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Karen Stanley

My name is Karen Stanley, I am a writer and former teacher with 20 years classroom and Assistant Headteacher experience. I am passionate about books and literacy and has written 7 books to date - 4 in the genre of women's fiction and 3 children's books including fiction, poetry and a book on creative writing ideas.

I have delivered many creative writing workshops in schools, libraries, book shops and children's centres and use a range of creative approaches to engage and inspire young writers. I have worked extensively with young people from vulnerable groups or those deemed 'hard to reach.' I believe we can all be 'reached' if we tap into our passions and interests.

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Pirate Patch & The treasure 

This is a reading of a story about a pirate who finds some very unusual treasure. It is suitable for KS1 and lower KS2 although older children could use it as a basis to write a story with a moral for younger listeners

Part 1

This video shows you how to make your own treasure chest and will give you some inspiration for your own pirate stories. The video and story are suitable for KS1 and early KS2.

Part 2

How the Rabbit stole the fire

A lovely American Indian folk tale about a mischievous rabbit. In part two of the video there are some suggestions for some crafty follow up activities. Suitable for KS1

Part 1

Some nice crafty activities to follow up on the story reading (KS1)

Part 2

A wild goose chase

This is a reading of the story poem of A Wild Goose Chase. It is aimed at KS1 and lower KS2. In part 2 there is an art follow up activity to inspire your own poems

Part 1

This art activity shows you how to decorate story stones for some of the characters in the poem. Hopefully it will inspire you to write some poetry of your own. Suitable for KS1 and lower KS2

Part 2

The terrifying blaggermunch

This video has a poem about a terrifying monster! It shows you how to make your own monster out of plasticine or playdough. If you don't have any, why not look on the internet for a playdough recipe and make your own? Suitable for KS1 and lower KS2. The video entitled part 2 gives some

Part 1

This is a reading of a story about a pirate who finds some very unusual treasure. It is suitable for KS1 and lower KS2 although older children could use it as a basis to write a story with a moral for younger listeners

Part 2

Make some glove puppets to help you tell your favourite stories. Suitable for KS1

Take a walk through this enchanted wood with hidden secrets. What magic lies within?