Planning from Texts

These documents are intended to support the planning of effective literacy units based on high quality picture books. They are not intended to be lesson plans, but offer a menu of possible ideas for teachers to use as starting points to plan for purposeful learning and give pupils reasons for writing as well as the skills they need to write with impact on their reader. They follow a learning sequence:

  • a hook to fully engage and interest the children
  • responding to reading activities to allow immersion in and exploration of the text, including picture exploration, book and writer talk
  • capturing ideas activities which include drama and talk to support understanding of the text and to develop vocabulary, language and ideas for writing
  • possibilities for the contextualised teaching of grammar
  • sentence games to develop creativity, vocabulary, language and grammar
  • links to guided reading
  • a range of writing tasks which may be final unit outcomes or incidental opportunities during the unit
The Learning Challenge Curriculum
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    Aaaarrgghh! Spider!

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    Beegu

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    Bog Baby

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    Footprints in the Snow

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    Lila and the Secret of the Rain

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    Man on the Moon

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    Meerkat Mail

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    The Flower

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    The Leopard's Drum

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    The Rabbit Problem

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    The Tin Forest

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    Winnie at the Seaside

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    Castles

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    Cloud Tea Monkeys

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    Escape From Pompeii

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    Falling Angels

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    Fox

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    How to Train Your Dragon

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    Jamils Clever Cat

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    Journey to Jo'burg

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    Meerkat Mail

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    Rose Blanche

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    Stone Age Boy

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    The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard

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    The Great Kapok Tree

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    The Lost Happy Endings

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    The Princess' Blankets

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    The Spider and the Fly

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    The Tin Forest

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    The Village that Vanished

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    The Watertower

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    Tuesday

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    Way Home

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    Wolves in the Walls

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    Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

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    Fly, Eagle, Fly

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    I Love You, Blue Kangaroo

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    Leaf Man

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    Naughty Bus

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    The Firebird

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    The Incredible Book Eating Boy

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    The Lost Thing

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    Think of an Eel

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    Can't you sleep, Little Bear?

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    Arthur and the Golden Rope