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Teaching Literacy in Year 1
The lesson plan units below match the range for Year 1 non fiction in the New Literacy Framework, click on a unit to download it from our online store. For Poetry, Narrative 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 printable 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: How Do You Feel?
How do you Feel?
A useful big book which focuses on a boy's feelings during the week that sees him starting a new school.
An alternative text to This Week.
By Liu Gillian
Published by Evans Brothers
ISBN 02375 18880
Text: The Sandwich That Max Made
This book, which is available as a big book, is modelled on The House that Jack built. It is an excellent resource for developing children's understanding of a sentence. The last page contains 9 lines of writing although it is still only one sentence.
Author: Marcia Vaughan
Illustrator: Ellen Giggenbach
Available from Kingscourt/McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0-7901-0117-3

Text: My Trip to Lyme Park
This example of a factual recount can be used as an introduction Developing Early Writing (NLS Unit 9). This unit focuses on teaching the characteristics of a factual recount.
Text: The Open Day at the Fire Station
This recount tells of a visit to a fire station open day.
This book contains a strongly rhyming text about a hilarious tea party. It is an excellent book for making collections of rhyming words. Can be used as a starting point for modelling writing instructions. 
Author: Kaye Umansky
Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain

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

Text: Pass The Jam Jim
Text: Change
This simple explanation is a useful book for introducing pupils to a non-fiction text. It contains a contents and index page and labelled diagrams. Change can be used as a model in the whole class work on how to write labels,diagrams and extended captions. See the weekly plan on how this process may be developed throughout a week.

Heinemann
ISBN: 0-435-09459-9
Text: Life in a Shell, Poggy Frog's Contest
Life in a Shell
By Claire Craig

Poggy Frog’s Contest
Written by Jow Cowley
Illustrated by Anne Sulzer

Kites, Mimosa Publications
ISBN: 0-732-73663-3

This 2 in 1 Big Book contains Life in the Shell, an information book and Poggy Frog’s Contest These 2 books give you an opportunity to contrast and compare how information and fiction texts differ in the way they are written and presented.

Text: My Bean Diary
This Discovery World non-fiction text provides a simple model of how you can organise information about growing beans. It contains the non-fiction features of a contents page, an index and labels.

By Rhonda Jenkins
Heinemann Discovery World
ISBN: 0-435-09446-7
Text: Goat Facts
Three Billy Goats Gruff Goat Facts Single User(PC)

This non chronological report is presented as an electronic book, for use with an interactive whiteboard, computer or multimedia projector. (7.9mb Download) Single User PC Version

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Text: A Visit to the Park, The Rescue, Growing Beans
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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