All About… Books


Why do this project?

Spend any time at all in a Nursery or Reception class and you’ll have children come up to tell you about things they are interested in or love most. It’s often spontaneous and they often have plenty to say! This is why they love making All About… Books so much.

This book-making project will show children that they can be knowledgeable about a subject and that sharing this knowledge is an enjoyable, social and satisfying thing to do. You and your class will begin to appreciate the pockets of ‘communities’ that make up a writing classroom – with children talking and sharing with each other their passions, interests and aspects of their lives. It is important for children to understand the power of writing as information giving but also to experience it as a social resource.

What’s wonderful about this particular project is that it can be adapted easily and can be repeated many times across the year. For example, once experienced with the genre, children can make All About… Books about what they are learning in the wider curriculum. You can also make similar books such as:

  • My first book of…
  • Why…
  • How do…
  • How to…
  • My first encyclopaedia

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 15 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ You also receive our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Publishing and performance menu
  • 2 exemplar texts
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Finally, we also provide you with our guide to teaching writing to help you get started.

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