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Novel Study

At St Mary's we believe that books open doors into new and exciting worlds! We use high quality novels and picture books as stimuli to enrich our curriculum, extend our children's experiences and build cultural capital. Our English curriculum is holistic and offers opportunities for reading, writing and oracy as well as the opportunity for children to gain first hand experience of the settings through our immersive environments. Lessons are based on the 'Reader Response Theory', meaning children are encouraged to give and justify their own points of view on concepts and issues raised. Please see the photographs and documents below for further details of the texts studied and examples of our environments across school. 
Picture 1 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by CS Lewis
Picture 2 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by CS Lewis
Picture 3 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz
Picture 4 'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo
Picture 5 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo
Picture 6 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo
Picture 7 'Clockwork' by Phillip Pullman
Picture 8 'Holes' by Louis Sachar
Picture 9 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes
Picture 10 'Beowulf' by Michael Morpurgo
Picture 11 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner
Picture 12 'The Tiger who came to Tea' by Judith Kerr