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My Castle + 3 Graded Castle Character Poetry Frames (KS1)

My Castle + 3 Graded Castle Character Poetry Frames (KS1)

This 4-sheet resource comprises a castle picture-poem and 3 graded variations of a castle-characters picture-poem. These are attractive sheets with lively, hand-drawn illustrations of old, cobwebby, crumbling castles, the graded ones featuring characters such as a ghost, king and queen. Children have the fun of writing directly onto the castles - a particularly vivid experience in the ‘My castle is’ activity. Describing words are invited on each sheet. These writing frames are self-explanatory, having starter phrases followed by thick lines for writing, with increasing opportunities for imaginative, expressive input on the graded character sheets. For ‘My castle is’, prompt for describing words such as: old, crumbly, tall, spooky, dark, haunted, spidery, cold, windy, grand, royal, huge, hard, rat-infested, ghostly, scary, massive, golden, fine, splendid, stone, rich, ancient, mysterious, creepy, abandoned, damp, shadowy, candle-lit, and ruined. On the Castle Characters graded sheets, encourage a range of personality attributions for the ghost, king and queen, such as kind, mean, cruel, crazy, gentle, friendly, and various colours. The ghost might be see-through, floaty, spooky or dancing. This is principally a Literacy resource, though it also offers scope for expressive art through colouring, and an intriguing window onto the past.
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Fruits Picture Scrambles

Fruits Picture Scrambles

Directions for use: The aim of this activity is for children to cut the pictures along the dotted lines, and then to order them correctly to spell a word. Children glue the pictures on the recording page provided and then write the word that they have built.
Olynj
My star is... 3 graded versions of a Star Picture-Poem Frame Early Yrs, Yr 1, Yr 2.

My star is... 3 graded versions of a Star Picture-Poem Frame Early Yrs, Yr 1, Yr 2.

These attractive star pictures are fun to write in, and there are plenty of straight lines to write on - shooting in all directions. The variations are graded in difficulty, with increasing opportunities for words and similes, the hardest having three descriptive lines to complete below, about stars, sky and space. Colouring possibilities are wide open. Recommended approach: first, in a wide space, ‘be’ stars with your group, pointing, shooting, whirling, glowing, winking, blinking, dancing, spinning. Then prompt for verbs like these, and adjectives, such as spiky, sharp, peaceful, gentle, high up, twinkly, pretty, delicate, dainty, tiny - and different colours. The similes are for sparkly stars and dark space. The 3-sheet resource has been used with rewarding results in my workshops. They are hand-drawn and home-produced, so don’t expect perfect symmetry!
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Jungles & Snakes Picture-Poem Frames (4)

Jungles & Snakes Picture-Poem Frames (4)

This resource comprises two Jungle poetry frames and two Snake picture-poems, for Yrs 1 and 2 respectively. The Jungle sheets are lavishly illustrated, with gaps in verse lines for descriptive words for animals and similes for jungle. In the Snake picture-poem frames, children can write describing words inside their looping snake. I’ve used all 4 sheets in my workshops with rewarding results. Black and white PDF files.
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Creepy Crawly Picture-Poem Frames + Guides for Use

Creepy Crawly Picture-Poem Frames + Guides for Use

3 Picture-Poem sheets for Early Years - Yr 1, representing a ladybird, a butterfly and a snail, respectively, with accompanying Guidance Notes for each. These resources promote Literacy, Creative Writing, Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding the World.
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Vegetables Picture Scrambles

Vegetables Picture Scrambles

Directions for use: The aim of this activity is for children to cut the pictures along the dotted lines, and then to order them correctly to spell a word. Children glue the pictures on the recording page provided and then write the word that they have built.
Olynj
The Little Red Hen Story Map

The Little Red Hen Story Map

The Little Red Hen Story Map (rat, cat, duck & pig) A1 story map (x18 A4 pages) for class input - 2 versions one with punctuation and one without A4 story map for individual prompt 2 versions one with punctuation and one without
thegruffalo71
Snail Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Yr1 + Guidance Notes

Snail Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Yr1 + Guidance Notes

This resource comprises a picture-poem frame and a one-page guide for the teacher’s use. The black-and-white picture-poem offers creative writing and colouring opportunities for young children, with a snail as the subject. The huge, hand-drawn snail allows plenty of room for describing words, to follow from the given phrase above, ‘This snail is’. They can be written inside the curls of the shell or anywhere else in or around the picture, except on the line below. Below, the starter word ‘He’ invites further description, statements or even a story. The activity helps children to process any recent learning about ‘creepy crawlies’ , ‘mini-beasts’ or their natural environment, while developing literacy skills, fine motor skills and artistic expression. The accompanying guidance notes (or ‘Guide’) lists suggested words and phrases to prompt for. There are also a few notes about the colouring aspect.
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Millionaires Row Display Board - Read a million word count

Millionaires Row Display Board - Read a million word count

Millionaires Row Display Board Promote reading for pleasure by displaying photos of students that have read over a million words set includes (all A4 pages enlarge/reduce as you require) Millionaires Row letters photo frames to glue student’s photos to editable frame to add student’s photo’s to - this enables you to print frame and photo as one piece (instructions included) stars to add number of words read if in excess of a million
thegruffalo71
Jungle Poetry Frame, Yr 1

Jungle Poetry Frame, Yr 1

This is a simple, illustrated frame for poetry-writing (or general descriptive writing), for beginner-writers, with jungle animals as the theme. There are three short sentences, referring to different jungle animals (tiger, money and snake), each with a gap for a one-word description. Below is a simile to finish: 'The jungle is as green as _ '. The activity calls for some preparation, such as learning about jungles and their inhabitants and sharing associated ideas and descriptive language. It supports literacy development, especially in creative writing, also providing a window on the wider world and natural environments - appropriate to the EYFS curricular learning area of Understanding the World. The opportunities for colouring support Expressive Arts & Design, and children will also develop other skills, such as pencil control and handwriting.
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Butterfly Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Y1 + Guidance Notes

Butterfly Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Y1 + Guidance Notes

This resource comprises a picture-poem frame sheet and a one-page guide for teachers. The hand-drawn butterfly picture-poem is a Literature resource for young children. Its opening phrase invites describing words for butterflies, which can be written on the short, clear lines around the picture. There is also a simile to complete: 'They are as colourful as - ’ , and space for further ideas. There is plenty of scope for colouring too. The guidance notes (or Guide) offers word and simile suggestions to prompt for, and thoughts about the colouring aspect, as well as ideas for preparing children for the activity as a whole. The resource supports several aspects of the EYFS curriculum - Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding the World, also providing opportunities for reading, spelling, fine motor skills and more.
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'This snake is...' Picture Poem Frame, Yr 1

'This snake is...' Picture Poem Frame, Yr 1

This home-made creative writing frame is in the form of a snake, in a jungle setting. The starter phrase, ‘This snake is’, invites describing words on the line through the snake. The task could be presented as poetry-writing or just as a description. Motivate and inform your group first through other snake- and jungle-themed activities, such as pretending to be making your way through a jungle, encountering creatures, fallen trees, swamps and other hazards, and discussing pictures of snakes. Elicit words that could be used in this writing activity, such as ‘long’, ‘twisty’, ‘scaly’, ‘fast’, ‘dry’, ‘slimy’, ‘twirly’, ‘poisonous’, ‘shy’, ‘hungry’, ‘loopy’, ‘curly’ and ‘hissing’. The fun of writing inside the snake will counteract any anxiety about writing and demonstrate to the children that writing can be relaxing and enjoyable. The colouring opportunities will endorse this impression.
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