Being a reader is:

  • Reading a wide range of genres both contemporary and classic.
  • Reading often for pleasure and for a purpose.
  • Reading fluently, expressively and showing good understanding.

Being a writer is:

  • Articulating ideas, structuring them in speech and writing as well as using the editing process to make improvements.
  • Writing clearly, accurately and coherently for a range of audiences.
  • Using an increasing wide knowledge of vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
  • Developing a fluent and legible style of handwriting.



At St Mary’s, we aim to promote a lifelong passion for reading through carefully chosen, vocabulary rich, high quality texts. The children are exposed to a wide variety of genres: fiction which includes both contemporary and classic literature; non-fiction and poetry. We intend for our children to be both independent and reflective readers who can read fluently, for meaning and most importantly for pleasure. A variety of reading skills will enable them to access all other areas of learning/the curriculum where we will give them opportunities to apply their understanding of how the different text types work. We want our children to have a deep understanding of how our language works, enabling them to make choices and have greater control over their writing. We aim to equip our children with the skills they need to use Standard English confidently and effectively throughout their school career and into their lives beyond school.

Our English curriculum is implemented through the use of rich texts and engaging pupils with a cross-curricular approach. Texts are chosen to link with other subjects and these are used as a springboard to inspire pupils to read and write. We believe that choosing the right context and starting point to engage our children in their learning is vital in fostering a love for reading and writing. Our English framework aims to enable pupils to acquire knowledge and build on what they already know. Reading, creative writing, grammar and punctuation are interwoven throughout our English curriculum to provide meaning and context to the children’s learning. Shared reading and writing are used regularly as a strategy to teach and model all aspects of reading and writing and children are encouraged to work collaboratively. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop a secure knowledge base in English which follows a clear progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Rigorous assessments, formative and summative, ensure we are able to provide targeted support to enable every child to be successful in English. Every year group will cover a range of reading and writing genres and purposes. The long-term plan is designed to ensure whole school coverage of both fiction, nonfiction and poetry text types. Technology is used to inspire, enhance and support the learning of English throughout the school.

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Bronze Logo from the English Hub

St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary School are proud to have received the Bronze Award in the Lincolnshire Reading Pledge.

Reading for pleasure

At St Mary’s, we believe in the transformative power of reading for pleasure. We understand that fostering a love for reading early on not only enhances academic performance but also nurtures imagination, empathy, and creativity in our pupils. Through our dedicated efforts to provide a diverse range of engaging and age-appropriate reading materials, along with encouraging a supportive and welcoming reading environment, we aim to instill a lifelong passion for reading in our pupils. We celebrate the joy of exploring new worlds, meeting fascinating characters, and discovering endless possibilities through the pages of a book. By promoting reading for pleasure, we empower our students to become confident, curious, and lifelong learners.

Recommended Reads & Other Texts

Each year group, from EYFS to Year 6, have 20 recommended reads as well as a wide range of other fiction and non-fiction texts located within the classroom book corners which form the basis of St Mary’s Reading List.

These texts have been compiled to enhance, develop and reinforce understanding of genres, plot, author intent and vocabulary. Each text has been carefully chosen to enable children to develop a love of reading and to ensure that they have a wide variety of texts to choose from. Discussions around the texts encourage children to really focus on identifying key aspects, drawing links and making comparisons, all of which are skills that the children are tested on at the end of each Key Stage.

The school has a commitment to evaluate the outcomes of this Reading for Pleasure statement and continually review practice to ensure all children become lifelong readers.



 We believe that teaching the children:-

  • to read proficiently

  • to read fluently

  • to exercise choice

  • to have a positive attitude to reading

  • to have a love of readingis one of our most important duties as a school.

We aim to grow a love of reading for pleasure in our children (both in and out of school) as we recognise the importance of reading to their independent learning, further success and well-being. Our reading curriculum is accessible for all regardless of gender, race or religion; accessible for all learners including children with additional needs. We have a range of tools and techniques used to support and enhance the teaching of reading, including the use of IT, drama and debate. From year 2 upwards, whilst our approach is around using one core whole class text, some pupils may not be able to access this and will require differentiated texts to ensure full engagement.  Our consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading ensures that we close any gaps and enable the highest possible number of children to attain well.  


 Phonics lessons using the RWInc scheme exclusively.

  • Decodable books for every child to take home and read in school to an adult, based on phonemes learnt in phonics lessons and their phonics assessment.

  • Reading lessons to develop both skills in line with Scarborough rope approach

  • Class reads of a variety of books.