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St Joseph’s & St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's & St Gregory's
Catholic Primary School

Subject Ethos Statement


“Communication is part of God’s plan for us and an essential way to experience fellowship.” Pope Francis, World Communications Day Message 2018

At St Joseph’s and St Gregory’s Primary school, we are passionate about Literacy and learning. We subscribe to the Literacy and Language holistic programme for teaching English, which is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic life-long readers and writers. As a school, our aim is to develop each student’s confidence and independence, regardless of their background and academic ability, to communicate effectively with others through outstanding speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through the development of these vital skills, we hope to equip them for the next stage in their school journey.


‘In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,’ Ephesians 3:4-5

At St Joseph’s and St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School we believe that competence in reading allows a child to flourish in all other areas of the curriculum. We believe that a solid foundation in reading at an early age gives children the skills and confidence to explore academically and take the lead in their own education. Reading allows children to access stories and teachings from the Bible, to understand the teachings of Jesus and gives them the vocabulary to reflect inwardly on their own emotional and spiritual life. With these skills, children can then look out at the world and develop a dialogue with those around them.

Key Stage Two Reading Overview