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Kate Williams

I offer fun and inspiring poetry-writing frames with exciting themes; also rhymes, pictures and other imagination and language-stretchers. Also support resources for phonics, reading, grammar and spelling. Age range mainly primary. Illustrations are hand-drawn, with guides where applicable. Topics include dragons, castles, space, mini-beasts, autumn leaves, woods, jungle, sea, lights, colours, sounds and more.

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I offer fun and inspiring poetry-writing frames with exciting themes; also rhymes, pictures and other imagination and language-stretchers. Also support resources for phonics, reading, grammar and spelling. Age range mainly primary. Illustrations are hand-drawn, with guides where applicable. Topics include dragons, castles, space, mini-beasts, autumn leaves, woods, jungle, sea, lights, colours, sounds 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.
Yr 1 Phonics Under the Sea
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Yr 1 Phonics Under the Sea

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This simple game spurs children to read or sound out the 7 words, so they can link them (by pen, pencil or finger) to the correct picture representation below. Some of the words also feature in my ‘Seaside Findings’ phonics game; using both in quick succession will reinforce learning. Suitable for all KS1 and Reception/EY. Able children can add further words and pictures, or write a follow-on sentence about something they have found at the seaside. Younger children can identify initial letters and their phonics, guessing words they can’t yet read, with the help of the pictures. This resource also supports seaside and ocean studies.
Fireworks Colouring Sheet
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Fireworks Colouring Sheet

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This simple but exciting picture offers infinite scope for colour choices, as young children shade in the firework’s sparks, streaks and curves. There is also the dark sky to consider, and the owl on the branch in the corner, as well as the moon and stars. Critical thinking and a creative approach are called for, and your young artists will learn about fireworks and the world at night as they work.
3 Autumn Leaf Writing + Colouring Sheets
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3 Autumn Leaf Writing + Colouring Sheets

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Autumn leaves offer exciting colours, varied patterns, graceful movements, interesting textures, intriguing sounds, and a story of death and rebirth, for celebrating. Young children enjoy thinking up words and ideas to write on these leafy sheets, then colouring around their writing.
Sun & Cloud Writing Sheets + Rhymes + Guidance Sheet, EYFS/Yr1
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Sun & Cloud Writing Sheets + Rhymes + Guidance Sheet, EYFS/Yr1

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Sunshine and clouds are the focus of this 4-sheet pack. The illustrated writing sheets - or picture poems - provide attractive and accessible means for children to develop their writing and phonics skills, also spurring creativity and stretching active vocabulary. There are colouring opportunities too. The accompanying rhymes can be chanted, clapped, swayed to or enacted, and are recommended (on the Guidance Sheet) as warm-up activities. The Guidance Sheet offers lists of prompt ideas for each writing sheet, with development suggestions for the cloud one. Suggested preparatory activities are also included. The sheets are hand-illustrated and home-produced, rather than machine-perfect. All sheets are black-and-white, PDF.
Autumn Leaves - colourful poem for autumn
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Autumn Leaves - colourful poem for autumn

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This is a four-verse poem about colourful autumn leaves floating down. I’ve written it to inspire children to appreciate the wonders of leaves, their changing colours and their gentle free-fall to the ground. It offers rhythm, rhyme and pattern to listen to, and perhaps learn and chant. I shall be using it to fire ideas and enthusiasm for poetry-writing, including colour words and similes, movement and other aspects of these graceful, peaceful autumn features. Of course, it will support seasonal and environmental studies too. Suitable for all ages, selecting verses as appropriate for your class and focus.
KS2 CITY LIGHTS Poetry-Writing Frame + Warm-Up  Sheet + Teacher's Guide,
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KS2 CITY LIGHTS Poetry-Writing Frame + Warm-Up Sheet + Teacher's Guide,

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This intriguing poetry-writing theme, and the accessible, attractive worksheets, will motivate writers of all ability to think up imaginative description and similes. The Ideas Sheet, titled ‘City Lights’, is fun to use, with a spider diagram and scattered lines for adjectives and images. The poem frame, titled ‘Night Lights’, has plentiful space for writing, with clear, supporting structure, though able writers may prefer to use it as a launch pad for an individual approach. Both sheets are excitingly illustrated, with details to spark ideas. The Guide provides prompt suggestions for each and development ideas for the poem. The resource is home-produced and has been successfully used with Yr 3-6 classes. Black and white, PDF.
Leaf  Colour Similes in a Picture - Yrs2-3
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Leaf Colour Similes in a Picture - Yrs2-3

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Autumn leaves can be as red as juicy cherries or poisonous berries, but your children might think up completely different similes to write and colour round on the leaf. There are other colours to find comparisons for, too, and children will enjoy turning the sheet around to write along the differently angled leaves. There’s a line down the middle for description as well, and some creepy-crawlies to bring the picture alive. Older children can use the sheet as a starting point for extended similes and independent description or free-style verse.
My star is... 3 graded versions of a Star Picture-Poem Frame Early Yrs, Yr 1, Yr 2.
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My star is... 3 graded versions of a Star Picture-Poem Frame Early Yrs, Yr 1, Yr 2.

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These attractive star pictures are fun to write in, and there are plenty of straight lines to write on - shooting in all directions. The variations are graded in difficulty, with increasing opportunities for words and similes, the hardest having three descriptive lines to complete below, about stars, sky and space. Colouring possibilities are wide open. Recommended approach: first, in a wide space, ‘be’ stars with your group, pointing, shooting, whirling, glowing, winking, blinking, dancing, spinning. Then prompt for verbs like these, and adjectives, such as spiky, sharp, peaceful, gentle, high up, twinkly, pretty, delicate, dainty, tiny - and different colours. The similes are for sparkly stars and dark space. The 3-sheet resource has been used with rewarding results in my workshops. They are hand-drawn and home-produced, so don���t expect perfect symmetry!
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.
Castle-Themed Literacy Activities + Inspiration - KS1
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Castle-Themed Literacy Activities + Inspiration - KS1

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Bring castles to life for your Infants with this varied mix of fun rhymes, thought-provoking picture-poems, simple reading challenge (on a castle scene) and an atmospheric castle picture (also available separately). The 3 rhymes come with guidance and embellishment tips. The picture-poems comprise a castle picture with lines for describing words, and 3 graded versions of 'In the castle lives a … ghost, king, and other characters.
Autumn leaves can be - poem on a leaf sheet + guide
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Autumn leaves can be - poem on a leaf sheet + guide

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Let creative writing flow like autumn leaves on this curvy leaf picture, with the informal prompts to unlock their imaginations and most expressive vocabulary. The guidance sheet supplies ideas to elicit for each phrase starter, with a recommended warm-up plan below. I use this sheet with Yr 2 upwards, for complete poems and (for older) poetry launch pads, letting children spread their ideas freely over and around the picture, bypassing any starter-phrases they’re less keen on and developing those that catch their imagination. This approach stimulates creativity, builds confidence and nurtures a love of writing, I find. They can then colour around the words. PLEASE NOTE: I drew the sheet by hand and hand-wrote the wavy starter lines, so please don’t expect computer tidiness. The lines are grainy in places, but clear nevertheless. In my experience, children love this sheet.
Under the Sea Poem Frame + Example, Y2-4
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Under the Sea Poem Frame + Example, Y2-4

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This intriguingly illustrated sheet sets children dreaming, and the simple line starters prompt them to think up words for their thoughts. Extra-keen writers can add further description about the sea - and anything else related - on the wavy lines below. An example version, showing just one of the infinite ways the poem could be written, is supplied on a separate sheet. Prepare your class by studying and discussing sea flora and fauna, treasure and detritus, mythical creatures and characters, and sounds, shapes and colours, too. Consider caves, sand and rocks, the rusty remains of ancient shipwrecks, picnic items washed away, bubbles, echoes - all sorts! Build up banks of describing words, imagery, action words and onomatopoeias as you go, but informally, keeping the atmosphere as free as the sea. Alliteration might crop up (e.g. shimmery and shiny) but don’t force it. Let individual creativity flow!
'This snake is...' Picture Poem Frame, Yr 1
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'This snake is...' Picture Poem Frame, Yr 1

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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.
'Seabed Rhymes' - fun rhyming couplet frames, KS2
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'Seabed Rhymes' - fun rhyming couplet frames, KS2

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Children love rhymes, but they can be tricky to construct, so this resource provides 4 structured rhyme frames on the theme ‘seabed’, with a sheet of tips and examples to help them along. Suitable for Yrs 5/6 working mostly independently, and for Yrs 3/4 with teacher support. However, all will benefit from a whole-class rhyme produced together, chanted and clapped to check rhythm, and written up on the board as an example. Year 2 would also enjoy a shared rhyme challenge, using a selected verse from the sheet. The resource supports literacy, especially poetry and linguistics, developing language dexterity and control of rhyme and rhythm. It would also support any topic related to sea, pirates, holidays, maritime history or the environment. Contents: 2 sheets, black-and-white, PDF.
Bonanza of Creepy Crawly Rhymes + Picture-Poem Frames (7 activities), guided
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Bonanza of Creepy Crawly Rhymes + Picture-Poem Frames (7 activities), guided

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This mini-beast feast comprises 10 sheets, including 3 guidance sheets. These contain 3 rhymes to clap, enact, word-swap, perform, sing, inspire writing - Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider respectively - guidance provided below each rhyme; also 4 picture poems to write & colour: Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider x 2 (guidance notes separate). These provide rounded learning experience on mini-beasts, also supporting Literacy and more.
Treasure Map Alliteration Game (Yr1-6) + Guide for Use
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Treasure Map Alliteration Game (Yr1-6) + Guide for Use

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This is a fun, imagination-firing, creative writing activity, centred on a pirate’s treasure map. It has proved popular with children of all ages and abilities in my workshops. It can be written individually or shared verbally, the challenge being to think up nouns to fit the gaps, with one rule: they have to start with the same letter as that of the starter word (e.g. Forest of Feet). The Guide sheet offers lists of words to prompt for - if needed, and suggestions for embellishing the activity. The challenge of thinking up nouns starting with the same letter as the starter word - and on a treasure map - motivates even reluctant writers to have a go at this mind-stretching, language-enriching game.
'Hello Star!' Action Rhyme, with intro & development ideas, EYFS/KS1
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'Hello Star!' Action Rhyme, with intro & development ideas, EYFS/KS1

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This simple rhyme invites exciting whole-body actions, with scope for humour, drama, fantasy and expressive, imaginative movement. It includes a simile that can be exchanged for different ones in follow-on verses. The punchy rhythm and clear rhymes will help children develop an ear for rhyming couplets. While focusing minds on stars in space, it also prepares children for any writing task on the subject. The 1-sheet resource includes suggestions for warm-up and development, and lists of words to prompt for when swapping in new ones. The activity supports the learning areas of Literacy, Expressive Arts & Design, Physical Development, Communication and Language, and Understanding the World.
Alien Poem Frame, illustrated, Yrs 2-4; Guidance Notes
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Alien Poem Frame, illustrated, Yrs 2-4; Guidance Notes

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A space project is never complete without a few aliens, and children can let their imaginations go wild with this simple writing frame. The starter phrases and illustrations will all trigger ideas, motivating even reluctant writers to have a go. The accompanying sheet of guidance notes provides all sorts of suggestions to prompt for, line by line, should any children be stuck for ideas. Follow-on rhyme ideas are also included in the Guide, with examples. This hand-illustrated, home-produced, black-and-white sheet has been used successfully in classrooms. Recommended especially for Years 2-3.