Reading at Penketh High

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance.

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

Our reading Curriculum supports our pupils to improve their reading skills as well as exposing them to a wider range of reading materials to foster a love of reading.

Reading for Pleasure

Throughout Y7 – Y10, all pupils have a reading session once a week. The novels and poetry collections have been chosen to allow pupils to experience a range of topics, styles and genres to support their own wider reading.

These sessions are supported by discussions and activities that allow pupils to develop their own opinions and gain confidence in a range of reading strategies. 

  Autumn Spring Summer
Y7 Everything all at once – Steven Camden

I am David – Anne Holm

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Ayre – A retelling by Tanya Landman Twelfth day of July – Joan Lingard
Y8 Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights – A retelling by Tanya Landman


The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon

The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon

Y9 Animal Farm – George Orwell To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Y10 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury  


To support reading at home, take a look at these reading lists:


Books for Reluctant Readers

Books for Y7

Books for Y8

Books for Y9 

Historical Fiction



Reimagined Classics

Romance and Relationships

School Stories

Super Readable Books

Graphic Novels

KS4 14-16yrs Reluctant Readers

Year 10 age 14-15

Yr 11-13 age 15-18


Reading Curriculum

Pupils follow a structured reading curriculum, one hour a week.  Pupils are exposed to the skills to make them effective readers to ensure all pupils who leave PSH are ‘word rich’.

Effective reader strategies:
Predict Make informed guesses about the text
Skim Read quickly through the text to get the gist of understanding
Scan Quickly search through a text searching for a specific word/phrase/number
Read closely Pay close attention to sentences, taking time to understand meaning
Question Ask questions about a text to clarify ideas
Read backwards and forwards The confidence to move through a text, including re-reading, to make connections or clarify ideas
Empathise Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they feel
Visualise See a picture in your mind to gain a better impression or understanding of a text
Infer Read between the lines to find the writer’s intended meaning


Extracts are taken from novels as well as non-fiction texts. You might want to carry on reading them so here is a list, be aware that some of the novels have some mature content in other parts of the novel.

Reading Autumn Term Spring term Summer term
Year 7 High School


School Uniform

Mallory Towers

Victorian Schools

The fun we had

Cider with Rosie

World’s most dangerous school run

Middle school – the worst days of my life


Night School




Love & Family

The Hideaway

Artichoke hearts

Silent Stars

Little Women

Know my place

What’s a normal family?

Things that will not change

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha!

Pride and Prejudice


Boys don’t cry

And the mountains echoed


Friendship & conflict

No one here is lonely

The history of Northern Ireland


The teenage guide to friendship

Private Peaceful

The Hunger games








Year 8 Passion & Revenge


Miss Havisham

Healthy Relationships

Madame Doubtfire

The Princess Bride

Letters Home


Emily Bronte

To all the boys I’ve loved before

Wuthering Heights




Kids like us

A different sort of normal

The unforgotten coat

Nelson Mandela

Mark Haddon

Oranges are not the only fruit

The Curious Incident…

A study in scarlet

Red Dust Road

What is gender?

Stay a little longer


Non-verbal communication

When we were Vikings

The life of a banana

The house on Mango street

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time (stage adaptation)

Emily Davidson





Year 9 Power & Equality

The mouse and the Lion

I know why the caged bird sings

Workers of the world – Unite!

The Devil Wears Prada

George Orwell

Old Major’s speech

Russian Revolution

Harrison Bergeron

Lord of the Flies




Good Vs Evil

The boy behind the wall

The Pendle Witches

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Evil Thing

The Hobbit

Real life Spiderman

Chinese Cinderella

The Krays

Throne of glass


The Witches

Atticus Finch

Good Vs Evil

Stay a little longer

Harper Lee

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone

The Klu Klux Klan

Artemis Fowl

To Kill a Mockingbird

Anne Frank







Holistic development provides enrichment experiences to support wider engagement and develop key learning characteristics important for future study and employment.  These experiences can help develop passions for life and facilitate successful lifelong learners. Within the Reading Curriculum we offer a number of enrichment opportunities within our Enrichment sessions as well as Author visits and workshops and links with colleges and universities.

Assessment and Support

Pupils have formative assessments each term which allow their progress to be monitored. We then provide support as needed both in school and resources for support at home.

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