Our Reading Spine

The Reading Spine is a core collection of texts that children will read each year. This has been selected so that children enjoy a rich and varied diet of literature, meet well-known authors, and are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary. Children may study elements of these stories during whole-class and shared reading opportunities, in guided group settings and also during independent reading. They may also feature in English lessons, when classes can study them in greater depth. 

File icon: pdf Reading Spine KS2 [pdf 170KB] Click to download

Reading Challenges

Here are our recommended Year 5 and 6 reading lists, which gives an overview of suitable titles for children in the final year of Key Stage 2. Reading these titles will help to provide children with experience of a range of text-types and a wide vocabulary. The titles highlighted titles on the list will be studied as part of our English curriculum this year. 

File icon: pdf Year 5 reading list [pdf 676KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y6 Reading List [pdf 404KB] Click to download

Virtual Library - Author and Title Suggestions

Latest recommendations! 

We love to read at The Meadows! If you are looking for a new author to try, follow the links below. You will meet new authors and hear about some of their latest writing. The book covers are shown above. Watch the videos to find out what inspired them to write their stories!

External Link Icon Rashford Rules
by Simon Mugford and Dan Green
External Link Icon Booked
by Kwame Alexander
External Link Icon Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest
by Harry Heape
External Link Icon Stars with Flaming Tails
by Valerie Bloom
External Link Icon Defeat the Evernight
by Ross MacKenzie
External Link Icon The Boy Who Made the World Disappear
by Ben Miller
External Link Icon Boy, Everywhere
by A. M. Dassu
External Link Icon Dragon Mountain
by Katie and Kevin Tsang
External Link Icon We're On the Ball
by Venessa Taylor
External Link Icon The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
by Will Mabbitt