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Whole School Reading

Here at The Derby High School reading is an integral part of our day-to-day practice. We provide many opportunities to encourage reading for pleasure and to support our students in becoming expert readers in all of their subjects. On this page you will find a range of support to help with reading, and an outline of some of our whole school initiatives.

Staff MemberAudio Book
Book Title, Duration and Link.
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Miss VandenburgA Vendetta
Miss Kiley All Summer in a Day
Mrs DeanCharles
Ms JervisDeath by Scrabble
Mr Stephenson Don’t Ask Jack
Miss FisherEx Poser
Mr HoltExamination Day
Mr MichaelHaunted Space Suit
Mr MaloneThe Hitchhiker
Miss IslesI Believe In Unicorns
Mrs ProvoostThe Landlady
Mr White The Man With The Yellow Face
Mr AhmedMy Father Is A Polar Bear
Mrs TaylorMy Polish Teacher’s Tie
Mrs ForkinThe Necklace
Miss SchofieldThe Pedestrian
Mr WhiteheadSredni Vashtar
Mr SouthornTell Tale Heart
Mr PearsonThree Questions
Mrs SzpunarWhen the Wasps Drowned

Supporting your child with Reading

Curriculum Wider Reading

le Petit Prince by De Saint-Exupery
Asterix and Obelix comics
Poetry by Jacques Prevert

The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1
Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms (Oxford Quick Reference)
The Oxford Dictionary of Music 6/e
Music Genre Demystified: An easy guide to understanding genre types
Music Practice: The Musician’s Guide to Practicing and Mastering your Instrument like a Professional

IT & Computing
The Life, Lessons & Rules For success by Bill Gates
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography By Walter Isaacson

Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time by Mark Haddon
The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas

Life of Pi by Yan Martel
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Out of Egypt by Anne Rice

Kingfisher Young Knowledge of Birds by Nicola Davies
Color Theory – An essential guide to colour by Patti Molllica
Drawing Projects by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern
Splat! The most exciting artists of all time by Mary Richards

Is There Anybody Out There? by Dara Obriain
The Body: a guide for occupants by Bill Bryson
Horrible Science series by Nick Arnold
Limitless by Tim Peak
Astrophysics for young people in a hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Food Studies
The science of cooking by Stuart Fammond
Toast by Nigel Slater
Cooked a natural history of transformation by Michael Pollan
Nose dive: A field guide to the world’s smells by Harold Mcgee
Home cookery year: Four seasons by Claire Thomson
Sugar changed the world by Aronson
The cooking gene by Michael Twitty
Salt, fat, acid, heat: Mastering the elements of good cooking by William Visser


Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
Shakespeare on Toast by David Crystal
The Poet’s Craft by Sandy Brownjohn
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Sneaker Wars by Barbara Smit
You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed
Teen Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity by McGraw Hill
Sportopedia: Explore more than 50 sports from around the world’ by Adam Skinner

The Nutcracker the Four Realms by ETA Hoffmann
The Maddie Diaries: My Story by Maddie Ziegler
Peril en Pointe by Helen Lipscombe
Ballet by DK

Darwood Manor
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Little Shop of Horrors by Robert Egan
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

A life on our planet by David Attenborough
Bear Grylls adventures by Bear Grylls
Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski
Autobiography of Martin Luther King
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Design & Technology- The Genius behind Apples greatest products by Jony Ive
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History
Against all Odds: An Autobiography by James Dyson
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly