Linked Reading

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What is linked reading?

Each subject will present a reading list linked to the topics they teach. This is to encourage reading for pleasure, but to also give students a well-rounded understanding of the topics they will be taught at school. 

We recommend one linked reading book per half term from any subject. Of course, if your child would like to read more that is highly encouraged!

Note to parents: Some of these books are written for young adult readers (13+) or adults; this means there may be ‘gritty’ content. Generally by Key Stage 4 young people are ready for this, but parents know their children best; if you have queries about suitability, please check online reviews or ask your child’s teacher. Some good book review websites are below:

Common Sense Media

Good Reads

Love Reading


Please find a PowerPoint with the topics, key vocabulary and linked reading below. This will be updated to reflect any changes in our curriculum.





No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

National Geographic magazine (website also here)

This Book is Not Rubbish by Isabel Thomas

River Boy by Tim Bowler


Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - And Why Things are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

The Almighty Dollar by Dharshini David

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take it Back by Oliver Bullough

The Week magazine (website also here)



Horrible Histories series

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Black History Matters by Robin Walker

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Private Peaceful or War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

You're Dead to Me podcast (on BBC Sounds)

Suffragette (2020) film (available on Amazon Prime; trailer here)

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Nelson Mandela: The Life of an African Statesman by Rob Shone (graphic novel)

Warp Clock; The Day After Never; Times Like These by Nathan Van Andrews

The Journey by Kathryn Gillett

The Gunpowder Plot by Ann Turnball

From a Sea Ablaze by Ray Murray

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robyn Talley

Black Friday by Robert Muchamore


The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction by W.F. Bynum

A History of the World in 21 Women by Jenny Murray

Ghost Flames: Life and Death in a Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953 by Charles Hanley

The Centuries Trilogy by Ken Follett

Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Roses of No Man's Land by Lyn Macdonald

TIme Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer



Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Divergent series by Victoria Roth

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

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Stone Cold by Robert Swindalls

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


1984 by George Orwell

In Your Defence by Sarah Langford

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas



Zootropolis (pg) (diversity, law, community cohesion)

Suffragette (12)(law, right to vote, human rights)

Law and order series 1 (12)(Law and Crime)

Hotel Rwanda (12)(human rights, the UN, Genocide)

Maze Runner (12) (government, rebellion, corruption, child soldiers)

Divergent (12)(communities, community, government corruption) 

Hidden Figures (12) (Position of women, black rights) 

Hunger Games (12) (government, rebellion, corruption, child soldiers)

The Island (12) (moral rights, medical interference)

Shallow Hal (12) (diversity, fitting in, accepting others) 

Contagion (12) (controlling spread of disease- topical)

Sky Fall- any James Bond (12) (Role of secret service, threat of acts of terror)

The Greatest Showman (12)  (Community, diversity, prejudice)


I am Daniel Blake (15) (modern Britain and the benefits system)

Erin Brockovich (15) (Power of campaigning, power of one) 

Made in Dagenham (15) (role of women, right to fair wage, gender stereo types)

Law and order series 2+3 (15) (crime and punishment system)

Hot Fuzz (15) (Crime and law enforcement)

Lord of the Flies (15) (establishing a community and rules) 

Peterloo  (12) (fighting for the right to vote, rebellion, government period piece)

Murder ‘A trial in the family’ 4OD (Crime and punishment- role of prosecution, defence, jury)

Netflix- the society (15) (establishing a society and rules)


The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1998 Olympic 100 Final by Richard Moore

Jonny: My autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson

The Secret Footballer: Access All Areas by The Secret Footballer

My Life: Queen of the Court by Serena Williams

It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong

Netflix available: 

The Last Dance (series; 15)

Sunderland 'Til I Die (series; 15)

Last Chance U (series; 15)

The Game Changers (series; 15)



New Scientist Magazine (website also here)

Veritasium: a channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, interviews, discussion. (website also here)

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? by New Scientist and Mick O'Hare

Periodic Table by Eyewitness


The Periodic Table: A Field Guide to the Elements by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Body by Bill Bryson

Reactions by Theodore Gray



The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman

Math TV (website here)

Numberphile (website here)

Nrich Maths (website here)

Why Do Buses Come in Threes? by Rob Eastaway and Jeremy Wyndham

The Maths Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by Matt Parker

50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know by Tony Crilly


Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow

Creative Arts



Music Tech magazine (website here)

BBC Howard Goodall's Story of Music on Youtube (6 episodes)


Music: The Definitive Visual History by DK

The Story of Music by Howard Goodall



The Stage (website here)




Great Artists: The Lives of 50 Painters Explored Through Their Work by Robert Cumming

Lives of the Great Artists by Charlie Ayres


How to be Both by Ali Smith

The Goldfinch by DOnna Tart

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (also a film on Netflix)