Innovative resources

Thanks to the galleries, writers and schools that have already collaborated with us, MaxLiteracy is building a bank of creative literacy resources free for anyone to use.

While devised by specific projects, they all include diverse activities which can be adapted to any setting.

Writing Photographs

Key Stages 3 and 4 Downloadable PDF

The activities in this resource are designed to help students improve their creative writing and literacy skills, improve self-confidence and self-appreciation, and develop creative expressivity and imaginative responses through engagement with the visual stimulus of photographs.

Concrete Poems

Key Stage 2 Downloadable PDF

This resource is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers delivering an architecture themed literacy project in the classroom.

Collect, Connect, Create

Key Stage 4 Downloadable Zip archive

A pocket sized booklet which contains a portable set of student prompts to support GCSE preparation.

Steel Stories – The Art of Steel

Key Stage 3 Downloadable PDF

Inspired by the local industrial heritage landscape and art works of former steel workers, this pdf slide resource highlights different approaches to the literacy development of boy’s in Year 6 and 7 through creative writing techniques including storytelling and poetry.

Stories from the Inside Out

Key Stage 4 Downloadable PDF

The Stories from the Inside Out pdf resource introduces users to the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, along with pupil responses to the artwork and ‘top tips’.

Gallery E-Tran Frame

SEN Downloadable PDF

The Gallery E-Tran Frame is designed to support communication and agency for non-verbal people in art galleries.

Talking Pictures

Key Stage 1 and 2 Downloadable PDF

Talking Pictures offers a step-by-step guide of how to create poems, together with curriculum links, for any teachers visiting an art gallery.

On the Move

Key Stage 1 and 2 Short film

A short film demonstrates ways of raising literacy skills and confidence for year 5 pupils and their families, with the help of a well-known writer/poet, a flamenco musician and a prestigious painting.

Making Conversations

Key Stage 1 and 2 Downloadable PDF

Activity cards with a maritime theme for younger pupils and supplementary teachers' notes. These encourage storytelling and creative writing for younger pupils or those for whom English is an additional language.

It’s Raining Words

Key Stage 3 Downloadable PDF

Word play and guided writing techniques that are both challenging and playful, for educators interested in using contemporary art to inspire literacy.

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Key Stage 3 Downloadable PDF

Activities to support a class project around a single artwork. Starting with fun descriptions of classmates and descriptive poems using the five senses, a series of workshops build up students' confidence so they can script a play.

Image to Text

Key Stages 3 & 4 Prezi presentation

A whiteboard-ready presentation using an historical painting to model a series of activities that help students make personal and creative connections with an artwork.

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