Enjoy sharing texts such as Jill Murphy's Peace at Last and her popular 'Large Family’ series, as well as Mary Hoffman's The Great Big Book of Families, as inspiration to talk, read and write about families, homes and likes/ dislikes.
Labels and Captions: Ourselves and our Families
Enjoy sharing texts such as Whatever Next, Man on the Moon and The Little Kids First Big Book of Space to explore the different features of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as talk, read and write about space.
Story Sequence and Captions: Space
Enjoy learning about the Harvest by sharing texts such as The Enormous Turnip and Pumpkin Soup, as well as the rhyme One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four, as inspiration to talk, read and write about the autumn, harvest and related foods.
Lists and Storytelling: Sharing the Harvest
Have fun exploring repeating patterns in Michael Rosen's books We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Little Rabbit Foo Foo, inspiring children to use repeated phrases in their own story-telling and writing.
Repetitive Chants and Rhymes: Patterns and Repetition
Inspire children to read and write sentences and captions using traditional tales, Billy Goats Gruff, Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks to explore different building materials, houses and homes.
Traditional Tales and Labels: Homes and Houses
Ignite imagination and creativity about autumn using Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Enjoy a nature walk, explore descriptive vocabulary and create labels for leaf characters.
Lists and Labels: Autumn Leaves
Use Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain to help explore the use of prepositions and how we feel about the dark. Get creative with descriptive words while learning about Diwali and Firework Night inspired by the texts Rama and Sita and Let's celebrate 5 days of Diwali.
Prepositions and Descriptors: Celebrating Light and Dark
Have fun with children sharing Christmas stories such as The Jolly Christmas Postman and Dear Santa to inspire children to talk about their Christmas and Winter Traditions, as well as to write cards and their own letter to Santa.
Greetings and Letters: Christmas and Winter Traditions
Explore the signs of winter by sharing The Bear's Winter House, What Can you See in Winter and The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Enjoy a winter walk and have fun creating captions for photos, as well as writing instructions for a pyjama party.
Captions and Instructions: Winter Days and Nights
Set their imagination on fire by reading and writing about dragons; sharing texts such as Custard the Dragon, Tell Me a Dragon and Puff the Magic Dragon. Explore Chinese New Year traditions and create good luck banners.
Captions and Banners: Dragons and Chinese New Year
Enjoy sharing the texts Stanley's Stick and Stick man to inspire use of descriptive vocabulary to use in explanations and captions. Get creative with sticks by making people, animals and letters.
Labels and Captions: Pick up a Stick
Use the texts Owls and Dinosaurs, The Dirty Great Dinosaur and Dinosaur Roar to explore new vocabulary and create dinosaur stories. Step back in time and make your own dinosaurs and fossils!
Non-Fiction Texts and Stories: Dinosaurs
Take inspiration from Ketchup on your Cornflakes?, The Giant Jam Sandwich, Mr Wolf's Pancakes and The Gingerbread Man to follow and write simple lists, instructions and recipes.
Lists, Instructions and Recipes: Food and cooking
Step into spring and look out for signs of new life on a nature walk. Enjoy sharing Wakey-Wakey, The Odd Egg and The Egg Drop to help create descriptive phrases and captions, as well as explore springtime festivals.
Captions, Labels and Non-Fiction Writing: Spring into Spring
Learn how plants grow by sharing Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed and Nick Butterworth's Jasper's Beanstalk. Enjoy writing and following instructions for growing a bean plant and making a cress sandwich, as well as creating artwork inspired by plants and vegetables.
Lists, Labels and Instructions: Growing Plants
Be inspired by sharing thoughts, ideas and questions about people who help us, including vets, dentists and the Emergency Services. Enjoy reading the texts The Very Helpful Hedgehog and Dog Eat Dog to help create a thank you card for someone who cares for us at home.
Captions, Greetings Cards and Letters: People Who Help Us
Explore the lifecycle of a butterfly and a frog by sharing the books The Hungry Caterpillar and Tadpole's Promise. Have a go at retelling and sequencing events, as well as writing a simple report. Get creative with jelly frogspawn and butterfly collages.
Labels, Captions and Simple Report Sequences: Animal Lifecycles
Step into the magical land of fairy tales by sharing Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Hansel and Gretel. Discuss, retell, sequence and write your own version of the stories. Enjoy growing a beanstalk and creating a new cottage for the witch.
Letters, Short Retellings of Fairy Tales: Fairy Tales
Enter the world of superheroes by sharing the books Superheroes - All Sorts, Superhero ABC and Supertato. Spark their imagination by describing superheroes, dressing up and creating gadgets, as well as writing about superpowers.
Descriptive Writing: Superheroes
All aboard! Share the joys of bus and train rides by reading You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus, Naughty Bus and The Train Ride. Explore other forms of transport and maps and use personal experiences to help create a recount or directions for a toy bus.