Key Stage Three and Four 

Curriculum Books and Poems

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Drama (Playscripts)


Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

Our Day Out by Willy Russell

An Inspector Calls by J B Priestly

The Empress by Tanika Gupta

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah (adapted by Lemn Sissay)

The History Boys by Alan Bennett

DNA by Dennis Kelly

A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney

Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse

Journey’s End by RC Sherriff

My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley

A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey

Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel



A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

Merchant of Venice

Much Ado About Nothing

Julius Caesar 

Twelfth Night 


Henry V

Poetry Collections

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Telephone Box by Wole Soyinka

The Book of Traps and Lessons by Kate Tempest

Answering Back by Carol Anne Duffy

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability by Sheila Black and Jennifer Bartlett

Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman

Poetry Speaks Who I Am by Elise Paschen

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Unheard Voices by Malorie Blackman

Individual Poems - Love and Relationships 

When We Two Parted by Lord Byron

Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning

Sonnet 29 – ‘I think of thee!’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy

Letters from Yorkshire by Maura Dooley

The Farmer’s Bride by Charlotte Mew

Walking Away by Cecil Day-Lewis

Eden Rock by Charles Causley

Follower by Seamus Heaney

Mother, any distance by Simon Armitage

Before You Were Mine by Carol Ann Duffy

Winter Swans by Owen Sheers

Singh Song! by Daljit Nagra

Climbing My Grandfather by Andrew Waterhouse


Individual Poems - Power and Conflict

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

London by William Blake

Extract from, The Prelude by William Wordsworth

My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Exposure by Wilfred Owen

Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney

Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes

Remains by Simon Armitage

Poppies by Jane Weir

War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy

Tissue by Imtiaz Dharker

The Emigrée by Carol Rumens

Checking Out Me History by John Agard

Kamikaze by Beatrice Garland

Gothic and 19th Century Fiction

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

War of the Worlds by HG Wells


Modern Prose


Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Anita & Me by Meera Syal

Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

Heroes by Robert Cormier

About a Boy by Nick Hornby

Resistance by Owen Sheers

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve by Danni Abse

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton

Additional Modern Prose

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Boy meets Boy by David Levithan

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

On the come up by Angie Thomas

Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

The Lonely Londoners by San Selvon

You’re Not Proper by Tariq Mehmood

Native Son by Richard Wright

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Homefire by Kamila Shamsie

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

Killing Honour by Bali Rai

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan

Darkness Falling by Patrick MacDonald



Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah


Textbooks / Study Aids


How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton

How Fiction Works by James Wood

A Brief History of English Literature by John Peck and Martin Coyle

Once Upon a Time by Marina Warner

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Literary Devices by Amy Jones

The Penguin Dictionary on Literary Terms and Literary Theory

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

Eats Shoots and Leave by Lynn Truss

Woe is I by Patricia T O’Connor