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Teachit Talk

22nd January 2015


'After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world'. Philip Pullman

With National Storytelling Week taking place at the beginning of February, we've chosen some creative resources to help your students master the art of spinning a good yarn.

Lindy Leslie

Quick links


Storytelling resources

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Using the mask (KS3/4)

Tell a story through mime! This resource helps students create characters and learn how to tell a story through body language and facial expressions alone.

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Show, don't tell (KS3)

Use these creative character cards to encourage some group or whole class storytelling activities.

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Title whiz

Title whiz is a great interactive for encouraging spontaneous storytelling. Let the title generator suggest a range of genre-specific book or story titles, and see how your students rise to the challenge.

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The mystery story game (KS3)

A resource to help inspire creative storytelling. In groups, students use a variety of prompt cards to help them create a narrative, which they can then perform to the rest of the class.

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Literacy across the curriculum posters

With posters on reading, writing and spelling tips, common misspellings, apostrophes, paragraphing, punctuation, homophones and connectives, we've got literacy covered.

Brighten your classroom walls or take over the corridors for maximum impact.

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Hitting the headlines

Top head says money spent by schools on 'fad' iPads could have funded 8,000 teachers (Independent)

Academy schools stockpile £2.5bn of education funding (Guardian)

Free online textbooks from top private school (BBC)

Book news and competitions

The Guardian has compiled a literary calendar for 2015, focusing on children's books.

Students have the chance to win £2000 with the IGGY & Litro Young Writers' Prize 2014/15. The challenge is to write a story on the theme 'Myths and Legends' in no more than 2500 words.

What's on



Wolf Hall

The second instalment of the new BBC adaptation starring Damien Lewis.

Wed 28th Jan | 9pm - 10pm | BBC Two


Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen discusses the best ways of talking to children with Professor Tanya Byron.

Tues 27th Jan | 4pm - 4.30pm | BBC Radio 4


Uncle Vanya

Translated by Michael Frayn, Uncle Vanya is often regarded as one of Chekhov's greatest plays.

27th Feb - 7th March | Questors, Ealing's Theatre

GCSE and A Level 2015 support from Oxford: something for everyone


Whichever exam board you choose to follow from September 2015, we have something for you.
GCSE 2015 support

AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature

WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language and English Literature

OCR GCSE English Language
A Level 2015 support

AQA AS and A Level English

OCR A Level English Language Student Book
Set text support

You’ll also see that we’ve been expanding our range of set texts and set text support in line with the new specifications. Take a look at the:

GCSE Rollercoasters for GCSE set texts

Oxford Literature Companions for GCSE set text support

Oxford Student Texts for A level set texts

Evaluating these series and new titles is easy. Simply email fiona.lloydwilliams@oup.com with your name, school address, Purchase order details if required, and the titles you would like to see. These will then be sent to you as soon as they are available.

Five weeks to go to the closing date

Find our featured resources   ‘Cells’ is the theme of this year’s Christopher Tower Poetry Competition. Open to all 16-18 year olds in the UK and judged by poets including Ian McMillan, your students could win cash prizes and places on the Tower Poetry Summer School. To find out more about the competition and for inspiration, go to towerpoetry.org.uk.

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