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Growing Stories

Growing Stories

Children investigate a range of natural features of the yard by thinking about, talking about and describing how these things grow. They will look at parts of plants and explore where they come from and how they grow, engaging in role play and creating and making activities to develop and represent their knowledge. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning. It is designed to be taught outside. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, children are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.
TheTeachersFriend
A Splash of Seaside Writing, Reading, Rhyming + Colouring Fun For KS1

A Splash of Seaside Writing, Reading, Rhyming + Colouring Fun For KS1

Seaside literacy activities of all sorts are wrapped up in this exciting bundle, stretching phonics, reading and writing skills, plus developing creative expression, rhyme, rhythm and poetic skills, at KS1 + EY levels. Contents: 3 phonics/reading activities - picture-based; 3 poem/creative writing frames (one with 3 graded versions), 3 seaside rhymes to clap, act, build and even sing; guidance notes as applicable. Great price too!
katewilliams_poetry
Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

A fun song with an echo re-telling the traditional Red Riding Hood Story written for a Year 2 class and their dance/gymnastic/mime assembly. Extension activities include creating music for the main characters in the story and composing using graphic notation and exploring major and minor keys.
sallykee
Writing Sheets - Nature-Themed (8), EY/KS1

Writing Sheets - Nature-Themed (8), EY/KS1

Creative writing is exciting when you’re zooming in on the wonders of nature and writing your chosen words right inside the lively pictures! These 8 inspiring writing-frames feature squirrels, pond life, creepy-crawlies, sunshine and cloud (2 graded sheets for clouds), all with guidance sheets for teachers. Ideal for emergent and newly independent writers. Great bundle price - 50% saving!
katewilliams_poetry
Summer Assembly Play for Key Stage 1

Summer Assembly Play for Key Stage 1

This play is fun and fast-moving and has a strong environmental theme, combined with scientific information. The play allows some pupils to act as fairy folk, whilst others can choose from a wide variety of roles: including that of Science Professors. There are several suggested small songs for performance during the play. There is a wide variety of roles for pupils of different ability levels. This play is suitable for performance by pupils in Year 1 and Year 2. The maximum number of child participants required is 33; the minimum number required is 24. There is a role on stage for the class teacher, in order to assist with narration and the direction of pupils on stage if need be. There is one recommended role for a boy and five recommended roles for girls. The run-time for the play is 15 minutes. 13 pages including notes for staging, props, costumes and music suggestions.
ERscripts
EYFS - EXPORE COSTA RICA

EYFS - EXPORE COSTA RICA

Aimed at children aged 2 plus. An activity which can last from 15 minutes to 60 dependent upon how you use the activities suggested on the PowerPoint slides. Concentrates on the areas; Communication and Language, Literacy and Understanding the World. These activities explore Costa Rica radiating from the central item: the Pineapple which grows in Costa Rica. Involves sensory activities, feeling, smelling and tasting the Pineapple on an attempt to encourage healthy fruit snack options for children. Most children are thrilled to become the animals of Costa Rica, I have only included the 2 favorite animals in this PowerPoint but there are hundreds more to choose from such as Toucans, Snakes, Dragons… Enjoy :)
DionneDawsonAuthor
12 Rhymes for Sounds + Colours - Bundle

12 Rhymes for Sounds + Colours - Bundle

Clap, chant, act and add to these enjoyable rhymes to enhance phonics and colour teaching. Also great as introductions to poetry, and to support the various topics featured. Ideal for Early Years and KS1. Each rhyme is original and tailored to its purpose, while also being fun and meaningful for young children.
katewilliams_poetry
3 Fun Phonics Rhymes ( for oo, ee, u), EYFS/KS1

3 Fun Phonics Rhymes ( for oo, ee, u), EYFS/KS1

These 3 little rhymes bring phonics to life with story and humour. Animals feature in each one, making them fun to act out and easy to recall. Each rhyme has a particular phonic focus - ‘oo’, ‘ee’ and ‘u’ respectively, and would enhance any lesson on these sounds. The three-page document is for the teacher’s use, though independent KS1 readers would also enjoy reading them. Black-and-white, PDF.
katewilliams_poetry
Circus Assembly for Key Stage One

