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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What if?

This lesson plan for A1 level primary learners aged 9 to 10 years old helps in raising awareness about recycling.

Little Beauty

This lesson plan for A1 level primary learners aged 7 to 8 years old explores the complexities of communication. 

Polar bear story

This story is based on a well-known children's joke and provides practice of the question Have I got ...?

Walking through the Jungle

This kit integrates a range of mixed-ability cross-curricular materials based on the book Walking through the Jungle.

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