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About The Literacy Shed
The Literacy Shed is home to a wealth of visual resources that we have collected over 10 years as a primary school teacher. I trawl YouTube, Vimeo and other sites looking for suitable resources to use in the sheds. The sheds are broadly thematic but sometimes a resource could go in 2 or more sheds, I slot it in where I think it works best.
Most of the resources can be used in KS1 and KS2 but some do lend themselves to the upper age group and above and therefore should be used with caution. The aim is to provide high quality resources that can be used in stand alone literacy lessons, can form the basis for a whole Literacy unit or can support literacy units that you already have in place. With the many book based activities I would advocate using the book alongside the digital resource.
This site is intended for use by teachers to use with the children in the class when they find the films relevant and suitable. Many of the films on the site are student short films so have not been classified by the BFi as U, PG, etc so teachers should watch films and use those that they deem appropriate for the children in their care.
We have added some classifications to the films such as KS1, KS2, KS2+ and KS3, these are guidelines only.
What others say about Literacy Shed
I find the Literacy Shed to be an exciting site with a wide range of superb resources freely available to all teachers. If I were back in the classroom I would certainly be using the great resource.
I have used The Literacy Shed website for some time now. In fact, it has been so useful in providing resources to support my own teaching that I have recommended it to all my colleagues at school. Every one of them has enthused about the resources available on the site.
For one particular lesson, I used the ‘Pandora’ animation to develop the children’s multi-sensory locational writing. The vocabulary that they used as a result of watching the video was amazing. They really connected with the resource.On another occasion, I used the short film ‘Replay’ to introduce a discussion about story endings. The children empathised with the video so much that two of them cried! The ensuing discussion was of such high quality that a visiting inspector rated it as outstanding.
I use The Literacy Shed on a weekly basis and my class is regularly inspired by its contents. It has definitely made my planning easier and my teaching of literacy more inspiring.
I would recommend The Literacy Shed to anyone who wants to deliver engaging lessons to their class.
Year 5 Teacher and English Coordinator
Moorside Primary School, Droylsden
How We Use The Literacy Shed
I first came across the literacyshed after many recommendations on twitter. It's transformed creative writing in our classes. Every Friday is creative writing day whereby every teacher chooses a focus to write about. This can be a diary, report, newspaper, story etc. Using the videos from the literacyshed gives the kids the stimulus needed. Writing has improved greatly and the children are excited to write every Friday and can't wait to see what video we are going to use. I love it so much that I became a guest editor for the music shed. The difference it has made to our writing lessons is huge. A great hook into learning!
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