#18 Shaggy Dog Stories

This is a hilarious game of telling tall tales and crazy stories that have three 'secret' words hidden inside, which the other players try to guess! This was a firm family favourite when I was younger and it's a brilliant game for a number of reasons: It's free! All you need is paper and pencilsIt's... Continue Reading →

#17 Easter Egg Treasure Hunt!

Hooray! It's Easter Weekend - the perfect time to have fun with the whole family! There are lots of things you can do to bring a little magic into your Easter at home and an egg-citing (sorry!) treasure hunt is the perfect way to extend the fun! Today's writing task is to have fun with... Continue Reading →

#15 Our Heroes

It's time for more good news in the form of thank yous and shout outs to our local heroes. Why? Because they deserve it! This task is inspired by this week’s issue of The Week Junior. The front cover features our wonderful NHS carers, who are working around-the-clock to keep our country safe right now.... Continue Reading →

#10 Nature Journals

Keeping a nature journal is a fantastic way to learn about the natural world. It encourages children to 'slow down', stop and look at things more closely. Nature journals are a creative and fun way to engage children in a combination of art, science and writing - and it doesn't require many resources at all.... Continue Reading →

#7 Amazon Book Reviews

I'm pinching this brilliant idea from Twitter - so huge thanks to Mr. Booth for the inspiration, please do keep the ideas coming! Writing Amazon book reviews is an authentic, engaging way to motivate your children/your class to write book reviews. It's a lovely way to share our pleasure in books and reading (which can... Continue Reading →

#5 Using AR to Inspire Writing

I saw this incredible AR tool on Facebook and I just had to share it! It's a fun, creative, clever way to inspire creative writing that children (and adults) of all ages would enjoy! Which animals will be on the loose in your house? Activities 1) Google an animal on your iPhone or iPad. Log... Continue Reading →

#4 Word Detectives!

Kids love secret codes. They love playing detective and investigating things for themselves. In order to encourage children to become logophiles (word lovers), we're going to unlock the meanings of words using a very special secret code - etymology! Etymology is the study of the true meaning of words. From personal experience, I think it’s... Continue Reading →

#2 Create your own Imaginary Map

I have always loved maps within books. Much like novels themselves, maps can tell stories too. They often bring the real and the imaginary together. Maps are a brilliant way to explore imaginary lands inside our imaginations, providing a potential gateway to creative writing. Spending time creating illustrations gives us a starting point for bringing... Continue Reading →

Online English Tools for Home Learning

In times like these, sharing teaching resources with each other is more important than ever! Below is a list of 10 useful (and FREE) online resources for teaching English, which may prove useful in the coming weeks during school closures. Please do feel free to share with teachers, colleagues and parents... 1) CLPE's PoetryLine is... Continue Reading →

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