Inspire. Enrich. Achieve.

I love to read because you can enter a new world for a while. Reading lets you be different people and live in different places. 

-Kelsie, Year 6

At St Peter’s, we aim to create successful, fluent, readers who will monitor their understanding of what they are reading and review the text when something does not make sense. Every half term, each class will use a key text that is linked to their topic as a driver. This text is then used across a variety of lessons and disciplines. In reading lessons, pupils are explicitly taught strategies including inference, questioning, retrieval, summarising, prediction and activating prior knowledge. The pupils use these strategies to check how well they comprehend what they have read, and overcome barriers to comprehension. This approach is taught through a ‘whole class’ structure where a challenging text is shared. This text could be an extract from the class text, a non-fiction text, a poem or another literary genre linked to the overarching topic. Pupils develop skills in skimming and scanning, forming opinions, thinking aloud, asking questions, getting the gist, connecting to prior knowledge, inference and prediction. These skills are applied by the pupils with increased independence when interacting with texts across all curriculum areas. Pupils are exposed to a rich and varied reading curriculum which helps them develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Class Texts 2023-2024

Class Texts: Year 1


Text linked to Topic – Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox


Text linked to Topic – Topsy and Tim Visit London by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Diversity Text – Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne


Text linked to Topic – Whiffy Wilson: The Boy Who Wouldn’t go to School by Carol Hart

Diversity Text  – Bear Shaped by Dawn Coulture-Quittendon

Class Texts: Year 2


Text linked to Topic – Rosa Parks (Little People Big Dreams) by Lisbeth Kaiser

Diversity Text – The Telescope by Louise Glück


Text linked to Topic – Katie Morag and the New Pier by Mairi Hedderwick

Diversity Text – Billy and The Beast by Nadia Shereen 


Text linked to Topic – Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan 

Diversity Text  – Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beatty 

Class Texts: Year 3


Text linked to Topic – Littlenose The Hero by John Grant

Diversity Text – The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Rauf


Text linked to Topic – The Firework Makers Daughter by Philip Pullman

Diversity Text – The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers 


Text linked to Topic – Roman Tales, The Goose Guards by Terry Deary 

Diversity Text  – Who’s a Big Bully Then? by Michael Morpurgo 

Class Texts: Year 4


Text linked to Topic – The Saga of Eric The Viking by Terry Jones

Diversity Text – The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher 


Text linked to Topic – King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo

Diversity Text –  I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott


Text linked to Topic – Secrets Of A Sun King by Emma Carrol

Class Texts: Year 5


Text linked to Topic – Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan


Text linked to Topic – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Diversity Text – Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan 


Text linked to Topic – Survivors by David Long and Kerry Hyndman

Diversity Text – Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans 

Class Texts: Year 6


Text linked to Topic – The Boy At The Top of The Mountain: John Boyne 

Diversity Text – The Arrival by Shaun Tan 


Text linked to Topic – The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Diversity Text – 


Text linked to Topic – Freedom by Catherine Johnson

Diversity Text – Can You See Me Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcote