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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust

Our Reading Spine

Pie Corbett's Reading Spine


We have recently invested in new books to form a  Reading Spine of core books for teachers to read aloud daily, from Nursery to Year 6.


Based on Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine, this is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story.


The aim of our reading spine is to:


  • Bring reading to life with a classic read aloud programme, selected by literacy expert Pie Corbett
  • Foster a love of reading with the best-loved books for Nursery to Year 6
  • Deepen comprehension and teach drama by drawing on the core books
  • Expose children to new and rich vocabulary and ideas


"Imagine a primary school where, over seven or eight years, children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with a core of around 80 books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the ‘reading spine’. Schools that have a reading spine build a common bank of stories that bind the community together.” 

Pie Corbett, Literacy expert

'No Outsiders'


To further enrich and enhance our reading spine, we have added a collection of books recommended by 'No Outsiders' to ensure that children are offered a broad range of texts, ideas and themes to equip them for life in modern Britain and the society in which we live.


Featuring diverse characters and themes, these books are intended to cover, in an age-appropriate way, ideas about gender, disability and difference, and celebrate diversity in all its forms.