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The lesson plan units below match the range for Year 1 Narrative in the New Literacy Framework, click on a unit to download it from our online store. For Poetry, Non Fiction and Cross Curricular units, click one of the links on the left.
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Year 1 Resources:
The Rabbit, the Snakes and the River eBook, is a beautifully illustrated electronic book based on the traditional tale of the Muscogee tribe of North America, It has 3 different readability levels and also has voice over. This resource can be used for the traditional tales unit or the stories from other cultures unit.
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A beautifully illustrated electronic version of Goldilocks and the three bears. Includes 2 versions of the story, see what happens when Goldilocks is rude instead of contrite. Editable so you can rewrite you own version. For individual or group use or project onto whiteboard for whole class work.
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These printable resources provide a model for teaching recount. 'A visit to the Park" is a simple recount about a familiar activity. "The Rescue" is a recount of the rescue of some blackbird chicks. This contains added detail to make a recount more interesting. "Growing beans" contains photographs of a bean in various stages of development and can be used as a starting point for children to write their own recount.
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A fun way to do maths! These seven printable number tracks are differentiated and range from a 1:1 match to practising number bonds to 12. You just need dotted and numeral dice. Each track has a child’s learning target and an explanation of the task so they can be sent home for homework tasks. A teacher’s grid links each number track to learning objectives from the EYFS Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy (PSRN).
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How to make crispy cakes video to accompany the Year 2 Instructions Unit. Quicktime Movie Format. Multi User PC Version 16mb Download.

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This unit contains 5 word mats relating to the festivals: Christmas; Chinese New Year; Diwali: Eid al-Adha and Hannukah. Each printable word mat contains a list of useful words related to each festival and a writing target for pupils. Ideal for individual work, group work or homework.
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A beautifully illustrated version of Goldilocks and the three bears. Includes 2 versions of the story, see what happens when Goldilocks is rude instead of contrite. Editable so you can rewrite you own version. For individual or group use or project onto whiteboard for whole class work.

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A beautifully illustrated version of Goldilocks and the three bears. Includes 2 versions of the story, see what happens when Goldilocks is rude instead of contrite. Print for individual or group use or project onto whiteboard for whole class work.

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A fun way to teach early sight words, a variation of the Robot Word Folder. This unit allows you to make attractive Baby Bear Folders.

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High Frequency numbers for reception and year 1, on attractive robot backgrounds, Spell Numbers 1-10 in A4, A5 and Also with robots to count.

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Buried Treasure 1 This software is based on the activity suggested in the recent phonic guidance ‘Letters and Sounds’ released by the DfES. Pupils read the words or non words formed from the letters in Phase 2. Click onto the coin to hear the word and then move the real words into the treasure chest and the non-words into the dustbin. The software contains 4 sets each of ten different words.

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Zig Zag Books, this set of printable books contains 10 books for you to print. Just fold and use for children to read and write. Contains sight word books; I spy book and a My alphabet book.

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A fun way to teach early sight words, a variation of the Robot Word Folder. This unit allows you to make attractive Truck Word Folders. Also included are sight word cards and onset and rime word lists for spelling. Contains, Truck Folder, Spelling Machine and Words and Word Lists for both.

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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.

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All you need for your class to make individual pop-up Christmas cards. Contains a card pro forma; 11 outline pictures to colour in; 11 coloured illustrations and a set of instructions for pupils to follow.

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Lesson plan for the foundation stage with activities based around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Contains the following resources, Postcard, Sequencing Picture Cards, Jack Own Book for reading and Jack Own Book for writing.

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Jack and the Beanstalk electronic book for reading and writing. You can change the existing text, save, reload and print. Excellent value.

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Contains: two differentiated invitations for reading; two invitation writing frames; criteria for assessing and leveling invitation writing; a weeks lesson plan for teaching the features of invitation writing; a plan for the a KS1 short task; outline for pupils to plan the invitation short task.

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'Sort-Er is a superb resource designed to make children's planning of writing more effective and more logical. It is based on the idea of an electronic 'stick-on' notes pad where you can gather, sort and order the children's ideas before they start to write' Comments taken from an independent evaluation.

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A Traditional Tale and more. The units contain the traditional tale of the billy goats gruff, play scripts, Goat Facts. There are also several E books, which can be used with an interactive whiteboard, computer or projector. There are also numerous resources for individual and group work as well as display materials.

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High Frequency words for year 1 and 2 on attractive backgrounds, Approx 100 words, to make wall display.

