St Mary’s Year of Reading

Hello children and parents,


We hope that you are keeping well and safe. The staff are certainly missing seeing you all, especially for our Friday Reading for Pleasure sessions.

Lots of you have been accessing the story pages where teachers and children have been reading to you. We hope you like them.

Reading is a true gift and at St Mary’s we believe:

  • Our love of Reading opens minds and is the gateway to our future.
  • Teachers are the role models who show children how to read for enjoyment, meaning and to research.
  • We want children to read with fluency, enthusiasm and to have an informed view about what they read.

More importantly, this is what you said about Reading for Pleasure:

“It helps me to imagine another world.”

“It helps me to relax.”

“I like talking about what I’ve read to my friend.”

Therefore, we hope that you are continuing to do lots of reading for fun at home.

We would love to see your book recommendations about what you have read.

Some of the staff are part of a book club and we’ve had Zoom meetings to talk about the books that have been recommended to us.

This month, we are reading this:

With the absence of open libraries and book stores at the moment, below are some links for free e-books that you can read.
This award-winning website from Oxford University Press is your online resource for children’s books and other reading activities.

It’s designed to support their learning at school and at home. Once you register for free, you can access more than 250 free Oxford e-books for kids along with storytelling videos, games and guides that help them develop their reading skills.

Free Books for 7-11 Year Olds
Ten popular children’s books, read by their authors, for free.
The Book of Hopes
Words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown.
If these aren’t to your taste, Mrs Shore has found all of these links!