School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

Developing English GDS through Classic Literature

It can be difficult to challenge strong readers at primary, because they often run out of age-appropriate material to read. A powerful solution can be to use children's literature from years gone by: it fulfils our 'cultural capital’ obligations, but it's also an exciting way to engender higher-level learning.

  • Develop a richer and more sophisticated understanding of vocabulary and grammar
  • Investigate and deepen knowledge in core and foundation subjects
  • Increase enthusiasm for higher-attaining children
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

How far does your school ‘literature spine’ go? The push for ‘reading for pleasure’ can sometimes result in a diet of entertaining but low-quality literature. C.S.Lewis suggested we ‘read an old one in between’ every 'new' book, and this approach can have a huge impact on school outcomes: children investigate and better understand the nuances of vocabulary, grammar and language; and the content provides them with a framework for exploring social and political attitudes, and developing foundation subject knowledge. This short course will:

  • Explore the meaning of ‘cultural capital'
  • Provide examples of classic literature that can be used for creative teaching and learning
  • Suggest how older literature can impact across the curriculum



This course is appropriate for primary schools.

  • Class Teachers (KS2)
  • English Coordinators and Curriculum Leads
  • Senior Leaders


If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • On-demand recording, with 30 days access to watch at a time and location to suit you!
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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