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Marvels and Mayhem!

Literacy for KS2

The activities in this pack have been designed to support Key Stage 2 literacy work in the classroom and are based upon our amazing Blackpool Tower Circus Collection of circus pictures, posters and programmes.

The pack follows the special story of Marvels and Mayhem. A story writen and performed by storyteller Emily Hennessey, inspired by the Circus Collection. A performance of the story also accompanies these resources.

Activities can be delivered as a cross-curricular unit taught over a few weeks or would also be suitable as stand-alone lessons. The activities emphasise paired or group work, but also include independent writing or comprehension. For each activity there is a lesson plan, background information, teacher notes and high-resolution images from the Circus Collection. Lesson plan templates are provided but are intended to be flexible so they can be adapted by teachers for different year groups, abilities and classroom topics.

Storytelling by Emily Hennessey

A special story, called Marvels and Mayhem, has been commissioned by storyteller Emily Hennessey, which is inspired by the Circus Collection, and the performance of the story is intended to accompany this pack.

Download the Marvels and Mayhem Resources

A circus illustration with the words Marvels and Mayhem.

The Marvels and Mayehm PDF

Clicking on this link will download the PDF of the classroom resource pack