At St. Mary’s Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is imperative for future success. By the time children leave St. Mary’s, we aim for them to be competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.