Here you can find a wide range of ideas for using stories and poems in your primary classroom. All of the materials are based on authentic texts or stories written especially for primary learners and are designed to engage and motivate children as well as develop their understanding of important themes and encourage personal, social and emotional development. Written by young learner experts from around the world, our ideas for using stories and poems are easy to use and aim to give your students the skills and confidence they need to enjoy learning English.

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Wild

This lesson plan for primary-aged learners is designed to be used with the picturebook 'Wild' by Emily Hughes.

A Dog Day

This lesson plan for primary-aged learners is designed to be used with the picturebook 'A Dog Day' by Emily Rand.

Superhero High

This lesson introduces learners to a popular story about super powers with a series of structured activities. 

Dinosaur Dig

This lesson introduces learners to a popular story about a computer game with a series of structured activities.

Ali and the magic carpet

This lesson introduces learners to a popular story about weather and habitats with a series of structured activities.

Monster shopping trip

This lesson introduces learners to a popular story about a shopping trip with a series of structured activities. 

Colours: What is pink?

This is an activity for primary classes based on an adaptation of the famous poem What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti.

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