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School Topic Overview

'Imagine a primary school where over 7 to 8 years children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with around 82 core books. These 'essential reads' would be a store of classic, creating a living library inside a child's mind. This is the readings spine.'

Pie Corbett - Pie Corbett's reading spine.


At Our Lady of Grace we have adapted this reading spine to ensure that all of our children will be continually immersed in a high quality texts throughout their journey with us.

The topic overview below show how each topic is linked to the essential text for the half term.


If you require any further information on the school`s curriculum please contact the Head of School, Mrs Rigby (

2018/2019 Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1 & 2 Once Upon a Time Celebrate with a BANG! Polar Regions On the Move On Safari Land Ahoy!
Avocado Baby Elmer Lost & Found Cops & Robbers The Tiger Who Came to Tea Where the Wild Things Are
  Pantomime Thinktank   Llandudno  
Year 3 & 4 Monstrous Mountains CATastrophes in Britain Where in the World Battles that made Britain Magical Places Iron Age
The Abominables Cat Tales Hansel & Gretel The Battle of Bubble & Squeak The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe  The Iron Man
Hanley Museum - Rocks Workshop Roman Soldier Workshop Theatre/Fieldwork for Rivers
Year 5 & 6 The Magical World of Harry Potter World War II Brazil North America Germany The Titanic
Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone Fireweed Journey to the River Sea Holes Clockwork The Arrival

Sudbury Hall

Stanley Head (Residential)

Alton Castle (Residential)

  France (Residential)
Topic Class Text Educational Visit