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Upper School

Our class texts are selected by the staff to inspire and engage the children by exposing them to high-quality texts. These novels and stories are often chosen because they have a link to the overarching history or geography topic too. These books are read from cover to cover and explored deeply through whole class reading aloud, direct teaching of reading skills using the text and writing units inspired by the story and characters. In this way, the children are exposed to and are guided through novels that they can get their teeth stuck into and experiencing authors and stories that they may not have picked up off the shelf themselves.

    Anglo Saxon Boy - Tony Bradman

    A novel that both the children and adults can really sink their teath into. We all enjoy this story where history and fiction combine to surprise the children when they learn that the characters in the pages are the same from the history books! This text exposes the children to interesting and high-level vocabulary whilst engaging the gruesome with its descriptions of the battles that commenced. Through reading this book, the pupils develop their inference and prediction skills as they focus on the emotions and fate of the main character, Magnus Godwinson. Some of the writing genres year 4 and 5 pupils study and compose based on this story are: descriptive writing, persuasive letters, diaries and reports.

Beowulf - Michael Morpurgo

Chosen for it's historical significance as the oldest suriviving English poem from the Anglo Saxon period, this epic poem has been enjoyed for hundreds of years, most recently by the year 5/6 children of Brudenell Primary. This story shows the kind of tale that the Anglo Saxons would share at their gatherings and celebrations but has being edited by the famous children's author, Michael Morpurgo, to make it suitable for children. When reading this book, the children are introduced to a wide range of vocabulary and get their toungue twisted by the old Saxon names. Through reading this book, the children develop the skills in defining words in context and making inferences; they also study the writing genres of persuasive letters and adverts, describing and writing action in narrative and diaries in role.

Viking Boy - Tony Bradman

The Great Kapok Tree - Lynne Cherry

Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson

Lightning Mary - Anthea Simmons

Stone Girl Bone Girl - Laurence Anholt

Friend or Foe - Michael Morpurgo

Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian

Secrets of a Sun King - Emma Carrol

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

 

Lower school

Our class texts are selected by the staff to inspire and engage the children by exposing them to high-quality texts. These novels and stories are often chosen because they have a link to the overarching history or geography topic too. These books are read from cover to cover and explored deeply through whole class reading aloud, direct teaching of reading skills using the text and writing units inspired by the story and characters. In this way, the children are exposed to and are guided through novels that they can get their teeth stuck into and experiencing authors and stories that they may not have picked up off the shelf themselves.

Meerkat Mail - Emily Gravitt

Lost Happy Endings - Carol Ann Duffy

The Street Beneath my Feet - Charlotte Guillion

 

 

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