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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy + colouring, with popular class topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get children on board, whatever their ability and confidence level. Ages 3-11.

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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy + colouring, with popular class topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get children on board, whatever their ability and confidence level. Ages 3-11.
Coronavirus: upbeat poem about the  lockdown
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Coronavirus: upbeat poem about the lockdown

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I wrote this poem for children experiencing lockdown in the coronavirus crisis. It offers a cheering silver lining to the dark, global situation and, perhaps, to the young reader’s personal experience in these circumstances. It is a fairly simple poem, with rhyme, rhythm and a simple message about how quiet and peaceful the roads, sky and general surroundings have become, with references to nature - birds and butterflies - where normally there would be the rush of busy crowds and traffic.
Alien Fun Sheet
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Alien Fun Sheet

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Your class will love thinking up feature ideas for an alien, and independent writers will be keen to fill up the lines of this sheet with their descriptions. Are the alien’s eyes rolling, red, twinkly as stars, or different again? Could its skin be soggy, spiky, scorching as desert sand or covered in green hair, perhaps? Discuss possibilities with the class to unlock minds, and let each read out a line afterwards. See my other free alien writing sheet too, for a format variation - also my other space writing sheets, featuring planets, stars, and space rhymes.
Rhyming Animal Actions for  Rainforest Verses
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Rhyming Animal Actions for Rainforest Verses

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Peeping, creeping; chattering, pattering; barging, charging; flapping, snapping - these are a few of the 24 rhyming action verbs suggested here for rainforest or jungle poems. Examples of completed couplets are also provided. Select, build and edit with your pupils, to create your own vibrant, action-packed class poem! It’ll bring your topic to life, enhancing literacy skills along the way.
Dragon Writing Fun, Guided
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Dragon Writing Fun, Guided

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This illustrated writing frame invites similes, description and action words for dragons, and ideas for their favourite food. The Guide sheet provides teacher support for firing enthusiasm, ideas and language, and presenting the sheet. Supports literacy, poetry, vocabulary-building, speaking and listening skills, expressive movement (in the recommended warm-up enactments), and study of mythical beasts. Best for lower juniors (7-9 year-olds).
POETRY - Dragon Haiku, guided
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POETRY - Dragon Haiku, guided

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Haiku poems are fun to write. This 2-page haiku-writing guide is dragon-themed, for open-ended creativity. It contains an introductory guide - for teacher, pupils or both - and a sheet of partly written haiku with gaps to complete. Your class will then be ready to compose their own, in groups, pairs or individually. Dragons can be whatever the writers likes - fierce, brave, crazy, funny, mysterious… Share ideas first. They can move in a myriad different ways too - prowling, pouncing, leaping, flying, dancing… The scope for dragon imagery is boundless too, but fitting a concept into a 17-syllable haiku can be tricky!
Colours - A poem about different colours to read aloud
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Colours - A poem about different colours to read aloud

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This simple, punchy poem clarifies and celebrates the main colours - blue, red, green, yellow, orange, silver and gold, black and white, grey and brown. Pink can be added as a class contribution, following the poem’s pattern. It can be clapped, chanted, and presented with a display of colours, to help young children learn them. For older pupils, the poem will inspire individual colour-linked poems or artwork.
Seaside Rhymes for EY/KS1
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Seaside Rhymes for EY/KS1

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Simple, rhythmic seaside rhymes to chant, clap, develop and act out with your class, with tips along the way and warm-up suggestions below. Also tips for setting to music. Combines seaside or related studies with literacy - speaking, listening, vocabulary, phonics and creative thinking; also offering scope for music - singing and rhythm-clapping, and expressive arts - acting out. Starter rhyme given, followed by suggestions for variations. Below this, more couplet frames are presented, focusing on sky - and what might be gliding through it, and sand - and what you might scoop up in your hand. Fun, flexible, multi-benefit learning activity.
DRAGON Creative Writing Frame: Yrs 3-4
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DRAGON Creative Writing Frame: Yrs 3-4

