As part of our aim to establish strong links between school, parents and pupils, this section includes information about the curriculum we teach at St. Cuthbert’s.


To all our pupils,


Every day at St Cuthbert’s, the staff and governors are working to make sure that by the time you leave us:

  • You will embrace each other’s differences and show kindness and forgiveness to those around you, journeying towards a shared understanding of God’s love for one another.
  • You will understand how unique you are, believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities.
  • You will have experienced learning in many creative forms, though music and art, science, drama and debating. Through using the outdoors and practical activities, making extensive use of our school grounds, local area and beyond.
  • You will feel a part of your community and be proud of your school.
  • You will understand the shared responsibility we have to look after God’s World and encourage others to do so.
  • You will know the importance of making mistakes and spend your time learning and achieving from them.
  • You will know what it feels like to succeed and have achieved your very best
  • You will love learning new things and want to keep learning more by being inquisitive and asking questions.
  • You will know and understand friendship and have learned how to get along.




Marking in English

Phonics and Reading In The Early Years and KS1


  • In the Early Years we use the letters and sounds scheme of work alongside aspects of the jolly phonics. Using both ensures children have a broad and detailed understanding of early phonics.
  • Parents are invited to attend a phonics training session at the beginning of the year where all aspects of the reading and writing curriculum are explained so that they are able to support their children with their learning at home. 
  • Phonics flashcards and key words are sent home weekly, HFW are given on a half termly basis.
  • Reading homework is given weekly. Children take home 2 reading books, one of which is comes from the Phonics Bug guided reading scheme.
  • Book journals are given to all children so that children and parents are able to communicate about children’s reading progress.
  • A variety of reading schemes are used throughout KS1.
  • In KS1 Guided reading is taught daily.
  • Comprehension activities are sent out where appropriate for homework.
  • Phonics is taught daily, children are set into groups according to their ability.
  • Phonics lessons follow to strict 4 part structure as outlines in the Letters and Sounds scheme.
  • In the summer term of Year One children partake in the National phonics screening to assess their progress in reading and writing.
  • Parents and Lunchtime organisers are invited into school to read with the children.
  • Children are able to visit our school library and borrow a book.
  • As children enter our Nursery setting they are given a Book Time


Teaching and Learning of Reading


“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” Emilie Buchwald


At St Cuthbert'’s we strive to foster a love of reading at school and at home. At school we teach your child to read through systematic, daily phonics lessons and through Guided Reading sessions where strategies for reading are explicitly taught.


Reading daily at home provides your child with an opportunity to practice the skills that they have been learning.


The books that your child will bring home to practice reading will be at an easier level than the books that they have read during the Guided Reading session. Reading an easier book means your child can use all their reading strategies more readily and will see themselves as a successful, active reader.


We aim for your child to be a successful reader by 6 years of age and for them to leave St Cuthbert’s as competent, fluent readers who read for pleasure on a regular basis. Your role in this is vital.


You will find a download at the bottom of this page which suggests books and authors that they should enjoy at different age groups within school.


You will most likely find the books on the list in your local library. Local charity shops are also a great place to pick up cheap, quality books.


We have also created a list of favourite reads suggested by parents and grandparents of children in school.

Should you need any support with helping your child to read please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

There is also a fantastic article written by Michael Morpurgo outlining 101 books every child should read which you can link to here


Don’t forget….


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

We have put together some suggested reading lists for you and your child to work through. If you have any other suggestions to add please email them into the School Office

Early Years

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?    Bill Martin Jnr

Where’s Spot?     Eric Hill

Guess How Much I Love You     Sam McBratney and Garth Williams

The Little Red Hen        Byron Barton

The Very Hungry Caterpillar       Eric Carle

Clifford the Big Red Dog      Norman Bridwell

Owl Babies     Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Where the Wild Things Are        Maurice Sendak

Winnie the Pooh           A A Milne

The Tale of Peter Rabbit              Beatrix Potter

Stone Soup           Marcia Brown

Not Now Bernard       David McKee

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly       Pam Adams

Q Pootle 5      Nick Butterworth

The Gruffalo      Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Room on the Broom       Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Winnie the Witch          Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

The Elephant and the Bad Baby       Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt       Helen Oxenbury

