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 Reading Plus

Log ins for Reading Plus are in children’s study logs. Please log in to enjoy reading a wide range of texts and practise comprehension. Children should try to complete at least one reading lesson at home each week.


Every child at MJS has a log in to our Marchwood online library, called Sora, in their study log; it is the same as their google log in. This is available online as a website, or as a free downloadable app on phones or tablets. Here the children can take out eBooks or audio books to read or listen to. This is an excellent resource as it has thousands of books, with many more being added all the time. In particular, the audio books offer children the opportunity to enjoy books that perhaps they would find difficult to read for themselves.

Reading At Home

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Must Reads

Each year group has six books which have been chosen as must reads for that age group. They have been carefully selected so that throughout their time at MJS, the children encounter a wide range of genres, themes, authors and narratives. We encourage the children to work their way through these, trying to read all six each year. Although these books are at a suitable level for each year group, some children may struggle to read them independently and so may need, or just prefer, to have them read to them.

Year 3

Cliffhanger, by Jacqueline Wilson

A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond

Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes, by Sophie Deen

Me and Mister P, by Maria Farrer

Mammoth Academy, by Neal Layton

Velda the Awesomest Viking and the Ginormous Frost Giants, by David MacPhail


Year 4

The Butterfly Lion, by Michael Morpurgo

Anisha, Accidental Detective, by Serena Patel

Knights and Bikes, by Gabrielle Kent

George’s Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl

Poems Aloud, by Joseph Coelho

The 13-Storey Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton


Year 5

My Brother is a Superhero, by David Solomons

The Girl Who Stole An Elephant, by Nizrana Farook

Runaway Robot, by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Varjak Paw, by S.F Said

Oranges In No Man’s Land, by Elizabeth Laird

The Lady Of Shalott, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Year 6

Malamander, by Thomas Taylor

Sky Hawk, by Gill Lewis

The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Q Rauf

Amari and the Night Brothers, by B. B. Alston

War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E. by Malorie Blackman


Recommended Book Lists

Please see the lists below.