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Language and Literature Activities

Activities in this section are adapted from the What Your Child Needs to Know series of books, and are meant to represent a 'taster' selection. These activities also support the content taught in the Core Knowledge UK curriculum. Explore the language and literature activities below and enjoy sharing them with your child or pupils in your class:

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Year 1: Cultural Literacy
Year 1: Teaching Children to Read and Write
Year 1: Poetry - 'The Wind' by Christina Rossetti
Year 1: Aesop's Fables
Year 1: The Lion and the Mouse - Aesop's Fable

Year 2: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Aesop's Fable
Year 2: Familiar and Favourite Poems - 'A Good Play' by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Three Wise Men of Gotham', 'The Purple Cow' by Gelett Burgess
Year 2: Tongue Twisters and Riddle Rhymes
Year 2: Stories - Issun Boshi (One-Inch Boy)
Year 2: Familiar Sayings

Year 3: Poetry - 'Something Told the Wild Geese' by Rachel Field
Year 3: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Based on the Story by Hans Christian Andersen)
Year 3: Tall Tales - Albion and Brutus
Year 3: Arachne the Weaver - A Myth from Ancient Greece
Year 3: Daedalus and Icarus - A Myth from Ancient Greece
Year 3: Familiar Sayings

Year 4: Poetry - 'Eletelephony', 'For Want of a Nail', 'Ducks' Ditty'
Year 4: The Story of William Tell
Year 4: Parts of a Sentence - Main and Subordinate Clauses
Year 4: Androcles and the Lion
Year 4: The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll
Year 4: Familiar Sayings

Year 5: A Tragic Story by William Makepeace Thackeray
Year 5: The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear
Year 5: Parts of Speech
Year 5: Active and Passive Voice
Year 5: Writing and Research
Year 5: Familiar Sayings

Year 6: Poetry- The Tiger by William Blake
Year 6: Poetry- If by Rudyard Kipling
Year 6: An extract from Don Quixote
Year 6: An extract from Oliver Twist
Year 6: Figurative Language
Year 6: How to use a comma
Year 6: Familiar Sayings

Have you got a request for a Core Knowledge UK activity? Just let us know: emma.lennard@civitas.org.uk