At St. Joseph’s, we value reading as a key life skill and one that lays the foundations of life-long learning. We strive to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to read regardless of their background, needs or abilities. Reading is promoted as an enjoyable and enriching experience and it is our intent to instil every child with a love of reading. We aim to do this by immersing children in stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts from the moment they enter school. We carefully plan exposure to texts to develop children’s vocabulary, language comprehension and the love of reading, supported by a diet of rich and varied texts. Staff see reading as a priority and facilitate opportunities for reading to support and access the wider curriculum.