Reading is the gateway to learning! 


At St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School and Pre-School we endeavour to foster a deep and meaningful love of reading within the children, and it is for this reason that it is central to our curriculum. Not only is reading seen as an immensely powerful tool – igniting children’s imagination and creativity, but it also provides them with purposeful and practical knowledge for their futures. We teach children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension, but we also develop a love of reading. To that end, we want every child to leave St Catherine’s as fluent readers that have had the opportunities to explore a wide range of text types.


With the recent introduction of a new library space, every child has access to a multitude of modern texts, as well as classic novels, that they will be encouraged to spend time with as part of their weekly timetable. Reading for pleasure is actively encouraged at St Catherine’s – a message that extends out of the school walls, as we hope that children will gain confidence expressing their love of reading at home.

Useful Reading Resources to Replace Reading Books

Whilst we are unable to provide reading books during the lock-down we are able to signpost sites that are providing free access to reading books and resources. Please click on these links: (Audio books)

(Free 30 day sign up for over 40,000 books and resources.)

A great document for finding books similar to those authors you love:

This site is arranged by book band colours that you will be familiar with.