READING

Reading for pleasure and purpose is at the heart of our school’s learning.  Most of the children of West Leigh come from language rich backgrounds and are fortunate enough to be rich in culture capital.   Our teachers are lead readers and aim to impart a love of reading by encouraging new and exciting texts, revisiting challenging classic texts and making reading a fun and fulfilling pastime with the use of book fairs, using social media and special book days.   

 

To support children in their reading development, we offer a wide range of provision from phonics reinforcement in Year 3 through to tackling challenging heritage texts in Upper Key Stage 2.  

 

Our children understand that when they read a text, they are seeking to understand not only the content of what they are reading but also the writer’s intent as communicators.  They have access to a wide range of non-fiction and fiction books that are used not only in English lessons but across the entire curriculum to ensure a depth of understanding.   

 

Layered Reading is at the heart of the reading progression at West Leigh Junior School.  We are proud of the quality of teaching and learning which takes place during these weekly sessions; they are an invaluable opportunity to expose children to quality texts where they can connect with characters and be challenged in their approach to reading.  

 

At West Leigh, the children have access to well-stocked bookshelves which are regularly replenished in addition to a library which is used for both recreational and learning purposes.  The children’s book choices are monitored and supervised by the teachers and learning support assistants to ensure appropriate challenge and engagement.  Where children need additional support to improve as readers, regular opportunities are identified for reading aloud and working with trained adults as a means to support fluency and comprehension skills.

BOOK REVIEWS

Have you read a book recently which you would love to share?  Are you wanting to scream from the rooftops about what happened at the end or desperate to talk to someone about the amazing plot with its twists and turns but fear the spoiler alert!  Look no more!  

 

Please write a book review and submit it to your teacher at school or email it to westleighreads@wljs.porticoacademytrust.co.uk, so that you can encourage others to join in with the adventure.  All you need to do is use the document here and include all the relevant information.  The book can be a classic, one from our book lists or a completely new and exciting read.  Whatever it may be, submit your review and wait to see if you get published on the school website. 

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LOWER SCHOOL

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Theme - Animal

  • All Because of Jackson - Dick King-Smith

  • Animal Ark - Lucy Daniels

  • Animals of Farthing Wood Series - Colin Dann

  • Charlotte's Web - E.B White

  • Doctor Dolittle - Hugh Lofting

  • Dumb Creatures - Jeanne Willis

  • Lazy Daisy - Rob Lewis

  • Magic Kitten Series - Sue Bentley

  • Mr Poppers's penguin - Richard & Florence Atwater

  • Mrs Cockle's Cat - Phillips Pearce

  • Picasso Perkins - Adele Geras

  • Pig in the Middle - Sam Llewelyn

  • Puppy Patrol - Jenny Dale

  • Puppy Place Series - Ellen Miles

  • Sheltie - Peter Clover

  • The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo

  • The Dog Who Changed the World - Robert Leeson

  • The Great Elephant Chase - Gillian Corss

  • The Midnight Fox - Betsy Byars

  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark - Jill Tomlinson

  • The Peppermint Pig - Nina Bawden

  • The Railway Cat - Phyllis Arkle

  • The tales of Olga da Polga - Michael Bond

  • The Village Dinosaur - Phyllis Arkle

  • The Werepuppy - Jacqueline Wilson

  • Willa and Old Miss Annie - Berlie Doherty

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Theme - Historial 

  • War Games - Michael Foreman

  • Carrie's War - Nina Bawden

  • Daisy May - Jean Ure

  • The Adventures of King Arthur - A Wilkes

  • The Amazing Advetures of Hercules, Jason and the gold Fleece - C Zef

  • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips - Michael Morpurgo

  • The Children of Green Knowe - Lucy M Boston

  • The Diary of a Medieval Squire/A Young Elizabethan Actor - Moira Butterfield

  • The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths - Geraldine McCaughrean

  • The Revolting Rabbles - Susan Gates

  • The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia - Caroline Lawrence

  • The Time Travelling Cat - Julia Jarman

  • Tom's Private War - G. Leeson

  • Trouble at the Mill - Philip Wooderson

  • William Shakespeare Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer - Mick Manning

