Blog & Book lists

03/12/2021
Christmas Bibliotherapy: Staff Picks for 2021

Christmas Bibliotherapy: Staff Picks for 2021

Every year, we ask our team to pick their favourite books and to talk about who they will be gifting them to, as part of our Christmas Bibliotherapy.  This year's offerings showcase the quality of books we have had available…

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30/11/2021
Getting the most out of a Planning Sequence - with Christmas in mind!

Getting the most out of a Planning Sequence - with Christmas in mind!

There are many parallels between Christmas and a planning sequence: there’s a theme; there’s an engaging starting point just as there might be with the arrival of an elf or the appearance of the family box of Christmas decorations and…

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10/11/2021
6 Ways to Support Reading Longer, More Challenging Books

6 Ways to Support Reading Longer, More Challenging Books

At the Literacy Tree, we are always on a quest to find new books – either modern or classics - which will make great teaching texts. The Literary Curriculum, our overview of books from reception to year 6, certainly has…

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01/11/2021
November Literature Review

November Literature Review

If walls could talk, what a tale they might have to tell! Buildings, places… they can soak up history, joy, sadness and become living monuments –of sorts– of times from the past: good and bad. But sometimes, history is hidden;…

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11/10/2021
Creepy Tales Book List

Creepy Tales Book List

It’s that time of the year when the nights are drawing in slowly and summer is on the retreat. We love autumn here at the Literacy Tree and, as Halloween creeps up on us, it might be time to break…

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30/09/2021
October Literature Review

October Literature Review

This month, with the nights drawing in, the falling of the leaves and a distinct drop in temperature, change is afoot. And it brings with it the familiar: cosy evenings, hunkering down for the autumn with some good books and…

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20/09/2021
Building Fluency in Reading

Building Fluency in Reading

The new academic year has begun and one of our most important priorities as educators is to hear each child in our class read. We need to quickly get a sense of how fluently a child can decode a text…

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28/08/2021
Beyond the Book Corner: Setting up a Literary Classroom

Beyond the Book Corner: Setting up a Literary Classroom

Setting up your classroom at this point each year can be a moment of unbridled joy. Almost like moving into a new home, or redecorating a room, this is the moment where you can make your dreams a reality! ‘This…

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27/08/2021
September Literature Review

September Literature Review

Why are we here? Who am I? What’s my purpose? Whilst these might not be ponderings of a primary-aged child, most children will still think upon life’s big questions at some point. Just the other day (at bedtime, as is…

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21/07/2021
August Literature Review

August Literature Review

While writing this on July the 19th - so-called ‘freedom day’ from Covid-19 restrictions, and in the week where the vast majority of schools break-up for the summer holiday - it seemed apt to theme August’s review around freedom. As…

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19/07/2021
Using The Literary Curriculum in ARP and other SEND settings

Using The Literary Curriculum in ARP and other SEND settings

Our raison d’etre is to ensure that every child has access to quality literature and we firmly believe that this is a right; an entitlement of each and every child. This applies not just to mainstream primary settings but also to Additionally Resourced Provision classes (ARPs)/SEND settings…

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12/07/2021
Ten Holiday Reading Ideas for the Young and Not So Young

Ten Holiday Reading Ideas for the Young and Not So Young

Summer holidays are now finally appearing over the hazy horizon, ushering in the end of another very strange and discombobulating academic year. We do hope you are now getting ready for some R&R. Being literary minded as we are, we…

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30/06/2021
LGBTQ+ Book List

LGBTQ+ Book List

Representation is important and we believe it's vital that children see their realities reflected in literature and that they have the opportunity to learn about the history of significant LGBTQ+ people. Many of the LGBTQ+ children's books here have existed…

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28/06/2021
July Literature Review

July Literature Review

We often talk about the importance of literature being truly representative of the children we work with and how being able to see oneself in a text is key not only to engagement and comprehension but also to being able…

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09/06/2021
Short Story Collections

Short Story Collections

Children need a rich diet of varied literature as they grow up and collections of short stories can be an exciting part of the menu. They are ideal for the time-strapped who may struggle to get to the end of…

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27/05/2021
June Literature Review

June Literature Review

It’s sometimes suggested that as adults we should develop altruism within our children. In an Observer article published in early May of 2014, psychotherapist and author Graham Music asserts that we're likely to be born big-hearted and kind. It is later we are…

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11/05/2021
6 Ways to Develop Children’s Writing Composition

6 Ways to Develop Children’s Writing Composition

Children’s writing has been affected in several detrimental ways over the past year, especially those children that have not had access to a laptop or consistent support at home. From our consultancy visits in schools and talking to teachers from…

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30/04/2021
May Literature Review

May Literature Review

An important ‘knowing’ in the mind of the very young child is the realisation that the world is bigger than they themselves are. Helping children to develop not just self-awareness but also empathy, the ability to self-regulate and the resilience…

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