Category: literacy

Skills Posters – Free Printables!

Skills Posters – Free Printables!

I used an unexpected day off yesterday (Our Fire Alarms were broken) to create some posters for my classroom.

Sharing is caring and all that so have uploaded them below. Would be good to know if they are useful to you. Feedback would be appreciated too. Obviously some of them have our school logo or name on them but can provide blank copies if you wish.

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StoryTelling Dice

If you are anything like me you will walk around shops a bit like a teaching magpie thinking, ooh that will come in handy at some point in my teaching career. I’ll buy it!

Then you end up with a drawer full of rainy day activities and stuff that you one day aim to use in your lessons, sometimes your not quite sure how.

This is how I came about buying some “Storytelling Dice” from Tiger. Tiger is a weird and wonderful shop full of inspiration for lessons, I have got some wonderful things from here over the years.


I bought these dice and left them in my drawer not quite working out how or when I was going to use them. Then the other day it hit me. We had been learning about creation stories for a while with S1 pupils, we had looked at Inuit, Egyptian, Dreamtime, Adam and Eve, Big Bang Theory, Ancient Celts. As the S1 progressed through the topic we were constantly engaging in discussions comparing and contrasting the different stories and analysing what they mean.

The S1 class have now become an S2 class but I felt we still had a lot to cover with this topic and use our skills so what I did was I had the pupils in their home groups. (There will be an upcoming post on Co-Operative Learning) and gave each home group one of the dice, I had 7 home groups and 6 of the storytelling dice, however I do also have a ‘blank’ dice, the you can write on it whiteboard marker. I therefore got 6 pupils to name 6 random objects. Wah Lah! 7 Story telling dice. (This was a present from my like-minded magpie mother, I think she also got it in Tiger)

The groups had to roll the dice, write down the picture they saw and pass it on. One thing i did notice was some groups were rolling the same image, but saw different things. E.g. One of the images was an open book, some said it was a book but another group got the same image and said it was a bible. Again this all builds into our learning about how many people can interpret the same thing or story in a multitude of ways!

The pupils have now been tasked with creating a video using their 7 items with the focus being Creation! Some have chosen creation of one thing, others have chosen creation of the world and universe. They stories all sound weird and wonderful and it’s brilliant to tap into our young peoples imagination and creativity before they ‘grow up’ and lose it.

Will post an update of some videos once they are created.


Literacy Packs

The first new thing I’m wanting to try out this term is Literacy Packs.

I have created a pack of help guides and sheets for each of my 7 different groups and popped them in a clear zip folder. These are a collation of different guides if collected from Pinterest, TES, Doodle.ed amongst others. I am hoping that by having these sheets readily available on the table that will cut out the shyness of some pupils who may require help. There are many sheets in there that I will refer to during the course of the year and others will be there for pupils to use at their own leisure. I have laminated the ones I think will be most used.

Here’s a list of the sheets I included.


  1. Question Grid – To help come up with good questions about a unit or topic.
  2. Character Traits- Words to help when describing someone.
  3. Literacy Moods- Words to help describe moods.
  4. Would you Rather- Conversation starters
  5. Say Something- Prompts to help you when discussing or describing something.
  6. Discussion Stems- Prompts to help you have good conversations.
  7. Meaningful Conversations- Prompts to help with your discussions.
  8. Stop Saying “You are so Smart” – Ideas to help you when giving feedback.
  9. What can I say to Myself?- Ideas to help when self assessing.
  10. Multiplication Chart- Help with Times Tables.
  11. My Goals- Plan to help you with setting goals and action plans.
  12. Team Talk Cards- Conversation starters for your Home Group.
  13. Working Together Skills- Help sheet to identify how different social skills work.
  14. Parts of a Paragraph- Help with structuring a paragraph.
  15. Persuasive Writing- Words and prompts to help you write a persuasive piece of writing.
  16. Persuasive Writing Template– a template to use to help you structure your arguments.
  17. Co-Operative Self Evaluation- Help sheet to self-evaluate yourself.
  18. Team Project Evaluation- Completed by each individual in the group at the end of a group task.
  19. 3 B4 Me- Help sheets full of top tips of where to go for help if you are stuck.
  20. Literacy Mats- Laminated mats to help you with punctuation, spelling, grammar, paragraph, structure, sentences, Reciprocal Reading, School Skills.
  21. Solo Taxonomy- Sheet detailing the different stages of SOLO taxonomy and how to progress to the next stage.
  22. Building an Argument- Help with structuring an argument.
  23. Oreo Opinions- Help with giving an answer and justifying it.
  24. SMART Goal Map- Help with making a target for yourself.
  25. Blob Tree- Help with Self Evaluation, which blob are you?
  26. Review My Own Learning- Hi 5 Self Evaluation
  27. Weekly Learning Reflection- Weekly learning log to complete.

In order to get pupils to engage and feel comfortable with the contents of the pack, their first challenge as a group was to go through the pack and as a group decide what sheet they think is the most helpful to them. This way they are having to look as a group as everything in the pack. It was interesting to see how some pupils valued the use of target setting, others it was paragraph or argument structure and others it was spelling help sheets.

I will review this in a later blog post to see if the sheets are being used.