Topical and seasonal one-offs
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Halloween Mad Libs
A word game for to be played in teams or pairs, with a seasonal, spooky focus!
Valentine's Day webquest
Who was the real Saint Valentine and why do we remember him on 14th February? Search the internet for answers to these questions and more. A lovely 'one off' Year 7 lesson.
Read about Shrove Tuesday, watch a YouTube clip on how to make pancakes and put the recipe in order. Ideal for introducing year 7 students to instructional writing.
Christmas advent calendar
An interactive advent calendar with festive starters, plenaries and other creative ideas to celebrate December. (Warning: this is a large file and may take a few moments to download. Please note that our PowerPoints work best with MS Windows.)
A letter to Father Christmas
A selection of Christmas themed letter writing activities, with both formal and informal writing options and a writing frame.
A lovely resource in which students make predictions about the festive story 'Nicholas Was...' by Neil Gaiman and then create their own graphic story.
The Queen's Jubilee Hexbusters game
A fun and challenging interactive quiz all about the British royal family.
Design your own royal bunting!
Use this template to design some bunting with a 'favourite book' theme. Perfect for those Diamond Jubilee classroom displays!
Valentine's Day mad libs
Introduce students to word classes and parts of speech using mad libs.
A lovely 'one off' Christmas lesson. Students work on rhyme and rhythm to create their own Christmas or winter-themed poem.
'The Magic Wood' at Christmas
Use the Henry Treece poem as a starting point for creating an atmospheric Christmas poem.
A fun resource which supports students with writing Halloween themed poetry!
A selection of activities with a World Cup theme
Remembrance Day study
Not strictly English, but hey ho! A powerful and moving History exercise that encourages children to find out about the people listed on your nearest war memorial.
Year 6 induction
Interest and enthuse Year 6 pupils with this imaginative letter writing lesson based on WH Auden's classic poem 'Night Mail'.
KS3 | Poetry | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Topical and seasonal one-offs
A fun way of looking at Benjamin Zephaniah's poem in defence of the Christmas turkey! Great as a one-off Christmassy lesson. (Due to copyright, poem not included.)
A focused resource on structuring an argument, looking at the arguments for and against work experience.
KS4 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Topical and seasonal one-offs
Ban Christmas! - persuasive speech plan
Beat the winter blues with this lively discussion. Includes a frame to help students write the speech.
Write a new Christmas carol! A handy Christmas quickie.
Writing to argue. Should fireworks be on sale?
A useful resource that could help to supplement and aid teaching on argumentative writing.
Christmas teaching ideas
17 fun, educational ideas for the run up to Christmas.
Find the Christmas words in the grid. [NB Amended version added 11-12-02]
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Grammar - word classes
Speed-dating with the squire
A letter from Gerald Croft
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley