Fun activities to engage children in literacy

04 Jul 2016

Creating Myths with Superheroes

photo credit Make myths fun in your classroom with your pupils’ favourite superheroes! An easy way for children to understand the relation between myths and their role as a genre is by connecting popular film or comic book characters to those which originate from Greek, Norse Roman or Egyptian myths. […]

09 May 2016

Do Aliens Exist? A Mini Debate f...

Introduce your class to debating with this simple activity for upper KS2. This is a quick and easy format for a mini debate that can be set up with minimal resources. It is very flexible and great for beginning to build debating skills. To complete this activity you will need: […]

27 Apr 2016

Phonics Outdoor Activity for Key...

Looking for new ways to prepare your Year 1s for their phonics screening check? This fun activity can be used in a PE lesson or during outdoor play and will give them plenty of practice at reading the type of pseudo-words (“alien” words) they will meet in the screening. To […]

20 Apr 2016

Forest School Games: Guess the T...

This fun forest school game is a good way of practising communications skills by encouraging children to use descriptive language, whilst also developing confidence and a range of cross-curricular skills such as team building. You will need Outdoor area with a number of accessible trees One blindfold per pair of […]

31 Mar 2016

Superhero Reading Den

Children love superhero games and creating a superhero reading den is a fun way to inspire enthusiasm for reading in foundation stage and KS1. This activity can also be linked to PHSE with discussions about superheroes and their positive characteristics and behaviour. Even superheroes need to rest sometimes and this superhero […]

01 Mar 2016

Storytelling with Stick Man

Storytelling with Stick Man is a fun activity to bring literacy to life and inspire children to tell stories using natural resources and the space to move about in an outdoor environment. The activity is based on the popular Stick Man book by Julia Donaldson making it particularly suitable for FS1 and KS1 children […]

26 Feb 2016

Superhero Bookmarks

  Using a superheroes theme can be a great way to engage children in a number of important topics, including literacy. Superheroes can inspire interest and imagination, helping to develop a whole range of skills in the classroom. In this activity, we are making superhero themed bookmarks. This is a […]

17 Feb 2016

Mother's Day Poems: Literacy for...

Writing Mother’s Day Poems to include within a Mother’s Day card is a fun way to incorporate literacy for KS1 and KS2 into an activity to celebrate this traditional spring event. This could be a short verse (rhyming or non-rhyming), an acrostic poem or a shape poem in the form of […]

16 Feb 2016

Persuasive Writing: Roman Villa ...

Studying the Romans in Britain gives some terrific opportunities for persuasive writing. In this fun activity for KS2, the children write an estate agent’s listing for a Roman villa. What would persuade a wealthy Roman to buy their villa? To complete this activity you will need Internet resources showing the […]

05 Feb 2016

Performance Poetry for KS2

Performance Poetry for KS2 Listening to a poet perform their own poem is a magical experience. The words come alive. When it is not possible to organise for a poet to come in to school, use videos to inspire your children. These ideas for performance poetry can be adapted to […]