Reading - What can you do at home?


Ensure your child reads/is read to, every day.

  • 10-15 minutes is a recommended time to both read and discuss a text.

  • Record any reading/communication in your child’s diary. This is a vital source for communication between you and the class teacher.



  1. Give children a variety of reading opportunities, for example, as well reading a book from the school reading scheme, why not read a magazine together, or look through a recipe book. Remember, let them hold the book and keep on praising them – boost their confidence!

  2. Read anything which your child enjoys. Texts come in all sorts of unusual forms - comics, magazines, internet sites, manuals, recipes!! Non-Fiction or fiction - it all helps!

  3. Read e-books -

  4. Reading should be a pleasurable experience, so find the right place to read.

  5. Create the correct atmosphere for reading - relaxed and comfortable.

  6. Model - read yourself. Children love to be read to and they need to see reading as something we can enjoy at any stage in our lives.

  7. Visit your local library– It’s Free!!!


When reading to your child:

    1. Miss out words to check they are following and ask them to fill in the gaps.

    2. Link words to pictures.

    3. Put expression into your reading - even act out a scene.

    4. Ask them questions to check their understanding of the text - can they recall certain parts and find the evidence in the book? Become ‘text detectives’ together!

    5. Ask them to give an opinion about what they are reading, and remember, offer your opinion as well; this will create wonderful discussion!


Electronic Phoneme Sound-Board:

Phonics & Reading
 at St. Joseph's School

Children in Reception and Key Stage One follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which is delivered through the resource 'Phonics Bug'.

Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning.  Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.

Phase one will have begun at home and in Nursery. This phase paves the way for the systematic learning of Phonics. During this phase especially, we plan activities that will help children to listen attentively to sounds around them, such as the sounds of their toys and to sounds in spoken language. We teach a wide range of nursery rhymes and songs and read good books to and with the children. This helps to increase the number of words they know, their vocabulary and helps them talk confidently about books. The children learn to identify rhyme and alliteration.

Our daily phonics sessions are pacey and fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for Reading and Writing activities and in their independent play.


Home School Reading

Children are given a Reading book/word list to learn, starting in Nursery, and this continues whilst ever a child needs this level of support.  For some children this will continue until well into Key Stage 2, depending on their individual needs.

Home School Reading Books are taken from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, which works in conjunction with 'Letters & Sounds', and a Reading Record, are issued for all parents/carers to read with their child and discuss the book at home.  Parents/carers are encouraged to make comments about their child’s reading in the Reading Record which informs our teaching

The reading scheme provides a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to help develop each child’s reading range. Once children finish the Reading Scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.


Guided Reading

For all children, Guided Reading is a daily activity throughout school. We use the resource 'Bug Club' which provides

  • 325 fiction and non-fiction readers for Reception, KS1 and KS2
  • 48 Plays to Read for KS1 and KS2
  • 6 Plays to Act for KS1
  • 44 Comics for Phonics

and all of this is provided through the 'Online Reading World', meaning our children can access books both in school and at home, anytime, anywhere!  

Furthermore, intervention programmes, including 'Catch Up Reading and Project X' are used to support children in order to secure good progress in Reading. Classroom interventions also include daily sight vocabulary checks and tailored small group or 1-1 work as needed.

Assessment of reading skills is essential and we use ongoing teacher assessment, Salford Standardised tests and other bench marking resources. 


Picture It! Reading Competition

Over half term, it was everyone's mission to read whatever…whenever…wherever!

We asked all our children to read stories (fiction), information books (non-fiction), magazines, newspapers, poetry, leaflets, recipe books…the list could go on, but it was simple, read whatever…whenever…wherever!

You could have chosen to read a book in the park, on an aeroplane, on a slide, in the bath, whilst swimming…the list could go on, but it was simple, read whatever…whenever…wherever!