Classics List

Need some ideas ?….. below are suitable books for teenagers and adults to read –

Author                                                                                   Title

Robert Louis Stevenson                                                     Treasure Island,  Jekyll & Hyde

Charles Dickens                                                                   A Christmas Carol,  Oliver Twist,  Great Expectations,   David Copperfield

Jane Austen                                                                          Pride & Prejudice,  Sense & Sensibility,  Emma, Persuasion,  Northanger Abbey

William Blake                                                                       Songs of Innocence & Experience

Wilfred Owen                                                                       Poems

Bram Stoker                                                                         Dracula

Oscar Wilde                                                                          The Picture of Dorian Grey

Virginia Woolf                                                                      A Room of One’s Own

John Steinbeck                                                                     Of Mice & Men,  The Pearl

Georg Eliot                                                                           Middlemarch

John Milton                                                                          Paradise Lost

Marcus Aurelius                                                                  Meditations

Marco Polo                                                                           The Travels of Marco Polo

Emily Bronte                                                                        Wuthering Heights

Charlotte Bronte                                                                  Jane Eyre,  Villette

Anne Bronte                                                                         The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Evelyn Waugh                                                                      Brideshead Revisted

Jules Verne                                                                           20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Mark Twain                                                                          Huckleberry Finn

John Kennedy Toole                                                           A Confederacy of Dunces

Leo Tolstoy                                                                           War & Peace

William Thackeray                                                              Vanity Fair

Homer                                                                                   The Odyssey

Alexandre Dumas                                                                Count of Monte Cristo

Hilary Mantel                                                                       Wolf Hall,  Bring Up the Bodies,  The Mirror & the Light

Clive James                                                                           Somewhere Becoming Rain

Philip Larkin                                                                         The Whitsun Weddings

How many word origins do you know?🦉

👩‍🚀 Astronaut comes from the Greek words astro and nautes meaning star sailor


🐊 Crocodile comes from the Greek word krokodilos, meaning worm of the stones


🌋 volcano comes from an Italian word and is named after Vulcan, the Roman god of fire


Wizard 🧙‍♂️ comes from an old meaning of wise and originally meant a wise person


Pyjamas comes from the Persian and Urdu words pay and Jamah, meaning leg clothing


Conker comes from an English dialect word meaning a snail shell because the game was first played with snail shells 🐚


Leotard is named after a french trapeze artist Jules Leotard, who invented it!


Hippopotamus 🦛 comes from the Greek words hippos and potamus meaning river horse


Dandelion comes from the French word dent-de-lion meaning lion’s 🦁 tooth because of the jagged shape of its leaves

Summer Reading 2018

Summer reading for students! Here are some of our favourites:

19th-century classics
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Wordsworth Classics)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Penguin Classics)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Wordsworth Classics)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Penguin Classics)
20th-century classics
  • A Room with a View by E M Forster (Penguin Classics)
  • Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (Penguin Classics)
  • Thank You, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse (Arrow)
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Virago Modern Classics)
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Pan Books)
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (Penguin)
  • Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger (Penguin)
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Flamingo Modern Classics)
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Faber & Faber)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan (Vintage)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Gollancz)
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend (Penguin)
Short stories
  • The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield (Wordsworth Editions)
  • Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl (Penguin)
Crime novels
  • Miss Marple Omnibus: Volume One by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins)
  • Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers (New English Library)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (Vintage)

Maths facts!

The word fraction comes from the Latin frangere (to break). A fraction is simply a broken number!

The word Triskaidekaphobic describes a person afraid of the number 13! A superstition which goes back to ancient times!

The hair at the crown of your head grows out either clockwise or anti-clockwise. The direction is usually an inherited trait! Which way does yours grow?

A honeycomb has a hexagonal structure because this is mathematically the best way of packing together lots of individuals cells, with no gaps, to give the biggest space and using as little wax as possible. Clever bees!

Take any long strip of paper and tie an ordinary knot in it. If you then pull it just tight enough you can flatten it neatly. Now hold the paper up to the light to see a regular pentagon in the knot.


It can often be difficult to help your child choose books to read over the summer holidays, so here at Wise Owl Learning we have put together a list of books for you to browse! These books are ideal for children with a reading age of 11-14.  Enjoy!


Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Little Women Louisa M Alcott
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stephenson
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Hobbit J R R Tolkein
Ivanhoe Walter Scott
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
A  Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
The Railway Children E Nesbit
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Kate Douglas Wiggin
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss
Five Children and It E Nesbit
Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
The Children of the New Forest Frederick Marryat
Charlotte’s Web E B White
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
White Fang Jack London
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe C S Lewis
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

Let us know the books your child has enjoyed so we can add titles to our list!