This is the story of a little creature called Bob and how he came to be. He is small and brown and looks a bit like an acorn… and he loves chocolate, cake. forests, and mischief.
A basket of activities based on the Grimm’s story of Snow White, suitable for EYFS to KS2, all practical, either based in the classroom or outdoors, from drama to art and design
The story of Hansel and Gretel is one that most of us heard in childhood, and it has a long history in traditional storytelling dating back probably far further than the Grimm brothers – Here are my activities for children in the EYFS to LKS1,
Reading brings us together. Celebrate it. Celebrate us.
Christmas here…Before the panic sets in, here’s some advice to help you through the last few weeks of term!
A short blog about teaching Remembrance Day in primary schools, with teaching ideas and useful links
This tale is one of the lesser known from the collected tales of Grimm brothers, but is perfect for a dark, chilly night. A poor man chooses Death as the Godfather for his son. When the boy becomes a man, Death trains him to be a Doctor and together they perform. All is well until a beautiful princess falls ill…
At the edge of our town,
When the sun goes down,
There’s a fine, fine lady
In a black, black gown.
She can whistle up the dead
And she dances with the drowned.
When you feel the sun warm on your face,
When the land rises to meet you,
And takes you from place to place,
Sink into the cool, cold water of memory
Recall the sirens who called out to you
Be More Blake
Scarymiss has been sweating over (and, possibly, in) a hot cauldron creating alchemy and a set of seven downloadable lesson plans, resources and classroom work ideas for busy primary school teachers.
Three Witches Three and the Handsome Boy from the village — it doesn’t end well. But for whom?
With a strength I’ve never had before,
I push my way out of death…and cry,
Face to the sky, seeing the stars
Water heaven with their tears
And wash the dirt from my hands.
I am free.
When this time of year comes around, there are a few certainties that are absolutely inevitable. Way back in the before times, All Hallow’s Eve never had anything to do with anything sweet or fun. It was very much a different thing altogether. But then, so was I, back then.
Have you ever wondered why we carve pumpkins? Listen to the Wicked Tale of Wicked Jack
I haven’t always been who, or what, I am now. Though it feels strange to think of being anythiug else, being anyone else, having anyone else. It all happened so long ago…
Breadcrumbs – a Hansel & Gretel poem
A short poem and recording based on The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Hallowe’en games and activities for everyone! While All Hallow’s Eve can be an alarming and scary time for some us, it can be also a lot of fun. These activities are designed for children under the age of ten, and…
Pumpkin Carving Carving a Jack O’Lantern has become a staple part of the Hallowe’en experience for many of us every year. Here are some handy hints to keep you busy, and safe! Choose a pumpkin. Obvious? Me? Never! Well, here’s…
Monday, 14th October 2019 – Day of the Blood Sun When the sun shines outside, it is especially hard being one of the undead. Honestly, all those movies and books and things about attractive people hanging about looking moodily pale and…
A short ghost story – I never liked Friday Thirteenths. Not ever. The thing is, I didn’t even like the number thirteen. When I was
Leaving her grey gallows’ hill far, far behind her, the Shadow Girl was on her way to find out answers to almost answerable questions, searches for the One who was both shrouded in darkness and, quite possibly, an actual shroud.
There’s a whole unit of work based on Shakespeare’s Witches Spell waiting for you on @TesResources (by me), at the rock bottom price of £1 with a 25% discount for the next two weeks! If you’d like it for FREE…
FREE Lesson Plans and Resources for writing and music based on The Witches Spell are available to download here via
The Ship of Bones.. written by one of the Monty Python’s finest, Terry Jones, and read by Emma Middlemiss
Let us go then, you and I,
When street lights are spread lights out in the sky
Like box-set Netflixers fixated on sofas
It was a dark and stormy night. At least, it should have been. If scary stories and movies have ever taught us anything, all adventures and blood-curdling nightmares start with a crack of thunder… but it wasn’t. And up on…
The Turnip Princess
Recently rediscovered amongst a pile of manuscripts, this Fairy Tale was recorded by Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth in northern Bavaria during the 1850s…and is not quite like anything you’ve heard before.
A Dark Eyed Tale – The Undying Question On a windswept hill, under a swinging gallows tree, sits The Shadowed Girl, forever waiting. Her patience is eternal, unwavering. Many times, she has wondered why she died. There’s always that nagging…
For the first night of October, EmmisStories brings you the most famous of all witches spells – well, it had to be done, didn’t it? Enjoy! The Witches Spell by William Shakespeare (From Macbeth) Read by Emma Middlemiss