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Reading for Pleasure

At Asquith, reading is based at the heart of everything we do. It allows children to be transported to other worlds and immersed in the lives of fictional characters. They learn new words, phrases, experience new emotions, and acquire skills and knowledge. 


It is a commonly said that a child’s future academic success is directly linked to their reading proficiency.


Reading for Pleasure in School


Children are read to at least once every day. These are high quality texts from our book spine, supplemented with additional texts that teachers have chosen for enjoyment. Once a week our children enjoy listening to poems by a range of different poets. High quality texts are also used to enhance other parts of our curriculum, including writing, PHSE and history. In Key Stage 1, children visit our school library once a week and share books. Children are encouraged to spend time in classroom book corners, choosing their own books to look at.

Asquith Read Spine 2022

Foundation 1


We're going on a bear hunt

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

Jasper's beanstalk

Dear Zoo

The Train Ride

Shark in the Park

Foundation 2



Astro Girl

The Odd Egg

Oi Frog

Peace At Last

Hairy McClary

Year 1


The Jolly Postman 

Tiger Walk

Lost and Found 


Look Up

The Last Wolf 

Year 2


Leon and the Place between

The Owl Who Was Afraid of Dark

The Whale Who Wanted More

The Day the Crayons Quit

Bear and Rabbit - A Bad King is a Sad Thing

Lubna and Pebble 

Year 3/4

Cycle A


The Hodgeheg

Podgekin One Ear

Alice in Wonderland

The Last Bear

Diary of a Killer Cat

The House with Chicken Legs

Year 3/4

Cycle B


Stig of the Dump

My Dad’s a Birdman

The Iron Man

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Year 5/ 6

Cycle A


Letters from the Lighthouse

Cirque du Freak

This morning I met a whale

Beyond the Frozen Horizon

Clockwork and Skellig

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Year 5/6

Cycle B


Beowulf and the Monster

The Hobbit

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Wolf Boy

Welcome to Nowhere

Pig Heart Boy