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At Woodingdean Primary School,
we are committed to nurturing and developing inspired,
curious, independent and well-rounded children
with the self-belief to fulfil their potential.

Literature Spine

At Woodingdean Primary School, we are all committed to giving children equality of opportunity. We want all children at Woodingdean Primary School to love books and experience the joy of reading. The Literature Spine allows all children that go through this school to be exposed to the highest quality children’s literature, the absolute ‘must-reads’, regardless of their social and environmental circumstances. This would create a living library of classics in every child’s mind.

 In order to collate this we have drawn on the ideas of teaching staff, children, secondary colleagues, the local library service and literacy specialists to deliberately expose our children to inspirational authors and the key texts that we would want them to have encountered by the time they leave primary education. Certain books have been included to fit with the appropriate literacy topics for each year group. This list is by no means exhaustive and allows for teachers’ own enthusiasms and new finds.

Every child will be read to daily by their teacher during literacy lessons and also at various times throughout the day. For children in Foundation and Key Stage 1, this may initially be shorter picture books, designed to be read in one sitting, gradually moving into short chapter books by the end of the Key Stage. In Key Stage 2 there will be a class novel on the go where the teacher will read chapters at a time throughout the week.

All books on the Literature Spine are exposed to the children in a range of ways. These include; read in its entirety as the class novel or daily story, read in part within a literacy activity, read independently at home or during DEAR (Drop Everything and Read),  through the reading of fellow peer book reviews or as part of ‘Book Talk’ sessions. 

Below is a table showing all of the books on our Literature Spine. This is ever changing and added to regularly to keep up with the interests of the children and the changing world around us. If every child in our school read's the entire Literature Spine by the time they leave Woodingdean Primary School, they would have read over 100 children's classics!