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Kate Williams

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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy + colouring, with popular class topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get children on board, whatever their ability and confidence level. Ages 3-11. I also lead virtual poetry workshops for schools. Published poet for kids: poemsforfun.wordpress.com . Recently awarded Highly Commended in international competition.

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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy + colouring, with popular class topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get children on board, whatever their ability and confidence level. Ages 3-11. I also lead virtual poetry workshops for schools. Published poet for kids: poemsforfun.wordpress.com . Recently awarded Highly Commended in international competition.
Planet Picture-Poem Frame (KS2) + Guidance Sheet
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Planet Picture-Poem Frame (KS2) + Guidance Sheet

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This resource comprises 2 sheets: a planet-themed picture-poem frame for KS2 pupils, and a guidance sheet for use, with examples of full poems and suggestions for development. Children have the fun of writing their poems on a planet - or planet-shaped frame. This fires enthusiasm and ideas for the writing task, which involves description and similes, and whatever individual writers may like to add. They’ll also need to invent a name for their planet. The possibilities for description are wide open, as the two examples on the guide sheet show, so creativity can take off in this activity. A simpler and harder example is provided on the guide sheet, for Yrs 3/4 and 5/6 respectively. This home-devised, hand-illustrated sheet has proved popular and rewarding in my poetry workshops.
Poem - Seaside Theme (by this author, published)
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Poem - Seaside Theme (by this author, published)

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What We Found at the Seaside - published by The School Magazine, Australia https://theschoolmagazine.com.au/, celebrates natural seaside wonders, in a flowing pattern, starting: Waves purring wind stirring      gulls chuckling      crabs scuttling spray splashing fish dashing Supports: poetry appreciation, poetry crafting, creative writing, ocean studies, nature, environment, green living, vocabulary, speaking and listening, and PSHE - calming and soothing. 15 short lines.
2 'Giant' Poetry Frames + Examples for Use, Yrs 2-6
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2 'Giant' Poetry Frames + Examples for Use, Yrs 2-6

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These two poetry frame sheets have lively, idea-triggering illustrations, and are designed to be fun and accessible to use. Both invite creative input, in terms of ideas and choice of words. ‘Watch Out for the Giant’ is easier, being shorter and simpler, with the chief focus on description and some giant meal possibilities at the end - suitable for Yr2-3, or as a starter-sheet for older writers to build ideas. ‘The Giant Went…’ sheet is more challenging, though clearly structured, requiring action-words and accompanying similes, as well as description and settings. Onomatopoeias, alliteration, rhymes within lines, and other poetic techniques can also be employed, and there is scope for all sorts of crazy, giant-themed possibilities in each frame. The Examples for Use (one sheet per poetry frame) provide whole-poem examples for teachers’ and pupils’ guidance. Suggestions for extending the activities are provided at the end of each.
Coronavirus: upbeat poem about the  lockdown
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Coronavirus: upbeat poem about the lockdown

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I wrote this poem for children experiencing lockdown in the coronavirus crisis. It offers a cheering silver lining to the dark, global situation and, perhaps, to the young reader’s personal experience in these circumstances. It is a fairly simple poem, with rhyme, rhythm and a simple message about how quiet and peaceful the roads, sky and general surroundings have become, with references to nature - birds and butterflies - where normally there would be the rush of busy crowds and traffic.
Spring Word Bank
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Spring Word Bank

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Versatile resource to discuss, add to, prompt with, link and build with, or hand out individually for reference for descriptive writing on ‘Spring’ and related topics. Supports work on Seasons, Environment and Nature, Colour and more, as well as Literacy, including vocabulary-building, expressive writing and verbal language skills. **SEE ALSO - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/springtime-creative-writing-harder-easier-frames-12078237 + https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/3-spring-rhymes-12070798 .
OCEAN Metaphor-Writing + Example
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OCEAN Metaphor-Writing + Example

