TES English teaching resources - Julia Donaldson

Early Years

Build your own Gruffalo game

  • Players move around the board collecting jigsaw pieces to make their own Gruffalo.

Gruffalo self-registration

  • Pupils click on their names and watch the butterflies flutter around the Gruffalo scene.

Cross-curricular Gruffalo resources

  • Letters and numbers for display, writing practice sheets and a number activity.

Gruffalo Story Wheel

  • Turn the wheel to reveal each character and retell the story.

Gruffalo’s Child Sequencing

  • Put the images in the correct story order.

Gruffalo finger puppets

  • Cut out the Gruffalo characters and re-enact the story.

Gruffalo Mask

  • Print off, colour and get ready to scare other creatures!

Gruffalo Dominoes

  • Play a matching game with images from the Gruffalo.

Gruffalo Pre-School Pack

  • Gruffalo letters and numbers for display and games to print off and play.

Primary KS1


Julia Donaldson - Stories by the same author

  • Three weeks’ planning for the literacy unit ‘Stories by the Same Author’, for Year 2.

Julia Donaldson books - 3 week scheme

  • A 3 week literacy scheme based on Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and The Smartest Giant in Town.

Julia Donaldson literacy plan for Year 2

  • Phase one of the ‘Stories by the Same Author’ unit for Year 2, based on Julia Donaldson.

Julia Donaldson books

  • A visual and simple worksheet for comparing books by the same author.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

Halving Problems

  • Find half of the things that the Gruffalo sees.

Comparing Numbers

  • The Gruffalo only wants the larger numbers but the Mouse would like the smaller numbers.

Word Mat

  • Gruffalo word mat to support writing.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child literacy plans

  • 2 weeks of Literacy planning based on the Julia Donaldson books, for mixed Reception/Year 1 class.

The Gruffalo

  • A Smart notebook file focusing on description, questions and question marks, speech bubbles and speech marks.

Gruffalo missing words worksheet

  • A worksheet for KS1 children to fill in the missing words.

The Gruffalo

  • Worksheets looking at grammar and punctuation, leading to children creating their own description of the Gruffalo.

Make and bake a Gruffalo cake

  • Recipe and instructions to make and decorate an individual Gruffalo cake.

Character study for the Gruffalo

  • Illustrated activity aimed at Y2, for pupils to think of adjectives and write explanation sentences about each character’s behaviour.

The Gruffalo workbook - Widgit

  • A story sequencing book, where symbols are used to represent the characters and main events.

The Gruffalo

  • Pictures (and labels) of animals with the same features as the Gruffalo.

Map making of the deep dark wood

  • Create your own maps, using grid references for characters and natural features.

Gruffalo worksheets

  • Differentiated literacy worksheets for year 1. Write simple sentences using familiar, predictable language.

The Gruffalo treasure hunt

  • All the clues and resources needed to conduct a fun Gruffalo treasure hunt.

The Gruffalo flashcards

  • Flashcards/posters of what the Gruffalo looks like, to use for character description.


Other Texts by Julia Donaldson

A Squash and a Squeeze resources

  • Resources for word level work, guided reading and display.

Writing frame - Room on the Broom

  • Simple writing frame for pupils to add their own verses.

Room on the Broom - character feelings

  • Look at how the characters are feeling at particular points in the story and write a character profile of the witch.

Monkey Puzzle extended sentences

  • A Smart notebook file looking at extending sentences to include more interesting verbs and nouns and the use of -ly words.

What the Ladybird Heard

  • Language activities based on the book.

Narrative Planning - Years 1-2

  • Narrative planning and resources based on ‘The Snail and the Whale’, looking at character, setting and plot.

Video webchat with Julia Donaldson, October 2012

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