Use of texts in English at Blackhorse Primary School

 

 

The new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014 places a greater emphasis on children reading a wide range of books as a class and basing much of their English lessons and writing around these books.

At blackhorse we aim to link these books to our termly topics (where possible) and also to ensure that the children read a range of story types. To ensure this range, we used Christopher Booker's 7 Basic Plot Types to make sure that children read different types of books in each year group. 

The 7 types of novels which the children read from Year 1 to Year 6 are:

1. Overcoming the monsterThe protagonist sets out to defeat an antagonistic force which threatens the protagonist and/or protagonist's homeland.

2. Rags to richesThe poor protagonist acquires things such as power, wealth, and a friend, before losing it all and gaining it back upon growing as a person.

3. The quest - The protagonist and some companions set out to acquire an important object or to get to a location, facing many obstacles and temptations along the way.

4. Voyage and returnThe protagonist goes to a strange land and, after overcoming the threats it poses to him/her, returns with nothing but experience.

5. Comedy -The protagonist or central characters are placed in comical situations or behave in comical ways, often learning about themselves as a result.

6. TragedyThe protagonist is a victim, villain or flawed character who falls from grace and whose downfall is the ending.

7. Rebirth - The protagonist is a villain or otherwise unlikable character who redeems him/herself over the course of the story.

 

Below is an overview of the fiction texts being read in each year group in 2014-15:

Year 1

 Emily Brown and the Thing - Cressida Cowell

Overcoming the monster

 

The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson

Quest

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff - De tre bukkene Bruse

Rags to Riches

 

Jack & the Bean Stalk - Benjamin Tabart

Rags to Riches

 

Year 4

The Great Wave - Veronique Massenot

Overcoming the monster

 

(Rest of Y4 texts to be added soon)

Year 2

The Mousehole Cat- Antonia Barber

Overcoming the monster

 

The lost happy endings - Carol Duffy

Overcoming the monster

 

Fly Eagle, Fly -  Christopher Gregorowski

Quest

 

Grear Expectations - Charles Dickens

Rags to riches

 

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Rags to riches

 

Year 5

Carries War - Nina Bawden

 Rebirth

 

Clockwork -  Phillip Pullman

Tragedy

 

Naughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman

Overcoming Monsters

 

Before I met Dudley -Roger McGough

Comedy

 

Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpergo

Voyage & Return

 

Pig Heart Boy - Malorie Blackman

Quest

 

 

Year 3

Stories from Ancient Egypt - Joyce Tyldesley

(Range of plot types)

 

Robin Hood- Marcia Williams

Rags to riches

 

The Vanishing Rainforest - Richard Platt

Overcoming the monster

 

Shakespeare Stories: Romeo & Juliet

Andrew Matthews

Tragedy

  

Year 6

Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian

Rags to riches

 

The white horse of Zennor & other stories - Michael Morpergo

Tragedy

 

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Rebirth

 

The London Eye Mystery -  Siobhan Dowd

Quest

 

Holes - Louis Sachar

Quest

 

The Boy in a girls dress - David Walliams

Comedy