St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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We have adopted a range of programmes from the Read Write Inc series.


Phonics, Literacy & Language and Spelling are highly successful literacy programmes created by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press.

Each of the Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving our children the very best chance of success. They use a step-by-step approach to teach all children to become fluent readers, confident speakers, willing writers and accurate spellers.

At St Joseph’s, the programmes are used as follows:

  • Read Write Inc. Phonics is taught to children in Reception to Year 2 and to those who require further phonic knowledge.
  • Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language programme is one we use but literacy teaching is also designed and developed using a wide range of high quality literature for our fluent readers in Years 2 to 6.
  • The Oxford Owl/Read Write Inc. Spelling programme is delivered to children in Years 2 to 6.

In addition to Read Write Inc. we use the Pearson Bug Club as the core reading scheme across the school whilst also using the vast array of literature in the school library.

For information on the reading scheme and book bands click here

For more information on the Read Write Inc. programme click the link below:

Click on the links below to download a document showing details of the national Curriculum content taught within each year group.

School Readers

'Thank you very much for taking part in our Be a Superstar for Schoolreaders campaign, and for sending us your donation of £114. What a fantastic amount to have raised! As one of our Schoolreaders partner schools we are extremely grateful to you for supporting us in this way. For just £15 we can support one child with their reading every week for a whole year. Due to your fundraising efforts we will be able to support 7 children with their reading every week as soon as volunteers are able to go back into schools.'

With best wishes,

Fiona and the Schoolreaders Team

Week 8 Schoolreaders Storytime

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ by Michael Rosen
He's wild, he's wicked, he's Little Rabbit Foo Foo! In this read-aloud romp by the incomparable Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, the bully-boy bunny likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping everyone on the head. Wriggly worms, tigers, no one is safe. But here comes the Good Fairy – and she is not amused! 

Reading Age 5+

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ by Julia Donaldson
With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint steaming pots full of fish and oysters to feed the hungry people in her village, but when the evil emperor hears of her gift he commands Shen to paint gold for him instead. She is determined to keep her promise to paint only for the poor, but how can she match the emperor's mighty power? 

Reading Age 6+ Optional activity

Schoolreaders Storytime –  ‘The Hope-o-potamus’ by Greg James and Chris Smith   

From ‘The Book of Hopes’ edited by Katherine Rundell. The Book of Hopes is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in Lockdown with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators.  

Reading Age 8+

Week 7 Schoolreaders Storytime

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Cave Baby’ by Julia Donaldson

A hairy mammoth takes a cheeky little baby on a thrilling ride through a moonlit landscape populated by a sabre-toothed tiger, a leaping hare, a laughing hyena and even, just maybe, by a big brown bear . . . But where are they going? And what has it to do with the baby's scribblings on the cave wall?

Reading Age 6+   

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Misadventure of Frederick’ by Ben Manley
In a mansion surrounded by lakes and forests, Frederick is bored. He leads a very sheltered life: and when Emily invites him to play outside he has no choice but to refuse – what if he hurts himself? Much better to stay safely indoors. But Emily is not one to take no for an answer… Optional activity Reading Age 7+

Schoolreaders Storytime – Stories from ‘The Book of Hopes’ edited by Katherine Rundell

The Book of Hopes is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators.  This week’s reading includes both a short story and a poem:

The Monk and the Armadillo’ by Onjali Q. Rauf

‘Care of Exotic Pets.  Number 1. The Axolotl at Bedtime’ by Catherine Johnson 

Reading Age 8+

Week 6

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales ... "Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and I struggled till a turtle came and rescued me." "Oh, no, he didn't." "OH, YES, HE DID." Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination! What ever will he come up with next? Optional activity Reading Age 6+

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘Hubert Horatio – A Very Fishy Tale’ by Lauren Child Part 1

'Hubert Horatio - A Very Fishy Tale' Part 2
Told in two parts: Hubert Horatio is quite possibly the most responsible and clever child you will ever meet.  This is the very fishy tale of how an ordinary day became the death-defying rescue of Hubert Horatio. And who did the rescuing? Why Hubert, of course…  Reading Age 7+

Schoolreaders Storytime – ‘The Last Noo Noo’ by Jill Murphy

A brilliantly funny book about a monster attached to his dummy!  Marlon's granny thinks that he's much too old for a dummy. "It's a noo-noo," Marlon informs her. And he has no intention of giving it up. Not even when his mum throws it in the bin. Not even when the other monsters call him a big baby. Nothing and no one can make Marlon give up his noo-noo until Marlon decides that the time is right... Optional activity Reading Age 6+

Week 5

‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson Reading Age 6+

‘Spells’ by Emily Gravett Optional activity Reading Age 5+

‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy Optional activity Reading Age 6+

Week 4

‘Aaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks Optional activity Reading Age 5+

‘Cyril and Pat’ by Emily Gravett Optional activity Reading Age 7+

‘The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Optional activity Reading Age 6+

Week 3

‘Winston the Book Wolf’ by Marni McGee Optional activity  Reading Age 7+

‘The Legend of the Kea ’ by Philip Temple Reading Age 10+

‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen Reading Age 6+

Week 2

‘Baby Brains’ by Simon James Optional activity Reading Age 5+

'Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne   Optional activity Reading age 8+

‘Bringing Down the Moon’ by Jonathan Emmett Optional activity Reading age 3+

Week 1

'The Ravenous Beast' by Niamh Sharkey Optional activity  Reading age: 5+

'One is a snail, ten is a crab' by April Pulley Sayre Optional activity Reading age: 3+

'This is Our House' by Michael Rosen Optional activity Reading age: 5+


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