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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. I also lead virtual poetry workshops for schools. Published poet for kids: poemsforfun.wordpress.com . See my poem 'Dragon in the Sky': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74kFKC7iPQA . Also photo prompts @ https://payhip.com/PicPix, e.g. https://payhip.com/b/jBIDd

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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. I also lead virtual poetry workshops for schools. Published poet for kids: poemsforfun.wordpress.com . See my poem 'Dragon in the Sky': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74kFKC7iPQA . Also photo prompts @ https://payhip.com/PicPix, e.g. https://payhip.com/b/jBIDd
CASTLE - Picture-Writing
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CASTLE - Picture-Writing

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Castle writing and vocabulary-stretching fun is offered in this attractive picture-writing frame. Independent and emergent writers will love thinking up words, similes and phrases to fill the ten gaps in and around this atmospheric photo of historic Caerphilly Castle, Wales. The GUIDE sheet supplies teachers with handy ideas for words and similes to give as prompts and examples, at all levels. The gap-free version of the picture, also included, will inspire pupils to think up their own words too. Uses: poetry-writing preparation, vocabulary stretching, writing confidence, castle topic enhancement, story-writing starter and more. Also useful as a gap-filler, any time, any class from around Yr 2-6. See my other topical pictures with word gaps too.
Y2 SATs Spelling tests/practice/assessment sheets
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Y2 SATs Spelling tests/practice/assessment sheets

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National Curriculum word lists for Year 2 are represented, category by category, in these 2 spelling tests. Each comes with teacher’s version to read out and children’s child-friendly version to write. First test has 15 questions; second has 16. The children’s versions have gaps to fill; the teacher’s versions have words highlighted to instruct children to write in the gaps provided, as in SATs tests. Children’s papers also have stars to colour in at start and end. See also child-friendly word lists for reading practice and assessment: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks1-spelling-reading-assessment-practice-mid-level-12107263, https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks1-spelling-reading-assessment-practice-sheet-hardest-12107572 (mid-level + hardest).
Lockdown Acrostic Poem
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Lockdown Acrostic Poem

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“Lockdown” is the word for this acrostic poem idea, with a line of suggestions for each letter down the page. Teacher tips are provided at the bottom of this one-sheet resource, with advice for preparing students for the task with wide-reaching discussion, for ensuring privacy in case of sensitive issues, and for follow-on artwork. Literacy, PSHE and current affairs are all addressed in this resource, with scope for taking in different directions through follow-on activities. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown experiences will be prominent in students’ minds, so this literacy activity offers an outlet for processing feelings and thoughts on the subject, while also stretching literacy and poetic skills.
Stormy Sea Poetry Frame + Guide
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Stormy Sea Poetry Frame + Guide

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Children love writing their simile ideas for a stormy sea on these wavy lines, as confirmed time and again in my Stormy Sea poetry sessions. Suggestions for teacher introduction and prompts are given in the accompanying guide sheet. the repeated phrase - The sea went… is followed by a wavy line for action words and description (rolling, roaring, wildly charging like an angry beast on the loose?). The poem ends calmly, inviting a simile for a peaceful sea. Yrs 3-6. **SEE ALSO - ** TREASURE MAP alliteration game - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/treasure-map-alliteration-game-yr1-6-guide-for-use-11887395 (popular) PLUS - SEA SIMILES (summer sea) -** https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/sea-similes-poem-frame-illustrated-12100413** .
Spring Word Bank
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Spring Word Bank

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Versatile resource to discuss, add to, prompt with, link and build with, or hand out individually for reference for descriptive writing on ‘Spring’ and related topics. Supports work on Seasons, Environment and Nature, Colour and more, as well as Literacy, including vocabulary-building, expressive writing and verbal language skills. **SEE ALSO - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/springtime-creative-writing-harder-easier-frames-12078237 + https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/3-spring-rhymes-12070798 .
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.
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.
Funny Space Rhymes
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Funny Space Rhymes

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Bring fun and laughter into your space studies with this two-page, quick-fire roll of crazy, snappy rhymes about aliens, rockets, stars and more! Most are couplets, with a few 4-line verses too, and all are bonkers! They’ll inspire variations and brand new rhymes from your class, boosting their literacy skills. The rhymes are my own, and I’ve used some in my space poetry sessions. TIPS for class rhymes - I recommend starting with “space”, eliciting a list of single words that rhyme with it to write below. Then fill up the line leading up to “space”, e.g. I saw an alien up in space, and finally think up a line to end with your rhyming word, e.g. She was doing up her lace. Have fun! **SEE ALSO ** - PLANET poetry frame (Yrs 2-4) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/planet-poetry-frame-ys-2-4-12018025 + Planet picture-poem frame (KS2) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/planet-picture-poem-frame-ks2-guidance-sheet-11886984
Rhyme Bank for Dragon Verses, with Examples
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Rhyme Bank for Dragon Verses, with Examples

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This large and varied list of rhyming words will provide the backing you need for class dragon poems. Select your favourite words, or those best suited to your group, and read out some of the example verses on the next page, to build your class poem, or help children concoct their own, in pairs or individually. These words and examples offer funny, exciting, mysterious and crazy possibilities, opening up the potential for inspired creativity. Your pupils will love this activity. Watch your reluctant writers and hesitant speakers come alive as the activity takes off! With young children, make up your own, leaving a word gap for contributions, or concoct a simple couplet together. Clap the beat to ensure a punchy rhythm. Now, how about some illustrations?
Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2
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Space - Writing Frames & Action Rhymes - KS1-2

