Oral Language Activity – And then…

I use this simple strategy to develop oral language skills and encourage children to use their imagination. Children work in groups of 4/5 to create a story. Child 1 starts with a simple sentence; Once upon a time two boys and their dog were walking in the woods and then… Child 2; The dog ran […]

Poetry in Primary School

Poetry is a fun way for children to use language. In younger classes – the emphasis is on rhymes, riddles, nursery rhymes and jingles. There is a huge amount that can be done with poetry from recitation, responding by discussion, art, writing, making their own poems. Starting a poetry lesson (responding and reciting) Reading the […]

Reluctant writers

Reluctant writers are children who struggle to get their ideas onto paper. There are many reasons why children are reluctant writers- writing takes too long and the child has to think of so many different things just to write one sentence (they need to form the sentence correctly, start with a capital, form each letter […]

Reading with fluency and expression

Reading is an essential skill for everyone. By the end of 1st class most children should be able to recognise the majority of Dolch Word lists (download here) and read short stories, retell them and answer questions based on the story. A key skill which a lot of children need to practice is expression. Often a […]


Spelling is something that nearly every primary school child does on a daily basis with a weekly test on a Friday. Many schools follow the Prim- Ed; My Spelling Workbook where children complete around 20 spellings a week along with activities from crosswords to wordsearches, anagram puzzles and completing sentences. I have noticed however that […]

Halloween Lesson- Writing instructions

As Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to get the children to write a spell using instructional writing. Today we planned what ingredients we would use and how instructions are written (use bossy words (verbs) and time connectives, order etc.) We spent the first 5 minutes thinking about what our spell would be […]