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

Literacy: The power to dream

  • Jenni Clarke, early years author and consultant, France

How to use simple resources such as fabrics, hats and a basket of natural objects to encourage children to experiment and use their imaginations to create characters and dialogue.

Literacy: What to wish for

  • Claire Hewson, teacher and education writer, Cambridgeshire

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

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.

Latest Features

Wrap up!

  • Karen Faux

'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.

Specific area of literacy

  • Penny Webb

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.

Learning to be a writer: why play really matters

  • Dr Kate Smith

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

  • Paula Brown

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.

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