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Hi! My name is Stefan Kucharczyk. I am a primary school teacher and literacy consultant based in Leeds, UK. I design and teach creative writing and art workshops for children using art, drama, discussion and writing as a way to explore interesting and unusual books. My resources are full of tried and tested ideas to make your literacy lessons sparkle. Thanks for taking a look at my shop!

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Hi! My name is Stefan Kucharczyk. I am a primary school teacher and literacy consultant based in Leeds, UK. I design and teach creative writing and art workshops for children using art, drama, discussion and writing as a way to explore interesting and unusual books. My resources are full of tried and tested ideas to make your literacy lessons sparkle. Thanks for taking a look at my shop!
The Nowhere Emporium (UKS2, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit
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The Nowhere Emporium (UKS2, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

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This resource contains ideas for planning a creative literacy unit based on ‘The Nowhere Emporium’, an excellent novel by Ross MacKenzie*. Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2. Plan a fantastic unit of work that includes a visit to a museum to marvel at treasures, creating your own Book of Wonders through writing and designing and building a snow globe! Story synopsis When Daniel Holmes hides from the local bully in the doorway of a newly appeared shop, he has no idea that he has stepped over a magical threshold. The Nowhere Emporium is the invention of magician Lucien Silver: part shop, part theme park, a place where wonders - amazing sights and experiences - appear at the stroke of a magician’s pen. Fascinated by the wonders of the Emporium, Daniel begins to discover his own magical potential and the places his imagination can take him to. But as Daniel quickly discovers, the world of magic can be a dangerous place. How to use this resource This resource is structured into five parts. Inspiration - sharing the book with your class. Incubation - exploring the ideas in the book through reading, drama and discussion. Connection - making cross-curricular links with this book. Application - getting the children writing creatively. Illumination - bringing the work to life through art and design. Each part is designed to help you deliver a structured literacy unit that offers children room for creativity, develops opportunities for meaningful learning and is plugged in to different areas of the curriculum. This ‘Have you Tried?’ resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk *Please note this is not a complete set of lesson plans but there are many ideas in this resource that can form the basis of a unit of work. It has been designed in this way intentionally so you can adapt it to your class and school.
Pandora (KS2, Sci-Fi, film) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit
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Pandora (KS2, Sci-Fi, film) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the film ‘Pandora*’, featured in the blockbuster sci-fi movie Avatar by James Cameron. This film is available on the Literacy Shed. Suitable for Key Stage 2. Story synopsis: The strange planet of Pandora is a world newly discovered by humans. Although the pioneers prize it for its rich mineral content, Pandora’s real treasure is the stunning and beautiful creatures, plants and people who live there. It contains tried and tested ideas for: engaging your class in thought provoking discussion about what objects say about us and alien world building applying their ideas to a write a ‘factional’ account of a new planet developing their ideas through art by creating alien landscapes with collage This ‘Have you Tried?’ resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. NB: This is not a set of lesson plans, but ideas to inspire your planning. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk *Please note this is not a complete set of lesson plans but there are many ideas in this resource that can form the basis of a unit of work. It has been designed in this way intentionally so you can adapt it to your class and school.
Midsummer Night's Dream (KS1) ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art & more)
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Midsummer Night's Dream (KS1) ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art & more)

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This resource is the perfect guide to teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream to your class. Resources written by authors and experienced primary teachers, Stefan & Maureen Kucharczyk. Contents: - a guide to using these resources and planning a topic on Shakespeare for your class/year group - ideas for how to share and explore this play with your class through drama, art and discussion - detailed outline of how to plan for a writing topic on this play - a list of recommended resources (books/videos) to use - a checklist of objectives met from the 2014 National Curriculum This resource is a chapter from the book 'All the World's a Stage: inspiration for teaching Shakespeare in primary schools' by Stefan Kucharczyk & Maureen Kucharczyk. The full book is available to buy via www.articulateeducation.co.uk (click: teaching resources)
Flotsam (KS1 and KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Flotsam (KS1 and KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for David Wiesner's picture book masterpiece, Flotsam. Ideal for Key Stage 1 and 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: On a trip to the beach, a young boy finds an antique camera washed up on the shore. Once he gets the film developed, however, he realises that it is a glimpse into another, much stranger world. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Wolves (KS1 Fiction/non fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Wolves (KS1 Fiction/non fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for Emily Gravett's Wolves. Suitable for upper Key Stage 1. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: As rabbit goes to the library to find himself a good book about Wolves, we follow him on an unexpected journey where he discovers something with a long, bushy tail and sharp teeth... But is it in his imagination? For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
A Child's Garden by Michael Foreman: Creative ideas for literacy and art
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A Child's Garden by Michael Foreman: Creative ideas for literacy and art

