“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go” ― Dr. Seuss.

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we intend to provide a Reading curriculum, which is accessible to all children across the whole of the primary phase. We deliver sessions that are engaging and well-resourced to enable access to learning for all children. Our children REACH and strive for excellence, and are able to work both independently and co-operatively. We are dedicated to encouraging all children to be passionate about reading and are determined that ALL children will become highly competent readers by the end of their time with us inspiring them to REACH through Faith, Hope and Love.


It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination. We are also committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Reading in the wider world, preparing them for all aspects of life including their transition into secondary school.


 Recommended websites: - Suggested books for children, advice on how to read with your child, book lists, fun games, competitions to win free books, Children's Book Club etc. - Expert recommendations and opening extracts of books - Phonics advice and access to free E-Books. Free to register.
Below in the resources you will also find some recommended reads for each year group. 
New Reading Scheme Key Stage 2:
Here is the link for the reading video which links to the KS2 reading books introduced last academic year -   
You can also find the letter explaining this below. 
Reading Newsletter December 2022
Please find attached the brand new Reading Newsletter. These will be published three times a year and on them there is information relating to reading at our school as well as recommendations and top tips. This time there was a challenge set for the children - they need to bring in a picture of their favourite place to read! These will be displayed on our DEAR time boards so we can celebrate all of the special reading places. 
World Book Day 2022  - Book in a Jar competition
What an incredible day we had and thank you to all the parents/carers for their support with our coloured clothing linked to 'The Day the Crayons Quit' as well as with the 'Book in a Jar' competition.  The children produced some amazing work and it is currently being organised into a book to go on display in our library area.
We had so many incredible 'Book in a Jar' entries and it took Mrs. Knight and Mrs. Howells ages to choose the winners but here they are...

Reception winner - Tristan  - We're Going on a Bear Hunt jar.

Year 1 winner Étienne  - Bumble Bear jar 

Year 2 winner Henry - Matilda jar

Year 3 winner Maya - The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch jar

Year 4 winner Rosie - Percy Jackson jar

Year 5 winner Florence  - A Series of Unfortunate Events jar

Year 6 winner Amelia  - A Series of Unfortunate Events jar