Knowledge and skills

  • Asking questions
  • Enquiry skills
  • Organising
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Storytelling

Take your class back in time and imagine you are amongst the very first archaeologists to come across the key to an ancient world – the Rosetta Stone.

Knowledge and skills

  • Empathy
  • Relationships
  • Creative thinking
  • Character analysis
  • Speaking and listening
  • Storytelling
  • Story writing

As we explore Rosa’s code we see how children can develop skills to help them empathise with the characters they read and write about in stories.

Knowledge and skills

  • Using the senses
  • Health and well being
  • Living things and their habitats

Talk about the effects of noise pollution on our health and well-being – and how woodlands can be the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story characters
  • Vocabulary development
  • Speaking and listening
  • Drama and role play
  • Empathy

Children are bound to warm to Monkey King’s roguish charm – and his multi-faceted character offers lots of scope for creative discussion and drama.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story characters
  • Story settings
  • Story structure
  • Building on others’ ideas
  • Creative thinking
  • Vocabulary development

Rachel Clarke, primary English consultant, trainer and writer, takes Monkey King’s Party and creates a raft of literacy resources for all ages.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story characters
  • Speaking and listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Role play and drama
  • Storytelling
  • States of matter
  • Algorithms
  • Creating simple programs

Chris McDonald, headteacher and educational writer, combines ICT and critical thinking in this seasonal snowman story.

Knowledge and skills

  • Drama and role play
  • Performing
  • Poetry
  • Listening
  • Peer evaluation

Banish stage fright with these drama and performance poetry ideas from educational writer and former local authority language development adviser, Halina Boniszewska. Use them as a warm-up for your winter production or as fun, standalone activities.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story characters
  • Story structure
  • Story settings
  • Peer evaluation
  • Developing vocabulary
  • Creative thinking
  • Working as a team
  • Building on others’ ideas
  • Reading with expression
  • Instructional writing 
  • Writing techniques

The Christmas Wish has lots of potential for exciting literacy work. Here are some ideas for exploring The Christmas Wish, with writing ideas by class teacher Katie Gane.

Knowledge and skills

  • Story structure
  • Plot, character and setting
  • Group storytelling
  • Note-taking
  • Research
  • Creative thinking
  • Role-play and drama
  • Peer evaluation

Try out these ideas to help your class understand the idea of narrative and to ensure that they get to grips with character, plot and setting.

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