The Literacy Tower offers teachers the opportunity to engage, extend and accelerate today’s young readers in a way that acknowledges and responds to today’s literacy learning environment.
Our levelling, texts and designs reflect the experience, abilities and prior exposure of contemporary students to a diverse range of visual and print media outside
There are challenges; but they are always presented
in a supportive framework. Giving young readers the skills and confidence to overcome those challenges is fundamental to helping every child achieve their full literacy potential.
Our levelling uses a number of different criteria.
Our high-frequency word lists (sometimes referred
to as “sight words”) are based upon the universally accepted Dolch word lists. The back covers of titles
from Levels 1-15 note the percentage of the 100 most common high-frequency words used in the book, decreasing from 100% at Level 1 to around 50%
by Level 15. Teachers will find that every one of the
top 100 Dolch high-frequency (sight) words is used, repeated and reinforced throughout Levels 1-15,
along with the top 30 initial consonant clusters
and the top 35 word-ending clusters. In addition,
every common blend, digraph and consonant cluster
is introduced and repeated throughout the collection.
At the early levels, vocabulary and diverse text forms
are introduced at an earlier stage than many of the traditional reading schemes. That’s because every teacher knows that teaching and learning expectations and reading competencies have changed. Today’s twenty-first century kids need twenty-first century reading experiences which reflect a very different learning environment than that which existed only
a decade ago.
Most importantly, in every instance, literacy progressions are introduced in thoroughly natural language and text styles, and their use is never contrived or artificial.
These challenges, and the way they are presented,
is what makes The Literacy Tower so different and
so engaging for young readers.
Helping You to Help Your Students
Our aim is to help teachers engage, inspire and ignite today’s young readers. We do that with outstanding texts and lively designs, all the while ensuring that every important teaching and learning base has been covered. Teachers can be confident that these supports are delivered in every book; and in a way that ensures students enjoy, succeed and find real purpose in their literacy journey.
Early Years Levels 1, 2 (Advanced)
Early Years Levels 3, 4, 5 (Advanced)
Early Years Levels 6, 7, 8
Early Years Levels 9, 10; KS1Y1 11
KS1Y1 Levels 12, 13, 14
KS1Y1 Levels 15, 16
KS1Y1 Levels 17, 18
KS1Y1 Levels 19, 20
KS2Y2 (Confident) Levels 21, 22
KS1Y2 (Advanced) Levels 23, 24
KS1Y2 and KS2Y1 Levels 25, 26
KS1Y2 and KS2Y1 Levels 27, 28
KS1Y2 and KS2Y1 Levels 29, 30
All back covers are colour-coded for quick reference.
Back covers feature topic or story outlines
and starter questions, along with level, text
type and genre, themes, word counts, high-
frequency word ratio and other similarly
Inside front covers feature a simple graphic
glossary of non high-frequency words for easy
reference. Higher level titles may feature location
maps or diagrams to assist students.
Free downloadable teaching units for Levels 1-10 (above)
offer detailed teaching points for every page and outline
the literacy progressions and challenges in every title. Accompanying activity sheets (right) give students the opportunity to use and reinforce their learning in fun
and practical ways.
To download free teaching resources, click below.
The Literacy Tower's Levels and Cover Colours (for BOOK BANDS see above.)
The Literacy Tower's "year levelling" responds to the increasingly wide range of skills that today's students bring to the classroom, and offers teachers books
to engage all readers. Our levelling reflects the increasing experience, abilities and prior exposure to text and typography that many young readers possess, including those reading well beyond the expected level. KS1Y2 teachers will find that books at Brown/Copper and above will have all the literacy supports to enable advanced readers to tackle them successfully, while KS2Y1 teachers can be confident they will be "on target" for the majority of their students.