At St Joseph’s we are passionate about the teaching of reading and aim for all of our pupils to become fluent, confident readers who have a genuine love and interest in reading. We truly believe reading is the key which unlocks the rest of the curriculum and therefore place high importance on this subject area within our curriculum offer.

We truly value reading at St Joseph's and dedicate a huge part of our day to studying and enjoying texts and are proud to announce we have signed up for the South Yorkshire Reading Guarantee.
Each morning begins with a Core Story and classes also enjoy Reading for Pleasure every day after teachers have explored and taken part in development sessions in to the research of Teresa Cremin and The Open University.

Fixing Fluency

Throughout the Summer Term, Year 5 have taken part in the Fixing Fluency Programme endorsed by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF). They have thoroughly enjoyed the programme, discussing how to read fluently, altering their tone, pace and phrasing depending on the text. We will be incorporating this further across school from Autumn 2022. 

Reading Curriculum


Writing is a crucial part of the curriculum at St Joseph’s. Our core objective is to foster a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas with clarity and creativity through the use of a wide vocabulary informed by high-quality reading texts and bespoke strategies. We also intend to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. We set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style alongside allowing their imaginations to flourish.

Writing Curriculum

Handwriting and Spelling


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School’s handwriting and spelling policy explains the vision of its writing standards, the skills it aims to provide the pupils, why these are important and how handwriting and spelling will be taught progressively across the school.


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School aims for children to: 

  • Write with a neat, eligible style with correctly formed letters in cursive handwriting 

  • Develop stamina to write at length in extended pieces of writing 

  • To write with fluency in a consistent style across all subjects within the curriculum 

  • To have a range of spelling strategies to spell accurately and confidently 

  • To identify links between spelling patterns

Handwriting and Spelling Policy

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