Due to COVID restrictions, the UKLA team is working from home. This is a challenging time for us all, so your patience is very much appreciated.


Creative Planning with Whole Texts

by Sue McGonigle

Children’s literature deserves a central role in the Primary curriculum and has huge potential as a context for a wide range of exciting language, literacy and arts based work. This can draw children in to the world of the book and more broadly to the pleasures that books and reading can bring. It can also inspire teachers to take more risks and be creative with their planning. However, knowing where to start with a literature based approach can be daunting.This Minibook provides a clear rationale drawn from theory and research. It offers a straightforward guide for students and teachers embarking on planning around a text for the first time or wishing to invigorate their practice. It will also be helpful to school leaders wishing to transform their curriculum with literature at the core. There is guidance on how to choose books, the types of approaches to use and how to go about constructing a teaching sequence. This is illustrated with an exemplar teaching sequence, book recommendations and responses from children and teachers.


This mini book is an excellent resource to support teaching primary English in a creative and engaging way through whole texts. From choosing suitable books across a variety of genres, to exploring a range of creative teaching approaches, this Minibook provides ideas to invigorate your teaching and inspire your class. Examples of teaching sequences demonstrate how you might implement a whole text over a series of lessons. Additionally, suggestions for cross-curricular opportunities enable you to fully immerse your class within the wonderful world of a story, ensuring high quality learning for all involved. This Minibook is sure to inspire you with ideas to revitalise your teaching and provide literature with the central role it deserves in the Primary classroom. Book review by Amber Stephenson-Busby.

ISSN: 978 1 910543 92 4


UK Shipping Only

Please note:

We can only ship to the UK

Want to order 10 copies or more?

Please contact us and we can arrange your order for you

Want to order offline?

Download our order form and do things the old fashioned way!

You may also like

By Vivienne Smith


By Tözün Issa

and Alayne Öztürk


By Professor Robin Campbell


By Lynda Graham

and Annette Johnson


©2021 United Kingdom Literacy Association, All rights reserved

Made with by Bellamy Studio

Login to your UKLA account

Signup Here
Lost Password