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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 .
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.
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 Colouring Sheet
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Jungle Colouring Sheet

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This exciting jungle picture offers fun and learning combined, with wide open scope for colour choices, interesting shapes to shade in and a range of exotic flora and fauna to identify and focus on. This resource promotes development of fine motor skills, colour sense, shape and pattern awareness, creative expression, and an understanding of nature, wildlife and, in particular, jungle and rain forest. See my other wildlife colouring sheets for variation. **SEE ALSO - ** This snake is - writing inside a snake picture - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-this-snake-is-picture-poem-frame-yr-1-11885174
Leaves Colouring Sheet
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Leaves Colouring Sheet

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‘My leaf’ is the title of this colouring sheet, but there are several extra leaves, of different shapes, floating and falling around the main one, reflecting the variety of leaf types to be found in our woods and parks. Some of the leaves are curling, perhaps representing autumn or just their natural tendency to curl and twist. **SEE ALSO - ** **Mini-beasts colouring sheet - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/minibeasts-colouring-sheet-12049563 + ** Butterfly colouring sheet - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/butterfly-colouring-sheet-12043732 + 3 colouring sheets with tints + hints (nature-themed) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/colouring-sheets-with-tints-hints-3-11929704
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.
4 More Colour Rhymes for Early Years
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4 More Colour Rhymes for Early Years

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Orange, yellow, purple and black/white/grey are the focus of these catchy, meaningful rhymes. I have written them to help young children identify colours and associate them with familiar items, also triggering ideas and inviting discussion. The rhythms and rhymes serve as introductions to poetry, too. Some of these are best for reading and listening, others for chanting, clapping and acting out.
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.
Castle Creeps - black & white sketch from imagination
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Castle Creeps - black & white sketch from imagination

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Bring atmosphere and detail to your medieval history topic with this fascinating peep into a deserted (almost) castle. Ignite the imagination of your students, whatever age, with this eye-drawing picture in black and white (drawn with computer software). I originally drew it as an illustration to accompany a poem of mine for a children’s poetry book, now out of print. Now use it to fire ideas for poetry-writing in primary schools.
4 Castle photos
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4 Castle photos

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These four fascinating castle photographs will bring your history or castle project alive for your class. They were taken in Caerphilly Castle, south Wales, and show the Welsh flag, castle doors, windows and an arrow slit. They could be used in conjunction with my castle poetry-writing frames and rhymes.
Emotions Poem Frame/Worksheet for Ys 5-8, PSHE; example sheet provided
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Emotions Poem Frame/Worksheet for Ys 5-8, PSHE; example sheet provided

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Older children and teens can explore feelings - their own and those of others - by completing this thought-provoking poetry frame, ‘Fragile Feelings’. The sheet, which comes with an example completed version, is designed to help youngsters understand that other people have feelings like theirs, and that they are vulnerable and easily hurt, likewise. It will help develop awareness and empathy, while also providing reassurance that they are not alone in feeling down or upset sometimes. The sheet invites description and similes for feelings, starter lines for suggestions of when care is needed, and a free line and space for further writing. Will support anti-bullying drives and other social problems, individually and for the whole class.
Colouring Sheets with Tints + Hints (3)
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Colouring Sheets with Tints + Hints (3)

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Young children love colouring, and these ready-started sheets inspire critical and creative thinking as they work. The light dabs of colour provide spurs and guidance, drawing attention to detail, shape, pattern and colour-scope, as well as the interesting picture itself. The 3 sheets represent natural summer themes: a blooming, buzzing meadow, a beautiful butterfly, and a sailing boat on a wavy, fishy sea. Recommended for ages 4-7.
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!
Yr 1 Phonics - Woodland Animals Reading Challenge
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Yr 1 Phonics - Woodland Animals Reading Challenge

