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 Fisher

Autumn - Stories by Julia Donaldson

Spring - Stories from other Cultures

Summer - The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson

Class 2 - Miss Patchett

Autumn - George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (Cycle A) The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton (Cycle B)

Spring - The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (Cycle A) Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (Cycle B)

Summer - The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith (Cycle A) Paddington by Michael Bond (Cycle B)

Class 3 - Mrs Tart and Mr Marchant

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) The Boy At the Back of the Class: by Onjali Rauf (Cycle B)

Summer - When the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo (Cycle A) Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (Cycle B)

Class 4 - Miss Watson and Mr Marchant

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

Spring - The Wheel of Surya by Jamila Gavin (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)