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Meadowdale Primary School

 

Reading Spine

At Meadowdale, we have developed a ‘Reading Spine’ of core, high quality texts for each year group from EYFS to Year 6. Teachers have carefully chosen a selection of books that sit at the very core of the curriculum for their own year group. The books sometimes link to our topics but not always. They are shared with all of the children in different ways – they may be read to the children, used a stimulus for writing in English lessons or as a guided reader whereby children read and respond to them in a small group.

 

 

Foundation Stage

The Apple 

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The Haircut 

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The Little Red Hen 

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All About Me

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Farmer Duck

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Whatever Next

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Turtle's Day

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The Gingerbread Man

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The Christmas Story

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Kipper's Day

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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This is the Bear

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Peace at Last

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Pirates Love Underpants

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The Pirates Next Door

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We're Going On A Bear Hunt

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The Princess and the Wizard

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The Ugly Duckling

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Year 1

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear
by Martin Waddell

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Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

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The Elephant and the Bad Baby
by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

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Avocado Baby
by John Burningham

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
by Judith Kerr

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Dogger
by Shirley Hughes

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Cops and Robbers
Alan and Janet Ahlberg

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Elmer
by David McKee

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Knuffle Bunny
Mo Willems

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Year 2

Fantastic Mr Fox
by Roahl Dahl

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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
by Jill Tomlinson

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Meerkat Mail
by Emily Gravitate

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Traction Man is Here
by Mimi Grey

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Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers

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The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson

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The Stick Man
by Julia Donaldson

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Mog’s Christmas Calamity
by Judith Kerr

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Spy Dog
by Andy Cope

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A Boy Called Christmas
by Matt Haig

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Toby and the Great Fire of London
by Margaret Nash

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Year 3

The Iron Man
by Ted Hughes

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Beowolf
by Michael Morpurgo

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Revolting Rhymes
by Roald Dahl

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The Sheep-Pig
by Dick King-Smith

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Leon and the Place Between
by Graham Baker Smith

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Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown

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Voices in the Park
by Anthony Browne

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Year 4

Maroo and the Winter Caves
by Ann Turnbull

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Stone Age Boy
by Satoshi Kitamuri

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The First Drawing
by Mordicai Gerstein

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Stig of the Dump
by Clive King

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The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke

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Gabriella’s Song
by Kay Pollack

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Escape from Pompeii
by Christina Balit

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The Firework Maker’s Daughter
by Phillip Pullman

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The Thieves of Ostia
by Caroline Lawrence

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Year 5

Bob – The Man on the Moon
by Simon Bartram

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

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Journey to the River Sea
by Eva Ibbotson

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The Highwayman
by Alfred Noyes

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore
by W.E. Joyce

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Tuesday
by David Weisner

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Holes
by Louis Sachar

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Tom’s Midnight Garden
by Philippa Pearce

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Year 6

Skellig
by David Almond

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Clockwork
by Phillip Pullman

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The Arrival
by Shaun Tann

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Way Home
by Libby Hathorn

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Wonder
by R J Palacio

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Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

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The Odysseaus
by Homer

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Stormbreaker
by Anthony Horowitz

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