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'Imagine a primary school where over 7 to 8 years children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with around 82 core books. These 'essential reads' would be a store of classic, creating a living library inside a child's mind. This is the readings spine.'

Pie Corbett - Pie Corbett's reading spine.

 

At St. Mary's we have adapted this reading spine to ensure that all of our children will be continually immersed in a high quality texts throughout their journey with us.

The topic overview below show how each topic is linked to the essential text for the half term.

 

Please contact the Head of School, Mrs Rathbone (srathbone@stmarysnewman.co.uk),  for any further information you require about the school's curriculum.

2018/2019

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 1

Once upon a time

Avocado Baby

Stafford Castle

Celebrate with a bang

Elmer

​Panto

 

 

Polar Regions

Lost and Found

 

On the Move

Cops and Robbers

​The Think Tank

Going on Safari

The Tiger who came to Tea

 

Land Ahoy

Where the Wild Things are

Llandudno

 

 

 

 

Year 2

Where in the World

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Book?

 

 

 

Brilliant Britain

The Flower

 

 

 

 

A Light in the Darkness

The Owl who was afraid of the Dark

Hanley Museum - Toys in the past

 

 

Chocolate

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Chocolate

 

Walk on the Wildside

Gorilla

Peak Wildlife

Earth and Beyond

 ​Dr Xargle

 

 

Year 3

Where in the World?

Hansel and Gretel

The Weeping Window - Middleport Pottery

 

 

 

CATastrophes in Britian

Cat Tales

Plague Doctor in School

Lands of Awe and Wonder

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 

Incredible Iron Age

The Iron Man

​Roman Visitor in School

 

Battles that made Britain

 ​The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Chester

 

 

Monstrous Mountains

The Abominables

Climbing Wall

 

 

Year 4

Africa

Journey to Jo'burg

 

 

Local History and Geography Studies

Voices in the Park

Gladstone Pottery Museum

 

 
 

 

 

Local History and Geography Studies

Charlotte's Web

​Localities Visits

 

Anglo Saxons and Vikings

The Snow Walker's Son

Viking in School

 

Rivers and Earthquakes

Why the Whales Came

​River Study Visit

 

 

 

Asia

The Firework Maker's Daughter

 

 

 

Year 5

Ancient Egypt

Varjak Paw

 ​Alton Castle(Residential)

West Park Museum - Egyptian Workshop

 

 

Victorians

Street Child

​Sudbury Hall (Museum of Childhood)

 

The Ancient Greeks

FArTHER

​Hanley Museum - Ancient Greeks

 

 

Oranges in No Man's Land

Oranges in No Man's Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Jungle Book

​Indian Restaurant

North and South America

Midnight Fox

​France (Residential)

Year 6

The Magical World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the

Philosopher's Stone

​Harry Potter World

 

Stanley Head (Residential)

 

 

 

 

 

WW2

Fireweed

 

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

 

 

Disasters

Holes / The Arrival

​Liverpool Maritime Museum

Rainforests

Journey to the River Sea

Chester Zoo

France (Residential)

 

 

 

 

 

Key

                     Topic

 

Book

 

Educational Visit

 

 

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