At St Mary’s we value the importance of children becoming lifelong readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. At the heart of our reading culture is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through inspiring reading areas and carefully designed teaching activities that utilise a range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of texts and be able to talk confidently about books and authors.

Our aim is to provide our children with quality inclusive and representative literature which reflects the society we live in. We wish for all pupils to feel represented and valued and hope that our reading provision enables pupils to deepen their understanding of the world beyond their own. We see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum, which impacts on all learning and lays the foundations for future success. We strive to contextualise the knowledge and skills taught through our English curriculum so that our pupils are motivated and inspired to be the best speakers, readers and writers that they can be, not only in our school setting but beyond.

By the end of their time at St Mary’s, all children should be able to read confidently and fluently.