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This pretty woodland picture will attract young children, and the big, bright, highlighted text will motivate them to read or sound out the ten animal words. These are all familiar, one- and two-syllable words, such as robin, frog, ants and rabbits. A handy resource for phonics and reading practice and monitoring, best used one-to-one or in small groups for most children, though able readers will enjoy working out the words independently. Also suitable for advanced EY and lower ability Yr 2 children. The resource will also support work on woods, countryside, animals, mini-beasts and nature generally.
Yr 1 Phonic Fun - Castle Words
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Yr 1 Phonic Fun - Castle Words

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This fascinating castle picture will lure your emergent readers into sounding out the ten words that describe it. The bright, bold lettering is easy to clear and attractive, and the words are intriguing, yet simple, comprising: old, cold, dark, big, grand, still, spooky, crumbly, stony and webby. Fun and motivating for older readers too; also for younger children to look at. Handy for quick revision, testing and general reading practice. Also supports castle and history studies.
Yr 1 Reading Game - Sorting items for Mr Mix-Up
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Yr 1 Reading Game - Sorting items for Mr Mix-Up

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Phonics and reading support is offered in this enjoyable game. Children have to read or sound out the listed words to sort Mr Mix-Up’s house and garden items for him. Each identified item can be linked (by line or arrow) to either house or garden, as appropriate. The list contains 1- and 2-syllable words of varying difficulty, but the fun of the game will spur on any strugglers. Younger and older children will also it, older ones perhaps being inspired to create their own versions. Colouring opportunities too.
Onomatopoeia - fun slotting-in activity - Lower KS2
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Onomatopoeia - fun slotting-in activity - Lower KS2

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Which of the eight given sound-words fits which slot? That’s the simple challenge here. Eight separate lines of prose are given below them, each with a gap for one, but which? There’s a blank line at the end, with an invitation to write a sentence containing onomatopoeia independently.
Reading Game, Yr 1 - Sort Out the Tea Table
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Reading Game, Yr 1 - Sort Out the Tea Table

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This tea table has some tasty dishes - and some inedible ones too! The challenge is to clear away the unsuitable ones, such as the old boot, clock and paper, by reading the words to identify them and crossing them out. This humorous activity takes the fear out of reading and will motivate able and hesitant readers alike to read or sound out all the 15 words. Designed for Year 1, but will also serve older children for reading practice. Can they create a tea table conundrum of their own? Early Years children will also enjoy picking out words and colouring in the picture.
Plural Spelling Challenges - Yrs 4-6
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Plural Spelling Challenges - Yrs 4-6

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Plurals s, es, ies and unusual variations are all addressed in the 3 varied challenges here. There’s an odd-word-out game (s/es), some practice words for ies plurals with a line for children to think up their own, and a list of single nouns with unusual plurals (all different) to be provided, including some tricky ones like fungus and antenna. Recommended for Years 4-6, with support as needed. Fun to do and share; handy lesson enhancers and gap-fillers. Two sheets.
Reading/Phonics Game - KS1
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Reading/Phonics Game - KS1

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Which words fit the topic? that’s the simple challenge here. Children have to read a selection of words to work out which apply to the given category (e.g. colours) and which ones don’t. There are 4 of these challenges, spread down the page, with colour variation for clarity and added fun. Able readers can complete these independently, linking or ticking relevant words with a pencil; less confident readers will need support (either one-to-one or group). Some words may be instantly recognisable, such as ‘red’ or ‘hot’, but others will need to be sounded out. Ideal for phonics learning and reading practice.
Haiku poems - how to introduce and teach haiku-writing in 10 steps - Yr 5 upwards
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Haiku poems - how to introduce and teach haiku-writing in 10 steps - Yr 5 upwards

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Haiku poems are easy and fun to write when you know how, and your class will love the syllable-counting fun, too. This 2-page, 10-step guide will see you through the process of introducing the format, practising it with the class and helping them produce their own haiku. There are also suggestions for topic, approach and follow-on poetry-writing. I use the process myself in my workshops, and am always amazed by the fascinating and powerful lines produced. Recommended for Year 5 upwards - ideally Year 6 and above.