St Olave’s has quality children's literature at the heart of all learning. Our mission is to instil a love of reading and a confidence with words - written and spoken - in all our pupils. The Power of Reading encompasses the English curriculum. Years 1-6 are given a range of quality material which is used as a literary focus throughout the year. This ensures our children are exposed to a rich mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

The teaching of reading at St Olave’s, in addition to writing, speaking and listening takes place across the whole curriculum; such as the skill of writing an accurate report in science, a reasoned argument in debate or interpreting research collated for a history project.