Using quality fiction titles can help add the depth and breadth to your curriculum that is a central requirement of the new OFSTED Framework.

Not only can reading fiction develop greater understanding of a setting or time period it can also more generally help children to empathise with situations and characters that they might not otherwise encounter.

Stories can spark questions about a period of history, a setting or a subject leading to greater engagement with the enquiry and research process. And the careful choice of a quality text will also expose children to different and challenging vocabulary.

The shared experience of enjoying the same text and of seeing that reading can have purpose has the added benefits of creating a buzz around reading and storytelling.

Stories that can entertain as well as promote enquiry are key. These are just a few of our favourites:

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell is an award-winning title set in the Amazon. With lots of action and strong interesting characters this is an excellent choice to support a topic on Rainforests for upper Keystage 2.

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll, a perplexing mystery about a boy pharaoh, a famous Egyptologist and a curse is perfect to enhance a topic on the Ancient Egyptians.

For Space topics try Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It’s a laugh-out-loud, funny and engaging read about space travel.

Our Education Resources Service are able to provide support and suggest authors to your school, if you would like further information on our service, please contact us.

Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison

Sally is the School Library Service manager for Juniper Education. She has worked in primary school and public libraries for 17 years and as a children’s book reviewer. She is a chartered librarian, a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and has been a board member of the School Library Association.