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Shooting stars, planets & aliens feature in these space-themed Literacy activities. There are two action rhymes for EY/KS1 + 3 graded versions of a star picture-poem; for confident/older writers there are 2 fun, illustrated poetry frames of planet and alien respectively. Guidance notes for all. These are my own designs and rhymes, home-produced, hand-illustrated, successfully tested in schools.
Ocean Poetry Writing - KS2
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Ocean Poetry Writing - KS2

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Similes, metaphors, haiku, a recipe for the sea - all sorts of ocean and seaside themed poetry frames here, with lively, inspiring illustrations and presentations, encouraging even the most hesitant writers to engage and have a go, while confident poets can take off and sail out. Bargain bundle!
Dragon Literacy Fun Galore
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Dragon Literacy Fun Galore

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Writing, rhyming, colouring, gap-filling, alliteration menu-writing, similes, haiku… and funny, exciting pictures to inspire - for whole school literacy! Plus great Dragon Topic support. Also PSHE friendly, with scope for personal expression. Build class poems of your own to perform in assembly, from the Colourful Dragon Rhymes. Also teach colours, stretch vocabulary, introduce rhyming phonics, and more!
Dragon's Menu - food fun + alliteration sandwiched together for Ys2-6
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Dragon's Menu - food fun + alliteration sandwiched together for Ys2-6

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Teachers on Toast or Catastrophe Curry? What delicious, disgusting, dangerous, dreadful dishes will your class place on this alliteration-focused menu? Don’t worry, though, it’s for dragons only: humans aren’t allowed in dragon cafes - except on plates, possibly. A great end-of-term slot-filler, combining fun with literacy development, creativity, humour and the promotion of class-harmony.
Poem - Seaside Theme (by this author, published)
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Poem - Seaside Theme (by this author, published)

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What We Found at the Seaside - published by The School Magazine, Australia https://theschoolmagazine.com.au/, celebrates natural seaside wonders, in a flowing pattern, starting: Waves purring wind stirring      gulls chuckling      crabs scuttling spray splashing fish dashing Supports: poetry appreciation, poetry crafting, creative writing, ocean studies, nature, environment, green living, vocabulary, speaking and listening, and PSHE - calming and soothing. 15 short lines.
Weather Poetry Bundle - KS1
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Weather Poetry Bundle - KS1

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Contents: Snow Writing - easier/harder, Sun + Cloud picture-poem sheets (simple), Clouds Poetry frame (with similes), guided, Sun + Cloud rhymes, Rain rhymes + picture-writing sheet, guided. Designed to engage young children, develop creativity + language, + nurture sense of rhythm, rhyme + poetry.
Seaside Writing Bundle KS1
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Seaside Writing Bundle KS1

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Summer sea writing sheets with wavy lines: four graded variations + one simile poem for older/abler writers. All illustrated, with fish, boat, beach etc. to colour in. Line-starters on each sheet, with simple similes on Y1-2 upwards. Popular with children and teachers in my poetry workshops. Inspiring VIDEO: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wkeZ8K6iCfcFQneZ9
Land of L... creative alliteration fun
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Land of L... creative alliteration fun

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Is this a Land of Lollopops, Love, or something else beginning with L? Your class will love thinking up words to complete this and all the other alliterative place names, such as Forest of F, Iceberg of I and School of S. A fun learning activity and handy filler, developing literacy skills and creativity with ease and laughter. Tip for use: start with a whole-class warm-up, eliciting ideas for the title and one other name, before leaving children to write their ideas on the sheet, individually or in pairs. Young classes will benefit from doing the whole activity together, teacher-led.
Birds in Flight Haiku Frames
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Birds in Flight Haiku Frames

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Birds in flight is a fascinating, exhilarating subject, ideal for the evocative mini-poem, the haiku. This sheet provides 3 haiku frames, three haiku starter-lines, information about haiku and how they work, inspirational commentary on the theme, and tips for preparing your children to compose them. Birds may sweep and swoop, tip and tilt, glide and cruise through skies of all sorts, perhaps catching the sun on their wings. What do they look like, up there against that crystal blue, peachy sunset or leaden cloud? Are they like darts, bullets, a swarm of bees, dancing butterflies or some other image? Where are they heading, how long is their journey and how do they know the route? Young, fluffy chicks are fun to write about, too, hop-skip-flapping off on their first, bumpy flight. For more topics, see my other haiku sheets.
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.
Pandemic Haiku Writing
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Pandemic Haiku Writing

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This haiku-writing support on the theme of the Coronavirus offers a complete lesson plan for poetry development. It includes 6 haiku frames with gaps to fill, 2 example poems written by this writer (published poet), tips for preparation, guidance and development, and (at the start) key information about haiku and how they work. This thorough and clearly presented teacher resource will support poetry, literacy, PSHE, pandemic and lockdown discussion, current affairs discussions, and even maths (syllable counting)! Haiku are fun for older children, being short and offering the syllable number challenge. See my other haiku frames here for more.