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Teaching Literacy in Year 3
The lesson plan units below match the range for Year 3 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 3 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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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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or enhancing writing, 12 spidergrams of onomatopoeic words for literacy lessons or cross curricular and creative work: Animal, Bird and Human, Cooking and Eating, Explosive and Impact, Machine and Electronic, Musical, Watery, Transport/movement. Colourful A4 sheets for wall display or laminate for desktop use.

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Buried Treasure. 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 2,3,4. 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. Each download contains 4 sets each of ten different words.

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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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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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'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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This history homework unit contains 40 printable sheets covering the following 10 history topics: Tudors, Vikings, The Great Fire of London, Famous Victorians, Anglo Saxons, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Homes Now and Then, Toys of the past, and How Toys have changed. Each topic contains 4 sheets each with a differentiated learning objective related to an assessment focus.
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Ideal for personalised learning! This resource can be used by learners to find out about, or revise the features of instructional writing. It has sound and takes learners through the process of looking at different instructions and creating a checklist. As well as the Instructions software this resource contains 5 printable examples of instructions and a list of Instructional features with a mnemonic to help pupils remember them.

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Twelve printable spidergrams for extending pupils' vocabulary. Contains some common verbs eg. said, saw, went, got. Some common adjectives eg. good and nice.

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Settings allows you to choose different settings then apply a colour filter to change the mood. You can select characters to add to the setting making this a fantastic resource for discussing and writing about the effect of different settings on characters. You can save, reload and print.

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The Chinese New Year Unit Contains for printing: Recount of a trip to a Chinese New Year Parade Myth of the Chinese New Year The Legend of the Twelve Zodiac Animals The Twelve Zodiac Signs Twelve Colour Animal masks Twelve black & white Animal Masks Teaching notes on the Legend of King Arthur Story Grid analysis.

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Each unit contains all you need for two week units of work: Lesson Plans Y3 to 6 and Y3&4, Y4&5 and Y5&6. Differentiated Non Chronological reports to print. Electronic books which can be edited, saved and reloaded. Independent and guided group activities and much more.

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This printable resource contains written postcards from Africa, India, USA, Europe and the South Atlantic. As well as differentiated postcards there are some blank illustrated postcards for pupils to write their own. Also included are some Fact sheets and a Flyer along with a comparison chart which helps pupils to identify the different genres: Recount, Persuasion and Report. Jpeg images of a holiday resort are included so pupils can create their own flyers or PowerPoint presentations. This resource can be used as a topic on Holidays or Travel. It can also be used with Y3 Non Fiction unit 3 plans.
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Literacy Framework Plans
Text: The Hedgehog
by Dick King Smith.
Illustrations by Linda Birch
ISBN 0-14-032503-4 Published by Penguin Books (Puffin)
A story of a family of hedgehogs, which live in the garden of a house opposite a park. The family would like to go to the park, but how do they cross the main road? Max, the youngest hedgehog sets out to solve the problem. The text provides a good model for writing a character's own account of an incident.

Text: Jim and the Beanstalk
Written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs
ISBN 0-14-050077-4
Published by Puffin Books

This alternative version of the traditional tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, provides a good model for writing a sequel to a traditional story. It has the features of a traditional tale including the "rule of three".
Jack and the Beanstalk eBook
Jack and the Beanstalk is an electronic book allowing pupils to read and write on screen. You can read the existing text or personalise it by writing your own story. You can save, reload and print.

Available from the Literacy Matters Online Store,
£9.99 (single user) or £24.99 (multi user)
Text: Aesop's Fables
By Geraldine McCaughrean
ISBN 0582334055
Big Book, Published by Puffin Books

This Big Book contains a collection of fables that you can use to explore the story themes and morals. Each story has two titles which you can use to compare and contrast.
Chinese New Year Unit
This unit covers Myths and Legends through a seasonally appropriate link to the Chinese New Year. It includes Masks of the twelve Zodiac animals making it an ideal link to Drama.

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£6.99 (single user) or £16.99 (multi user)
Text: The Julian Stories
By Ann Cameron
Yearling, Random House
ISBN: 0552548243

An anthology of amusing and interesting stories about Julian and his family; each short story features Julian as the central character. Julian's father presents a positive and versatile role model as he bakes, gardens and even acts as a dentist with his children! Offering a simple narrative structure, these texts provide good models for writing children's narrative writing.
Text: Julian Secret Agent
By Ann Cameron
Yearling, Random House
ISBN 0-394-81949-7

An adventure story, written in chapters, features Julian, his brother Huey and their friend Gloria. Using a variety of settings, the action is based on a series of incidents, each with a separate narrative structure. The text also provides a model for writing in chapters.
Text: It's Too Frightening For Me
By Shirley Hughes
Puffin Books, Penguin Group
ISBN 0-14-032009-3

An adventure/mystery story written by Shirley Hughes. An eerie old house gives Jim and Arthur the creeps. But they can't keep away, even when a spooky face appears at the window!
Text: Hostage
By Malorie Blackman
Barrington Stoke Ltd
ISBN 1-842993-75-5
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Angela is snatched off the street to be held hostage. How will she manage to escape? There is action all the way through this book with an exciting cliff hanger ending!
Text: The Julian Stories
By Ann Cameron
Yearling, Random House
ISBN: 0552548243

An anthology of amusing and interesting stories about Julian and his family; each short story features Julian as the central character. Julian's father presents a positive and versatile role model as he bakes, gardens and even acts as a dentist with his children! Offering a simple narrative structure, these texts provide good models for writing children's narrative writing.
Text: Crummy Mummy and Me
By Anne Fine.

This text offers teaching opportunities for developing structure and paragraphing; build up, conflict and resolution. A series of unusual stories about Minna and her relationship with her family,  especially her unconventional mother. The role reversal element “ I don’t think my mum’s fit to be a parent,” offers an amusing alternative to being a parent. Each incident can be read separately reinforce structural development and to stimulate ideas for independent writing.

Cover illustration by Claire Douglass Published by Penguin UK (Puffin)
ISBN 0-14-032876-9



Text: The Jolly Postman
The Jolly Postman
ISBN 0-670-88624-6.
Allan Ahlberg

Examples of letters, formal and informal, a postcard, poster and invitation with a range of envelpes provide models for writing to a defined audience and for a particular purpose.

This FREE unit contains plans that match to the Authors and Letters unit suggested by the Primary Literacy Strategy. The unit also contains a list of suggested books and a book review prompt sheet.
This FREE unit contains plans that match to the Dialogue and Plays unit suggested by the Primary Literacy Strategy.
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