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Literacy Vision Statement Intent

The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go

Dr. Suess




Dr Seuss


At St. Mary’s we feel the same way about reading as Ratty felt about boats:

“Is it so nice as all that? asked the Mole shyly… [as he] felt the boat sway lightly under him. “Nice? Itstheonlything,” said the Water Rat solemnly, as he learnt forward for his stroke.

Reading really is the “only thing” for it is the key to absolutely everything else.


At St. Mary’s we know the importance of reading, and we make it our greatest endeavour to help every child at our school become a reader. Reading is at the heart of everything we do at St. Mary’s and it is our aim to promote, encourage and inspire a love of reading for life.

At Bridport St. Mary’s, we are all readers and writers. More than any other subject, Literacy and especially reading - gives pupils access to the rest of the curriculum and is fundamental to our educational success. Through reading and writing, pupils’ eyes are opened to what it is to be human; we explore how writers create meaning, and we enjoy the beauty and power of language. We aim to create thoughtful writers who can write for a range of audiences and purposes. At St. Mary’s we are committed to giving ALL children the very best teaching and support so that our pupils become readers who love reading and are able to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.

By the end of Year 6 children will:

  • Develop positive attitudes towards the written word through an enjoyment of reading books and writing
  • Read and write a varied selection of genres for different purposes and a range of audiences
  • Develop reading strategies for approaching unfamiliar manuscripts; using and applying phonological, contextual and grammatical knowledge to read with fluency and understanding
  • Use reading and writing as a way of gathering and presenting information to support learning throughout the entire curriculum
  • Write with an individual writing voice which shows an awareness of when formal or informal writing is required
  • Be confident with the use of grammar and punctuation to communicate clearly through writing
  • Independently apply a range of spelling strategies to spell words correctly
  • Form letters correctly, leading to a fluent and legible handwriting style
  • Communicate effectively: developing listening skills, presenting skills and the ability to read aloud confidently
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar