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 Mrs Redford-James is our Reading Lead and Mrs Marsh is our RWInc Lead

Reading Curriculum


At St Mabyn school, through God’s love we learn, grow and flourish together.


 St Mabyn Church of England Primary School

Our school is one part of a family of well-connected schools. It is a small, nurturing school packed full of love:  love for one another; love for learning; love for our neighbours and community and love for God. It comfortably sits in the heart of a picturesque, small rural village being over looked by St Mabyn Church. In our school, adults and children collaborate to create a safe learning environment where everyone can flourish and achieve greatness, becoming curious imaginative life-long learners. St Mabyn School is the gateway through which the future possibility of the adult emerges.

1 John 3:18

"My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth,"



At St Mabyn Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, we recognise that reading and writing skills underpin all areas of our school curriculum and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become life-long readers.

Statement of Intent

Our Reading curriculum is shaped by our school vision, values and curriculum drivers CAN:-


Develop a Caring heart- Children will find out who they are, their place within the world and how they fit in.

Develop an Active mind and body- Children will have the wisdom to use their knowledge and skills to be the best learners now and for their future.

Develop a Nurturing character- Children will stand up for themselves and others; respect each other, be prepared for personal challenge and successfully collaborate.


We, at St Mabyn, intend to make reading a priority for every child and adult. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to understand a wide range of texts. By the end of Year 6, all children should be able to read fluently, with confidence in a range of subjects. We understand the importance of the role of parents/carers in supporting their children with reading, and we want a home-school relationship which enables parents/carers to understand how to help children further progress their reading skills through using high quality texts. We want pupils to gain a good knowledge of a variety of authors, and understand more about their lives through texts. Above all, we want pupils to develop a love for reading both in and out of school.


“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.” – Neil Gaiman




RWI Phonics


We follow the Read Write Inc. scheme to teach reading and phonics, which we supplement with additional reading materials. Our teachers and teaching assistants deliver a rigorous and consistent approach that ensures each book is matched to the correct phonics level. In EYFS and KS1 (Class 1), pupils have a daily Read Write Inc. Session, as well as daily reading with an adult. Children from Key Stage 2 that have not completed the Read Write Inc Programme participate in RWI sessions, and are assessed regularly to ensure phonics is pitched at the correct level.


Love Reading


At St Mabyn, we promote a love for reading through daily story time, investigating stories through the use of drama, outdoor learning and ICT. Our children enjoy taking part in our ‘Reading in exciting places’ challenges, which also encourages engagement in reading outside of school.

We have also developed a ‘must read’ reading spine. We have chosen to base our Reading Spine on “The 5 Plagues of the Developing Reader” from Doug Lemov’s ‘Reading Reconsidered’ to ensure pupils have exposure to a wide range of texts.

“I opened a book and in I strode
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.”

  • Julia Donaldson
The Celtic Cross