A Core Text Approach to Reading


Reading a book together, engaging in book talk and providing creative activities around the text will enhance enjoyment, engagement and reader response.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

During your child’s time at Eastnor Primary School, we aim to give them the experience of a wide range of children’s books and develop a lifelong love of reading. We have embedded a very successful - and popular - core text approach in our English curriculum which enables all of our children to be inspired and challenged each term. This is complemented by a wide range of other reading material, including non-fiction and poetry.

Being exposed to high level texts is crucial. Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know: it also helps them develop a rich understanding of language and vocabulary which supports high level comprehension skills and writing.

Core Texts at Eastnor Primary School

Class 1 - Miss Davies

Autumn - A range of Traditional Tales/Fairy Tales

Spring - Stories by Julia Donaldson

Summer - Stories by Oliver Jefferson

Class 2 - Miss Patchett and Miss Fisher

Autumn - George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (Cycle A) Paddington by Michael Bond (Cycle B)

Spring - The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (Cycle A) Charlotte's Webb by E. B. White (Cycle B)

Summer - The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith (Cycle A) The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (Cycle B)

Class 3 - Mrs Tart

Autumn - Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (Cycle A) The Railway Children by E Nesbit (Cycle B)

Spring - The wolf wilder by Katherine Rundell (Cycle A) Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (Cycle B)

Summer - When the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo (Cycle A) A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare (Cycle B)

Class 4 - Miss Watson

Autumn - Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling (Cycle A) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Cycle B)

Spring - War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Cycle A) The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (Cycle B)

Summer - Skellig by David Almond (Cycle A) Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (Cycle B)