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Theme - Adventure/Action 

  • Beast Quest Series - Adam Blade

  • Black Queen - Michael Morpurgo

  • How to Train Your Dragon - Helen Cresswell

  • Astrosaurs Series - Steve cole

  • Cows in Action - Steve Cole

  • Dancing Bear - Michael Morpurgo

  • Dimanche Diller - Henrietta Bradford

  • Emil and the Detectives- Erich Kastner

  • Harry the Poisonous Centipede - Lynne Reid Banks

  • How to Steal a Dragon Sword - Cressida Cowell

  • Ice Palace - Robert Swindells

  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night - Janet Ahlberg

  • Lizzie Dripping- Helen Cresswell

  • Milly Molly Mandy Series - Joyce Lankster Brisley

  • Operation Gadgetman! - Malorie Blackman

  • Seven Werid Days at Number 31 - Judy Allen

  • Spy Dog Series - Andrew Cope

  • The Falcon's Malteser - Anthony Horowitz

  • The Great Elephant Chase - Gillian Cross

  • The House that Sailed Away - Pat Hutchins

  • The Invisible Boy - Trudy Ludwig

  • The World According to Humphrey - Betty G Birney

  • Toots Underwater - Carol Shields

  • Unusual Day - Sandi Toksvig

  • Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World - Georgia Pritchett

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Theme - Humour

  • Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

  • Awful Auntie - David Walliams

  • Desirable - Frank Cottrell Boyce

  • Dilly the Dinosaur Series - Tony Bradman

  • Dirtie Bertie Series - David Roberts

  • Eddie Dicken Series - Philip Ardagh

  • Freckle Juice - Judy Blume

  • Fudge Series - Judy Blume

  • Horrid Henry - Francesca Simon

  • Jennifer's Diary - Anne Fine

  • Jeremy James Series - David Henry Wilson

  • Judy Moody Series - M McDonald

  • Just William - Richard Crompton

  • Little Wolf - Ian Whybrow

  • Mr Gum Series - Andy Stanton

  • Mr Stink - David Walliams

  • Mrs Armitage Series - Quentin Blake

  • Ms Wiz Series - Terence Blacker

  • My Naughty Little Sister - Dorothy Edwards

  • Pongwiffy Series - Kaye Umansky

  • Ratburger - David Walliams

  • Revolting Poetry to Make You Squirm - Susie Gibbs

  • The 13 Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths

  • The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams

  • Vernon bright Series - Steve Barlow

  • Vlad the Drac Series - Ann Jungman

  • Walking the Bridge of your Nose - Michael Rosen

  • Who's in the Loo? - Jeanne Willis

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Theme - Spooky/Mystery

  • Beaver Towers - Nigel Hinton

  • Dog in the Dungeon - Lucy Daniels

  • The Charlie Moon Series - Shirley Hughes

  • The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth - Eoin Colfer

  • The Sandman and the Turtles - Michael Morpurgo

  • The snow spider Trilogy - Jenny Nimmo

  • The Watchers - Helen Cresswell

  • The Way to Sattin Shore - Phillipa Pearce

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Theme - Fantasy

  • A Necklace of Raindrops - Joan Aiken

  • Angels Unlimited - Annie Dalton

  • Araminta Spook series - Angie Sage

  • Cosmo and the Great witch escape - Gwyneth Rees

  • Cosmo and the Secret Spell - Gwyneth Rees

  • Grizzly Tales Nasty Little Beasts - James Rix

  • Mrs Pepperpot Stories - Alf Proyen

  • My Secret Unicorn - Linda Chapman

  • Rainbow Magic - Daisy Meadows

  • The Boy Who Could Fly - Sally Gardner

  • The Enchanted Horse - Magdalen Nabb

  • The Fairy Series - Gwyenth Rees

  • The Invisible Boy - Sally Gardner

  • The Reluctant Drago - Kenneth Grahme

  • The Secret World of Polly Flint - Helen Cresswell

  • The Smallest Girl Ever - Sally Gardner

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles - Tony Diterlizzi

  • The Strongest Girl in the World - Sally Gardner

  • The Worst Witch Series - Jill Murphy

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Well-loved Authors 

  • Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol

  • P.L Travers - Mary Poppins Series

  • Phillipa Pearce - Tom's midnight Garden

  • A.A Milne - Winnie the Pooh Collection

  • Enid Blyton - The Famous Five Series/ The Secret Seven Series 

       The Magic Faraway Tree

  • Roald Dahl - The BFG

       Matilda

  • Jacqueline Wilson - Sleepovers