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Literacy Framework Plans
Text: Howler

Howler by Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Neal Layton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN 0-7475-7137-6

A story in a familiar setting written from a different viewpoint!  ‘Me’ is a dog and Rover, a small human, is his pet.  When a new baby arrives in the family, ‘Me’ is sidelined and has to formulate a great plan to get noticed.

Text: Where's My Teddy

Eddy has lost his teddy in the dark horrible wood. The giant teddy he finds is not his –it belongs to a gigantic bear. The story, written in rhyme, ends happily with both boy and bear in their own beds cuddling their own little teds.

Author & Illustrator: Jez Alborough
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN 0-7445-3058-X

Text: Grandma's Bill

In this delightful book, Bill and Grandma look at pictures of past and present family members. Available as a big book.

Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrated by Jane Johnson
ISBN: 0-7500-0307-3
Macdonald young Books

Text: Once There Were Giants

Once, to the baby in the house, the grown ups were giants. As the baby grew she gradually became a giant herself. This delightful book has a rhythmic text describing events that children can identify with.

Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Penny Dale
Walker Books
ISBN 0-7445-7836-1

Text: Handa's Surprise

Handa’s Surprise
By Eileen Browne,
Walker Books.
ISBN: 978-0-7445-5473-1

This delightful big book has patterned language and a simple story from a different culture. You can use this book creatively to meet literacy and science objectives. It also links to Poetry Unit 1 on ‘Using our Senses’.

Text: Handa's Hen

Following on from Eileen Browne's success with Handa's Surprise, this book features Handa and her friend Akeyo. Based on children from the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya the story also features a variety of wild creatures found as Handa searches for her missing hen. The plan accompanying this text has been written for both Year 1 and 2 (6 and 7 year old) children. Ideal for teachers with a mixed age class.

Written and illustrated by Eileen Browne,
Published by Walker Books.
ISBN: 074459815x

Text: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

The patterned text and colourful illustrations makes this an ideal model for children to write their own simple picture books. Available as a big book.

Author: Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrator: Eric Carle
ISBN: 0-14-050296-3
Puffin Books

Text: My Five Senses

Author: Aliki
Harper Collins
ISBN: 00-602-0050-2
This book by Aliki starts with a simple patterned text. It can be used to link to the Science unit ‘Ourselves’ and makes a good lead into the Poetry unit 1 ‘Using our Senses’. It is available in big book format.

Text: The Little Red Hen

This example of a traditional story provides a good starting point for a discussion of reasons, or causes of incidents in stories. The patterned text provides an opportunity for everyone to join in an oral retelling of a traditional tale. Careful explanation of some of the vocabulary may be necessary as the process of growing wheat and grinding into flour may not be familiar to children!

Heritage Readers
The Wright Group - ISBN: 0-7802-7028-2

Text: Three Billy Goats Gruff Play

A play of the Traditional Tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff
Written and illustrated by Sue McCaldon, Arthur Burns

Three Billy Goats Gruff Books

Text: Jack and the Beanstalk eBook

Jack and the Beanstalk eBook for reading and writing. You can change the existing text, save, reload and print.
Author: Literacy Matters
Illustrator: Arthur Burns

Jack and the Beanstalk eBooks and Units

Text: The Magic Bed

The Magic Bed
John Burningham
Published by RED Fox
ISBN: 0-09-943969-7

Georgie has got a new bed, but it's not like other beds. For each night, Georgie says the magic word and it whisks him away on a fantastic adventure. Useful book for exploring fantasy worlds.

Text: The Great Dragon Rescue

The Great Dragon Rescue
Author & Illustrator: M.P.Robertson
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
ISBN 1845073797

George is bored. When it comes to fighting, chickens aren't nearly as much fun as dragons. Then a dragon appears and whisks him off to a fairytale land on a rescue mission.

Text: The Emperor of Absurdia

The Emperor of Absurdia
Chris Riddell
MacMillan
ISBN 1405090286
Skyfish nibble umbrella trees, pointy birds steal scarves to line their pointy nests, and dinner is served before lunch. It's an absurd world! Young children will be enchanted by this entertaining story of dragon hunts and hairy wardrobe monsters.

Text: The Sandcastle

The Sandcastle
Author & Illustrator: M.P.Robertson
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
ISBN 0-7122-1807-2

In this story M.P. Robertson weaves a wonderful tale of fantasy and excitement, with magical illustrations, capturing the wonder of a little boy's imaginary adventure.

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