Activities to keep connected

This term we’re sharing activities to help your class experience writing for pleasure and reflect on how we can keep connected through the post.

‘Say it with a postcard’ (KS1 & KS2)

Encourage your class to design and write their own postcards sharing and reflecting on their recent experiences, however big or small.

For over 150 years the British postcard has been used to send short messages of love and hope. For many, postcards have been the perfect way to tell a friend what you have been up to even if you are far away.

Download ‘Say it with a postcard’ template (PDF) >

1. Sending a short message.
When writing in a small space, it helps to plan your message first. You can cut and stick on some of the slogan stickers or make your own.

2. Setting the scene.
Draw the scene that will illustrate your message. Look at some of the highlight postcards The Postal Museum look after in the collection if you’d like some inspiration. What design features do you notice?

3. Send it!
If you want to send it through the post, remember to write their address clearly so your postie knows where to deliver it. All done? Stick on a stamp to prove you have paid for postage and pop it in the post.

If you can deliver it yourself why not design your own stamp too!

Want some extra tips? Read a handy step-by-step guide by Curator Georgina on how to write a postcard on our blog.

Fairy Tale Invitations (KS1 & KS2)

Invite your class to imagine they are planning their own picnic or tea party for their favourite fairy tale characters. 

Download the Fairy tale Invitation template (PDF) inspired by The Jolly Postman.

Who to invite?
Choose the character to send an invitation to and use what you know from the story to write their address.

It’s time to plan your party.
What information do your guest need to know? Can you design a delicious menu fit for your fairy tale friend?

Put your own stamp on it.
Design your stamp but who or what will be celebrated on your fairy tale stamp?

Explore more. Download the free Jolly Postman Learning resource or transport your class to Fairy tale land in The Jolly Postman Virtual Learning Programme.

Play Post Box Bingo (KS1 & KS2)

Why not make pocket size post box bingo cards to see how many Royal Cyphers your class can find on their daily walks?

Before you pop a message in the post, look closely at the front of the post box and you will see some initials or a monogram. This is called the Royal Cypher. When the Monarch changes, new post boxes don’t replace the old ones which is why you can find a range of different ones.

These markings reveal the Monarch that was on the throne when the post box was created. Each King and Queen since Queen Victoria has their own design. Discover which cypher belongs to which Monarch on our Blog.

Explore more. Download our free Pop It In The Post Learning resource.

Heroes Stamp Design Competition

Royal Mail is inviting young designers to design a stamp in honour of the heroes of the pandemic.

Millions of key workers and volunteers have kept the country going through the pandemic. Children aged 4-14 are invited to think about the heroes they would like to celebrate and design a stamp in their honour. Your students can enter the competition independently or through your school.

Winning designs will receive prizes and be sent to Her Majesty the Queen before they are printed and issued. Enter by 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021. Find out more on the competition website.