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Great for St David’s Day dragon writing! Watch out for the ________ dragon! This exciting writing sheet starts. It’s as ___ as a ___ (perhaps hot as a volcano or red as a ripe tomato). Two more open similes follow, then two lines for features details, an action line - 'He goes__ ing __ ’ (perhaps gliding through the sunset to his secret cave, or cartwheeling over the mountaintops, or flame-blasting through your classrooms). The last line is always a favourite in this tried and tested sheet: His favourite food is __ ’ . Recommended for lower juniors. Supports Literacy, particularly poetry, creativity and vocabulary-stretching; also enriching Myths & Legends studies.
Wild Weather poem frame + example
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Wild Weather poem frame + example

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This illustrated wild weather poetry frame inspires expressive action words and similes to depict a windy, stormy scene. The example poem offers prompts and guidelines for teachers and/or students. Best for KS2, Yrs 3-6.
Rhyme Bank - Space
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Rhyme Bank - Space

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A class rhyme about space will bring your lesson to life, whether it’s a literacy lesson or a space study one. This list of relevant rhyming words, together with the example rhyming couplets on the next page, will provide all the back-up you need. There are plenty of other rhyming words (and near-rhyming ones) to think up too, and any number of ways to write your verses, but these suggestions will provide a solid starting point to branch out from. Recommended: read out some of the verses first, to give your class an idea of what rhyming couplets are like and how fun and varied they can be. Then read out and write up a selection of the rhyming words, inviting others too, to spur and guide ideas. Next, read out one of the first lines offered, and either invite word alternatives for variation, or ask for a different second line from the one given here. Try some more together, drawing on these resources as need be, then let your class have a go independently, or in pairs or groups, with help as needed.
Butterfly Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Y1 + Guidance Notes
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Butterfly Picture-Poem Frame, EYFS/Y1 + Guidance Notes

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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.
Which is Witch? Spelling + Grammar Games - Yrs 4-6
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Which is Witch? Spelling + Grammar Games - Yrs 4-6

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Writing correctly is fun and simple with these attractive quizzes and challenges. Handy for introducing, practising, reinforcing and monitoring grammar points and spelling variations, namely: (1) words that sound the same but are spelt differently; (2) plural variations; (3) its and it’s.
Pirate Treasure + Shipwreck - Describing-Words List
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Pirate Treasure + Shipwreck - Describing-Words List

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Pirate treasure from the sea bed could be beautiful, mouldy or smashed to bits. It could be flamboyant or faded, delicate or dangerous, and you might find it floating and drifting or submerged and water-logged. It’ll probably be secret, too - stolen, smuggled and concealed. All these words and many more are listed in this mind-stretching word bank. Either read out from it yourself or copy and distribute it around your class, for selecting and trying out, or to trigger other ideas. Encourage some of these words in conversation too. VIDEO SUPPORT: me reading my published poem, ‘Treasure Chest Mystery’ - details on my website, poemsforfun.wordpress.com : https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMarEm9uVBDEGPTykSlkAfT6jdVArKlPen6X5lk1le7dqUc89gEztNjSO7V6qsxUQ?key=X0hIWmdaV1M0Q2lHYURKbDdIVFFPMTVBTWRUdkhn SEE ALSO: **Under the Sea **poem frame: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/under-the-sea-poem-frame-example-y2-4-11922054 , Seabed Rhymes Y2-4: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-seabed-rhymes-fun-rhyming-couplet-frames-ks2-11892578 . Seabed Mystery Poem Frame KS2: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/seabed-mystery-poem-frame-ks2-guide-11892739 and Treasure Map alliteration game: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/treasure-map-alliteration-game-yr1-6-guide-for-use-11887395
It's or Its?  Story-Checking Challenge - Yrs 4-6
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It's or Its? Story-Checking Challenge - Yrs 4-6