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This PDF document outlines some great ideas for how you can bring A Child's Garden by Michael Foreman to life in your primary classroom. Suitable for KS1 & lower KS2. This resource is free! If you download it, I would really appreciate feedback. Just a few words will do and it makes all the difference to the work I offer! For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan: Creative ideas for literacy and art
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The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan: Creative ideas for literacy and art

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This resource is free! If you download it, I would really appreciate FEEDBACK. Just a few words will do and it makes all the difference to the work I offer! ********************************************************************************************************************* Oddball, bottle-top collector Shaun finds something on the beach. Why has no one else spotted it? And what the heck is it!? As he decides what to do with his new companion, he finds things – and people – that are unusual can find somewhere to belong. This beautifully designed book is a great opportunity for descriptive writing and creative and imaginative thinking. This resource contains ideas for using discussion, art and writing to respond to this beautiful book. Suitable for KS1. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
The Garbage King (Year 6, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit
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The Garbage King (Year 6, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

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This resource contains ideas for planning a creative literacy unit based on ‘The Garbage King’, a beautifully written novel by Elizabeth Laird*. Suitable for Year 6. Plan a challenging unit of work for your Year 6 class that uses drama, discussion and writing to explore the contrasting lives of two boys who find themselves on the streets of Addis Ababa. Perfect for a post SATs project! Story synopsis Mamo and Dani live opposite lives. For Mamo, home is a ramshackle hut in the slums of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa with his older sister and troubled mother. On the other side of the city, Dani lives a life of privilege with his parents. But when their lives are both turned upside down, they find themselves alone on the city streets with the beggars, orphans and gangs. Despite the dangers and hardship of their new lives, both boys discover a new side to themselves and their unlikely friendship proves crucial as they struggle to get their lives back on track. How to use this resource This resource is structured into five parts. Inspiration - sharing the book with your class. Incubation - exploring the ideas in the book through reading, drama and discussion. Connection - making cross-curricular links with this book. Illumination - bringing the work to life through art and design. Application - getting the children writing creatively. Each part is designed to help you deliver a structured literacy unit that offers children room for creativity, develops opportunities for meaningful learning and is plugged in to different areas of the curriculum. This ‘Have you Tried?’ resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk *Please note this is not a complete set of lesson plans but there are many ideas in this resource that can form the basis of a unit of work. It has been designed in this way intentionally so you can adapt it to your class and school.
Macbeth (Upper KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Macbeth (Upper KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for Shakespeare's Macbeth retold by Leon Garfield (Shakespeare Stories, (Puffin 1985). It also includes an activity to prompt discussion about the crimes of Macbeth. Suitable for upper Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: Magic, jealousy and murder are at the heart of this tale charting the bloody rise and fall of Scottish soldier-king Macbeth. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Francis (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Francis (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the spine-tingling film 'Francis' by Dave Eggars. This film is available on the Literacy Shed. Suitable for Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: Teenager Francis Brandywine, on a camping trip with her parents, seeks solitude with a night-time jaunt on the lake. Under the stars, she’s perfectly alone. Or is she...? The film’s final twist is the perfect inspiration for creative writing. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Little Beauty (KS1 & KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Little Beauty (KS1 & KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for Anthony Browne's Little Beauty. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: Not all is at it seems at this 'special' zoo, home to one miserable gorilla. He has everything he could ever need, except perhaps the most important thing: a friend! For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
The Whale (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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The Whale (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the intriguing picture book 'The Whale' by Ethan and Vita Murrow. Suitable for Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: Two young explorers go to sea to solve the mystery of the great whale hoax 50 years before. Beautifully illustrated, their amazing discovery brings to light questions of destiny, coincidence and fate. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Night of the Gargoyles (KS2 - fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Night of the Gargoyles (KS2 - fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting & David Wiesner (fiction). Suitable for Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: This spooky mischievous tale brings to life the stone gargoyles that perch unnoticed above our towns and cities and follows them on their night of adventure. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Miranda the Explorer (KS1 & KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Miranda the Explorer (KS1 & KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for Miranda the Explorer by James Mayhew (fiction). Suitable for Key Stage 1 and lower Key stage 2 It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: After winning a competition, young Miranda wins a ride in a hot air balloon. Accidentally whisked away by the wind, she embarks on a round the world adventure and begins a cultural voyage of discovery. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold: Creative ideas for literacy and art
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Black Dog by Levi Pinfold: Creative ideas for literacy and art