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Fascinating creative opportunity for older/more able writers, depicting the sea as different entities or things. Format and starter lines for a sequence of verses are provided, with quality sample poem, written by myself (published poet) for the purpose. Tip: build up to metaphors by (1) discussing sea in different weathers, climates, times and seasons, enacting and sounding out; (2) elicit words and similes for the variations; (3) invite pupils to try taking out the ‘as… as’ or ‘like’ from their similes to form metaphors (e.g. ‘the sea IS a mirror’; (4) read the sample poem; (5) give out the frames and scrap paper for independent writers and let them write their own, personal versions. See also my many other sea poetry frames in my catalogue, with sub-topics such as sea monsters, seabed mysteries, summer’s day sea, stormy sea and a pirate’s treasure map.
Y2 SATs Spelling tests/practice/assessment sheets
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Y2 SATs Spelling tests/practice/assessment sheets

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National Curriculum word lists for Year 2 are represented, category by category, in these 2 spelling tests. Each comes with teacher’s version to read out and children’s child-friendly version to write. First test has 15 questions; second has 16. The children’s versions have gaps to fill; the teacher’s versions have words highlighted to instruct children to write in the gaps provided, as in SATs tests. Children’s papers also have stars to colour in at start and end. See also child-friendly word lists for reading practice and assessment: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks1-spelling-reading-assessment-practice-mid-level-12107263, https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks1-spelling-reading-assessment-practice-sheet-hardest-12107572 (mid-level + hardest).
Colours - A poem about different colours to read aloud
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Colours - A poem about different colours to read aloud

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This simple, punchy poem clarifies and celebrates the main colours - blue, red, green, yellow, orange, silver and gold, black and white, grey and brown. Pink can be added as a class contribution, following the poem’s pattern. It can be clapped, chanted, and presented with a display of colours, to help young children learn them. For older pupils, the poem will inspire individual colour-linked poems or artwork.
I'm an explorer... imaginary expedition notes to write - 2 levels, Y3-6
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I'm an explorer... imaginary expedition notes to write - 2 levels, Y3-6

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Exciting, illustrated writing frames supporting Journeys, Explorers, Transport, Space, Ocean and World topics, harder and easier versions. Children write in first person, as the explorer, describing their imaginary expedition: destination, means of transport, clothes, equipment, dangers (3 invited), and how they’re feeling. An activity to get everyone on board, fired up and thinking, also developing literacy skills.
Lockdown Acrostic Poem
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Lockdown Acrostic Poem

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“Lockdown” is the word for this acrostic poem idea, with a line of suggestions for each letter down the page. Teacher tips are provided at the bottom of this one-sheet resource, with advice for preparing students for the task with wide-reaching discussion, for ensuring privacy in case of sensitive issues, and for follow-on artwork. Literacy, PSHE and current affairs are all addressed in this resource, with scope for taking in different directions through follow-on activities. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown experiences will be prominent in students’ minds, so this literacy activity offers an outlet for processing feelings and thoughts on the subject, while also stretching literacy and poetic skills.
Sunshine poetry - sun similes, illustrated
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Sunshine poetry - sun similes, illustrated

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Sun and sunshine similes with starter phrases in an attractive frame with picture prompts all round, for Yrs 2-4 approx. The sun is as hot as, as yellow as, as bright as, as round as…, and as - (gap for idea) as. And when it’s sunny, I like to – (line for filling). SEE ALSO: Weather Poetry Bundle - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/weather-poetry-bundle-ks1-11974784 **+ SEA SIMILES: **https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/weather-poetry-bundle-ks1-11974784 .
Wind Poem Frame + Examples
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Wind Poem Frame + Examples

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Creative writing frame on windy day theme, illustrated, with teacher’s guide sheet. Format: poem in 4 verses, with gaps for action words, onomatopoeia and similes. Rhymes incorporated. Guide sheet provides completed example poem, with word and simile bank below, handy for quick reference when guiding and prompting students. Able writers can develop the poem with follow-on verses, introducing their own approaches if wished, while those needing support will enjoy the simplicity of inserting their word and simile ideas into the gaps to make a flowing, rhyming poem. More weather poem frames available in my catalogue too.
Birds in Flight Poetry Sheet, 3 grades, guided, KS1
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Birds in Flight Poetry Sheet, 3 grades, guided, KS1

