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Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors

Activity ideas and best practice for teaching and learning outside

Children develop communication, language and literacy skills through interaction, conversation and play with others. The outdoor environment facilitates active and social play, where children practise speaking and listening to each other and act out roles that involve reading and writing. They do this in an unrestricted space that allows for vocal discussion and argument, which supports their language development and helps them to extend their knowledge and understanding of the world.

Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors is full of valuable ideas that are low cost and easy to set up, aiming to reassure practitioners and give them the confidence to plan more learning experiences outdoors. This is further supported with planning guidance, resource ideas, as well as links to the Australian and New Zealand Early Childhood Curricula and advice on observation and assessment.

Ages: 1-5 | Pages: 80 | Code: 0992 | ISBN: 9781776553396

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Marianne Sargent

Marianne Sargent is an early education specialist and writer. She holds an MA in early years education, is a qualified teacher with experience teaching at this level, and has worked as a lecturer in primary and early years education.


Discriminating between sounds8
Becoming aware of sounds in language12
Concentrating and maintaining attention16
Retaining and recalling20
Building a vocabulary24
Developing spoken language32
Expressing thoughts and ideas36
Interacting with others40
Developing a love of stories44
Becoming aware of print48
Developing phonemic awareness52
Linking sounds and letters56
Recognising sight words60
Developing pre-writing skills68
Planning and organising outdoor literacy76
Collecting evidence of children’s learning78
Further reading80