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Teaching Literacy in Year 3
The lesson plan units below match the range for Year 3 poetry in the New Literacy Framework, click on a unit to download it from our online store. For Non Fiction, Narrative 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 Works
Chosen by Paul Cookson.
Cover illustration by Peter Bailey
ISBN 0-330-48104-5
Published by Macmillan Children's Books

This anthology contains more than the total requirements of the National Literacy Strategy poetry teaching objectives! It is extremely well organised into sections for the different forms, and has a wealth of classic and modern poetry. Very suitable as a whole school resource.
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