Literacy development

Cross curricular: Wrap up!

'There's no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing,' as the saying goes. Use children’s colourful winter clothing as a link to many areas of learning.

Literacy: What to wish for

Claire Hewson focuses on wish fulfilment stories which can help children to learn valuable life lessons, since they always carry a cautionary message. By discussing the stories with children we can help them to explore these ideas in relation to their own lives.

A book about me

Claire Hewson provides a guide to using Apple’s My story app to enable children to create a book all about themselves. Help them to gain the skills to insert their own drawings, photos and text.

Virtually real

Claire Hewson suggests ways in which her chosen apps can deliver literacy learning when used alongside real learning experiences. It’s all about careful planning to ensure each child benefits.

Whatever the weather we play

There is one thing you can predict about a British summer, it is completely unpredictable! But as we know, with the right assortment of clothes, we go outside come rain or shine.

Specific area of literacy

Continuing our exploration of the prime and specific areas of learning, this month we focus on the specific area of literacy and discuss how we can support the children in our settings.

Pebble dash

All you need is a selection of smooth pebbles to make excellent props for storytelling. Link them to themes by making simple drawings and marks, and discover how children use them as reference points.

It’s a reading good feeling

This article shares a number of ideas on how to provide opportunities for young children to read for pleasure, so when they are ready, they will have the motivation and foundations in story to perservere.

Storytelling foundations

This series shares a variety of ideas on how to provide opportunities for young children to read for pleasure, so when they are ready, they will have the motivation and foundations in story to persevere.

Learning to be a writer: why play really matters

To be a writer, children need experiences similar to those associated with play – testing skills through trial and error, exploring ideas imaginatively and creating something providing a sense of accomplishment.

Adding extra ‘setting’ to your wonderful tales

Here we look at how resources can help to enhance a story, bringing it to life in exciting ways that are only limited by the imagination. It is surprising how easy it is to do, and how readily available these items are.

Play, come rain or shine

We resume our series of articles that look at the possibilities for play and learning inherent in certain popular and common early years resources and materials – this month, the weather.

Mariana and the ghost reef

In this short series of articles we will be looking at popular culture and how we engage with it in early years settings. For example, do we turn our nose up at Octonauts books, or do we embrace them?

Beginning to see the light

The fifth in our series exploring practical activities for introducing concepts that will help children in the Understanding the world area of learning – this month, we look at the science of sunlight and shadows.

Saving the day at night

In this short series of articles we will be looking at popular culture and how we engage with it in early years settings. For example, do we turn our nose up at superhero books, or do we embrace them?

Tales carved from the rock

Story stones can be a helpful tool to assist children in connecting words with visual images. Using them as prompts, repetition of words and phrases can help children improve their speech and language skills.

Winding down

In the first of a series focusing on how parents can support children’s speech and language development, Annette Rawstrone looks at the opportunities for interaction at bedtime.

Animal instincts

Find out how books, songs and digital media such as YouTube can be used together to ignite children’s interest in animals. Documentary footage is great for building knowledge and vocabulary.

What’s in stock

A role-play shop helps children to understand that print carries information. It will encourage them to identify and show an interest in print in the environment, and begin to identify what it might say.

Hone your story

As children become more confident about using tools and understanding safety rules in the woodwork area, link their projects to favourite books such as Stick Man and Owl Babies.

Wake up, pups on patrol

In this short series of articles we will be looking at popular culture and how we engage with it in early years settings. For example, do we turn our nose up at Paw Patrol books, or do we embrace them?

The dimensions of wonder

The rights and wrongs of taking inspiration from popular culture, whether music, books or films is a hot topic, also discussed elsewhere in this issue. Sometimes, it is where stories can take you that counts.

You will catch a cold…

In this short series of articles we will be looking at popular culture and how we engage with it in early years settings. For example, do we turn our nose up at Peppa Pig books, or do we embrace them?

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