Free storytime primary ideas: From Elmer to Prince Henry

by Just Like Us
October 2022

A photo of primary ideas

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released free storytime primary ideas, for pupils across Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), KS1 and KS2.

The free, ready-to-go resources include a range of storytime sessions, ranging from EYFS all the way up to KS2, on books and stories including Elmer, Goldilocks, Prince Henry and Grandad’s Camper.

All the sessions aim to show pupils how the diversities and differences among us are things to be embraced, including the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community.

Elmer, by David McKee, is the focus of Just Like Us’ new free educational resources for School Diversity Week
Elmer lesson plan for EYFS and KS1 are part of the free resources available for primary schools

How to download these free storytime primary ideas and more:

If you are a staff member at a UK primary school, secondary school or sixth form college, you can access Just Like Us’ free resources by following the below steps:

  1. Sign up for School Diversity Week (make sure you tick ‘School Diversity Week’).
  2. You’ll then receive an email granting you access to the resources.
  3. Then, browse and download resources in our portal.

What is School Diversity Week?

Every June, Just Like Us runs School Diversity Week. The event is a celebration of LGBT+ equality in primary and secondary schools across the UK.

As part of this, Just Like Us has created more than 50 free, LGBT+ inclusive resources for use in schools. These include lesson plans, worksheets, assembly ideas, story time discussions and presentations. Plus, there is a Rainbow Friday non-uniform day, fundraising for Just Like Us.

Just Like Us partnered with author Benjamin Dean to create free school resources

Each year, thousands of UK primary and secondary schools take part in School Diversity Week. Signing up means you will get free access to LGBT+ inclusive resources on all key stages and key subjects.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Independent research has found a link between positive messaging about being LGBT+ in schools to pupils have better mental health. This is regardless of whether the pupils are LGBT+ or not.

By signing up for School Diversity Week, you’ll gain access to our free LGBT+ inclusive resources. You’ll be joining thousands of other schools celebrating across the UK.