Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Lesson Plans: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Lesson Plans: Resources

Article excerpt


International Literacy Day, 8 September

1. The Gruffalo

Inject some fun into literacy with this two-week scheme of work based on Julia Donaldson's children's books about the monster.

2. Literacy skills

Teach the virtues of good grammar, and show your students how to use connectives and apostrophes, with these literacy worksheets.

3. Watership Down

Try these literacy activities based on classic children's novel Watership Down. Students guide Fiver around the field in search of lettuce for the warren - and boost their literacy skills while they are at it.

4. I can ...

How do you build the confidence of the most reluctant readers and writers? Help is at hand with these "I can ..." literacy, language and communication statements.

5. Listen and read

This interactive resource from TESiboard, Ella's School Trip Story Book, features lively illustrations and easy-to-follow text. Click the speaker icon to hear a narration of each page.

6. Think, say, write, read

This writing prompt encourages children to improve their skills by thinking about what they want to write before they begin.

7. Speed reading

A simple test for reading speed that can be used to spark a discussion about literacy and how to change your reading method for different purposes.

8. Literacy through film

Celebrate the power of storytelling through film with TES Connect partner FILMCLUB UK's selection of guides to children's classics, including The NeverEnding Story and Eleanor's Secret.

9. Roll the dice

Print out these story cubes for an unpredictable literacy lesson. Each side of the cube has a different picture, such as a spooky castle or a treasure map. Students roll the dice to decide where their story should go next.

10. On the Ning Nang Nong

Bring poetry alive with an animated PowerPoint of Spike Milligan's nonsense poem On the Ning Nang Nong.

Find these lesson plans at


Roald Dahl Day, 13 September

1. Send a postcard

Mark Roald Dahl Day by writing a postcard to the Twits or to the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Students take inspiration from Quentin Blake by illustrating their missives.

2. Dahl scheme of work

Use these comprehensive lesson plans and easy-to-differentiate writing activities to explore some of Dahl's many children's books, including Matilda.

3. Revolting Rhymes

A PowerPoint illustrates The Three Little Pigs and highlights the differences between the traditional tale and Dahl's version.

4. Big friendly wordsearch

Why not open your Roald Dahl Day lesson with this dictionary and wordsearch starter activity based on The BFG? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.