       The Suitcase Kid

UPPER SCHOOL

  • Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne - Classic Fiction

  •  Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne - Classic Fiction

  • The Railway Children - E Nesbit - Classic Fiction

  • Five children and It - E Nesbit - Classic Fiction

  • The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - Classic Fiction

  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Classic Fiction

  • The Lost Prince - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Classic Fiction

  • Black Beauty - Anna Sewell - Classic Fiction

  • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson - Classic Fiction

  • Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson - Classic Fiction

  • Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain - Classic Fiction

  • The Hobbit - J RR Tolkien - Classic Fiction

  • Moonfleet - J Meade Falkner - Classic Fiction

  • Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Classic Fiction

  • The Call of the Wild - Jack London - Classic Fiction

  • Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling - Classic Fiction

  • The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling - Classic Fiction

  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott - Classic Fiction

  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader - CS Lewis - Classic Fiction

  • The Horse and his Boy - CS Lewis - Classic Fiction

  • The Silver Chair - CS Lewis - Classic Fiction

  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - Classic Fiction

  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - Classic Fiction

  • Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens - Classic Fiction

  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Classic Fiction

  • Silas Marner - George Eliot - Classic Fiction

  • Stories of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Classic Fiction

  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Classic Fiction

  • Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - Classic Fiction

  • The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupery - Classic Fiction

  • Anne of Green Gables - L.M Montgomery - Classic Fiction

  • The Wizard of Oz - Frank L Baum - Classic Fiction

  • Peter Pan - J M Barrie - Classic Fiction

  • The Lady of Shallot - Alfred Lord Tennyson - Classic Poetry

  • The Selfish Giant - Oscar Wilde - Classic Fiction

  • The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn - Mark Twain - Classic 

  • The Silver Sword - Ian Serrallier - Classic Fiction

  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster Classic Fiction

  • Goodnight Mr Tom - Michael Magorian - Modern Classic 

  • His Dark Materials Trilogy - Phillip Pullman - Classic Fantasy

    • Northern Lights​

    • ​The Subtle Knife​

    • The Amber Spyglass

  • The Sally Lockhart Series - Philip Pullman - Modern Classic (historical fiction)

    • Ruby in the Smoke​

    • The Shadow in the North

    • The Tiger in the Well

    • The Tin Princess

  • The Harry potter Series - J K Rowling - Modern Classic/ Fantasy Adventure

    • The Philosopher's Stone​

    • The Chamber of Secrets

    • The Prisoner of Azkaban

    • The Goblet of Fire

    • The Order of the Phoenix

    • The Half-Blood Prince 

    • The deathly Hallows 

  • The wreck of the Zanzibar - Michael Morpurgo - Modern Classics

    • The White Horse of Zennor​

    • Private Peaceful

    • Kensuke's Kingdom

    • From Hereabout Hill

    • Warhorse

  • The Rabbit Girl - Mary Arrigan - Wartime Adventure

  • Catching Falling Stars - Karen Mccombie - Wartime Adventure

  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr - Wartime Adventure

    • A Small Person Far Away

    • Bombs on Aunt Dainty​​

  • The Alex Rider Series - Anthony Horowitz - Modern Classics

    • ​​The Diamond Brothers Series 

    • Groosham Grange

    • The Power of Five Series

  •  Tom's Midnight Garden - Phillipa Pearce - Modern Classics

  • A Dog So Small - Phillipa Pearce - Modern Classics

  • The Borrowers - Mary Norton - Modern Classics

  • The Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid Banks - Modern Classics

