The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg has been brought to life in an imaginative literacy learning programme delivered by The Postal Museum in partnership with Penguin Random House, supported by John Lyons Charity and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters has ignited children’s imaginations for over thirty years. The Jolly Postman learning programme makes creative links between the fictional story and the real history of the post, revealed through a wealth of original material from The Postal Museum collections.
The Jolly Postman learning resource
The Jolly Postman learning resource provides activities to bring literacy learning to life in the classroom. Five themed chapters introduce different topics including how to write and address letters, a day in the life of a postie, delivering the post in different weather and the clothes for the job.
The resource supports learning across the curriculum. Literacy activities develop confidence with reading and writing, introduce new vocabulary, storytelling, role play and drama, and can be differentiated for key stages and learning styles.
A Year 1 Primary school teacher in Camden said: "The resource is widely-referenced and well-thought out. I was impressed with how engaged the children were by the history of the post. They were very inspired to write their own letters."
Each chapter includes:
- Teachers’ notes
- Activity ideas
- Activity templates
- Interactive PowerPoints
Find out more about The Jolly Postman learning programme, including how to book and CPD opportunities for teachers.
The Jolly Postman storytelling
New for the 2017 autumn term, London primary schools can now book storytelling sessions in The Postal Museum, and as outreach in the classroom.
Led by the Jolly Postman’s friendly helper, pupils journey into fairyland on a literary mission to help deliver letters to fairy tale characters, and follow the story of the post back in time and across the world.
Rosie Hudson, The Jolly Postman Project Officer, said: "The sessions capture the playful spirit of the book. This special delivery round explores the magic of sending and receiving letters with activities to persuade even the most reluctant readers to take part".
The Postal Museum is a new heritage attraction in central London. Find out more about school visits to The Postal Museum.
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