Reading is a top priority and is a key driver within our curriculum; from EYFS through to Y6. We are ambitious in our expectations for all children. We follow the National Curriculum and aim to build on and further enhance this.

It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all children can read fluently and with confidence in any subject.

We intend all children to leave St.Mary’s with a rich vocabulary that provides them with the ability to play and manipulate language, recognising the nuance of meaning and how language can be used for a range of purposes. We want children to have the confidence to be able to communicate effectively in a variety of situations’ both now and in the future.

We want children to appreciate a rich and varied language developed through exposure to diverse text with global perspectives.

We therefore intend to encourage all children to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop:

If you would like to find out more about our Reading Intent, including by Key Stage, please access our Reading Intent Implementation and Impact statement here.

Reading scheme

At St Mary's we use the Collins Reading Materials in Key Stage 2, supplemented by other publishers.  In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we use Oxford Reading Tree.  These were purchased by the PTA.  You can find out more about the the Collins Big Cat scheme by clicking here and the Oxford Reading Tree materials by clicking here.

Reading Blog 

What’s going well in our reading:

When we talked to children about their reading, see below for what they had to say..........

Reading with your child

One of the greatest gifts that you can give to your child is a love of reading.  Research has shown that one of the biggest indicators of success in a child's life is whether or not they have books in the home.  As a parent, try to focus on making reading fun and enjoyable rather than getting bogged down in trying to teach nitty gritty skills.  There are many, many different things that you can do.  Here are just a few:

Reading Pupil Voice Spring 2024.pdf