Circus Assembly for Key Stage One

Circus Assembly for Key Stage One Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down. Role of Narrator taken by Class Teacher. Duration: 10 - 15 minutes This script is suitable for both upper and lower Key Stage I. Whereas the first half is on the history of circuses, there are lots of jokes to cheer up our Sad Clown for younger children in the second half - plus ample opportunities for ‘the performance of a lifetime’! This script is a kind of template - it can be used for any size class and be expanded to any length of time. Oh, and did I mention Health and Safety?! Sample Text: Fire breather: Look at what fire breathers do! (Fire breather breathes out fire) (Everyone gasps and applauds; Narrator rushes on with fire extinguisher) Narrator: Hey! Health and safety! Health and safety! Stop this now! Sword swallower: And then there’s my act (holding up sword) Narrator: (Intervening quickly) I have no idea what you intend doing with that sword – but not here, not now! Sword swallower: But I was only going to swallow it (pauses) like this! Narrator: (Shrieking) Stop now! That’s way too dangerous! (Whole cast groans) Sad Clown: You see? Always some health and safety spoilsport around these days to ruin our fun! (Circus juggler walks up and down, juggling) Narrator: Now, that’s more like it! Plenty of skill, no danger! (Stilt walker walks up and down) Narrator: (Applauding) Bravo! (Contortionist and ‘Strong man’ perform, Narrator watching anxiously) (Everyone gasps and applauds; Narrator rushes on with First Aid Kit) Narrator: This really won’t do! What have I said about health and safety? (Lion roars loudly)
suesplays
The 3 Wise Monkeys

The 3 Wise Monkeys

This teaching toolkit technique called “the 3 wise monkeys” has been designed based on one of my favourite proverbs “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The idea is that students take on the role of the 3 monkeys: Mizaru, who sees nothing; Kikazaru, who hears nothing; and Iwazaru, who speaks nothing. It aims to promote challenge, listening skills, student interaction and peer teaching. Comes with student template to be adapted to any subject and any topic and teacher instruction sheet.
Dan6624
SPRING WEATHER & WILDLIFE Rhymes + Writing Sheets, EY/KS1

SPRING WEATHER & WILDLIFE Rhymes + Writing Sheets, EY/KS1

Sunshine, cloud, rain and baby animals feature in this nature-focused bunch of rhymes and writing sheets. There’s plenty to colour in, too, and guidance notes to make the most of each activity. Contains 4 rhymes (on 2 sheets), 4 writing/colouring sheets - 1 of which has 3 graded versions for different abilities, and separate Guides for the writing sheets. All rhymes and designs are original and home-produced.
katewilliams_poetry
RAIN - RHYMES + WRITING SHEET + Guide Sheet, EY/KS1

RAIN - RHYMES + WRITING SHEET + Guide Sheet, EY/KS1

Rainy days can be fun when you’re being the rain yourself in a punchy action rhyme, and thinking up sounds and ‘doing-words’ to say and write - especially when writing them on an umbrella! Children who can’t write yet can colour the many-sectioned umbrella and contribute verbally. There are 2 short rhymes - actions provided - and 1 writing sheet with accompanying Guide for use/lesson plan. This resource supports Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding the World (seasons and weather) and Physical Development. Rhymes are original, designs hand-drawn - home produced. PDFs.
katewilliams_poetry
Rhymes Galore (15) for EY/KS1

Rhymes Galore (15) for EY/KS1

Rhymes to chant, clap, act out and develop, promoting many learning areas: Literacy, Understanding the World, Communication Language, Expressive Arts & Design and Physical Development. Topics: mini-beasts, seaside, stars, castles, busy street, school, big & small, park and windy day. Guidance notes included for all. Save 50% with this bundle!
katewilliams_poetry
5 Action/Clapping Rhymes, Early Years/Yr1

5 Action/Clapping Rhymes, Early Years/Yr1

These 5 simple, rhythmic rhymes focus on everyday concepts. Their titles are: Busy Street, In the Park, Windy Day, Taller and Smaller, and School is for Me. Each rhyme sheet includes guidance notes. Suitable for clapping, enacting, word-swapping and performing with embellishments (such as percussion, a tune, or extra actions). They support the learning areas Understanding the World, Expressive Arts & Design, Literacy, Communication & Language, and Physical Development. The rhymes (and illustrations) are my own.
katewilliams_poetry
Beegu Story PowerPoint

Beegu Story PowerPoint

A great quality story PowerPoint for ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. Perfect for a whole class story. Please don’t forget to leave me feedback and have a look at my other resources.
Miss_Jackson
The Tear Thief Story PowerPoint

