At St Michael's School, reading is at the heart of all that we do. We have mindfully curated a bespoke sequence of texts that span from reception to year six. We believe that it is important for children engage with books that have stories and characters that they can relate to and see themselves in. With that in mind, we have incorporated a range of texts and genres that explore different religions, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. To ensure that our children experience a rich reading diet, each book/text has been selected to fit into one or more of our key categories: empathy, inclusive, culturally diverse, classics, modern classics, poetry, picture and Shakespeare.
Please click on the link below to find out which book we are reading in class each week. Each book will have a link to a YouTube 'read aloud' clip for you to listen to at home. We would love to see you enjoying the stories at home too, so please send any pictures or observations to your class teacher using the Tapestry App.
Please see below for more details on the books given to Reception:
Reception Reading Curriculum
Engaging, exciting and funny.
Engaging/ thought provoking. Encourages lots of book talk.
The Colour Monster
Empathy – encourages children to discuss and identify how they feel. Links to Ruby’s Worry in year 1.
Rumble in the Jungle
Poetry –repetitive rhyme
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Three Little Pigs
Mad About Minibeasts
Non Fiction/picture book/ poetry
Poetry. Links to Gruffalo’s Child in year 1.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Little Red Riding Hood
Encourages imagination/book talk/oracy.
Each Peach Pear Plum
Classic picture book
Silly Suzy Goose
Picture Book/inclusivity (links nicely to Simon Sock –standing out)
Wacky picture book.
Humpty Dumpty discusses future jobs- great for book talk.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Poetry. Repetitive language. Teaches children about colours.
The Runaway Chapatti
Traditional tale. Retelling of the Gingerbread man.
Picture book/ relatable (about growing up). Links to Jack and the Beanstalk in 2 and our books about growth/lifecycles.
Engaging, alternative text type. Fits into greater sequence of books on weather/seasons.
Non fiction/picture book
The Magic Paintbrush
Would be more suited to the end of the year! Traditional Chinese folktale/picture book/poetry
Shells, the Popup Book
We have many seaside books in the sequence to reflect our ‘institutional context.
Non fiction/picture/pop up
Giraffes Can’t Dance
The Lion Inside
Empathy/ picture/modern classic. Links to our core values.
Modern Classic/culturally diverse/picture book.
Coming to England
Institutional context/ relatable to our children.
All Are Welcome
Inclusive/ diversity/ picture book. Celebrates other’s cultures and traditions. Links to Hats book and Proudest Blue which are covered in KS1.