Reading In English

Y7 English Curriculum: full list of texts studied


The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (Form reader)

The Invisible Boy, Alyssa Hollingworth (Form reader)

The Good Thieves, Katherine Rundell


Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare


Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

About His Person, Simon Armitage

Kid, Simon Armitage

Infant Joy, William Blake

Infant Sorrow, William Blake

Miller’s End, Charles Causeley

The Witch, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

Tich Miller, Wendy Cope

Maggie and Milly and Molly and May, e e cummings

Mama Dot, Fred D’Aguiar

Dry August Burned, Walter De la Mare

Hope is the Thing With Feathers, Emily Dickinson

In Mrs Tilscher’s Class, Carol Ann Duffy

Fifth Grade Autobiography, Rita Dove

The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman

Baby Shoes, Ernest Hemmingway

A Night at a Cottage, Richard Hughes

Friends, Elizabeth Jennings

About Friends, Brian Jones

The Choosing, Liz Lochhead

In Flanders Fields, John McCrae

We Shall Keep the Faith, Moina Michael

Autobiography in Five Chapters , Portia Nelson

A Friend, Brian Olley

Everyone, Theodore Roethke

The Apple Raid, Vernon Scannell.

Sonnet 130, William Shakespeare

The Seven Ages of Man, William Shakespeare

Fifteen, William Stafford

Traveling Through the Dark, William Stafford

The Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred Tennyson

This is Just to Say, William Carlos Williams

A Girl Named Jack, Jacqueline Woodson


Blackbird, Lennon & McCartney

Eleanor Rigby, Lennon & McCartney

She’s leaving Home, Lennon & McCartney

In My Life, Lennon & McCartney

Penny Lane, Lennon & McCartney

Strawberry Fields Forever, Lennon & McCartney

Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton

Fiction Extracts:

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

I, Ada, Julia Grey

1984, George Orwell

Short Stories:

The Built-up Sole, David Almond

The Flying Machine, Ray Bradbury

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce

The Guilty, Al Feldstein and Wallace Wood

Tickits, Paul Milenski

Spit Nolan, Bill Naughton

Rain Before Rainbows, Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Paula Brown’s New Snowsuit, Sylvia Plath

Job, Roger Robinson

Sredni Vashtar, Saki

The Open Window, Saki

 When the Wasps Drowned, Clare Wigfall

The Myth of Pandora

The Bridge


The Day I Realised My Mum Was White, Akala

Commencement Speech, Chadwick Boseman

Extract from Stranger Thank Kindness, Nick Cave

Extracts from Boy Tales of Childhood, Roald Dahl:

A Drive in the Motorcar

A Visit to the Doctor

The Elephant, Geprge Orwell

Street Trash, Tony Parsons

Songteller, Dolly Parton

A letter to my younger self, Marcus Rashford

Spaghetti Bolognese from Toast, Nigel Slater

Letter about Child Prisoners, Oscar Wilde

Extract from I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai


Y8 English Curriculum: full list of texts studied


A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness


Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare

Poetry & Lyrics:

The Lamb, William Blake

The Tyger, William Blake

A Poison Tree, William Blake

Devil Inside Me, Frank Carter

Blessing, Imtiaz Dharker

Night of the Scorpion, Nissim Ezekiel

Hawk Roosting, Ted Hughes

Rain, Rain, Rain, Anoop Lokkur

The Sea, James Reeves

Evening, Percy Bysshe Shelley

A Winter Bluejay, Sara Teasdale

Daffodils, William Wordsworth

Fiction Extracts:

The Woman in Black, Susan Hill

The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters

Short Stories:

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Anonymous

At Chrighton Abbey, Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The Signalman, Charles Dickens

Not Now Bernard, David McKee

If Only It Were True, Mark Levy

The Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe

Here and Beyond, Edith Wharton


Britain's ancient yews: mystical, magnificent – and unprotected, Patrick Barkham

How to write a modern ghost story, Joanna Briscoe

Hillsborough Justice, speeches by Andy Burnham

The Redhand Files: Letter to Cynthia, Nick Cave

Speech, Rosie Cooper

Gothic Motifs, The British Library

The Role of ghosts in our mind, Sigmund Freud

Remarks At The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Bill Signing Ceremony, Judith E. Heumann

Find Your Strengths, Jonathan Mooney

Speech by Bernie Sanders

Dear England, Gareth Southgate

The Disenchantment of the World, Max Weber

Speech about George Floyd, Brooke Williams

Yew Trees Helping to Fight Cancer, from The National Trust website


A selection of print and media adverts for a range of household products


Y9 English Curriculum: full list of texts studied


Blood Brothers, Willy Russell

Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare



Thief, Malorie Blackman



In Flanders Fields, John McCrae

Disabled, Wilfred Owen

Dulce et Decorum Est, Wilfred Owen

The Send-Off, Wilfred Owen

Who’s for the Game? Jessie Pope

The Falling Leaves, Margaret Postgate Cole

Suicide in the Trenches, Siegfried Sassoon


Fiction Extracts:

Gas Attack! from All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Missing from a Child in Time, Ian McEwan

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne


Short Stories:

The Landlady, Roald Dahl

Lamb to the Slaughter, Roald Dahl

The Lottery, Shirley Jackson

Aesop’s fables



Notes from A Small Island – London, Bill Bryson

Inauguration Speech as President of South Africa 1994, Nelson Mandela

Hello London travel blog

The Lonely Planet: A Perfect Day in London blog

Extract from: The Lonely Planet Guide to South Africa

48 Hours in Liverpool blog

News report - Terrified diver swallowed whole by 60,000lb whale who had mistaken him for food, Daily Mirror

News report, Meghan gets twice as many negative headlines as positive, analysis finds, The Guardian, January 2020


Film Shorts:

Video to the song Happier by Marshmello ft. Bastille

French Roast

The Piano


The Jigsaw

KS4 English Curriculum: full list of texts studied


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson


An Inspector Calls, J. B. Priestley

Macbeth, William Shakespeare


The Manhunt by Simon Armitage

Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

London by William Blake

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

Living Space by Imtiaz Dharker

As Imperceptibly as Grief by Emily Dickinson

Cozy Apologia by Rita Dove

Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

A Wife in London by Thomas Hardy

Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes

To Autumn by John Keats

Afternoons by Philip Larkin

Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Mametz Wood by Owen Sheers

Excerpt from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Fiction Extracts:

Skellig, David Almond

Once in a House on Fire, Andrea Ashworth

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Short Stories:

Death by Scrabble, Charlie Fisher

Let it Snow, David Sedaris

The New Boy, Geddes Thompson


Extract from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Review: Inside Out, David Edwards

Review: The BFG, David Edwards

Ink Positive, David Robson

Article: “Mad for Manchester? Why the capital of the North is the perfect place for a family getaway”, The Guardian

Film Shorts:

Opening of film adaptation: Enduring Love, Ian McEwan,