At St. Mary's, we aim to promote the highest possible standards of language and literacy. We aim to develop a love of reading for enjoyment, together with a strong understanding of the written word and the expected standard of spoken Standard English. 

Reading is taught through a wide range of activities. In Early Years and into  Key Stage One, children follow a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree). As they develop their skills, children use a progressive reading system of levelled reading books, linked to Accelerated Reader. This is a computerised reading program, where children are regularly tested and monitored to ensure they are reading books at an appropriate level for their own personalised learning.

In Early Years and moving into Key Stage One, great emphasis is placed on phonics and spelling, reading and writing through our Read Write Inc programme.

Guided Reading is delivered through a range of engaging texts and activities across both Key Stages. Of course, parents and carers are encouraged to take an active role in development of their children's reading by listening to them read regularly at home.

Having progressed through the Read Write Inc programme, our children follow the 2014 National Curriculum. We have introduced a book based curriculum, which links children's learning from their Discovery topic into a relevant and engaging text, therefore using their existing research and knowledge to engage and develop their ideas and interest in both reading and writing activities. Staff in all year groups employ a range of exciting learning activities, including drama and ICT to enhance children's reading and writing opportunities and engage all children.

We develop the process of independent drafting, editing and re-drafting in Writing, in accordance with the National Curriculum. Children are taught the skills for a particular genre of writing, then given the opportunity to shine in independent writing in our Time to Shine sessions. We teach grammar discretely, with the taught skills then regularly applied to independent writing. 

We also encourage the development of confident speaking and listening by drama activities, reading aloud in Collective Worships and Masses and participating in themed weeks and campaigns, such as standing for Head Boy and Head Girl.

Our overall aim is for all our pupils to achieve their full potential in English, whilst fully enjoying their St. Mary's Literacy journey.