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Letter writing KS1 – Paddington lesson and resources

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Full lesson plan including six activity ideas and all the resources you will need

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Years R-2


This letter writing KS1 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 you’ll also find all the resources you need in the download.

The art of letter writing may be in decline, but this is all the more reason to explore the activity with children, so they don’t miss out on the thrill we’ve all experienced each time an envelope or package has come through the door.

Paddington’s Post is a book for children in Early Years and KS1. It celebrates the joy of sending and receiving letters and is based on the original stories by Michael Bond, with new illustrations by R.W. Alley. Inside you’ll find envelopes of correspondence for children to open and read.

Some of these envelopes contain letters, others greeting cards and maps. They’re all beautifully illustrated and will be enjoyed by your young readers.

Inspired by the collection, this Paddington-themed resource pack is full of templates for classroom activities.

Letter writing KS1 activities

  • 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

Rachel Clarke is director of Primary English. Browse more great letter writing resources.

Letter writing KS1 Paddington resources
Letter writing KS1 – Paddington lesson and resources

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