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Literacy Teaching in the Early Years - Term 1
The texts suggested here can be read with groups, individuals or used with the whole class as part of a literacy hour. See resources and planning for ideas related to these texts.
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Week 1
Week 1 in the Reception class is an opportunity to introduce labels and signs as part of the familiarisation with class routines. Click here for some useful labels.
Robot Word Folder Unit

Robot Word Folder Unit
A fun way to teach early sight words. This unit allows you to make attractive Robot Word Folders. Also included are sight word cards and onset and rime word lists for spelling. Contains, Robot Folder, Spelling Machine and Words and Word Lists for both. (1.1mb Download) Single User PC Version.
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Reception: Week 6 Plan: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats Gruff E book Single User (PC)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff traditional tale, presented as an electronic book, for use with an interactive whiteboard, computer or multimedia projector, with colourful illustrations and the option to edit your own text and save and load text. (5mb Download) Single User PC Version
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Three Billy Goats Gruff E book with speech Single User (PC)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff traditional tale, presented as an electronic book, for use with an interactive whiteboard, computer or multimedia projector, with colourful illustrations and sound on the speaking parts. (9.6mb Download) Single User PC Version
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Week 2 Text: This is the Bear and the Scary Night
Reception: Week 2 Plan: The Bear and the Scary Night
This rhyming text describes bear's adventures when he gets left in the park all night.
It is one of a number of This is the Bear books.

Author: Sarah Hayes
illustrated: Helen Craig

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN 0-7445-3147-0


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Text: Rhymes and Times
Reception: Week 3 Plan: Rhymes and Times
This rhyming text is based on popular nursery rhymes and encourages children to predict the next rhyme. An excellent book for encouraging children to listen to and join in with rhymes.
It is best used after some revision of nursery rhymes to ensure the class or group are familiar with the rhymes.

Author: Avelyn Davidson
Illustrator; Phillip Webb
Available as a Big Book.
Publisher: Shortland Publications Ltd 1997
Available from Kingscourt \ McGraw-Hill
ISBN 0-7901-1545-X
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Text: Smarty Pants
Reception: Weekly Plan 4: Smarty Pants
This Story Chest Read together book has a rhyming text and encourages children to predict what we will see smarty pants do next. "I am a" and "see me" are sight words repeated through the text..

By Joy Cowley
Available as a Big Book.
from Kingscourt \ McGraw-Hill

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Text: The Farm Concert
Reception: Weekly Plan 5: Farm Concert
The animals are making a lot of noise until the farmer, who can't sleep, tells them to be quiet.
This book has a predictable structure and a patterned text. It is suitable for teaching print concepts; 1:1 word match; and the sight words went and the
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Available as a Big Book from Kingscourt/McGraw-Hill
ISBN 0-86867-205-X
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Text: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Reception: Weekly Plan 6: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

This resource, available on CD, contains illustrations and text for you to print. It can be used flexibly with the whole class, groups or individuals. You can focus on retelling, use arrows to map the story outline, or use the text with the pictures to create a reading resource. Story structure can be exemplified: the opening containing information about who, when and where; the problem and how it is solved. 

Illustrator: Arthur Burns
Publisher: Literacy Matters Ltd
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How to Make Chocolate Crispy Cakes
Reception Week 7 Plan: How to Make Chocolate Crispy Cakes

The How to Make Chocolate Crispy Cakes recipe card can be down loaded free from the resource area of the Literacy Matters website. It can be used with Unit 1 of the Developing Early Writing document.
Unit 1: The Supermarket
Reception Week 8 Plan: The Supermarket

Author: Kaye Umansky
Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain

Used by permission of The Random House Group Limited
http://www.randomhouse.co.uk

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Unit 1: The Supermarket

The lesson plans for weeks 8 and 9 supports Unit 1 from the NLS publication Developing Early Writing. Building from "How to Make Chocolate Crispy Cakes" children are involved in writing a shopping list, making a jam sandwich and planning a structured play area.

Unit 1: The Supermarket
Reception Week 9 Plan: The Supermarket
Don't Forget the Bacon provides a good starting point for continuing the Supermarket Unit.

Author & Illustrator: Pat Hutchins
Published by Mulberry Big Books
ISBN: 0-688-13102-6

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Who will be my mother?
Reception Week 10 Plan: Who will be my mother?
Lamb can't find his mother and asks various animals if they will be his mother. The patterned language and predictable structure help children to develop a variety of reading cues.
Authors: Joy Cowley & June Melser
Illustrator: Rita Parkinson - Available from Kingscourt/McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0-688-13102-6
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Text: Wake up Isabel
Reception Week 11 Plan: Wake up Isabel

Isabel is awake and wants the household to join her - but their eyes stayed shut! Eventually everyone is awake, everyone that is, except Isabel. Available as a big book.
ISBN: 0-7327-2284-5
Author: Nette Hilton
Illustrator: Robert Roennfeldt
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Text: Time to get up
Reception Week 12 Plan: Time to get up
Anna's dad is trying hard to get her ready for school, but Anna is planning Teddy's birthday party. Happily it turns out to be a Saturday!

Author: Gill McLean
Illustrator: Lynne Willey
ISBN: 1-870516-11-7
Publisher: Tamarind Books

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