Early readers and those not yet fluent follow the ReadWriteInc phonics programme. Once readers have achieved fluency in their decoding, they join the Literacy and Language programme.

Literacy and Language

The Paradigm Trust core reading and writing provision follows the Literacy and Language programme, which allocates four weeks per half term to fiction and two weeks to non-fiction. Following advice from English leads and subject coordinators, the non-fiction element of Literacy and Language was felt not to address the needs of disciplinary non-fiction – the vocabulary and text-types used within subject disciplines. Therefore subject groups have worked with the English leads to replace the Literacy and Language non-fiction texts with relevant and appropriate disciplinary texts for science, history, RE, geography, art/design/DT and PE.


The Paradigm Trust spelling provision follows the RWI spelling program; consisting of intensive synthetic phonics until the end of year 1 before pupils move onto a dedicated spelling program from year 2. From year 2, pupils will learn spelling patterns appropriate to the end of key stage expectations, with year 6 being a revision/consolidation year. There are consolidation units within the program, so we are able to robustly fill any gaps that might be present, to ensure all pupils are working at the correct level. All pupils are given a baseline test before starting the program – to ensure they are entered at the correct level. 

Shared Reading 

YearAut 1Aut 2Spr1Spr 2Sum 1Sum 2
1Peace at Last
Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
Six Dinner Sid
The Rainbow Fish
Handa’s Surprise
Room on the Broom
On the Way Home
Burglar BillI Love my Hair
We’re All Wonders
Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
Usborne the nutcracker? here
Usborne The princess and the pea? here
Usborne Black beauty? here
Usborne The Tinder Box? here 
Usborne The Wind in the Willows here
George and the dragon
Where the wild things are
Owl Babies
Hugless Douglas
Aliens Love Underpants
Slow Samson
Five minutes peace
Mog the forgetful cat
I’m in charge
Alice in Wonderland – Usborne
The Lorax
Winnie the witch
A little bit brave
How to be a viking
Hugless Douglas
One snowy night
The slightly annoying elephant
Ruby’s worry
Lost and found
My monster and me
James and the Giant Peach
Horton hears a who
2Hansel and Gretel
Wizard of Oz
The Highway Rat
The Proudest Blue
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o
Diary of a Killer Cat – Anne Fine
Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
Cliffhanger – Jaqueline Wilson hereUsborne Hercules hereAround the world in 80 days – Usborne
Aesop’s Fables
The Hare and the Tortoise 
The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywult
3The Twits – Roald DahlFablesThe fastest boy in the worldGangsta GrannyLittle Badman and the invasion of the Killer Aunties – Hamza Arshad and Henry Wright Toro Toro – Michael MorpurgoCharlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
4George’s Marvellous Medicine
The Tempest
The Boy in the Back of the ClassMatilda – Roald Dahl
Theseus and the minotaur
Malamander  -Thomas Taylor
Romulus and Remus
Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kästner
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
The boy in the Dress – David Walliams
A Series of Unfortunate events – The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
5Cirque du Freak – Darren O’Shaughnessy
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
Holes – Louis SacharWonder – R. J. PalacioArtemis Fowl – Eion Colfer
Macbeth – Tony Ross version  
Silverfin – Charlie Higson
Clockwork – Phillip Pullman
Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K Rowling
Running Wild – Michael Morpurgo
Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Margorian
6Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morporgo Journey to Jo’burg – Beverley NaidooThe Enemy – Charlie HigsonRomeo and Juliet
Nevermoor – Edgar Allan Poe
BeowulfThe Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. LewisA  Monster Calls – Patrick Ness  

KS3 Set Texts

Year Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
7Private PeacefulCultural PoetryThe TempestSci – Fi extractsNon-Fiction TextsOf Mice and Men
8Animal FarmA Christmas CarolThe Merchant of VeniceCultural Identity – poems and speechesFantasy ExtractsCreative Writing
9Dystopian ExtractsBlood BrothersRomeo and Juliet19th Century ExtractsWords of Protest – Poems and SpeechesPigeon English
Last updated August 25, 2022