The Tear Thief Story PowerPoint

A fantastic quality PowerPoint presentation of the story of The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy. Please remember to give me feedback on what you think of this resource and why not take a look at my other resources as well.
Miss_Jackson
Super Eye Phone

Super Eye Phone

Use this phone for speaking and listening activities with young learners, SEN and ESL learners to encourage speaking. Includes a question bank with answers.
billythefish
Opticians Role Play

Opticians Role Play

The opticians role play kit includes: Opticians Role Play word cards Opticians Role Play posters Opticians Role Play label cards (eye drops, ophthalmoscopes, glasses, sunglasses,open/closed, ) Opticians Role Play eye charts Opticians Role Play customer information sheet Opticians Role Play glasses order form Opticians Role Play appointment cards Opticians Role Play price tags Opticians Role Play reward stickers Great for creating an opticians play area in your classroom. The Opticians Role Play kit can be linked to many KS1 curriculum topics - My Body, All About Me, Health and Wellbeing, Places in Town, Life processes and living things, Senses, etc. The Opticians Role Play is saved as a.pdf document (can not be edited) and contains 26 pages. If you have any suggestions or questions about the kit, please do not hesitate to contact us on the email address provided at the end of your resource.
hoppytimes
Castles + Treasure - Rhymes, Writing Frames, Picture - EY/KS1

Castles + Treasure - Rhymes, Writing Frames, Picture - EY/KS1

These castle-themed activities bring the past alive for children, while motivating creative writing, artwork and history study. The 3 punchy rhymes invite actions, word-exchanges, clapping and performance. The 5 writing sheets (or poetry frames) are generously illustrated with lively, inspiring details. The extra picture (A5 approx) can be used as a prompt for creative writing or a colouring activity. Guidance provided for rhymes + worksheets. All rhymes and artwork original.
katewilliams_poetry
3 Castle-themed Action/Clapping Rhymes, guidance & embellishment tips, EY/KS1

3 Castle-themed Action/Clapping Rhymes, guidance & embellishment tips, EY/KS1

These 3 punchy rhymes bring the past alive. Their titles are: Who Lived in the Castle?, Bowing and Curtseying, and My Castle is Old. Each contain rhyme and rhythm, while offering scope for alternative words to be slotted in (notes below provide ideas for these). There is also scope for acting-out, adding sound effects and enhancing with percussion. Suggestions for all of these are provided. They serve to prepare children for writing about castles, also enriching their vocabulary, developing their sense of rhyme and rhythm, and providing a window on the past. In addition, they promote physical development: the actions involved are fun and imagination-triggering, encouraging creative expression and physical exertion. The rhymes and illustrations are my own. 3 sheets in total -PDF.
katewilliams_poetry
Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2

Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2

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.
katewilliams_poetry
'Hello Star!' Action Rhyme, with intro & development ideas, EYFS/KS1

'Hello Star!' Action Rhyme, with intro & development ideas, EYFS/KS1

This simple rhyme invites exciting whole-body actions, with scope for humour, drama, fantasy and expressive, imaginative movement. It includes a simile that can be exchanged for different ones in follow-on verses. The punchy rhythm and clear rhymes will help children develop an ear for rhyming couplets. While focusing minds on stars in space, it also prepares children for any writing task on the subject. The 1-sheet resource includes suggestions for warm-up and development, and lists of words to prompt for when swapping in new ones. The activity supports the learning areas of Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development, Communication and Language, and Understanding the World.
katewilliams_poetry
Bonanza of Creepy Crawly Rhymes + Picture-Poem Frames (7 activities), guided

Bonanza of Creepy Crawly Rhymes + Picture-Poem Frames (7 activities), guided

This mini-beast feast comprises 10 sheets, including 3 guidance sheets. These contain 3 rhymes to clap, enact, word-swap, perform, sing, inspire writing - Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider respectively - guidance provided below each rhyme; also 4 picture poems to write & colour: Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider x 2 (guidance notes separate). These provide rounded learning experience on mini-beasts, also supporting Literacy and more.
katewilliams_poetry
3 Creepy-Crawly Rhymes, with guidance, Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider, EY/KS1

3 Creepy-Crawly Rhymes, with guidance, Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider, EY/KS1

These 3 simple rhymes bring the mini-beast world alive for young children. Each offers rhyme, rhythm, descriptive words and scope for multiple activities: clapping, enacting, language-building, physical movement, performance, and preparation for any follow-on writing. The rhymes could also be set to music or percussion, or sung to a made-up tune. I made up the rhymes and have found them effective in my poetry workshops for Early Years and KS1. (Illustrations also mine.)
katewilliams_poetry
Seaside Rhymes & Picture-Poem Activities

