St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Learning to live out our calling with compassion and love.


Reading at St. Mary's

Spring Reading Challenge

Well done to all of these children, ranging from Reception to Year 6, who have completed the spring reading challenge. They have shown commitment to reading and explored 25 different ways in which to enjoy a book! 

Star Reader!

Congratulations to Nina in 5H who is the first child at St Mary’s to read 1,000,000 words this year! What an amazing achievement - it really showcases her dedication and love of reading!

We Love Reading!

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Reading is taught whole class from Year 2 to 6. These reading sessions follow a structured approach, three times a week. In Year 1, guided reading is taught in ability groups.


Our reading provision ensures that the teaching of reading skills is frequent, sequenced and progressive. We teach the key reading skills through VIPERS, which links in with the content domains as set out in the National Curriculum.


The Accelerated Reading scheme is used in KS2, with books housed in our library to enable children to choose their own reading books (that are of an appropriate level/challenge). This scheme can be accessed by children in KS1 once they are secure in reading books within ‘Lime’ band.


Home reading books for children in EYFS and KS1 are carefully selected and are informed by PM benchmark assessments, which are carried out by trained staff - at least - half termly. The books are closely matched to each child’s phonetic knowledge and ability, encompassing both fluency and comprehension. In addition to this phonetically decodable book, pupils are encouraged to select another book, which is of interest to them, to encourage reading for pleasure.


Teachers assess reading regularly using formative assessments, hearing children read and through ongoing monitoring of Accelerated Reader. Summative assessments are carried out each term using NFER tests. These tests provide children with a scaled score, which is used to benchmark pupils and to track attainment and progress.


At St. Mary’s, we celebrate whole school events to promote reading and encourage reading for pleasure.