Handa’s Surprise         Eileen Browne

I Will Never Eat a Tomato       Lauren Child

Rosie’s Walk          Pat and Laurence Hutchins

One Snowy Night        Nick Butterworth

Dear Zoo           Rod Campbell

The Rainbow Fish          Marcus Pfister

Dogger             Shirley Hughes

Farmer Duck           Martin Waddell

Once Their Were Giants          Martin Waddell and Penny Dale

Here Comes the Aliens          Colin McNaughton

Year 1

The Cat in the Hat                Dr Seuss

The Tiger Who Came to Tea              Judith Kerr

Hairy Maclary          Lynley Dodd

The Large Family Collection       Jill Murphy

Charlie and Lola             Lauren Child

The Smartest Giant in Town    Julia Donaldson

A Squash and a Squeeze      Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child      Julia Donaldson

The Gigantic Turnip      Aleksei Tolstoy

The Whisperer      Nick Butterworth

Mrs Armitage on Wheels        Quentin Blake

The Trouble with Jack           Shirley Hughe

My Friend Bear        Jez Alborough

Avocado Baby       John Burningham

A Bear Called Paddington         Michael Bond

Funnybones          Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman      Allan Ahlberg

Mister Magnolia         Quentin Blake

Katie Morag Series     Mairi Hedderwick

Frog and Toad are Friends         Arnold Lobel

The Princess and the Pea          Minnie Grey

Don’t Forget the Bacon        Pat Hutchins

Emperor of Absurdia      Chris Riddell

Year 2

The Cat Who Lost His Purr Michelle Coxon

Frightened Fred      Peta Coplans

Friends             Kim Lewis             

Mog Stories        Judith Kerr

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes        Jan Fearnley

Frog is Frog Max      Velthuijis

Cat and Mouse Story          Michael Rosen

The Snow Lady        Shirley Hughes

Grace and Family             Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

The Adventures of Captain Underpants         Dav Pilkey

The Diary of a Killer Cat           Anne Fine

Little Wolf’s Book of Badness          Ian Whybrow

Mr Men Series         Roger Hargreaves

Mrs Wobble the Waitress           Allan Alhberg

Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind         Jeremy Strong

George’s Marvellous Medicine            Roald Dahl

The Giraffe, Pelly and Me              Roald Dahl

The Guard Dog            Dick King-Smith

Emily’s Legs         Dick King-Smith

No Tights for George      Julia Crebbin

Princess Smarty-pants           Babette Cole

Prince Cinders        Babette Cole

Jolly Roger       Colin Mc Naughton

The Worst Witch          Jill Murphy

Year 3

The Butterfly Lion           Michael Morpurgo

Kensuke’s Kingdom            Michael Morpurgo

Billy the Kid         Michael Morpurgo

The Twits           Roald Dahl

Charlie and Chocolate Factory          Roald Dahl

The Magic Finger        Roald Dahl

Danny The Champion of the World      Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox        Roald Dahl

The BFG               Roald Dahl

The Sheep Pig          Dick King-Smith

Bill’s New Frock          Anne Fine

The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog       Jeremy Strong

Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog         Jeremy Strong

The Naughtiest Girl in the School          Enid Blyton

Secret Seven series             Enid Blyton

Famous Five series           Enid Blyton

Animal Ark series          Lucy Daniels

Horrid Henry series           Francesca Henry

 Charlotte’s Web        E B White

Flat Stanley         Jeff Brown

Fungus the Bogeyman          Raymond Briggs

Mystery Winklesea        Helen Cresswell

The Indian in the Cupboard         Lynne Reid Banks

Mr Majeika            Humphrey Carpenter

Please Mrs Butler        Allan Ahlberg

The Sam Pig Story Book      Alison Uttley

Railway Cat       Phyllis Arkle

The Hodgeheg       Dick King-Smith

Gregory Cool          Caroline Binch

Viking at School      Jeremy Strong

Awful Egyptians          Terry Deary

Stormin’ Normans         Terry Deary

Smashing Saxons          Terry Deary

Vicious Vikings              Terry Deary

Year 4

A Caribbean Dozen             John Agard & Grace Nicholls

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland                  ewis Carroll

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters               John Steptoe

Beowolf         Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Firework-Maker's Daughter           Philip Pullman

The Dragon's Child            Jenny Nimmo

The Ghost Blades            Anthony Masters

Sara, Plain and Tall           Patricia MacLachlan

Smart Girls               Robert Leeson

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky                      Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle

