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The Gateway Learning Community

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Reading Curriculum

At the Gateway Academy, we aim for our pupils to have access to a wide range of diverse, interesting and challenging texts throughout our curriculum. In Year 7 to 9, all pupils will have one hour a week which is focused purely on reading a class novel and developing reading skills. This is in addition to the wide range of texts which our pupils study in their English Curriculum.

Below is a list of the texts which all our pupils will study in each year group. As a parent, you will receive regular updates on what your child is reading in school which will allow you to discuss reading at home.

If you’d like any more information or support on the texts being studied, please contact Alex Mitchell ( or Dan Bedford (

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

When the Guns Fall Silent by James Riordan Sawbones by Catherine Johnson Sawbones by Catherine Johnson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Stevenson Revisiting An Inspector Calls
A selection of Greek Myths A selection of extracts from Gothic Fiction An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Macbeth by William Shakespeare Revisiting Jekyll and Hyde
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare AQA Conflict Poetry Anthology AQA Conflict Poetry Anthology Revisiting Macbeth
Refugee by Alan Gratz Animal Farm by George Orwell The Dark Lady by Akala AQA Conflict Poetry Anthology
Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
Chinglish by Sue Cheung The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla