Letter writing is unfortunately becoming a lost art! Children no longer write thank you letters, it is more likely to be a quick text or set of emojis. This is rather sad. To start to think about letters in everyday life Teachwire is offering free Paddington Letter writing resources and a lesson plan for EYFS and KS1 English.
“This download includes a full lesson plan from Rachel Clarke on using Paddington Bear to teach the lost art of letter writing.
There are six activities in total, and all resources mentioned in them are included here.
- Prepare your post office: Set one up in your classroom, along with a letter-writing area
- Wish you were here: Get your children to send Paddington a postcard about somewhere interesting in your locale
- Put your stamp on it: Learn about and design your own stamps
- Message in a bottle: Collect old bottles to write one of these
- Look after this bear: Print out labels for children to put on things around the classroom
- He’s in safe hands: Think about how the Brown family look after Paddington, and how you would look after him in school “ (Teachwire)
Post Office Corner
Creating a post office corner in the classroom is always a good idea. It not only gives an opportunity for writing and posting letters but also to buy stamps. Children would almost certainly love making the stamps in art and practicing their two times table to buy them. It also gives an opportunity to practise their own address.
The TES host a free cross curricular topic plan based on the Post Office shared by Rachben.
Twinkl provides some free teaching resources linked to the Post Office.