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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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Found Poetry

Found Poetry

A lesson guiding students to write found poetry. Although this was designed for KS3 classes, it could also work well with an able KS2 class.
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Snake Picture Poem Frame, Yr 2

Snake Picture Poem Frame, Yr 2

‘In the jungle lives a __ snake’ - is the outline of this poem format, but the gap for description extends through the whole of this long, twisty snake. This creative writing task is suitable for pupils in and around upper KS1. It offers the secondary - and entertaining - challenge of trying to write at different angles, turning the paper around as need be. The fun of writing in a snake and, beyond that, within a jungle scene, will further motivate young writers. Stimulate ideas and descriptive words before giving out this sheet, through related activities, such as enacting snakes, discussing pictures of them and handling a toy one. Prompt for a wide range of words, including familiar and less usual ones. Here are a few suggestions: long, twisty, looping, slithery, sliding, slippery, scaly, patterned, stretchy, poisonous, venomous, scary, dangerous, shy, hungry, fast, creepy, coiling, smooth, slimy, dry, quiet.
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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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Acrostic Poetry Frame - 'Pacific Ocean', Upper KS2

Acrostic Poetry Frame - 'Pacific Ocean', Upper KS2

This is a clear, lightly illustrated acrostic frame for upper KS2 pupils, using the letters in ‘Pacific Ocean’. You might ask them to think up a word, phrase or sentence alongside, and starting with, each of the letters in turn. For example, for ‘P’ - ‘Peaceful’, ‘Peaceful as sleep’, or ‘Peace and calm, you may find’. This activity will support the National Curriculum’s Literacy objective of effective composition, clarified as “articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader”. All my resources are home-produced with hand-drawings.
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OUTSTANDING KS2 Reading Lesson - 2018

OUTSTANDING KS2 Reading Lesson - 2018

This reading lesson is aimed at Y5 pupils but could be easily adapted for any KS2 class. The learning objective is to ‘GIve reasoned justifications for your views’ using song lyrics as a context. Included is a PowerPoint presentation which provides challenges to students and a very detailed plan which anyone could pick up and use. The lesson was rated ‘OUTSTANDING’ by the head teacher, inspectors to the school and the lesson was specifically mentioned in our report.
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Illustrated, Wavy 'Stormy Sea' Poetry Frame, simile-focused, KS2

Illustrated, Wavy 'Stormy Sea' Poetry Frame, simile-focused, KS2

This poetry-writing sheet is designed for lower KS2 pupils and those in higher year groups who would benefit from its simple format and supporting line-starters. The dramatic subject and illustration invite interest, and the action-based format encourages an active response. The repeated line-starters call for action-linked similes, stimulating ideas and creativity. Introductory word-bank building and enactments of a stormy sea are recommended, and a whole-class verse, written up on the whiteboard, will provide a helpful launch-pad for independent writing. This resource supports literacy development, in particular, poetry-writing and the use of literary techniques. It also promotes careful choice of vocabulary for the expression of ideas. In building your class word bank, prompt for verbs in the ‘ing’ form, such as ‘rushing’, ‘booming’, ‘roaring’, ‘crashing’, ‘whirling’, ‘swirling’, ‘rolling’ and ‘thrashing’. Elicit sound words, such as some of the above, visual concepts, such as ‘flashing’, verbs suggesting personification, such as ‘charging’, and ones demonstrating shape, such as ‘arching’. Then help pupils think up similes, to form phrases such as ‘hissing like a wild snake’, ‘crashing like a collapsing wall’ and ‘lunging like an angry beast’. The invites a contrasting calm at the end, which could also be discussed beforehand.
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Writing & Colouring Sheet - Sea - 2-lined

Writing & Colouring Sheet - Sea - 2-lined

This wavy-lined writing and colouring sheet is designed to appeal to newly independent writers with the confidence to write several words or more. It offers gap-filling opportunities twice over, in its repeated line: ‘The sea is ____ and ____’, for further ideas, with an extra line for any extra thoughts. It could be presented to your group as a poem. As with the easier version of this sheet - Writing & Colouring Sheet - Sea, build up to the task with theme-focused activities and discussion, encouraging use of passive vocabulary and introducing more. More able children may be happy to try long and unusual words they’ve come across, such as ‘see-through’, ‘bubbly’, ‘swirly’, ‘frothy’, ‘shallow’, ‘smooth’, ‘relaxing’ and ‘clear’. Less confident writers may opt for simpler or more familiar words, such as ‘shiny’, ‘cold’, ‘sunny’, ‘wet’, ‘sparkly’, ‘fun’ and ‘blue’. When reading out their favourite words or lines, perhaps encourage sea sounds and swaying movements from the group between contributions, to bring their descriptions (or poems) alive and keep listeners focused.
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