Literacy & the Arts

This series of educational software products encourages students to retell and interpret texts, explore levels of meaning and think independently about staging performances.

Each title comes with a Teacher Support Pack, available in the downloads section of this site.

Creative Writing (KS 1)

Develop students' creative writing skills.

With Creative Writing, students can read, listen to and watch pre-made storyboards, and then use the range of characters, backgrounds and props to create their own versions.

4 suggested activities are provided, but you can easily create your own.

The story of the Three Little Pigs helps classes to work on remembering, planning and writing simple stories with repetitive elements, while Cinderella shows Year 1 students how to explore character and story plots.

Narrative Texts & Creative Writing (KS 2)

Stimulate your students' creative writing skills.

Narrative Texts & Creative Writing uses the work of established authors to stimulate students' own creative writing. The activities, based on the work of authors such as Alan Garner, Nina Bawden and the poet, UA Fanthorpe, help students plan, write and improve their narrative skills.

The activities are divided into six sections – one for each term of Years 5 and 6 – and link to elements of the National Literacy Strategy.

Primary Shakespeare (KS 2)

An introduction to Shakespeare for Primary students.

3 activities are provided that relate to the National Literacy Strategy for Years 3 - 6. Students learn to plan stories; analyse and write scripts; perform and write poetry; and understand character.

With A Midsummer Night's Dream, students write down adjectives to describe either Titania or Oberon, justifying their descriptions with appropriate quotations. Macbeth introduces students to different styles of news reporting. Students are also introduced to the story of Romeo & Juliet.

Tam o’ Shanter (KS 2,3,4)

Bring the story of Tam o' Shanter to life.

Students create storyboards to stage their own production of the poem. The activities provided build students’ skills in planning, organising and developing narratives.

Produced in association with Learning and Teaching Scotland, Kar2ouche Tam o' Shanter has been designed to meet the requirements of the Scottish 5 -14 National Guidelines in English Language and ICT (Levels C to E, Key Stages 2, 3 and 4).

Reading & Writing Stories (KS2)

Educational Software to help develop students' confidence as story-writers.

Reading & Writing Stories uses extracts from the work of established authors to provide models for students' own creative writing.

Extracts from stories by authors such as Aesop, C S Lewis, Jill Murphy, Alan Garner and Anne Fine encourage students to read widely. The activities enable them to develop their own creative writing skills, such as creating atmospheric settings, planning stories and experimenting with structure and timing.

The activities are divided into six sections – one for each term of Years 3 and 4. All can be adapted for use with different year groups.

Speaking & Listening; Reading & Writing (KS 2)

Kar2ouche Speaking & Listening; Reading & Writing provides support for those now using the new primary literacy strategy to guide teaching and learning. Each unit provides suggestions for a series of linked lessons that help learners to develop the skills necessary to write narratives, explanations, reports, persuasive and discursive texts. Each unit also involves activities that help learners to develop their speaking, listening and reading skills. Furthermore, each locates the literacy skills to be developed within a different curriculum context.

The five pre-made activities comprise:

  • Writing to Retell a Story (Literacy) - Students listen to and read a narrative poem as a stimulus for their own writing.
  • Writing to Report (Science) - Students identify the main features of a report and, using models, plan and create an entry for a children’s illustrated encyclopaedia of science.
  • Writing to Persuade (Science, PSHE and Citizenship) - Students explore how the food on offer in a fictional school canteen could be improved and research why this source for healthy eating is important for many children.
  • Writing to Explain (Geography) - Students look at planning a holiday abroad and explain how a fictional family might go about this.
  • Writing to Discuss (History) - Students discuss the statement that nothing much changed in Britain during the period of the Second World War. They create a storyboard presenting arguments for and against this view.