  • Tiger, Tiger - Lynne Reid Banks - Modern Classics

  • The Ghost of Thomas Kempe - Penelope Lively - Modern Classics

  • A Stitch in Time - Penelope Lively - Modern Classics 

  • Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson - Modern Classics

  • The Star of Kazan - Eva Ibbotson - Modern Classics 

  • Gentle Ben - Walt Morey - Modern Classics 

  • A Candle in the Dark - Adele Geras - Modern Classics 

  • Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan - Fantasy 

  • The Divide Trilogy - Elizabeth Kay - Fantasy

  • Spiderwick Chronicles - Holly Black - Fantasy

  • The Edge Chronicles Series - Paul Stewart/ Chris Ridell - Fantasy/Adventure

  • The Wakening - Paul Stewart - Fantasy/Horror

  • The Weather Witch - Paul Stewart - Fantasy/Horror

  • The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell - Adventure

    • Rooftoppers​

    • ​The Girl Savage​

    • The Good Thieves 

  • Room 13 - Robert Swindells - Classic Fantasy/ Horror/ Timeslip

    • Timesnatch​​

    • Inside the Worm

    • Jacqueline Hyde

    • Blitzed

  • Jimmy Coates Series - Joe Craig - Action

    • Killer​

    • Taregt

    • Revenge

    • Sabotage

    • Survival

    • Power

    • Blackout

  • Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce - Fiction

    • Framed​

    • Millions

    • The Unforgotten Coat ​​

  • Feather Boy - Nicky Singer - Fiction/Issues​

  • Holes - Louis Sachar - Fiction/Issues

    • Small Steps​

  • Pigheart Boy - Maloire Blackman - Stories that Raise Issues​

    • Hacker​

    • Noughts and Crosses

    • Tell me No Lies

  • Teacher's Pet - Morris Gleitzman - Stories that Raise Issues

    • Once ​​​

  • Face - Benjamin Zephaniah - Stories that Raise Issues

  • Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle - Stories that Raise Issues

  • Wonder - R J Palacio - Stories that Raise Issues

  • Seekers - Erin Hunter - Fiction

  • Solider Dog - Sam Angus - Fiction

  • The Chinese Cinderella - Adeline Yen-Mah - Autobiography

  • Lion Boy - Zizou Corder - Quest/Adventure

  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson - Science Fiction

  • The Wheel of Surya - Jamila Gavin - Historical Novel

  • Watership Down - Richard Adams - Modern Classic

  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding - Classic

  • The Box of Delights - John Masefield - Fanstasy

  • The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliffe - Historical Saga

    • Beowolf: Dragon Salyer​

    • ​Black Ships Before Troy​

  • The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak - Adventure

  • Haroun & the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie - Fiction

  • Forever X - Geraldine McCaughrean - Adventure 

    • The Kite Runner​

  • Mariah Mundi - GP Taylor - Fantasy

    • The Midas Box​

    • ​The Ghost Diamond​

    • Ship of Fools

  • Frost Hollow Hall - Emma Carroll - Historical Fiction

    • The Girl Who Walked on Air​

    • ​In Darkling Wood​

  • Goldfish Boy - Lisa Thompson - Mystery

    • The Light Jar​

    • The Day I was Erased

  • The Dog who Saved the World - Ross Welford - Fantasy

    • The 1000-Year-Old Boy​

    • Time-Travelling with a Hamster

    • What Not to Do if you Turn Invisible

  • The Boy who Flew - Fleur Hitchock - Historical Adventure

  • A Pinch of Magic - Michelle Williamson - Fantasy

  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair - Lara Williamson - Stories that Raise Issues

  • The Bubble Boy - Stewart Foster - Stories that Raise Issues

  • The Dream Snatcher - Abi Elphinstone - Fantasy Thriller

    • The Shadow Keeper

    • Sky song

    • Rumblestar

  • The Train to Impossible Places - PG Bell - Fantasy

  • Eleven - Tom Rogers - Fact-based Novel

  • The Last Chance Hotel - Nicki Thornton - Mystery

  • The Boy at the Back of the Class - Onjali Rauf - Issues

  • Boy Underwater - Adam Baron - Issues

  • Ella on the Outside - Cath Howe - Issues

  • The Legend of Podkin One Ear - Kieran Larwood - Fantasy 

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