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At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we have a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and is given the highest priority, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-confidence and motivation.

Reading is closely linked with writing – the two activities reinforce each other. Children become successful readers by using a range of strategies to get to the meaning of the text. At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that literate children should read with confidence, fluency and understanding.


At St. Mary’s, we follow the Letters and Sounds principles and practice of high quality phonics. Letters and Sounds is a programme aimed at securing fluent phonetic knowledge and word recognition skills by the end of key stage 1. Our reading scheme compliments this, as the majority of books are phonetically decodable. Our school has recently invested in the Phonics Bug phonics scheme – this is now the primary teaching tool in Reception and year 1 and is supported by Phonics Play and Espresso Phonics. The children at St. Mary’s are encouraged to read for pleasure, choosing their own books from our school library. In addition to this, we also use Project X for targeted reading support.


As a school, we aim for children to have access to a variety of reading opportunities at all levels. Through the creative curriculum approach, children read a range of materials to support their current topic, making reading purposeful and relevant.

School Library

Our school library has now re-opened. Last term, we spent £1000 on new books for the children to enjoy. Please encourage your children to use the library regularly.

Scholastic books will be in school on 14th November, if you wish to purchase any books for your children.

National curriculum reading objectives from Year 1-6