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At Joseph Cash, we believe that reading enables children to gain insight into the powerful world of imagination. Success in reading has a direct effect on the progress made in all areas of the National Curriculum; therefore reading at our school develops their independence, self-confidence and motivation. We aim to create 'readers for life' children who develop a love of books, who enjoy reading and read for pleasure.


Types of reading in School

There are many opportunities for children to develop skills in reading at school. 

Read Write Inc lessons

Teaching the sounds of letters to make words. Children are encouraged to segment (break up sounds) and blend sounds (put them back together to read)

Shared reading

Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience that occurs when children join in and share the reading of different texts.

Guided Reading

This is a time for children to practise decoding, fluency and comprehension skills. All children in the group read the same text at the same time though individual pacing may vary.

Accelerated Reader and 1:1 reading

Children read books tailored to their decoding and comprehension ability. Children take quizzes to test their understanding of the text.

Story time

Children have the opportunity to listen to a story being read to them. This highlights the importance of reading for pleasure and is based around the children's interests. This is a time for children to enjoy books, whilst providing language rich experience and opportunities to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills.


Why is reading so important?

Have you ever heard of the saying 'leaders are readers?' There is no doubt about it. People who read more, are more likely to be seen as leaders to their peers due to their expert knowledge.

Learning to read is about listening and under-standing as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.


Click the links to find out more about Reading at jcp


Reading Curriculum 

 Parent's Learning Zone