This set of pages contains plans and resources to help you use the big books as part of the Literacy Hour. Place the cursor over the book before you click, to find out which year group and which term of the Literacy Strategy the books are designed for. Scroll down the page to find brief summaries of the books or click on the books to find the resources!
- The Swan Story -A simple story describing the life cycle of swans. The literacy activities were designed to be used in the first half of the autumn term – Year R,1,2.
- In the Autumn… – This story highlights autumnal changes and introduces some of the different animals that live at the Canterbury Environmental Education Centre. The literacy activities were designed to be used in the second half of the autumn term – Year 2.
- Sebastian’s Waddle – In this story, Sebastian goes for a waddle around his lake and notices signs of spring. The literacy activities were designed to be used in the first half of the spring term – Year 1,2.
- Pond Web – This book was written by Year 5 and 6 children attending the Kent Children’s University. It looks at the story of who eats whom in the lake! The literacy activities were designed to be used in the second half of the summer term – Year 1,2.
- Sebastian’s Rhyme – This story focuses on introducing children to CVC’s words. The literacy activities were designed to be used in the second half of the autumn term – Year 1.
- The Lost Cygnet – Sebastian and Sarah lose one of their cygnets. While Sebastian is searching he meets other animals and their young around the lake! This story introduces simple counting with interactive roll over buttons! The literacy activities have been designed for the spring term with Year 1, although the repeated structure and simple counting also makes it suitable for Year R.
- Sebastian Swan’s Story – This alliterative story text has been written especially for children within the Foundation Stage. It encourages children to listen and identify initial phonemes in words. It focuses on the phonemes s,h,t,m,g,h and b.