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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Rosebank, West Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7RT
Tel. 01372 727850

Literacy and Reading

We follow the National Curriculum for literacy, focusing on the key skills of reading, writing, phonics, spelling, speaking and listening.

Great emphasis is placed on the development of phonic ability from Reception, with children in year one assessed according to the national phonics test. For Phonics, we use Letters and Sounds but this is supplemented with many of our own materials. Like other schools, Letters and Sounds is currently under review and we are working with partners in 2021 to update the programme.

Since its introduction in 2014 we have been recognised by the Department for Education as being in the top 5% of schools nationally for achievement in phonics annually. In 2016, 100% of children passed the phonics test, placing us in the top 2% nationally and in 2019 ,98% of our children reached the threshold. 

Our extensive library resources encourage reading as a passion and we are very proud of how well our children read from an early age. For early phonics progression, our children read Ransom books which fully compliment Letters and Sounds.  Children read Ransom books which match their phonics confidence at each phase. Children extend their reading ability using a range of other schemes (Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club, Project X but including many other books). Our children reach a level of confidence with their reading which is impressive, so much so that from an early age they are happy to read in front of audiences in assemblies and in church.

Please use the adjacent link to learn more about our approach to reading.

On a weekly basis all children from year one complete a spelling test and regularly they complete an extended piece of writing.  Please go to the Parent Pages for more informatio about spelling.