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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
  • The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • The Little Red Hen by Jonathan Allen
  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
  • 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)
  • Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo
  • 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



  • The Queen’s Knickers (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 / Mrs Claus (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)


  • Penguins – information text geography (TWS)
  • Pinocchio (Carlo Collodi book) Fairy Tale narrative (TWS)
  • Ghanaian Goldilocks




  • In My Heart: A book of feelings (Jo Witek) (TWS) PSHE
  • The Great Fire of London (Emma Adams) – diary entry HISTORY (TWS)
  • Firework night by Andrew Collett – Senses poem (TWS)
  • George and the Dragon* (Christopher Wormell book) Legend British Values (TWS)
  • Little Red Reading Hood* by Lucy Rowland – Narrative, traditional tale with a twist (TWS)
  • The True story of the Three Little Pigs* - Jon Scieszka Traditional tale/Narrative (TWS)

*Traditional Tales or Legend dependent on cohort

  • The great Kapok Tree (Lynn Cherry) – narrative Geography
  • There’s an orangutan in my bedroom – persuasive letter Geography
  • This is how we do it (Matt Lamothe) – letter PSHE/Geography
  • The Secret of Black Rock (Joe Todd-Stanton) – Narrative (adventure) Science (TWS)
  • Dougal’s deep sea diary (Simon Bartram) diary
  • Big Cats – non-chronological report Science/Geography (TWS)
  • Plants (by DK) – Information text Science (TWS)
  • Lila & the secret of the rain (David Conway) Stories from other cultures/Narrative
  • Meerkat Mail (Emily Gravett) – postcards
  • Samson’s Titanic Journey - narrative


  • Stone Age Boy (Satoshi Kitamura book) – adventure story History (TWS)
  • How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth (Michelle Robinson book) – instructions History
  • An Anthology of Intriguing Animals (Ben Hoare book) – non-chronological report Science (TWS)
  • The Crow’s Tale (Naomi Howarth book) – Fables (TWS)
  • Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl book)
  • Egyptian Cinderella (Shirley Climo book) – Fairy Tale History
  • Fantastically Great Women Who Made History (Kate Pankhurst book) – Biography History (TWS)
  • Journey (Aaron Becker book) – adventure narrative (TWS)
  • The River – shape poem Geography (TWS)
  • The Wind in the Willows and Dearest Mouse Letters (Kenneth Graeme books) – persuasive letter Geography


  • Escape from Pompeii (Christina Balit book) - historical narrative and persuasive information text History / Geography (both TWS)
  • The Journal of Iliona – Young Slave (Richard Platt book) - report / journal History (TWS)
  • The Iron Man (Ted Hughes book) - Newspaper article Science (TWS)
  • The Iron Woman (Ted Hughes book) – persuasive speech Science (TWS)
  • The Fastest Boy in the World (Elizabeth Laird book) P.E.
  • 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)


  • Beowulf (Michael Morpurgo book) – Legend narrative (TWS) and Persuasive Battle Speech (TWS) History
  • Nowhere Emporium (Ross MacKenzie book) (TWS) mystery genre - various independent writing tasks 


  • The Arrival (Shaun Tan book) -narrative & poetry PSHE
  • Cosmic (Frank Cottrell-Boyce book) - Science Fiction narrative (TWS) Science
  • Mars Transmission report / journal - Science (TWS)
  • Explanation - Science  
  • The Secret of the Night Train (Sylvia Bishop book) - Geography
  • The Highwayman (Alfred Noyes book) Narrative Poetry (TWS)
  • Plastic pollution – persuasive letter (TWS) PSHE


  • Private Peaceful (Michael Morpurgo book) – letters (TWS) History
  • Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen) – poetry History
  • Alma (Film) – horror / spooky narrative
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens book) – persuasive letter (TWS)
  • Pig Heart Boy (Malorie Blackman) - newspapers & discussion text Science
  • Skellig (David Almond book) - Non-chronological report Science (TWS)
  • Carl Linnaeus & Charles Darwin – biographies / autobiographies Science
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo book) - adventure narrative Geography (TWS)