Seaside Rhymes & Picture-Poem Activities

Sea, shells, fish and seabed mystery feature in these multiple rhyme and picture-poem sheets, with guidance notes and development ideas for each part. All have been successfully used with Early Years and KS1 classes. Contents: 3 rhymes: ‘Sparkly Sea’, ‘Shiny Shells’ & ‘Under the Sea’; 3 picture-poem designs, one with 3 graded variations of difficulty (The sea is…). These writing and colouring sheets are: ‘Fish are…’, ‘Shells can be…’ and ‘The sea is…’ Activities involved: chanting, clapping, word-choosing, acting out, physical movement, sounding out, writing, colouring, and potentially singing and performing.
katewilliams_poetry
3 Seaside Rhymes to clap, act, build, + guidance, EYFS/KS1

3 Seaside Rhymes to clap, act, build, + guidance, EYFS/KS1

Under the Sea, Sparkly Sea, and Tiny, Shiny Shells - these are the titles of my three rhymes. Each is clearly presented, with tips and ideas below for getting the most out of them. Suggestions focus on rhythm, movement, atmosphere, and alternative words to swap in. These simple action and clapping rhymes will enhance any teaching about the seaside, shells, the seabed, water, treasure, pirates, summer, sounds or colours, while also stretching imagination, drawing out passive vocabulary, building verbal communication skills and developing a sense of rhythm and rhyme. They also offer physical development opportunities.
katewilliams_poetry
Tiny, Shiny Shells - RHYME (with guidance) EYFS

Tiny, Shiny Shells - RHYME (with guidance) EYFS

This is one of many rhymes I’ve made up for Early Years and KS1 to embellish learning on different themes, and as a word-building activity to prepare children for a writing task on the same theme. This 1-page resource comprises the rhyme itself, tips for embellishments, suggestions for actions and a list of alternative words to prompt for in follow-on verses. This free resource supports all the following learning areas: Communication and Language, Literacy, Understanding the World, Physical Deveopment and Expressive Arts & Design.
katewilliams_poetry
Pet Care Assembly for Key Stage I

Pet Care Assembly for Key Stage I

Pet Care Assembly for Key Stage I This script is a totally moveable feast! The cast consists of Narrator (Class Teacher) plus 30 pets - the number and type of pets can, of course, be changed to match any class requirement. Although it is full of humorous moments, the message behind it is a serious one - that of taking the business of pet care itself seriously. The length of this performance is around 10 - 15 minutes *plus - allowing for ‘parade’ and ‘additions’ from children themselves i.e. information about their particular pets. It could potentially be double this length depending on how much additional information and suggested poetry is included. Great fun. Would love to see this performed! Sample Text: Narrator: You see, pets do take a lot of looking after. They are a big responsibility! (Pauses) What do you think is the most important part of looking after a pet? Child 4: Making it happy? Narrator: Correct! Child 5: And healthy! Narrator: Well done! So, you have to do a lot of homework before you even choose a pet. Child 6: Sounds like being at school! Child 7: Having a pet is meant to be fun! Narrator: But it’s no fun for your pet if it’s not looked after properly. Take that Great Dane, for example. (‘Great Dane’ stands up) Child 8: He’d take a lot of feeding! Narrator: Correct! Big dogs like big meals! But that’s not all! Child 9: He’ll need a lot of exercise! Child 10: Long walks! Narrator: Two or three times a day! He won’t want to be left inside by himself all day! (Great Dane shakes his head in agreement and sits down) Narrator: Animals have needs, just like us! And we need to respect their needs! Maybe someone could share with us, how they look after their pet? Child 11: I have two guinea pigs called Bill and Ben! Narrator: Two guinea pigs? Child 11: Yes, they like company! Narrator: And where do you keep them? Child 11: In a hutch with a nice grassy run. They also have cardboard boxes and pipes to hide in if they get frightened.
suesplays
*BUNDLE* 5 CHRISTMAS RESOURCES

*BUNDLE* 5 CHRISTMAS RESOURCES

5 GREAT SETS OF CHRISTMAS RESOURCES 2 SETS OF STORY RESOURCES TIMES TABLES RESOURCES TO USE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF WINTER CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES AND CHRISTMAS POST OFFICE ROLE PLAY AND RESOURCES
hayleyhill