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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Wider Reading List

Studies have shown that pupils who read for at least twenty minutes every day are more likely to excel in their academic studies. Furthermore, pupils that do well in many curriculum areas tend to have explored these subjects through wider reading outside the classroom. The same can be said of strong applicants to competitive further and higher education institutions.

At Ss Fisher More RC High School we view this sort of exploration as ‘super-curricular’, rather than extra-curricular, as it builds on and enhances what pupils are studying in school.

This wider reading list has been gathered from our school department leaders and is designed to inspire a love of learning and broaden pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Pupils may be challenged by some of the suggestions and will almost certainly be motivated to learn more. Some of the books have been chosen to provide further insight into particular programmes of study whereas others are designed to prepare pupils for future learning.

These lists are certainly NOT ‘required reading’ for Ss Fisher More students. They simply provide some suggestions for places to start exploring individual interests in each subject area independently - pupils do not need to read any of the specific books mentioned.

These suggested sources of wider reading begin with our core subjects. Other curriculum areas then appear alphabetically.

Year 7  

Core Subjects

English: Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce 

Maths: Why Do Buses Come in Threes? The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Rob Eastaway

Science: Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits by Nick Arnold

RE: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Other Subjects

Art: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

Drama: The Twits by Roald Dahl

Geography: Horrible Geography! by Anita Ganeri

History: Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Banford

ICT: Mirror by Louise Cooper

MFL: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Music: Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M. T. Anderson

PE: Football Academy: Striking Out by Tom Palmer

PSHCE: The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Technology: The Borrowers by Judith Elkin

Year 8  

Core Subjects

English: Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz

Maths: The Time and Space of Uncle Albert by Russell Stannard

Science: Can You Feel the Force? By Richard Hammond

RE: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Other Subjects

Art: Floatsam by David Wiesner

Drama: Sparkle Shark by Philip Ridley

Geography: Chris Ryan Alpha Force Collection by Chris Ryan

History: Chains by Lauri Hulse Anderson

ICT: Frozen in Time by Ali Sparkes

MFL: Toro Toro by Michael Morpurgo

Music: How Much for Just the Planet? By John M. Ford

PE: Balancing Act by April Adams

PSHCE: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’ Brien

Technology: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick S. Catling

Year 9  

Core Subjects

English: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Maths: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Science: Why Don’t Penguin’s Feet Freeze? By New Scientist

RE: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Other Subjects

Art: Wall and Piece by Banksy

Geography: Fragile Earth – Views of a Changing World by Collins

Drama: National Connections Collection 2014 by Sabrina Mahfouz

History: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

ICT: Game Over by James Patterson

MFL: Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny

Music: The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo

PE: As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd

PSHCE: Hold Your Breath by Caroline Green

Technology: The Boys' and Girls’ Book of Adventure by Steve Martin

Year 10  

Core Subjects

English: Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

Maths: What Shape is a Snowflake? Magical Numbers in Nature by Ian Stewart

Science: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

RE: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Option Subjects

Art: Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

Business Studies: What You See Is What You Get by Alan Sugar

Drama: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Food Technology: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

French: Tintin: Explorers on the Moon by Hergé

Geography: Earth: Power of the Planet by Dr Ian Stewart

Graphic Design: MANGA Midnight Monsters by Christopher Hart

History: Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

ICT: The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster

Music: Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

PE: Unbelievable  by Jessica Ennis

Photography: The Cage by Audrey Schulman

PSHCE: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

Resistant Materials: How to Build Treehouses, Huts, and Forts by

David Stiles

Sociology: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Spanish: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Year 11  

Core Subjects

English: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

Maths: The Code Book by Simon Singh

Science: The Universe in a Nutshell by Professor Stephen Hawking

RE: The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Option Subjects

Art: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Business Studies: Steve Jobs by Karen Blumenthal

Drama: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Food Technology: The Gourmet Detective by Peter King

French: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Geography: The Everest Files by Matt Dickinson

Graphic Design: The Art of Colour by Johannes Itten

History: City of Thieves by David Benioff

ICT: Bill Gates by Sean Connolly

Music: Great British Music Festivals by Edith Bowman

PE: The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders by Mike Carson

Photography: The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald

PSHCE: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Resistant Materials: Thinkertoys by Michael Michalko

Sociology: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Spanish: No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquéz

Reading is a great way to explore subjects which you find interesting – but there are many other ways that pupils may deepen their understanding: investigating local museums, monuments, galleries and natural features, and thinking analytically about nature, machinery or the built environment. Universities and colleges in our local area sometimes run seminars, taster days or other Outreach activities that young people can attend.

You do not need to buy any books – as well as using web resources, it is always worth visiting your local community library as well as Ss Fisher More RC High School’s LRC. Mrs Schofield, our LRC manager has an exhaustive knowledge of books that link to all curriculum areas – she would be happy to help any student wishing to read about any topic. Whichever library you visit, try speaking to librarians and asking them to suggest relevant reading and online resources on particular subjects, or to order in books which you would like to have a look at.

Although wider reading is important, it is also worthwhile to look on BBC iplayer for factual TV and radio programmes; “In Our Time” is a particularly useful introduction to hundreds of subjects: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/in-our-time/archive/

The best thing about ‘super-curricular’ activities is that there are no exams or deadlines to worry about – you are free to follow your own lines of enquiry into the areas that interest you the most. Rather than seeing this as a tick box exercise, you should take time to explore things that you genuinely find interesting and see where your investigations lead you.

Books can be ordered and borrowed from our school Learning Resource Centre. In addition to this, we are proud that businesses in our local community also support the promotion of wider reading at Ss Fisher More RC High School, (see details below).

Parents/carers and pupils will receive a 10% discount when purchasing any of the books from this list from ‘The Bookshop’ in Colne. The bookshop is situated at 22 Church Street, Colne BB8 0LG. Alternatively, you may contact Mr. Bateman, owner of ‘The Bookshop’ on 01282 871440 or email your order to thebookshopcolne@hotmail.co.uk ensuring that you mention this website offer at the time of ordering.