Literacy

Literacy is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child's ability read and write. Children show this in range of ways including understanding simple sentences, familiarity with phonics, demonstrating understanding of what they have read, the ability to write spoken sounds and words and even simple sentences.

Below you will find a range of practical articles and expert features that cover literacy to help you develop these skills and overcome challenges you might encounter. For more information on the EYFS you can download latest version of the statutory framework here.

Latest Practical

A book about me

  • Claire Hewson

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

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

  • Sarah Neville

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.

Pebble dash

Pebble dash

  • Jenni Clarke

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

  • Jenni Clarke

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

  • Jenni Clarke

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.

Play, come rain or shine

  • Ailsa Chapman

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.

Latest Features

A book about me

  • Claire Hewson

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

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

  • Sarah Neville

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.

Pebble dash

Pebble dash

  • Jenni Clarke

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

  • Jenni Clarke

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

  • Jenni Clarke

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.

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