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The award-winning Literary Curriculum is a complete, book-based approach designed to help teachers access high quality resources and network through training. The Teach Through a Text approach was created so that there was a consistent, cohesive pedagogy used across a school.

Developed by The Literacy Tree, a group of English specialists who have all been teachers, school leaders and moderators, the Literary Curriculum immerses children in a literary world, creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for learning.

Children become critical readers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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We provide fully-comprehensive downloadable planning based around high-quality children’s books. These consist of sets of detailed daily session plans for Writing, Reading and Spelling, all with a medium term overviews that can be adapted and personalised. All plans follow our #TeachThroughaText pedagogy to ensure engagement, coverage and outcomes and follow a cohesive sequence so that learning makes sense and is rooted in a strong context. Depth is engendered as children revisit key objectives and skills within different texts and contexts, building understanding over time with frequent opportunities to apply their learning across varied writing opportunities. Books are grouped within themes to ensure links and connections are made within and across the Programme of Study.

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The Teach Through a Text pedagogy is the backbone for all of our Planning Sequences and each aspect is reinforced within Literary Leaves, Spelling Seeds and the other Literary Curriculum resources .

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Dramatic conventions provide resonance & create a hook with the book

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Reading comprehension explicitly embedded through prediction and inference

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Explicit grammar skills for writing taught in context to be applied purposefully

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Explicit spelling skills are explored and linked to vocabulary acquisition

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Literary language explicitly taught and applied in writing

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Distinct shorter & longer writing opportunities rather than genre-led

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The use of high quality literature is important in schools; it expands its readers' horizons, opening minds to concepts and themes such as hope, freedom and justice, as well as providing vital insights into historical settings with geographical and scientific knowledge woven within as part of the narrative.

All our texts sit within literary themes. We believe strongly that these help children make deeper connections with text as they build their liteary repertoire and can compare and contrast books.

Look above at our full thematic map which schools can adopt or adapt to suit their own topics.

Texts are always selected for their quality and significance. There is a wide variety including classics, award-winning texts (Carnegie, Kate Greenaway, Guardian, Newbery and Caldecott) and celebrated and significant authors such as children’s laureates and poet laureates. The range includes novels, novellas, picture books, wordless texts, narrative poems, playscripts and narrative non-fiction.

Within the range, there is a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction genres, such as historical narrative, mystery, adventure and fantasy.

All plans include discovery points to generate interest, engage and activate inference. These link to the books’ themes and employ elements of dramatic conventions, which are maintained and addressed across the sequence.

Plans include explicit grammar objectives so that the grammar skills for writing are seen in context and can be applied within writing. These can be taught ‘discretely’ yet creatively, and still embedded firmly within the context of the book.

In addition, planning integrates spelling investigations and activities, so that patterns and rules can be explored, discovered and then used purposefully within writing.

Built into the plans are a variety of shorter and longer writing opportunities that are purposeful and pertinent to particular points of text. Children are encouraged to write in role, with bias and for a distinct audience, rather than writing in one fixed genre for the whole planning sequence.

Collectively the sequences help children build a literary repertoire; develop a knowledge of significant authors and prepares them for the subject content of critical reading at Key stage 3.

This can best be answered who have used our planning sequences throughout their schools to support their agenda in raising attainment in writing:

'The Literary Curriculum has without question brought about a dramatic improvement in the quality of children's writing - particularly the boys - and I was so proud at our cross-school moderation meeting when our children's writing had all sorts of literary features which they were using very naturally’

Dan Paton, Deputy Headteacher, Arnot St Mary Primary, Liverpool.

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'Our GSP and writing scores were fantastic this year due to all the Literacy Tree planning sequences we follow. We were 93% Expected and 53% Greater Depth when 2 years ago we were 65% expected.’

