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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy - popular topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get all on board - tried & tested. Ages 3-11. I'm a published children's poet, and lead POETRY WORKSHOPS for schools, with ukulele. Website: publishepoemsforfun.wordpress.com . Topics this term: autumn leaves, woods, space, fireworks...

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Poetry, creative writing, vocabulary, all-round literacy - popular topics combined. Fun, engaging approaches that get all on board - tried & tested. Ages 3-11. I'm a published children's poet, and lead POETRY WORKSHOPS for schools, with ukulele. Website: publishepoemsforfun.wordpress.com . Topics this term: autumn leaves, woods, space, fireworks...
Simple Words
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Simple Words

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Ten fun, simple reading and writing sheets with pictures. Topics - from traffic lights to ships and sharks, from dogs to dragons, from cooking to Lego, and more! Supports phonics and word recognition, handwriting, spelling, and motivation for learning. Brings meaning to the written word for young children.
Clouds Poetry-Writing Frame, guided, KS1
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Clouds Poetry-Writing Frame, guided, KS1

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Creative writing flows with a fun picture-poem frame, so your 5-7 year-old will be keen to think up words and similes to fill this fluffy cloud and the lines below. Prompt suggestions are provided on the Guide sheet, and your warm-up activities and real-life observations will inspire them further. See my Sun + Cloud resource for simpler writing and sunshine focus; also my Rain Rhymes resource.
Castles + Treasure: Rhymes + Writing Frames - EY/KS1
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Castles + Treasure: Rhymes + Writing Frames - EY/KS1

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These castle-themed activities bring the past alive for children, while motivating creative writing, artwork and history study. The 3 punchy rhymes invite actions, word-exchanges, clapping and performance. The 5 writing sheets (or poetry frames) are generously illustrated with lively, inspiring details. Guidance provided for rhymes + worksheets. All rhymes and artwork original.
12 Funny Rhymes
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12 Funny Rhymes

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This 3-for-2 stack of punchy, comical rhymes will get children reading. Each sheet offers four 4-line crazy, humorous little rhymes that children can relate to. They support reading, listening, linguistic and general literacy skills, as well as raising spirits and encouraging communication. They are written by a published poet (website: poemsforfun.wordpress.com) with years of experience in breaking barriers to literacy for children through poetry workshops, often incorporating fun, rhythmic rhymes to get everyone of all abilities on board.
Dragon + Castle Creative Writing - R + KS1
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Dragon + Castle Creative Writing - R + KS1

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Celebrate St David’s Day with Welsh dragons, castles or both, with this array of attractive, child-friendly picture-poems, stretching vocabulary and ideas simultaneously. A dragon’s menu (with alliteration), castle features and characters, castle treasure and who knows what sort of dragons (the children can decide) feature in these sheets, some with 3 grades of difficulty. Successfully tried and tested.
Flying Away - bird migration poetry sheet + guide
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Flying Away - bird migration poetry sheet + guide

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This simple illustrated poetry frame celebrates the beauty of birds in flight and the wonders of bird migration. The theme will inspire your children’s imagination and ignite their poetic powers, spurred on by the sketches and line-starters. They’ll love thinking up similes to describe how the birds look and other aspects of them, and also thinking up their own developments and rounding-off line. The accompanying Guide Sheet offers suggestions for each line, in case handy for reading out as examples or prompting for, while encouraging independent thinking and word choices. Recommended for KS2.
SPACE POETRY
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SPACE POETRY

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5 space writing activities and support resources: funny rhymes, acrostics, slotting words into a space picture, space rhyme bank, and a simile poem to write - IN a planet! Guide notes provided where handy. Approx. Y3-6.
Planet Picture-Poem Frame (KS2) + Guidance Sheet
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Planet Picture-Poem Frame (KS2) + Guidance Sheet

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This resource comprises 2 sheets: a planet-themed picture-poem frame for KS2 pupils, and a guidance sheet for use, with examples of full poems and suggestions for development. Children have the fun of writing their poems on a planet - or planet-shaped frame. This fires enthusiasm and ideas for the writing task, which involves description and similes, and whatever individual writers may like to add. They’ll also need to invent a name for their planet. The possibilities for description are wide open, as the two examples on the guide sheet show, so creativity can take off in this activity. A simpler and harder example is provided on the guide sheet, for Yrs 3/4 and 5/6 respectively. This home-devised, hand-illustrated sheet has proved popular and rewarding in my poetry workshops.
Fun & Cheer - KS2
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Fun & Cheer - KS2

