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Creepy Crawly Picture-Poem Frames

Creepy Crawly Picture-Poem Frames

3 Picture-Poem sheets for Early Years - Yr 1, representing a ladybird, a butterfly and a snail, respectively. These resources promote Literacy, Creative Writing, Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding the World.
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Snail Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Yr1

Snail Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Yr1

This black-and-white sheet 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, and remaining space can be filled with colours and patterns. Below, the starter word, ‘He’ invites further description, statements or even a story. The activity would help children to process any recent learning about ‘mini-beasts’ or their natural environment, while developing literacy skills and enabling free artistic expression. You could prompt for words such as: slow, slimy, sliding, small, little, curly, twirly, shy, friendly, quiet, gooey, wet, slipping, slithery, hard on top, soft, sticky and (below) has a shell, hides, says hello.
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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/KS1

Butterfly Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/KS1

This 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 - ’ . Recommended introduction: prepare children for this activity through warm-up discussion, enactments and observations of butterflies, building ideas for words and imagery along the way.
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Ladybird Picture Poem Frame, Early Yrs/Yr1

Ladybird Picture Poem Frame, Early Yrs/Yr1

This is a hand-drawn picture-poem frame, inviting descriptive words and a simile for a ladybird. It is designed for emergent writers and newly independent ones and includes colouring opportunities. Children can write describing words for the ladybird on the short, thick lines provided inside and around the picture. Recommendations for preparing children for the task: focus minds, stimulate ideas and elicit appropriate words with associated activities first, such as looking at ladybirds - real or represented, discussing and enacting. Prompt for a variety of words, such as: red, spotty, dotty, tiny, shiny, slow, sleepy, round, little, shy, gentle, quiet, flappy, crawly. Also share ideas for the simile: ‘He is as red as…’ . These might include a tomato, a poppy, a ruby, a cherry or even Father Christmas. Although principally a Literacy activity, it also supports other areas of EYFS learning, such as Understanding the World and Expressive Art & Design.
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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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KS2 English Resources

KS2 English Resources

A comprehensive selection of resources that provide planning, resources and activities based on a variety of texts including: Street Child, Friend or Foe, The Silver Sword, Macbeth, Journalistic Writing, There’s A Boy In The Girl’s Bathroom and Rose Blanche.
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Talk for Writing unit planning frame, including step by step guidance for teachers as they plan

Talk for Writing unit planning frame, including step by step guidance for teachers as they plan

Many teachers love the Talk for Writing approach but do not find it easy to organise all of Pie’s brilliant ideas into a unit of work. It is a challenge! I have been following the TfW approach for many years, and I have spoken at a few of Pie’s national conferences. Over the years, I have organised Pie’s ideas into a three week planning grid. The planning frame attached is not supposed to be prescriptive; it is designed to ‘hold your hand’ while you put a unit together. It is invaluable for teachers new to this approach, but even old-timers like me find the prompts helpful. This planner has been taken on in many schools and you may adapt it for your own use. This work is designed to support teachers using the TfW approach.
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Song / listening comprehension 'A Million Dreams' from the Movie The Greatest Showman

Song / listening comprehension 'A Million Dreams' from the Movie The Greatest Showman

An interesting and engaging method of listening comprehension through a song. The songs are throughly enjoyed by the students and make them glued to their seats. learning through fun is the idea. A Million Dreams Artists: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Ziv Zaifman. Central Idea- Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for The Greatest Showman soundtrack, “A Million Dreams” is sung by the young P. T. Barnum (Ziv Zaifman) to his future wife Charity Hallett (Michelle Williams). He tells her of his dreams for the future and explains his confidence that if they work hard for it, they will come true. The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. The film is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum.
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