Teach Through a Text in Year 4 - A one-day, online course

11th September 2024

11th September 2024 at 9:30am
£100.00 (+VAT per delegate)


"The course has promoted thinking about links between books and also the message in the text."

Ian, St John's and St Clement's, Autumn 2023


One Day Online Course

A whole-day year-specific course covering practical strategies for using high-quality children's literature as the primary approach to the teaching of English. This course is ideal for people who are new to Literacy Tree or changing to another year group. 

This course will –

  • Identify how the Teach through a Text approach engages children as writers and immerses them in a literary world
  • Share examples of quality texts and well planned sequences used successfully in primary schools 
  • Explore the progression of skills within the National Curriculum
  • Model how grammar, spelling and vocabulary contribute to a range of purposeful writing opportunities
  • Demonstrate how modelled writing is effective within a sequence of lessons
  • Walk through the website and explore what a membership will look like

Exemplification Text

The course covers the pedagogy and the approach but one section of the day exemplifies this using a focus text and goes through each aspect. The book we will be exemplifying with is The Ever Changing Earth by Grahame Baker-Smith. We will be looking at this online but if you prefer to have a physical copy, please purchase in advance.  


  • We will identify the 'Teach through a Text' pedagogy and the rationale for this approach
  • There will be a familiarisation with end of year group objectives and key assessment foci
  • An in-depth look at one text, a Writing Root, and an exploration of other age-appropriate books as recommended by Literacy Tree
  • We will focus on personalisation and scaffolding and show how to use shared writing for challenge and support
  • We will look at the importance of audience and purpose and explore the importance of publishing and book-making

Participants will receive –

  • A detailed planning sequence that support the teaching of purposeful writing
  • All training resources electronically


Existing school members will receive 20% off any training places booked

"I really enjoyed when we were going through how books have inspired us, and the whole school approach. The parts that were most useful were how to adapt, how to complete shared writing, how to pick out the language you want children to use, create glossaries, how to use working walls, embed grammar through the text, instant publishing, creating hooks, the 'tumbling out' falling out of language and questions."

Fran, St Thomas' Church Of England Primary School, Autumn 2023

"I particularly liked having a text as an example to show sequencing and modelling, and having the author on was a treat. Both consultants were excellent trainers and very engaging."

Rachel, Tubbenden Primary School, Autumn 2023

"It was great having the author come in to have a chat about his book. Learning how to use Literacy Tree and the different resources. Going through the lesson and having a visual representation of how to teach the lesson, and the importance of celebrating children's work."

Eve, Prendergast Vale Primary, Autumn 2023


All our courses support the Reading for Pleasure agenda and strengthen teacher’s knowledge of how to use text in the classroom

We regret that we are not able to refund bookings cancelled within 5 working days of the training date. Please see our cancellation policy for further information.

Teach Through a Text in Year 4 - A one-day, online course 35 spaces

11th September 2024 @ 9:30am

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£120.00 (inc VAT) per person

£100.00 (ex VAT)

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