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A goody-bag of bright, fun, upbeat activities, do-able via screen - creative and educational, while producing laughter and positive thinking, too. An antidote to these challenging Covid times. Content: creative writing frames, rhymes to enact and build, 2 alliteration games, similes to think up, illustrations to colour. Topics: treasure map, exploring, colours, dragons, food, sunshine and planets. See versions for KS1 and EYFS too - same cover pic.
Pandemic Writing - Ideas, Guides, Frames, PSHE
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Pandemic Writing - Ideas, Guides, Frames, PSHE

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In these emotionally challenging pandemic times, this rich array of writing spurs offers channels through which feelings can be released and shared. The five items comprise Pandemic Haiku Writing - with details, frames and examples, an upbeat poem about Coronavirus by the author to bring cheer and comfort, a Lockdown Acrostic Poem, with lists of words and phrases to prompt for as needed, and a Lockdown Writing Guide - example lines and verses expressing different viewpoints, with tips for teachers. A PSHE-focused poem frame is also included - ‘Emotions’ - with example poem to read out.
Watch Out for the Dragon! Descriptive writing sheet, 3 grades: R, Y1, Y2
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Watch Out for the Dragon! Descriptive writing sheet, 3 grades: R, Y1, Y2

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Watch out for the dragon - but what sort? Scary? Crazy? Hot and spiky? Red, green, wild, funny? Your Reception and KS1 children will be eager to express their ideas, both out loud and in writing. Never mind if their word is hard to spell - they can sound it out and give it a go, building confidence in their writing skills as they go. Not that dragons have to be scary, of course - ‘Watch out for the kind or friendly dragon!’ would be equally valid - as in: don’t miss him/her. The gender can also be changed. There are 3 versions here, of graded difficulty, the last inviting describing words for spikes and scales too, and ideas for the dragon’s favourite food. NB (1) Please note that my hand-drawn illustrations are sketchy. However, in my experience, children don’t mind or notice this. NB (2) Older/abler Yr 2s will welcome further lines, perhaps inviting similes, e.g. He’s as hot as a… or [colour] … as a. These could be squeezed in or written on the back, or the sheet could be manually adapted. More advanced versions coming here in due course.
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.
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.
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
Ocean Life Colouring Sheet
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Ocean Life Colouring Sheet

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Sea life and a scattering of treasure fill this lively picture, with patterned fish, a graceful seahorse, a playful dolphin, various types of shell, seaweed and other details, plus sailing boat, kite, gulls and summer sky. Ideal for bright, varied, detailed colouring, teaching children about the world as they draw. See also my simpler colouring sheet: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/boat-on-sea-colouring-sheet-12096606 Supporting video: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wkeZ8K6iCfcFQneZ9
Sea-Monster Menu-Writing, guided
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Sea-Monster Menu-Writing, guided

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Sea monster food? What’s that? Rock roast? Splash salad? Fish and ships? The starter words here open up ideas and get children dreaming and writing - even reluctant and struggling writers! The guide sheet offers teachers ideas for prompting with. Tip: think up sea features together -from fishes to mermaids and pirate ship wrecks - then combine with human dishes, like roasts, sandwiches and pies, perhaps bringing in alliteration (Killer Whale Crisps, Treasure on Toast). Best for KS2, or KS1 as a whole-class, teacher-led game. **SEE ALSO: Treasure Map alliteration game: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/treasure-map-alliteration-game-yr1-6-guide-for-use-11887395 . **(Popular!)
Seaside phonics
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Seaside phonics

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This attractive seaside sheet links letters and their sounds to pictures of familiar items starting with those letters: s - sea, f - fish, b - boat. Children will naturally sound out the words, without the bother of working their way through all the letters in them. This will bring meaning and interest to the sounds. The letters are pale, for writing over, with an extra set below the seaside colouring picture. VIDEO inspiration, with poem about shells: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wkeZ8K6iCfcFQneZ9 For similar sheets, see my other phonics sheets (most are recent uploads) at my shop.
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.
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.
Global warming poem - melting ice
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Global warming poem - melting ice

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This is a punchy, fun, rhyming poem that raises awareness of, and concern about, the climate crisis. I wrote it with schools in mind and am offering it free, as with all my climate crisis poems. (More to come.)