Robi Dobi               Madhur Jaffrey

The Reluctant Dragon              Kenneth Grahame

Flow              Pippa Goodhart

Dragon Poems          John Foster & Korky Paul T

The Crazy Shoe Shuffle         Gillian Cross

The Sea Piper        Helen Cresswell

The Chocolate Touch         Patrick Skene

Catling Spacebaby           Henrietta Branford

James and the Giant Peach        Roald Dahl

A Pot of Gold            Jill Bennett

Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice             Joan Aiken

The Clothes Horse            Allan Ahlberg

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night       Allan Ahlberg

The Dancing Bear         Michael Morpurgo

The Demon Headmaster          Gillian Cross

A Dog So Small         Phillipa Pearce

Emil and the Detectives       Erich Kastner

The Iron Man       Ted Hughes

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe             C S Lewis

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh           Robert C O’Brien

Stig of the Dump           Clive King

Diary of a Whimpy Kid Series        Jeff Kinney

Groovy Greeks      Terry Deary

Angry Aztecs           Terry Deary

Greek Myths for Young Children       Marcia Williams

The Orchard Book of Creation Stories       Margaret Mayo & Louise Brierley

Year 5

Water Wings             Morris Gleitzman

Blabbermouth           Morris Gleitzman

Belly Flop         Morris Gleitzman

The Diddakoi               Rumer Godden

Stormbreaker               Anthony Horowitz

Walter and Me           Michael  Morpurgo

Friend or Foe           Michael Morpurgo

Mister Monday              Garth Nix

Aquila             Andrew Norris

Harry and the Wrinklies            Alan Temperley

The Story of Tracy Beaker       Jacqueline Wilson

Double Act        Jacqueline Wilson

Northern Lights      Philip Pullman

A Christmas Carol       Charles Dickens

Dragon Rider         Cornelia Funke

Journey To Jo’burg      Beverly Naidoo

Journey to the River Sea       Eva Ibbotson

The Owl Service         Alan Garner

Pig Heart Boy         Malorie Blackman

How to Train your Dragon      Series Cressida Cowell

Watership Down       Richard Adams

The Wizard of Earthsea         Ursula K Le Guin

Wolves of Willoughby Chase       Joan Aiken

Where the Red Fern Grows         Wilson Rawls

Little Women         Louisa May Alcott

All Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea       Michael Morpurgo

Artemis Fowl       Eoin Colfer

The Wind in the Willows       Kenneth Grahame

Anne of Green Gables          L M Montgomery

Black Beauty         Anna Sewell

Holes        Louis Sachar

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom         Louis Sachar

Vicky Angel            Jacqueline Wilson

The Other Side of Truth         Beverley Naidoo

Harry Potter series          J K Rowling

Terrible Tudors        Terry Deary

Year 6

Carrie’s War        Nina Bawden

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit         Judith Kerr

Forgotten Voices of the 2nd World War             Max Arthur

The Diamond of Drury Lane         Julia Golding

Framed Frank       Cottrell Boyce

Homecoming      Cynthia Voigt

Noughts and Crosses       Malorie Blackman

Knife Edge    Malorie Blackman

Private Peaceful       Michael Morpurgo

Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾          Sue Townsend

Treasure Island           Robert Louis Stevenson

Mortal Engines           Philip Reeve

Clockwork           Philip Pullman

Dragon Keeper        Carole Wilkinson

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time        Mark Haddon

Peter Pan          J M Barrie

Wizard of Oz       F Baum

Robinson Crusoe       Daniel Defoe

Oliver Twist          Charles Dickens

Jungle Book        Rudyard Kipling

The Railway Children        E Nesbit

The Borrowers       M Norton

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn        Mark Twain

Alex Rider series        Anthony Horowitz

My Story series        Various authors

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Ed.       Otto H Frank

Boy Overboard         Morris Gleitzman

A Boy in Stripped Pyjamas      John Boyne

War horse       Michael Morpurgo

Lord Less and Denominator Series         Darren Shan

Alex Rider Series (Stormbreaker)      Anthony Horowitz

Artemis Fowl       Eoin Colfer

Skellig          David Almond

Holes        Louis Sacher

The Woeful Second World War        Terry Deary

Vile Victorians       Terry Deary

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