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A lively little story brings meaning to grammar here. When to write “it’s” and when to leave out the apostrophe and just put “its”? That’s the burning question in this fun activity. The plentiful illustrations, the large, soft-blue script and the engaging narrative all add to the appeal, and the key words stand out bright and clear in bold red for simplicity. A summary of the grammar rule involved is given at the top of the two-sheet resource, with example phrases for both “it’s” and “its”. A few answers and tips are also given at the end for extra guidance. Children are then invited to compose two sentences of their own (lines provided), to illustrate “it’s” and “its”, to consolidate the concept. Best for Yrs 5 and 6 and able Yr 4s. Story: Rashid’s robot has gone crazy, but Ella finds a solution - recharging it! Seeing the robot enjoying its “tea”, they go off to have their own - including ice cream sundae!
Wild Woods Word + Simile Bank
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Wild Woods Word + Simile Bank

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Lead your class into the wonderful, wild woods with this rich and varied array of descriptive words, similes and creature references. Draw from it for your own use and to prompt more suggestions from your students. This comprehensive list provides for every sort of wood, from damp and soggy to misty and mysterious, sparkling and scented, and twitching with animal life. The last column lists hints of creature and plant activity - squawks, squeaks, prickles and stings… Let your young writers roam this absorbing concept-bank to build their own ideas for creative writing, drama, art, music or speaking.
Jungle, Jungle - Simple, 4-Verse Rhyme
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Jungle, Jungle - Simple, 4-Verse Rhyme

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This FREE resource is a fun and simple rhyme to chant, clap and enact with your young class. Its words will inform, thrill, amuse and inspire, also spurring creative responses through physical actions and sounds. The punchy verses evoke the vastness of the jungle, its varied flora and fauna, its vibrancy, mystery danger, with warnings of tails, wings, bites, stings, a swinging monkey and a springing tiger. Tips for use and development are provided below the four rhyming couplets. See my other jungle resources too, sprinkled through my catalogue.
Jungle Poetry Frame, Yr 1
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Jungle Poetry Frame, Yr 1

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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.
2 'Giant' Poetry Frames + Examples for Use, Yrs 2-6
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2 'Giant' Poetry Frames + Examples for Use, Yrs 2-6

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These two poetry frame sheets have lively, idea-triggering illustrations, and are designed to be fun and accessible to use. Both invite creative input, in terms of ideas and choice of words. ‘Watch Out for the Giant’ is easier, being shorter and simpler, with the chief focus on description and some giant meal possibilities at the end - suitable for Yr2-3, or as a starter-sheet for older writers to build ideas. ‘The Giant Went…’ sheet is more challenging, though clearly structured, requiring action-words and accompanying similes, as well as description and settings. Onomatopoeias, alliteration, rhymes within lines, and other poetic techniques can also be employed, and there is scope for all sorts of crazy, giant-themed possibilities in each frame. The Examples for Use (one sheet per poetry frame) provide whole-poem examples for teachers’ and pupils’ guidance. Suggestions for extending the activities are provided at the end of each.
RAIN - RHYMES + WRITING SHEET + Guide Sheet, EY/KS1
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RAIN - RHYMES + WRITING SHEET + Guide Sheet, EY/KS1

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Rainy days can be fun when you’re being the rain yourself in a punchy action rhyme, and thinking up sounds and ‘doing-words’ to say and write - especially when writing them on an umbrella! Children who can’t write yet can colour the many-sectioned umbrella and contribute verbally. There are 2 short rhymes - actions provided - and 1 writing sheet with accompanying Guide for use/lesson plan. This resource supports Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Understanding the World (seasons and weather) and Physical Development. Rhymes are original, designs hand-drawn - home produced. PDFs.
What Jungle Creature am I? Riddle Poem Frame, Y3-6
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What Jungle Creature am I? Riddle Poem Frame, Y3-6

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What jungle creature am I? this poem asks, with prompts for all sorts of clues and poetic techniques. Children forget they’re writing poems when there’s an exciting, exotic riddle to present and a whole class of others to guess. Jungle offers a wealth of possibilities, not just for creatures, but for creativity too. There’s also an anagram riddle suggestion below, to write on the sheet. Best for Yrs 3-6.