At our Lady and St Joseph we teach reading in Guided Reading sessions, Shared Reading, Phonics sessions, High Frequency words practice and within reading clubs.


Phonics is taught from Nursery to Year 2.

Early Years and KS1 should have daily Phonics session (20 – 30 minutes) led by the class teacher as a whole class. These sessions consist of the children learning sounds and applying them to words and sentences. This is taught in a number of different ways to keep the children focused on learning new sounds. 

High Frequency words – Sight words

In order to read it is important to learn how to read and spell high frequency words. These words are words that appear in the English language so often that it is important to learn them early on when reading. The children will be taught these in a variety of different ways as well as these being sent home for the children to practice. 

Guided Reading

Guided reading is used in our school to improve reading for the children. In our Reception classes children will be taken in small groups with the class teacher to learn to read and find information a text. 

Shared reading

Early years

Shared reading is daily. This consists of the children sitting together with the class teacher reading a big book. The children will then be asked many questions about the book to test the children’s understanding of the books. This may be done with story props and sight words.

KS1 and KS2

The children have a daily Shared Reading session with their teacher This could be within Topic, Science, Literacy or RE. This can also be with a shared book the children are reading. The children will read a book/text as a class and then will be asked comprehension questions after to test the children’s understanding of the book/text.