At HJPS we foster a love of reading.

The National Curriculum is structured so that pupils access wide range of quality non-fiction and fictional texts each term.

Teachers and parent helpers hear pupils read regularly, asking them a range of questions about the passages they have read. Regular Guided Reading sessions allow pupils to discuss and analyse texts in more depth, provide opportunities for independent reading, as well as hearing quality texts read aloud every day. 

All of these are essential components to supporting the progress of reading in our pupils. This is because they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers.

In Key Stage 1, children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to their reading of new or unfamiliar words. As well as the teaching of phonics, there is also a focus on comprehension and reading for enjoyment. 

Children follow the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) Phonics programme and ELS Oxford Reading Scheme, which contains a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Using the scheme, teachers can assess pupils’ reading and comprehension of texts.