The Literacy Calendar 2020-2021

Hello everyone, it's finally here! For those who have been patiently waiting for this to be released, I do apologise. My Literacy Calendar is a little late this year for a couple of reasons. First, I have been busier than usual - adapting to teaching during lockdown and then returning to school with a bubble.... Continue Reading →

Children’s Literature: Summer CPD

CPD doesn't have to be in the form of attending a course; professional learning as a process comes in many guises. It could be something as simple as joining in a twitter chat, attending a book festival, watching a Youtube tutorial or reading a book for pleasure! I am well aware that 'Summer CPD' is... Continue Reading →

#21 Create a miniature book

Not only is this one of the most creative and engaging ideas I've seen online recently, it's also one of the cutest. The British Library is calling on the nation’s children to write their own tiny tales, which will form part of an online “National Library of Miniature Books for the toy world”. I've written... Continue Reading →

#19 Troll Thursday With Radio Blogging

As the week's go on, we're all beginning to crave that human interaction and RadioBlogging is a fantastic way for young writers to connect with an online writing community! Sharing your ideas with others can give children added incentive and purpose for writing as they know their writing will be shared with a wider audience.... Continue Reading →

#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 →

#14 My Favourite Place (Guest Blog)

This brilliant guest blog is from my awesome friend and colleague Miss E (who you will also find over on Twitter). We share a love of all things literacy and Miss E is full of wonderfully creative writing inspiration. She's hugely passionate about English and has been keen to contibute with exciting ideas and writing... Continue Reading →

#12 Write and host a family quiz!

Quizzes and trivia games are a brilliant way to bring friends and family together. Organising, writing and hosting a 'Zoom Quiz' online can be a great way to socialise whilst staying safe at home! Or you could simply write quiz questions for your family at home. Not only is it a great way to reinforce... Continue Reading →

#9 Happy News!

Now, more than ever, the endless stream of negative news can really have an impact on our state of mind. While the current challenges facing the world are undeniable, they aren't the only stories out there. Whether it's a local school donating equipment to hospitals, children painting rainbows of hope in their windows or your... Continue Reading →

#6 Using Keys to Generate Ideas

Sometimes, the best writing starts with just a little inspiration. Today, that little bit of inspiration is going to be a key. Yes, a key! A key that could unlock the door to somewhere magical, special or even somewhere scary... Activities 1) Explore visual stimulus Have a look at some online visuals related to doors... 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 →

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