Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Term 1: STEM Stories

Discovery Storytime Term 1: STEM Stories

For this term’s Discovery Story Time, all year groups at Southborough are reading from a selection of STEM-related texts.


This term's texts will focus on the importance of stories about science, exploring the history of science and the weird and wonderful places it can take you. In the younger years, pupils will be reading a selection of CLPE recommended picture books covering a range of topics. They'll be introduced to the concept of evolution through the story of the peppered moth, explore the world of microbes and the anatomy of a flower and learn all about the life of mathematician Katherine Johnson.


Higher up in the school, year groups will be given a range of texts relating to a STEM focus: space; conservation and the natural world; robotics and the human body; natural history and the theory of evolution.


Children in KS2 will have access to a range of non-fiction texts relating to their focus, exploring the histories of various scientific theories, influential scientists behind these theories, and how scientific advances have influenced life today. They will also be introduced to Science-Fiction novels relating to these themes, exploring space and artificial intelligence, saving natural landscapes and travelling back in time to Darwin's voyage across the Galapagos Islands. 


Classes will be reading the following books:


Tad by Benji Davies

Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins

Shadow by Robie H.Haris

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere

Growing Frogs by Vivien French

I Don't Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies

Yucky Worms by Vivien French

Moth by Isabel Thomas

Trees by Lemniscates


Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Curious Questions and Answers about Science by Anne Roovey

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker

What's Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky


The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon by David Almond

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space by Dominic Walliam


The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Wild Child: A Journey Through Nature by Dara McAnulty

The Wilderness War by Julia Green

Harklights by Tim Tilley


Anatomicum by Jennifer Z Paxton

The Element in the Room: Investigating Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home by Mike Barfield

TrooFriend by Kirsty Applebaum

Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harold


A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva

Darwin's Dragons by Lindsay Galvin