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This PDF document outlines some great ideas for how you can bring Black Dog by Levi Pinfold to life in your primary classroom. Suitable for KS2. This resource is free! If you download it, I would really appreciate feedback. Just a few words will do and it makes all the difference to the work I offer! For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Mysteries of Harris Burdick (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Mysteries of Harris Burdick (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the puzzling enigma of 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick' by Chris Van Allsburg. Suitable for Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: This book is a collection of illustrations and captions - a snapshot of the work of author Harris Burdick who disappeared 30 years ago. Or did he? In fact, is any of this real? Forming the perfect starting point for creative writing, these spooky, funny and just plain weird stories will definitely get your class talking. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
A Winter's Tale (UKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)
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A Winter's Tale (UKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

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This resource is the perfect guide to teaching A Winter's Tale to your class. Resources written by authors and experienced primary teachers, Stefan & Maureen Kucharczyk. Contents: - a guide to using these resources and planning a topic on Shakespeare for your class/year group - ideas for how to share and explore this play with your class through drama, art and discussion - detailed outline of how to plan for a writing topic on this play - a list of recommended resources (books/videos) to use - a checklist of objectives met from the 2014 National Curriculum This resource is a chapter from the book 'All the World's a Stage: inspiration for teaching Shakespeare in primary schools' by Stefan Kucharczyk & Maureen Kucharczyk. The full book is available to buy via www.articulateeducation.co.uk (click: teaching resources)
Skywalker Strikes (KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Skywalker Strikes (KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the Star Wars graphic novel, Skywalker Strikes. If you would like to find out more about using this book with your class, read the following TES Blog Post! https://www.tes.com/news/blog/engaging-your-rogue-ones-bringing-star-wars-classroom Suitable for Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: As the battle rages for the galaxy far, far away, this graphic novels follows the further adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the evil Darth Vader. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
The Shape Game (KS1 and KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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The Shape Game (KS1 and KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for Anthony Browne's classic picture book, The Shape Game. Ideal for Key Stage 1 and 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion - applying their ideas to a piece of imaginative and creative writing - illuminating their work with innovative artwork This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: On a family outing to the gallery, a young Anthony Browne is introduced to world of art - a moment that would change his life forever. He also learned a new game that would make him into the illustrator he is today! For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
Dangle (KS2, Fiction, Film) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art
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Dangle (KS2, Fiction, Film) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the thought-provoking film 'Dangle' by Phil Traill. This film is available on the Literacy Shed. Suitable for Key Stage 2. It contains tried and tested ideas for: - engaging your class in vibrant discussion about the curiosity and responsibility - applying their ideas to a write a comic book about the story - developing their ideas further by making a film based on Dangle This 'Have you Tried?' resource can form the basis for an outstanding, cross-curricular unit of literacy work. Story synopsis: As a man takes a relaxing walk across a snowy landscape, he discovers a rope hanging from the sky. After much thought, he pulls it. Incredibly, day turns to night. But now what? Should he pull it again? Who is responsible when things go wrong? For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk