Bay Learning Trust Literary Canon

Through the Bay Learning Trust Literary Canon, we aim to:


  • highlight the significant value and importance of reading to our pupils, parents and staff
  • develop pupils’ reading abilities and strategies to further support reading for pleasure and being able to access the curriculum effectively
  • provide challenging texts both in content, vocabulary and themes that will further develop pupils’ reading skills, future reading habits and them holistically as individuals who can engage with the wider world and empathise with others 
  • develop pupils’ cultural capital by offering texts which are outside of their ‘known’ world, allowing pupils to explore other cultures, situations and experiences
  • promote a joy and love for reading to both our pupils and staff. 


What is the Bay Learning Trust Literary Canon? 

The Literary Canon is a selection of novels that have been chosen to increase reading challenge both in the content, key themes and vocabulary; develop our pupils’ cultural capital and encourage them to think critically about the wider world in which they are a part of, and to increase pupils’ engagement with their reading, hopefully encouraging pupils to become lifelong readers. 

As such, the Bay Learning Trust Literary Canon is a selection of diverse and culturally rich novels. Below is the selection that our pupils will read over the course of the academic year.


How will the Bay Learning Trust Literary Canon be delivered?

The Bay Learning Trust Literary Canon will be delivered during a ‘drop everything and read’ lesson each week by pupils’ house tutors. This lesson will be on a rolling programme and the time will change weekly. House tutors will read the chosen novels to pupils. 



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7
  ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snickett ‘Where the Mountain Meets the Moon’ by Grace Lin  ‘Where the River Runs Gold’ by Sita Brahmarchari
Year 8
  'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett 'The Skin I'm In' by Sharon G. Flake 'The Bone Sparrow' by Zana Fraillon 
  ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon ‘The Edge’ by Alan Gibbons  
Year 10
  ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee ‘The Black Flamingo’ by Dean Atta ‘OrangeBoy’ by Patrice Lawrence
Year 11  
   ‘The Dark Lady’ by Akala



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