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Posted by Tom, July 21, 2014

A letter-eating crocodile

Today’s guest blog is by Daniella Jamois, a class teacher at Charles Dickens Primary School who has been teaching in the early years for the past 10 years, on using Open Very Carefully with nursery-age children.

Yesterday we based our literacy session on Open Very Carefully.


The spread of Open Very Carefully that inspired the class

The children in nursery are so inspired by the text and have been drawn into analysing the letters, words and sentences. We found the book to be a brilliant tool to use for tackling early phonics. After reading part of the book, our children wrote letters, words and sentences to feed our enormous crocodile we had made earlier in the week.


Feeding words to a crocodile

We even filled a fridge with words for the croc to snack on later! (The children were excited to take their words and sentences home to show their parents so they are missing from the photos!)


The ‘word fridge’

We will be revisiting this text again and again as it is a wonderful way into the world of reading and books.

Thank you, Daniella, for sharing Open Very Carefully with your class! If you haven’t explored Open Very Carefully yourself yet, you can take a look inside the book below, or buy it online here.