Amanda Webb, Headteacher, Talavera Junior School, Hampshire

We run an extensive training programme from our base in London and also online that supports all aspects of the delivery, subject knowledge and pedagogy of the Teach Through a Text approach. However, we are not London-centric and our consultants are happy to travel. In the past year we have delivered book-based training across the UK, Europe and globally. Please contact us to discuss your training and inset needs: info@theliteracytree.co.uk

Every year group includes at least one Planning Sequence using a poetry text. These are usually narrative poems such as Night Mail in Y6, Jabberwocky in Y4, Jim, A Cautionary Tale in Y3, or The Owl and the Pussy-cat in Y2. Within these sequences children have opportunities to write poetry as well as other types of writing that stem from the poem such as letters and diaries, as well as specific work on comprehension/literary language. We have chosen these because their narrative form lends itself to engagement across an extended period in a similar way to narrative prose.

As well as this, many other Planning Sequences include explicit opportunities for poetry reading and writing within the sequence of learning, such as within Can We Save the Tiger in Year 6, children study The Tyger by William Blake and within The Tempest children study and learn some of Shakespeare’s poetry. There are also other opportunities within specific sequences to write poems such as within Cinnamon, children write limericks to mirror the one within the book.

Alongside this, the Literary Curriculum includes works by poet laureates such Carol Ann Duffy and Ted Kooser. In terms of Reading Comprehension, Literary Leaves offer opportunity for the discrete study of poems and poetic form, from Year 2 onwards. There are poetry collections from significant poets as well as anthologies around a theme.

Across the Literary Curriculum there are specific Non-ficton texts including information books (The Great Fire of London), illustrated biographies(Pride, The Man who Walked between the Towers), fictional explanations (Until I Met Dudley) and narrative non-fiction (Can We Save the Tiger). These lead to a variety of longer and shorter fiction, non-fiction and poetry outcomes depending on the context. Other non-fiction outcomes are covered as part of other (fiction and poetry) planning sequences, including non-chronological reports, biographies, explanation texts, letters and newspaper reports (both using fictonal and non-fiction contexts).

In addition, Literary Leaves include a variety of non-fiction titles from Year 2 through to Year 6, where children have the opportunity to explore Reading Comprehension within non-fiction books.

“The Literary Curriculum has without question brought about a dramatic improvement in the quality of children's writing - particularly the boys - and I was so proud at our cross-school moderation meeting when our children's writing had all sorts of literary features which they were using very naturally”

Dan Paton, Deputy Headteacher, Arnot St Mary, Liverpool

“Children at Dulwich Wood have developed a real love of reading and awareness of authors since we started using the Literary Curriculum resources. Because each sequence begins with a hook that enthuses and engages the children, it offers creative and real life opportunities linking to our whole school Learning Journeys. Teachers find the resources really accessible and can easily adapt them to other books and areas of the curriculum.”

Helen Rowe, Headteacher, Dulwich Wood Primary

“As soon as we introduced the curriculum we observed an immediate impact in the engagement of the children. The beauty of the curriculum is that it completely immerses children in a single story for an extended period of time and interest and enthusiasm in literacy lessons rocketed across the school. The children are able to hang on to an enjoyable story, using it as the foundation for writing for different purposes and fuel their interest of richer, more descriptive language.”

Neil Jones, Principal, Jupiter Free School, Hemel Hempstead

“The themes and lessons are both engaging and exciting and the plans are full of ideas we would never have thought of but which make learning practical and clear. The children read good quality texts and explore challenging concepts which has led to valuable discussions and some brilliant writing for a range of purposes.”

Anne McGrath, Deputy Head, St John's C of E, Caterham

“The planning sequences are excellent and therefore the teachers felt incredibly well-supported expanding the sequences to meet the needs of their classes. Virtually overnight, the production of writing from the children was transformed. The children wanted to write!”

Paul Robinson, Consultant Headteacher, Van Gogh Primary School, Lambeth

“Exposing our children to high quality, age-appropriate literature from a range of authors has allowed them to really write for purpose, be mindful of their audience and showcase the learning they have experienced in their own writing. Our children particularly enjoy the stimulating entry point experiences that allow us to introduce the text to the pupils in an exciting and gripping way.”

