calmness in their lives
- Stories stimulate imagination and play
- It provides parents with more opportunities to bond with their children
- Stories provoke curiosity and discussion
- Books provides inspiration, thought and reflection
- Picture books help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing
- Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wide range of language features and vocabulary
- Listening to stories assists in the development of literacy skills and language development
- Books and stories fill a child’s mind with knowledge
- Reading is FUN!
Reading together provides a great opportunity to check your child's understanding about what they have read.
'Who wore the football shirt to the party?' 'What was the name of the girl's cat?' & ' Using the information, what is the height of mount Kilimanjaro?'
More challenging inference and deduction questions:
'How did the detective know which house to visit?' 'What clues are there that the character doesn't like his swimming teacher?' 'How do you know that the bus journey was faster than usual?' & 'Which word in the text is similar in meaning to scary?'
Recommended texts (KS2)
Below are the texts that your children will read in Key Stage 2.
Texts (Key Stage 1 and Early Years)
Please use this link https://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/9f/bc/pie-corbett-with-page-no-1393983.pdf to see examples of texts that are suitable for Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 as well as some of the main texts that are used in Key Stage2.