Our reading spine

Our reading spine is the books that we expect children to engage with. All books are quality texts and have been carefully mapped out so that they provide children with a rich and varied diet of literature. They are progressive in both their difficulty to read and their concepts to understand.

Early Years Reading Spine

When children enter into our academy into the early years, they immediately begin their reading journey. Throughout the course of the early years, children engage with the following texts in depth. Areas within the classroom are set up and themed around the book they are reading so that they can explore and understand the book through play. These texts build up across the two years and prepare them for the demands of the KS1 reading spine.

Nursery Core Text

Reception Core Text

Dear Zoo Gruffalo 
TitchThe Little Red Hen
Rosie’s WalkRoom on the Broom
Meg and Mog Winnie the Witch 
The Enormous TurnipOwl babies
Brown Bear, Brown BearWhatever Next 
Polar Bear, Polar BearNativity 
Dear SantaThe Jolly Postman / Christmas 
Lost and foundSshhhh
My Mum and Dad make me LaughClever Sticks 
Not now Bernard The Gingerbread Man
Goldilocks and the Three BearsThe Ugly Duckling 
Three Little PigsJack and the Beanstalk
Jaspers BeanOliver’s Veg/ Fruit Salad
Where’s Spot?The Teeny Weeny Tadpole
What the Ladybird Heard.Duck In a Truck
What the Ladybird Heard NextHanda’s surprise 
Come on daisy.Armitage on Wheels
Hungry CaterpillarMr Gumpy’s Outing 
We’re going on a Bear HuntNon- fiction growing and planting 
Where’s my Teddy?Tiger who Came for Tea
Train RideSnail and the Whale 

Our KS1 and KS2 reading spine is made up of two elements:

Core Texts:

These are the texts that children will look at in depth in their lessons. They will be used to develop the key skills of reading that are outlined within the national curriculum. Children will look at these books everyday for approximately 40 minutes.

Independent Reads:

These are books which are available for children and we expect them to take home and read. We believe that these texts are important for all children in independently developing their own reading skills, but also their own love of reading.  We track how many of these books each child has read and put in support to encourage reluctant readers.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Core Texts

·Dogger (Shirley Hughes)

 The Tunnel

(Anthony Browne)

This Morning I Met A Whale (Michael Morpurgo)

Iron Man

(Ted Hughes)

Kensuke’s Kingdom(Michael Morpurgo)Black Powder (Ally Sherrick)
Tin Forest

The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark

(Jill Tomlinson)

The Firework Maker’s Daughter

(Phillip Pullman)

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

(JK Rowling)

Flood landCogheart(Peter Bunzl)
Traction ManThe Great Kapok Tree ( Lynne Cherry)

Charlotte’s Web

(EB White)

KrindlekraxWho Let The Gods Out? (Maz Evans)The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, (John Boyne)
George’s Marvellous Medicine (Roald Dahl)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Books children are expected to read independently throughout the year

Katie Morag Island Stroies (Mairi Hedderwick) The Bear and The Piano David Litchfield)The Diary Of A Killer Cat (Anne Fine)Varjak Paw, SF saidGaslight, Eloise Williams/Pigheart Boy, Malorie BlackmanThe Island At The End Of Everything
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen)The Three Wolves and The Bog Bad Pig (Eugene Trivizas)Flat Stanley (Geoff Brown)My Brother Is a Superhero, David SolomonMortal Engines, Phillip Reeve/Pax, Sara PennypackerThe Viewer
The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson)Meerkat Mail (Emily Gravett)The Battle Of Bubble and Squeak (Philippa Pearce)Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Chris RiddellSuitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson/The Boy at the back of the classTom’s Midnight Garden
The Tiger Who Came To Tea (Judith Kerr)The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch (Ronda Armitage)Mr Penguin (Alex Smith)The Demon Headmaster, Gillian CrossGoodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian/Oranges in No Man’s LandGranny
Winnie and Wilbur (Valerie Thomas)The Big Book of The Blue (Yuval Zommer)The Worst Witch (Jill Murphy)How to Train your dragon, Cressida CowellThe Nowhere Emporium, Ross McKenzieThe Light Jar

Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)

