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At St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, we believe that Literacy is a fundamental life skill, essential for accessing the rest of the curriculum, and also for participating fully as a member of society.  It is integral that all children learn to speak, listen, read and write fluently and confidently to enable them to communicate their ideas and emotions, and to understand those of others.  It is our aim to instil a lifelong love of words and language, and to develop a habit of reading often and widely both for pleasure and information.  This allows our children to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually and to be able to access the wider curriculum in addition to being prepared for life in today’s world.


At St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading and comprehension skills. We want children to read for pleasure and to read a wide range of different books, being able to talk about books and authors with confidence. We aim to inspire a lifelong love of reading which enables children to develop an empathy and respect for other cultures and ways of life in the wider world.


At St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, we aim to inspire children to enjoy writing engaging texts for a range of audiences and purposes.  Using a variety of high quality texts, video clips, images, artefacts and other exciting resources as a stimulus for writing, children are given opportunities to apply the skillfully taught technical skills which form the building blocks of good writing in interesting and meaningful contexts.

Speaking and Listening

At St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, we aim to create an atmosphere in which children are able to express their opinions and ideas with confidence and knowledge by giving them a wide variety of ‘speaking and listening’ opportunities across the curriculum. To enable children to listen and synthesise information and then to be able to debate and challenge others view points in a constructive and respectful manner. Using this experience, they will be able to make positive contributions to the communities they will be part of when they are teenagers and adults.