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Literacy Tree Blog

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  • Staff Picks for 2016 with some Christmas Bibliotherapy!

    8th Dec 2016

     We are often asked what books we would buy for our own children or for friends. Here's an insight into some our top picks of 2016 that may be landing in a stocking near you soon... Pippa recommends...   Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty, illustrated by David Roberts   Written ent...
  • A Novel Approach

    21st Sep 2016

    Here at The Literacy Tree, we often find ourselves recommending different books for different purposes without qualifying exactly why. One might be wonderful for phonic application, another as a guided reader or a teaching text.  Lately we have found ourselves talking about the power of the cla...
  • Musings of a Moderator

    15th Jun 2016

      We like this time of year. Y6 moderation time. And although this year is different in many ways, essentially we get to spend the next few weeks reading children’s writing and this is still the best part of the job of being a literacy consultant.   This year’s assessment has r...
  • Taking Ownership of Assessment

    27th May 2016

    As another season of SATs draws to a close and the yearly cycle of moderation begins, we thought this an apt time to reflect upon assessment.  Never has school assessment been so controversial, drawn so many headlines or created such an emotional response from teachers and parents alike. So: wh...
  • A Whole New Way to Explore Books: Whole-School Texts

    1st May 2016

    We are often asked to recommend books for particular year groups, and we know all-too-well how vital it is to match a text to children's interests as well as finding content that is age-appropriate and readable.  So what happens when you find a book that doesn't fit quite so readily into any of...