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Reading at The Grange School

Every year group tutor reads aloud to their tutor group for at least 15 minutes three times a week with students tracking using reading rulers.
2350 The Grange 088The canon of books has been purposely constructed so that students not only develop a love of reading, but are also exposed to a range of reading sources that offer a high value of cultural capital; it will allow them to see how literature has developed and evolved from the 19th century to present day. Furthermore, research suggests that it ensures that all students expand their vocabulary and recognise complex use of sentence structure and punctuation as a purposeful device within literary art. The canon has not merely been designed based on subjective teachers’ love of reading but up-to-date research.

2021-2022 Canon:   


Year 7

‘Treasure Island’ R.L. Stevenson

‘A Terrible thing happened to Barnaby Brockett’, John Boyne

 ‘The Secret Garden’, Francis Hodgson Burnett

‘Bear Grylls, Mud, Sweat and Tears’ Non-Fiction

Year 8

‘Sherlock Holmes’ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley 

‘Life of Pi’, Yann Marten

‘Going Solo’, Roald Dahl Non-Fictio

Year 9  

‘The Book Thief’, Markus Zusak

‘I am Malala’, by Malala Yousafzai, co-written with Christina Lamb, Non-Fiction

‘A Christmas Carol’, Charles Dickens

‘Animal Farm’, George Orwell

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Harper Lee

Year 10

‘Lord of the Flies’, William Goulding

‘War of the Worlds’, H.G. Wells

Non-Fiction texts from selected Newspaper Articles

‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, Douglas Adams

Year 11-Revision of GCSE texts

‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’, Mark Haddon novel

‘Jekyll and Hyde’, R.L. Stevenson

AQA Non-fiction/Fiction anthology

Non-Fiction texts from selected Newspaper Articles

Home Learning

All students are set home learning in English on a weekly basis.

KS3: Every week, students are set Reading Plus which is designed to improve reading speed, vocabulary and inference skills, and to motivate and engage students.

KS4: Weekly home learning is to be done on-line wherever possible using either Seneca for revision of literature texts or MS Forms to revise key concepts and language skills.

Key Stage 4 Core Subject Information

Exam board: AQA

Qualification: 1 GCSE in English and 1 GCSE in English Literature

Curriculum Information

English Curriculum KS3 and KS4