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Banjo in Schools!

Experience the magic of letters from a globetrotting cat - in your KS1 classroom for FREE!

Reading and writing for pleasure
Supports KS1 geography 
Lesson plans and printable activities
Use alongside an existing scheme
Use as a standalone unit of work
Rated 5 stars by teachers and parents

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1. Start your journey here. Test it out!

A selection of resources to see how it works

World map poster (enlarge)

Lost cat posters (enlarge)

How it works (enlarge)

Try a letter (enlarge)

Child's reply paper (enlarge)

Teacher reply paper (enlarge)

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2. First stop: The UK!

Learn all about the UK! Get a lesson plan, letter, UK map, additional activities, answer sheet and reply stationery to write back.

10-60 min activities, over a term
Suitable for KS1 level / ages 5+
Reading and writing for pleasure
Expanding geography knowledge of the UK
Printable

Or download the individual resources you want

Lesson plan | UK

30 mins


Letter | UK

30 mins

Activities | UK | Colour

30 mins

Activities | UK | B + W

30 mins

Answer Sheet | UK

30 mins

Map | UK

30 mins


Table Support | UK

30 mins

Guided Reply Paper | UK

30 mins

Teacher Reply Paper | UK

30 mins

DIY Envelope | UK

30 mins

3. Onward Travel: Uganda

Experience Uganda! Get a lesson plan, letter, map, additional activities and reply stationery to write back.

10-60 min activities, over a term
Suitable for KS1 level / ages 5+
Reading and writing for pleasure
Expanding geography knowledge of the world
Printable

Or download the individual resources you want

Lesson plan | Uganda

30 mins


Letter | Uganda

30 mins

Activities | Uganda | Colour

30 mins

Activities | Uganda | B + W

30 mins

Answer Sheet | Uganda

30 mins

Map | Uganda

30 mins


Table Support | Uganda

30 mins

Guided Reply Paper | Uganda

30 mins

Teacher Reply | Uganda

30 mins

DIY Envelope | Uganda

30 mins

4. Final stop: Fiji

Learn all about Fiji! Get a lesson plan, letter, UK map, additional activities, answer sheet and reply stationery to write back.

10-60 min activities, over a term
Suitable for KS1 level / ages 5+
Reading and writing for pleasure
Expanding geography knowledge of the world
Printable

Or download the individual resources you want

Lesson plan | Fiji

30 mins


Letter | Fiji

30 mins

Activities | Fiji | Colour

30 mins

Activities | Fiji | B + W

30 mins

Answer Sheet | Fiji

30 mins

Map | Fiji

30 mins


Table Support | Fiji

30 mins

Guided Reply Paper | Fiji

30 mins

Teacher Reply | Fiji

30 mins

DIY Envelope | Fiji

30 mins

Hear how it works from a teacher

Hear about Banjo from experienced primary teacher and former Ofsted inspector, Lizzie Cotton. 

Support materials

Background story

Find out why Banjo is travelling the world

Letters from Banjo

Written by children’s author, Sylvia Bishop

Maps

Track Banjo’s journey to learn about the world

Lesson plans

Full of ideas from a primary teacher

Geography vocab

KS1 geography words on one handy sheet

Fun activities

Wordsearches to art challenges... and more

Table materials

Extra info to support independent learning

Reply stationery

Paper and envelopes for writing back

Get your class certificates

Completed your journey? Treat the children to a special customisable certificate as a reward for travelling the world and writing back to Banjo. Look out for an email from Banjo HQ with a link to access your certificates.

Loved by parents, children & teachers

My 7 year old loves Banjo Robinson

“My 7 year old loves Banjo Robinson letters. When he received the first one he told me "this is the best day of my life!"”

Sparklewomb

100% recommend

“My daughter is 4 and absolutely loves receiving letters from Banjo. I am a teacher and would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to develop a variety of skills: writing, speaking and listening, cooking, geography, exploration and many more.”

Kate Turner

Creative, fun and educational. A MUST!!

“Creative fun and educational. Banjo is incredible. My wife and son love every letter. I cannot recommend this enough. Please give it a go, play along and you will love it!!”

Andrew Taylor

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