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Whole School Text Overview

At Holy Trinity we believe that avid readers make confident writers. The table below maps out the main high-quality texts used in each year group to ensure a rich and varied reading diet for all pupils.


TWS units

Cross-curricular links

Book Genre / Outcomes



Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term



  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to school by Ian Whybrow
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs say ‘Rahh!’ by Ian Whybrow
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • The Little Red Hen by Jonathan Allen
  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
  • All About Me! - Scarf
  • All are Welcome! Alexandra Penfold
  • Keep smiling! By Floella Benjamin
  • Pumpkin soup by Helen Cooper
  • Dipla’s Diwali
  • The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
  • Get Well Santa by Julie Sykes
  • The First Christmas by Miles Kelly


  • Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney’s
  • Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (TWS)
  • Burglar Bill by Janeta and Allan Ahlberg
  • Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen
  • Penguins in the Fridge by Nicola Moon
  • Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley
  • Dear Dinosaur by Chae Strathie
  • How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace
  • Oi Frog by Kes Gray
  • Frog is Frog by Max Velthuijs
  • The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain
  • Eggs and Chicks by Fiona Patchett
  • Chick to Hen (Big Cat)

Rosie’s Walk (TWS) by Pat Hutchins

Oliver’s Vegetables by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French

Handa’s Surprise (TWS) by Eileen Browne

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

I Love Animals by Flora McDonnell

The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy

The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Aaaarrgghh Spider! By Lydia Monks

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Superworm by Julia Donaldson


Year 1

  • The King’s Pants (Nicholas Allan book) – recount History
  • Ruby’s Worry (Tom Percival book) – story PSHE (TWS)
  • On Sudden Hill (Linda Sarah book) – familiar setting story PSHE (TWS)
  • Things in a wizard’s pocket (Ian McMillan (poem) – list poem
  • Fireworks – senses poetry (TWS)
  • Mog’s Christmas Calamity (Film)
  • The Way Back Home (Oliver Jeffers book) story Science / History (TWS)
  • How to Make a Chocolate Mug Cake / Chocolate Cake (Michael Morpurgo book) – instructions Science (TWS)
  • Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram Narrative
  • Toys and Games (Sally Hewitt) Report History (TWS)


  • Grandad’s Island Narrative Adventure (TWS)
  • Song of the Sea (TWS) Narrative Myth  
  • Neil Armstrong and the Space Race non-fiction
  • When I am By Myself (Eloise Greenfield Poem) TWS
  • Trees at Holy Trinity Non-fiction


  • The Colour Monster (TWS) PSHE explanation
  • The Great Fire of London (TWS) History non-fiction diary
  • Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland – Narrative, traditional tale with a twist (TWS)


  • Hibernation non-chronological report (TWS) Science
  • The Bog Baby PSHE- Letter writing and narrative
  • In my Heart- a Book of Feelings (TWS) PSHE- Lyrical Explanation
  • The Day the Crayons Quit persuasive letter (TWS)
  • The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark adventure narrative (TWS)


  • Stone Age Boy (Satoshi Kitamura book) – adventure story History (TWS)
  • How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth (Michelle Robinson book) – instructions History
  • The Crow’s Tale (Naomi Howarth book) – Fables (TWS)


  • Egyptian Cinderella (Shirley Climo book) – Fairy Tale History
  • Secrets of the Sun King diary History (TWS)
  • Journey (Aaron Becker book) – adventure narrative (TWS)
  • Skeletons and Muscles – non-chronological report Science (TWS)
  • The Colour Collector Poetry (TWS)


  • The Iron Man (Ted Hughes book) – News Report Science (TWS)
  • Explorer (Katherine Rundell) Geography (TWS)
  • Escape from Pompeii (Christina Balit book) - historical narrative History / Geography (TWS)
  • Earthquakes - Non-chronological report Geography
  • The Journal of Iliona – Young Slave (Richard Platt book) - report / journal History (TWS)
  • The Fastest Boy in the World (Elizabeth Laird book) P.E. narrative
  • Once Upon a Raindrop (James Carter book) – explanation Science(TWS)
  • Rhythm of The Rain (Graheme Baker Smith book) – Haiku / Cinquain poems Science
  • Theseus and the Minotaur – play / myth History (TWS)


  • Mars Transmission report / journal - Science (TWS)
  • Explanation text - Science  
  • How to build a rocket Instructions Science
  • Nowhere Emporium (Ross MacKenzie book) (TWS) mystery / fantasy genre


  • Beowulf (Michael Morpurgo book) – Legend narrative (TWS) History
  • The Secret of the Night Train (Sylvia Bishop book) - Geography


  • The Highwayman (Alfred Noyes book) Narrative Poetry (TWS)
  • Plastic pollution – persuasive letter (TWS) PSHE
  • The Arrival (Shaun Tan book) -narrative & poetry PSHE (TWS)


  • Pig Heart Boy (Malorie Blackman) - explanation text Science
  • Alma (Film) – horror / spooky narrative
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens book) – persuasive letter (TWS)
  • The Origins of the Species (TWS) non-chronological report Science
  • War Poetry – A Christmas Truce Carol-Ann Duffy
  • Private Peaceful (Michael Morpurgo book) – letters (TWS) History
  • Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen) – poetry History
  • David Attenborough Biographies Science (TWS)
  • Letters from the Trenches (TWS) History
  • Discussion Texts
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo book) - adventure narrative Geography (TWS)
  • Holes narrative  
  • Discussion texts non-fiction
  • Letters of complaint non-fiction