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These inspiring and attractive writing sheets of birds in flight (3 graded versions) will enthuse your independent and emergent writers. After a stimulating input - watching birds, flying like birds yourselves and building a word-bank of action and describing words for them, they’ll love choosing their favourites to write on the flowing, wavy lines. There’s plenty of colouring to do, too. The Guide sheet offers handy ideas to bring in. Supports bird migration, autumn and journeys themes.
SPACE POETRY - KS2
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SPACE POETRY - KS2

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This 4-pack bundle will enthuse your juniors and able Yr 2s, as they dream up ideas about space, planets and aliens to express with similes on these attractive sheets. Contents: planet poetry frame (easier and harder versions + teacher guide for harder), alien fun sheet, and rhyme bank with example couplets for class verses on the theme.
Clouds Poetry-Writing Frame, guided, KS1
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Clouds Poetry-Writing Frame, guided, KS1

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Creative writing flows with a fun picture-poem frame, so your 5-7 year-old will be keen to think up words and similes to fill this fluffy cloud and the lines below. Prompt suggestions are provided on the Guide sheet, and your warm-up activities and real-life observations will inspire them further. See my Sun + Cloud resource for simpler writing and sunshine focus; also my Rain Rhymes resource.
Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2
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Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2

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Shooting stars, planets & aliens feature in these space-themed Literacy activities. There are two action rhymes for EY/KS1 + 3 graded versions of a star picture-poem; for confident/older writers there are 2 fun, illustrated poetry frames of planet and alien respectively. Guidance notes for all. These are my own designs and rhymes, home-produced, hand-illustrated, successfully tested in schools.
Fireworks Writing + Colouring, easier/harder
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Fireworks Writing + Colouring, easier/harder

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Two graded picture poem writing sheets for Reception, Yr 1, lower Yr2, inviting a describing word or more, and a simile on the harder version. Large, clear firework pattern to colour in. See also my higher level firework sheets for more advanced writers. Supports creative writing, inspires enthusiasm and confidence in writing, develops artistic skills and colour sense, enhances understanding of fireworks, provides relaxing, calming activity.
8 Outdoor Literacy Activities
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8 Outdoor Literacy Activities

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8 outdoor-classroom literacy ideas. Outdoor learning addresses obesity, fitness, mental wellbeing, brainpower, and pupil attitude, inspiring and stimulating through fun, fresh air and free movement. The change of setting from the classroom, and the sensual stimuli of outside influences brings learning alive for children. This ideas list for Literacy lessons will help you maximize use of your school grounds and environment for reading, writing, creativity and performance skills, motivating and stretching students of all abilities and ages.
Alien Fun Sheet
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Alien Fun Sheet

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Your class will love thinking up feature ideas for an alien, and independent writers will be keen to fill up the lines of this sheet with their descriptions. Are the alien’s eyes rolling, red, twinkly as stars, or different again? Could its skin be soggy, spiky, scorching as desert sand or covered in green hair, perhaps? Discuss possibilities with the class to unlock minds, and let each read out a line afterwards. See my other free alien writing sheet too, for a format variation - also my other space writing sheets, featuring planets, stars, and space rhymes.
Pandemic Haiku Writing
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Pandemic Haiku Writing

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This haiku-writing support on the theme of the Coronavirus offers a complete lesson plan for poetry development. It includes 6 haiku frames with gaps to fill, 2 example poems written by this writer (published poet), tips for preparation, guidance and development, and (at the start) key information about haiku and how they work. This thorough and clearly presented teacher resource will support poetry, literacy, PSHE, pandemic and lockdown discussion, current affairs discussions, and even maths (syllable counting)! Haiku are fun for older children, being short and offering the syllable number challenge. See my other haiku frames here for more.