Congratulations on getting your first job! It’s an exciting time and one I can remember very well. There are butterflies in your tummy and every emotion from A to Z, and all the way back again. This is the time to get ready, mentally and physically, for what promises to be the best time of your life. So here are my personal Top Ten Tips to help you get ready for next September…
Finding a your first post as an NQT is a daunting task, because becoming a teacher carries with it not just the mantle of starting a new job, but also that of a vocation, a persona that will shape your…
Bob decided that it was going to be one of those dumbtwiddling days. He looked out of his window in his home at the base of an ancient hollowed out oak tree, and all he could see was big wetty gobbley droppers pourling down and making hugelymungiously soggy puddly muddles on the ground. On dumbtwiddling days like this, he knew there was only one thing that you could do…
Bob reads a story and starts to dreamickle up his own to make him feel less miseryshiverable.
This is the place to come for videos and simple vlogs on how to take the first steps with new crafts. If you would like more help or next steps, let me know and give you an extra episode!
Here you’ll find sets of lesson plans, power points, worksheets (easy to adapt for workbooks or edit), success criteria, ideas and things designed to generally make your life better. For teachers of EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
This is the place you can find all my posts about teaching – the highs and lows of the everyday, hints and tips for survival, ideas for activities, book recommendations and more.
FREE Pirate themed teaching ideas and downloadable resources for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children. Fun, easy to do activities that will make learning memorable for all!
Welcome to Bob’s Brillinut Book – a constantly evolving sketchbook of the things that Bob loves and finds important – from acorns and oak trees to cake and kindness
Most EmmisStories sessions start with a story about a character or theme, and are followed by activities that come out of that. These can be art, craft, music, drama or subject led. Tailor made packages and teacher packs are available by request. Please follow the link for more information: https://emblabee.org/the-storytelling-sessions/
Bob has been out in garden making an insect house for his bug friends. This is a simple and easy way to make a home for nature’s friends and should be cheap to make too! Resources can be found easily (or for free if you’re lucky) and shouldn’t take long to put together. Great activity for EYFS, KS1 or KS2
Tom Thumb and Thumbelina, story precis and activities, EYFS/KS1/KS2
The marvellous thing about storytelling is that it can take something ordinary out of the real world and make it extraordinary.
Bob is one of my popular storytelling characters. He’s funny, overly fond of chocolate cake, a bit silly, but kind, friendly and he loves being outdoors making things. Here, Bob makes a scarecrow, an insect house, and Bob’s Brillinut Book!
Find out all about him and what he like to do here. Bob is available for visits to groups, via the internet and in person. Get in touch with us for more information. Bob is great with all primary aged children, especially EYFS and KS1.
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.
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
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
When you look up at the moon at night, do you ever wonder who lives up there? We think we know that there are astronauts and cosmonauts and dust and rocks up in space, and that there are no such thing as aliens, but are you sure?
Mr Biggles started as an idea – as a storyteller, I have been lots of books as part of my research into the history of folk tales. Many of the European stories feature bears, especially those from Germanic areas. Those…
About ten years ago I started writing a reworking of Dylan Thomas’ play for voices, Under Milk Wood, as one about the village that raised me from birth to young womanhood. In Under Lyth Hill, my fictional trendy vicar Rev. Freddie Brown recites his prayers for the people and place he loves.