Subject leader: Mrs Hooper

At St Mary’s we encourage a love of reading and writing and teach daily Literacy sessions. Speaking and listening is also developed through English sessions with regular opportunity to also develop communication skills in other subjects and drama enrichment activities.

We teach phonics across Early years and KS1 following the Read, Write Inc programme. Guided reading is taught daily and we also use Accelerated Reader to engage and motivate children as well as develop comprehension skills. Children are encouraged to read daily at home. Staff communicate with parents/carers in home learning journals to ensure that the children read regularly and make progress.

We take pride in the presentation of work and teach handwriting regularly. Literacy support groups take place where needed. We actively encourage all children to view themselves as practicing authors. Our aim is to see all our children leave St Mary’s feeling confident in their own writing abilities.

We are also passionate about reading. We send home a variety of supporting materials, including 'Top Ten Tips for Supporting your Child's Reading' and our 'Family Reading Booklet'. We have also recorded a series of videos showing some of the best ways to encourage children's reading. 

 Chapter Books
 Picture Books
 Developing Confidence
 Early Readers
 Exploring Books

For more information on our school diary writing please see your child's class page for the relevant parent leaflet.

For more information about the coloured 'book bands' system for levelling books, please click here.

Please click on the links below to see the top 100 books for your child's age group to read:

 KS1 100 Books

 Year 3 & Year 4 100 Books

 Year 5 and Year 6 100 Books

Some great Literacy links for KS2:


There are many simple ways to support your child’s literacy skills – especially reading with them regularly, and finding opportunities for them to write in daily life: lists, postcards, diaries…

Here are some websites you might find useful: