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Kate Williams

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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy + colouring, with popular topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get all children on board - tried & tested. Ages 3-11. As a well-published children's poet, I also lead poetry workshops for schools. Website: publishepoemsforfun.wordpress.com . My poem 'Dragon in the Sky' is a YouTube hit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74kFKC7iPQA .

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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy + colouring, with popular topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get all children on board - tried & tested. Ages 3-11. As a well-published children's poet, I also lead poetry workshops for schools. Website: publishepoemsforfun.wordpress.com . My poem 'Dragon in the Sky' is a YouTube hit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74kFKC7iPQA .
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.
Woodland Poetry Writing Sheets - 3 grades
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Woodland Poetry Writing Sheets - 3 grades

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Literacy, Animals, Environment, Nature and Seasons supported in these 3 differentiated poetry writing sheets. Wild creatures abound in the lively, illustrated creative writing frames. The easier, mid-level and harder versions all invite describing words for a robin and another creature for writers to choose, harder versions eliciting more - an action word for squirrels, describing words for the trees and, in the hardest, a simile. This topic-rich resource fires imagination and creativity while developing writing skills. Successfully tested.
Simple picture-poem to write - Clouds are...
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Simple picture-poem to write - Clouds are...

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Emergent and newly independent writers will enjoy thinking up describing words to write on the swirly, little lines on their cloud. Think up some together first, e.g. - fluffy, puffy, white, grey, floaty, soft, light, high, drifting, quiet, slow, pink, dark, stormy, woolly, silky, silver, whirly, swirly or candy floss. Let children sound out the words, whether or not correctly, to sustain flow and build confidence. See my other weather writing frames, including harder version of this: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/weather-poetry-bundle-ks1-11974784
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 .
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).
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!
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.
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.
Birds in Flight Poetry Sheet, 3 grades, guided, KS1
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Birds in Flight Poetry Sheet, 3 grades, guided, KS1

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These inspiring and attractive writing sheets of birds in flight (3 graded versions) will enthuse your independent and emergent writers. After a stimulating input - watching birds, flying like birds yourselves and building a word-bank of action and describing words for them, they’ll love choosing their favourites to write on the flowing, wavy lines. There’s plenty of colouring to do, too. The Guide sheet offers handy ideas to bring in. Supports bird migration, autumn and journeys themes.
3 Creepy-Crawly Rhymes, with guidance, Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider, EY/KS1
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3 Creepy-Crawly Rhymes, with guidance, Butterfly, Ladybird, Spider, EY/KS1

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These 3 simple rhymes bring the mini-beast world alive for young children. Each offers rhyme, rhythm, descriptive words and scope for multiple activities: clapping, enacting, language-building, physical movement, performance, and preparation for any follow-on writing. The rhymes could also be set to music or percussion, or sung to a made-up tune. I made up the rhymes and have found them effective in my poetry workshops for Early Years and KS1. (Illustrations also mine.)
Dragon Writing Fun Bundle - KS2
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Dragon Writing Fun Bundle - KS2

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Dragons abound in this great array of fun and exciting literacy activities. There are rhymes to chant, enact and develop, a rhyme bank for concocting more, a dragon’s crazy menu to complete (with alliteration), a dragon word-building sheet, dragon similes to write, and six lively, colourful dragon sketches to fire ideas and enthusiasm. Children love this theme! Resources tried and tested - with great results.
SPACE POETRY - KS2
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SPACE POETRY - KS2

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This 4-pack bundle will enthuse your juniors and able Yr 2s, as they dream up ideas about space, planets and aliens to express with similes on these attractive sheets. Contents: planet poetry frame (easier and harder versions + teacher guide for harder), alien fun sheet, and rhyme bank with example couplets for class verses on the theme.
Phonics - red hens
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Phonics - red hens

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This writing sheet features the letter and phonic ‘e’ in ‘hen’ and ‘red hens’, with attractive pictures to illustrate and enhance understanding. Children can colour in the white hen, and also count the 3, adding the ‘1’ and ‘2’ given. Supports phonics, handwriting, reading, spelling, numbers, adding, and also nature and animal studies. The colour red is also highlighted, supporting colour work, and fine motor skills are developed in the colouring. If you like this sheet, see my others for different vowels, in my catalogue/shop. Click ‘newest’.
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.