At Saint Joseph’s, the Borough, we aim to create the very best readers and thinkers. We strive to enable children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely, often and for pleasure as well as information. We intend to support children in their acquisition of high level vocabulary and to enable them to partake in rich and varied conversations, both at school and beyond. With secure reading skills children will have the tools they need to participate fully as members of society. We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and so we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading. The aim is to expose pupils to texts where 95% of words can be read but 5% form the basis of new learning. Therefore, pupils are carefully tracked through the school’s reading scheme. In planning and guiding children’s activities, teachers will reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Children will develop their competence in both word reading and comprehension through high quality discussion with the teacher. We recognise that it is essential that all children are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject throughout their educational journey.