Rachel Pender, Assistant Principal, Whiston Willis Primary Academy, Knowsley

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Our flagship schools have been chosen for their innovative use of our book-based approach across the curriculum. They have adopted and adapted our planning sequences to complement their own topics or use our themes. Our flagship schools enjoy sharing how they have used the sequences to support engagement and raise attainment in English with new schools looking to change their pedagogy and curriculum. If you wish to visit any of these schools, we can arrange a suitable time to visit. Alternatively, if you are interested in finding out about becoming a flagship school, do contact us on info@theliteracytree.co.uk

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What is literary curriculum? ›

The Literary Curriculum is a complete approach to the teaching of primary English that can be used by teachers, home educators and whole schools to deliver a book-based approach to the teaching of English.

How is literature used across the curriculum? ›

One way to use literature across the curriculum is through the use ofthematic units. A curriculum featuring a thematic approach will encourage children to relate their own schemas to the literature and provide a framework for the children to experience and explore related ideas in a variety of subject areas.

Why literature is important in the school curriculum? ›

Literature provides a language model for those who hear and read it. By using literary texts, students learn new words, syntax and discourse functions and they learn correct sentence patterns, standard story structures. They develop their writing skills.

What is the impact of literature in the curriculum? ›

Studying literature allows young people to develop the ability to think critically about different topics, from a range of different theoretical perspectives. Through books, they will learn about various historical events and start to understand a wide range of cultures.

What are the aims and objectives of teaching literature? ›

The MOE has outlined objectives of literature in education are to develop in students (1) an awareness of the value and pleasure of reading good literary works, (2) an appreciation and deeper understanding of important human concerns and human relationships, (3) an ability to appreciate values which would enhance an ...

How do you teach literature in primary school? ›

Practical Strategies for Teaching Reading
  1. Dedicate classroom time for reading every single day.
  2. Allow children to self-select their books.
  3. Ensure students have a plan for what they will be reading and why.
  4. Teach children that reading preferences are okay but that they should also explore new topics.
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Is literacy important in today's curriculum? ›

Students that can't read effectively fail to grasp important concepts, score poorly on tests and ultimately, fail to meet educational milestones. Literacy skills allow students to seek out information, explore subjects in-depth and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

How can the literacy be improved across the curriculum? ›

An approach to cross-curricular literacy
  1. Involve all teachers and demonstrate how they are all engaged in using language to promote learning in their subject.
  2. Identify the particular needs of all pupils in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  3. Make strong links between school and home.
7 Jun 2017

How Can literacy be integrated throughout the curriculum? ›

It's possible to teach literacy skills in any subject, including PE. Literacy is about speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Think about the ways in which you can get your students talking about and listening to the content you teach. Include reading assignments, and ask questions about the reading afterward.

What is the importance of reading literary works? ›

Literature allows a person to step back in time and learn about life on Earth from the ones who walked before us. We can gather a better understanding of culture and have a greater appreciation of them. We learn through the ways history is recorded, in the forms of manuscripts and through speech itself.

How do you benefit from literature as a student? ›

Consider these five:
  1. Literature improves communication skills. The easiest way to improve vocabulary, writing, and speaking skills is to study literature. ...
  2. Literature teaches you about yourself. ...
  3. Literature teaches about the past. ...
  4. Literature cultivates wisdom and a worldview. ...
  5. Literature entertains.

What is the purpose of literature? ›

The literary purpose is used to entertain and to give aesthetic pleasure. The focus of the literary purpose is on the words themselves and on a conscious and deliberate arrangement of the words to produce a pleasing or enriching effect. A writer often expresses a worldview when using the literary purpose.

What is the importance of teaching literature to children? ›

Literature gives children the opportunity to begin to form their own views and opinions and take on a more global stance. Through experiences with children's literature children can develop socially, personally, intellectually, culturally, and aesthetically.

What is the impact of reading a literature to a student? ›

Reading helps students think critically and improves reading comprehension skills, which is beneficial in every subject area measured in this study. However, the benefits of pleasure reading do not end in the classroom.

Why is it important to study the literatures of the world? ›

World literature is critical to understanding our neighbor, to growing in compassion and wisdom, and to thinking critically about our world today. As we find ourselves in an increasingly globalized society, we must have knowledge that includes nations, cultures, and worldviews beyond our own borders.

