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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!
Mortal Engines (Upper KS2, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

Mortal Engines (Upper KS2, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

This resource contains ideas for planning a creative literacy unit based on ‘Mortal Engines’, a rip-roaring, steampunk adventure by Philip Reeve *. Suitable for Year 5 and 6. Plan a challenging creative writing project for upper Key Stage 2 that uses discussion, design technology and music to explore the incredible world of motorised cities, pirates, aviatrixes and impending war. Perfect for a post SATs project! Story synopsis London is a city on the move. Many centuries after the Sixty Minute War devastated human civilisations, the great metropolises of the past are now rebuilt… as gigantic cities on wheels! These industrial monsters rove around the barren Hunting Ground gobbling up natural resources and smaller towns and conurbations. It is the time of Municipal Darwinism. But as resources dwindle, London’s mayor hatches a sinister plan to secure London’s future. After Tom Natsworthy, a young city historian, has a chance encounter with Hester, a savage outlander, he finds himself drawn into the plot, battling pirates, mechanical warriors and the struggle for London’s future that will change him forever. Mortal Engines is the first instalment in a rip-roaring steampunk epic, told with irreverent verve and energy that will captivate readers young and old. 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.
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The Garbage King (Year 6, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

The Garbage King (Year 6, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

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.
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The Nowhere Emporium (UKS2, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

The Nowhere Emporium (UKS2, Fiction) - planning ideas for a creative literacy unit

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.
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The Willow Pattern Story (KS1, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

The Willow Pattern Story (KS1, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the charming picture book ‘The Willow Pattern Story’, by Allan Drummond*. Suitable for Key Stage 1. Story synopsis: Koong-Shee is the daughter of a powerful Chinese mandarin. The greedy mandarin has plans to marry his daughter to a rich merchant but his plans are thrown into chaos when Koong-Shee falls in love with the lowly Chang. What follows is a tale of love, tragedy and crockery. It contains tried and tested ideas for: using the book to encourage oral storytelling developing story writing and performance making cross-curricular links with art 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 done intentionally so you can adapt it to your class and school.
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Pandora (KS2, Sci-Fi, Film) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Pandora (KS2, Sci-Fi, Film) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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Francis (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Francis (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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Dangle (KS2, Fiction, Film) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Dangle (KS2, Fiction, Film) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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Midsummer Night's Dream (KS1) ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art & more)

Midsummer Night's Dream (KS1) ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art & more)

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)
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A Winter's Tale (UKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

A Winter's Tale (UKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

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)
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Macbeth (UKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

Macbeth (UKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

This resource is the perfect guide to teaching Macbeth 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)
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Julius Caesar (LKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

Julius Caesar (LKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

This resource is the perfect guide to teaching Julius Caesar 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)
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The Tempest  (KS1) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

The Tempest (KS1) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

This resource is the perfect guide to teaching The Tempest 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)
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Romeo & Juliet (LKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

Romeo & Juliet (LKS2) - ideas for planning a unit on Shakespeare (drama, writing, art and more)

This resource is the perfect guide to teaching Romeo & Juliet 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)
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Mysteries of Harris Burdick (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Mysteries of Harris Burdick (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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Wolves in the Walls (KS1 & LKS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Wolves in the Walls (KS1 & LKS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the madcap story of 'The Wolves in the Walls' by Neil Gaiman. Suitable for Key Stage 1 & 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: When the wolves come out of the walls, all manner of mayhem is let loose in Lucy's house. With the help of her stuffed toy pig, Lucy leads the family to reclaim their home from the mischievous wolves in this funny, strange story. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
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The Whale (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

The Whale (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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Flotsam (KS1 and KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Flotsam (KS1 and KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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Wolves (KS1 Fiction/non fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Wolves (KS1 Fiction/non fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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The Great Bear (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

The Great Bear (KS2, Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

This resource contains ideas for creative literacy planning for the beautifully poignant picture book The Great Bear by Libby Gleeson with illustrations by Armin Greder. 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: Across a nameless land, a traveling circus wows audiences with its star attraction: a dancing bear. One night, however, something awakens in the bear: a dream of freedom. For more ideas like this, visit articulateeducation.co.uk
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Miranda the Explorer (KS1 & KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

Miranda the Explorer (KS1 & KS2 Fiction) - creative ideas for planning discussion, writing and art

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
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All The World's A Stage: teaching Shakespeare in primary schools by Stefan & Maureen Kucharczyk

All The World's A Stage: teaching Shakespeare in primary schools by Stefan & Maureen Kucharczyk

All The World's A Stage: Inspiration for teaching Shakespeare in primary schools By Stefan and Maureen Kucharczyk, ARTiculate Education, 2017 44 page EBook in PDF format **NO NEED TO BUY THE SCHOOL LICENSE** Permission granted for photocopying within your institution. All other rights reserved. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This book of teaching resources will help you bring the magic and mystery of Shakespeare's plays to your primary school from Year 1 right up to Year 6. Designed by teachers, for teachers, these innovative planning resources will help guide you through bringing these classic plays to life. - Designed by two experienced primary school teachers - Whole school planning materials from Year 1 to Year 6 - A logical planning process that will guide you through your literacy topic - Tried and tested ideas - Clear links between writing, art, music, drama and discussion - In line with the 2014 National Curriculum - Supports inclusive learning
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