Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Term 5: Women's History

Discovery Storytime Term 4: Celebrating Strong Female Characters


For TA Storytime this term, classes will be reading books starring strong female characters. These may be fictional stories or non-fiction biographies detailing the lives of significant women throughout history.


Lower down in the school, children will have books read to them about Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Mary Anning and astronaut Mae Jemison. They’ll also read books that celebrate female friendship, finding confidence in your voice and being strong in the face of unkind words.


Higher up in the school, children will read biographies of powerful women, such as in Katherine Halligan’s collection, ‘Herstory’, as well as poetry anthologies celebrating women’s history. Year 5 will be reading last term’s Reading Champions’ book, ‘A Kind of Spark’, learning about the mistreatment of women believed to be witches in Edinburgh in the 16th-18th centuries. In Year 6, TA reading will be linked to their WW2 topic, where they will read about the stories of female pilots in WW2.


See below for a list of this term’s TA reading texts:


Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser

Amelia Earhart by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The Girls by Lauren Ace

Looking After Daddy by Eve Coy

Little Red by Bethan Woolvin

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammed

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o

Coming to England by Floella Benjamin

Fantastically Feminist Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt

Herstory by Katherine Halligan

A Kind of Spark by Ellie McNicoll

Reaching the Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls by Jane Dean and Michaela Morgan

Resist by Tom Palmer

Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots in WW2 by Sally Palmer