What are the main teaching methods while teaching literature? ›

9 Approaches to Teaching Literature
  • Reading for Plot and Comprehension. ...
  • Reading for Theme. ...
  • Reading for Author's Craft. ...
  • Approaching Literary Theories. ...
  • Using Bloom's Taxonomy. ...
  • Response Journaling. ...
  • Reading for Vocabulary. ...
  • Working with Groups.

What are the factors that the teacher must consider in teaching literature? ›

6 Things to Consider When Teaching Literary Analysis
  • Emphasize Small Details.
  • Explain Why Small Choices Matter.
  • Encourage Exploration.
  • Subjectivity and Objectivity.
  • Promote Controversial Stances.
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What is the significance of teaching literature to high school students? ›

Literature is considered as a promoting tool for language learning purposes. Literature can be used to foster students motivation to read and write in order to achieve their academic proficiency. Poetry as a part of literature has affirmed that literature has a great deal in developed students' literacy competence.

How do you as a teacher help your learners develop their literacy skills in the classroom? ›

Include books in the native languages of students in the classroom library. Obtain or develop appropriate native language materials and technology for classroom use. Provide daily opportunities for students to read and write in both their first and second languages.

What are the 4 types of curriculum? ›

There are four different types of curricula that educators have to address in the classroom; these four are the explicit, implicit, null, and extracurricular.

What is the main definition of curriculum? ›

Curriculum is a standards-based sequence of planned experiences where students practice and achieve proficiency in content and applied learning skills. Curriculum is the central guide for all educators as to what is essential for teaching and learning, so that every student has access to rigorous academic experiences.

What is an example of a curriculum? ›

An individual teacher's curriculum, for example, would be the specific learning standards, lessons, assignments, and materials used to organize and teach a particular course.

What is the importance of curriculum? ›

An effective curriculum provides teachers, students, school leaders and community stakeholders with a measurable plan and structure for delivering a quality education. The curriculum identifies the learning outcomes, standards and core competencies that students must demonstrate before advancing to the next level.

What are the types of curriculum explain? ›

Idealism, Realism, Perennialism, Essentialism, Experimentalism, Existentialism, Constructivism, Re constructivism and the like. There are many types of curriculum design, but here we will discuss only the few. Types or patterns are being followed in educational institutions.

What are the main types of curriculum development? ›

There are three models of curriculum design: subject-centered, learner-centered, and problem-centered design.

What is the main purpose of curriculum development? ›

Curriculum development allows teachers to take a thoughtful and methodical approach to determine what students will be required to learn. The early phases of the process involve deep research and analysis to ensure that students get the best education possible.

What is the main purpose of curriculum design? ›

Curriculum design focuses on the creation of the overall course blueprint, mapping content to learning objectives, including how to develop a course outline and build the course. Each learning objective is met with assessment strategies, exercises, content, subject matter analysis, and interactive activities.

How do you make a curriculum? ›

  1. Step 1: Determine the purpose of the course. ...
  2. Step 2: Determine the students' needs. ...
  3. Step 3: Outline potential topics and timeline. ...
  4. Step 4: Create a variety of assessments for your lessons. ...
  5. Step 5: Determine materials and resources to be included in the curriculum. ...
  6. Step 6: Get feedback from various sources.
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How does curriculum affect student learning? ›

The curriculum is central to students' experience of university. It is a university's primary means of influencing what and how students learn, and it helps shape their attitudes, behaviours and understanding of the world.

What is the meaning of curriculum activities? ›

Curricular activities means those portions of the school program for which credit is granted, whether the activity is part of a required or elective program.

What is curriculum and its characteristics? ›

According to Crow and Crow “Curriculum includes all the experiences that the child receives inside and outside of the school, in a programme which is chalked out to help in developing his intellectual, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and moral aspects.

What is curriculum in simple terms? ›

In the simplest terms, 'curriculum' is a description of what, why, how and how well students should learn in a systematic and intentional way. The curriculum is not an end in itself but rather a means to fostering quality learning.

What is content in curriculum? ›

Curriculum content is another main lever of education quality. The knowledge, skills and attitudes imparted by learning areas/subjects, cross-cutting approaches and extra-curricular activities is a main source of systematic and comprehensive learning.

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