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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This lesson plan for primary-aged learners is designed to be used with the picturebook 'A Dog Day' by Emily Rand.
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The four poems in this collection are all by Tony Mitton, and the materials are designed to be used with 9 – 11 year olds.
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In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the popular story ‘Ali and the magic carpet’. They will watch the story, complete...
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This activity trains young learners to plan a very simple story by looking at the brainstorming process prior to writing, then allowing...
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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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In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the popular story ‘Dinosaur Dig’. They will watch the story, complete comprehension...
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Down by the Cool of the Pool is a rhyming text written by Tony Mitton. Join Frog and his farmyard friends as they dance around the pool....
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In this lesson, children listen to and read the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, perform a play based on the story and sing a song...
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This lesson plan for teachers of primary students aged 9 to 10 years old at level A2 explores the theme of bullying. Students will make an...
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This BritLit Primary Kit has been designed for use with any version of the tale. The kit integrates a range of mixed-ability cross-...
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This lesson plan for teachers of primary students aged 7 to 8 years old at level A1 helps in raising awareness about the complexities of...
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All around the world children love listening to and reading fairy tales in their mother tongue. Whatever the reason, fairy tales provide...
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In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the popular story ‘Monster shopping trip’. They will watch the story, complete comprehension...
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This BritLit Primary Kit includes ideas to engage the children in the tale in addition to a host of activities to exploit the story and to...
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This lesson plan for teachers of primary students aged 5 to 6 years old at level A1 explores the themes of ecology, the environment and...
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This story is based on a well-known children’s joke. The joke has been expanded into a repetitive story and provides an ideal context to...
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This lesson plan for teachers of primary students aged 7 to 8 years old at level A1 explores the theme of the rain cycle in the African...
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This story is an adaptation of the famous poem by American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816 - 1887) The Blind Men and the Elephant.
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This lesson plan for teachers of young learners at elementary and above is based on a story about a diamond theft at the Rio Carnival in...
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In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the popular story ‘Superhero High’. They will watch the story, complete comprehension...

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