Into The Forest (Anthony Browne)Gorilla (Anthony Browne)Friend or Foe, Michael MorpurgoMold and The Posion Plot, Lorraine GregoryA Monster Calls
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)The Book With No Pictures (DJ Nevak)The Butterfly Lion (Michael Morpurgo)Voices In the Park, Anthony BrowneGoldfish Boy, Lisa ThompsonThe Wolf Wilder
The Bad Tempered Ladybird  (Eric Carle)A Planet Full of Plastic (Neal Layton)The Great Chocoplot ( Chris Callaghan)One Dog and His Boy, Eva IbbotsonRoom 13, Robert SwindellsWater Tower
Paddington (Michael Bond)Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary (Simon Bartram)You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum (Tom Fletcher)The Lost happy Endings, Carol Ann DuffeyWonder, RJ PalacioRose Blanche
Owl Babies (Martin Waddell)The Tear Thief (Carol Ann Duffy)Heard it in the playground (Allan Ahlberg)The Boy Who Grew Dragons, Andy ShepherdA series of unfortunate events, Lemony SnickettGreat Adventurers
Cops and Robbers (Jane and Allan Ahlberg)The Clue Is In the Poo (Andy Seed)The Nothing Here Hotel (Steven Butler)  Shackleton’s Journey, William GillClockwork, Phillip PullmanThe Boy Who Flew
The Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister)Grandad’s Island (Benji Davies)Stuart Little (EB White)Max and The Millions, Ross MontgomeryStig Of The Dump, Clive King/The Polar Bear Explorer’s clubSky Chasers
Meg and Mog (Helen Nicoll)The Way Back Home (Oliver Jeffers)The Angel of Nitshill Road (Anne Fine)Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamilloAdolphus Tips, Michael MorpurgoThe Explorer
Pumpkin Soup (Helen Cooper)A First Poetry Book (Pie Corbett)The Accidental prime Minister (Tom Mclaughlin)I don’t like poetry, Joshua SiegalBrightstormSkellig, David Almond
The adventures of the dish and the spoon (Mini Grey)Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (Emily Cromwell)Bill’s New Frock (Anne Fine)Fortunately the milk, Neil GaimanThe matchbox diaryThe arrival, Shaun Tan
Peace at last (Jill Murphy)Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets (Jeanna Willis)Harry The Poisonous Centipede (Lynne Reid Banks)Town Is By the Sea, Sydney SouthHow to live foreverThe Hobbit, JRR Tolkein
The Emperor of Absurdia (Chris Ridell)Fungus the Bogeyman (Raymond Briggs)Captain Underpants (Dav Pilkey)The Story Of Tutankhamun (non-fiction)CoralineLetters from the lighthouse, Emma Carroll
A dark, dark tale (Ruth Brown)The Very Best of Brian Moses’ Poems for Young ChildrenCharlie and the Chocolate factory (Roald Dahl) The Wild Robot, Peter BrownBacteriaThe House With Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson
Not now, Bernard (David Mckee)Mrs Wobble The Waitress (Janet and Allan Ahlberg)The Abominables ( Eva Ibbotson)A street through time (non-fiction)Happy PoemsThe Girl Of Ink and Stars, K Hargrave
Lost and Found (Oliver Jeffers)Press Here (Herve Tullet)Diary Of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)Amelia Fang and The Barbaric Ball, Laura Ellen AndersonThe infinite lives of Maisie DayRooftoppers, K Rundell
The Book of fantastic first poems (June Crebbin)The Day The Crayons Quit (Oliver Jeffers)More Naughty Little Sister Stories (Dorothy Edwards)Real Life Mysteries (non-fiction)The Bubble BoyNevermoor, Jessica Townsend
The Dark (Lemony Snickett)Salty Dogs (Matty Long)The Orchard Book Of First Greek Myths ( Saviour Pirotta)The Legend Of Podkin One Ear (Kieran Larwood)FartherBeetleboy, MG Leanord
Mister Magnolia (Quentin Blake)Mr Wolf’s Pancakes (Jan Fearnley)Horrid Henry (Francesca Simon)Secrets of a Sun King, Emma CarrollSecret Platform 13Time Travelling With A Hamster, Ross Welford
Hairy Maclary (Lynley Dodd)Amazing Grace (Mary Hoffman)A Moment In Time (Thomas Hegbrook)The Famous Five, Enid BlytonJourney to Jo’BurgHoles, Louis Sachar
Man on the moon (Simon Bartrum)Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl)The Hodgeheg (Dick King Smith)Flotsam, David WiesnerSpike Milligan’s Silly Verse for kidsThe Star Spun Web
The Pirates Next Door (Jonny Duddle)Don’t Look In This Book (Samuel Lawsley Swan)Hansel and Gretel (Anthony Browne)Curiosity, Marcus MotumA kid in my class 
Funny Bones (Janet and Allan Ahlberg) Journey ( Aaron Becker)Stig Of The Dump, Clive King