Central to learning is creating a life long love of reading and books, at St Marie's it is our belief that every child should be able to read for pleasure and to a high standard. We want to develop children's imagination to open up a treasure of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We also believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader both at home and in school. Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests.

How learning new words can help your child
A broad, rich vocabulary – the words we recognise and know how to use – allows a child to understand and enjoy the things they read, to learn about the world around them, and to express themselves and their thoughts so that people will listen. Research suggests that a strong vocabulary in childhood is linked to future success and happiness, both at school and in later life. A rich vocabulary allows children to understand the books they read and the ideas the teacher shares at school, meaning they can take an active part in lessons and make good progress.

Phonic Information for Parents

Read Write Inc Phonics

Helping your child read with e books

Reading with e books

Reading at home

Supporting your child with their reading

Join our local library

Find out more how you can join our local Library
Getting to know what's available at our Libraries

Words and Spelling Games

words and spelling games online activities

Oxford Reading Tree Book Bands

We’re proud to be a Word Gap Partner School in association with Oxford University Press. We’re committed to closing the word gap and improving children’s vocabulary and wider life chances. To find out more about the word gap,


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