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Crooked Steeple Resources produces educational resources and publications. Specialisms include special educational needs and modern foreign languages.

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Crooked Steeple Resources produces educational resources and publications. Specialisms include special educational needs and modern foreign languages.
Das Wetter (The Weather) German Speaking and Listening - board game and presentation
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Das Wetter (The Weather) German Speaking and Listening - board game and presentation

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This is a speaking and listening game on the topic of ‘Das Wetter’. Students can play in groups of 2 to 4 players. Simply print Slide 4 (the board) for each group. Dice are also needed, although a template is included on slide 5. Full instructions are provided, including ideas of how the game can be extended or supported. Pupils take it in turns to move around the board, asking and answering questions about the weather. A fun way of practising speaking and listening skills as well as weather vocabulary. There are also help sheets provided for students to refer to, and slides which introduce the weather phrases - these, along with the game, would be enough for a full lesson on weather.
SENCO Survival Kit - audits, checklists and booklets for staff (whole school approach to SEN)
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SENCO Survival Kit - audits, checklists and booklets for staff (whole school approach to SEN)

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This is a SENCO survival kit to help to implement a whole school approach to SEN. Included is: A staff SEND audit (along with descriptions) for you to audit your staff training needs and confidence in working with students with SEND. A quality first teaching SEND for you to use on learning walks / observations to identify good practice and areas for development. Two booklets for staff - one on supporting students with dyslexia / literacy difficulties, and one on supporting students with speech, language and communication needs. Focus is on quality first teaching in the mainstream classroom. A powerpoint about dyslexia to deliver to staff. A powerpoint about SLCN to deliver to staff. Suitable for primary, secondary and FE. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of SLCN.
Staff CPD pack: Meeting the needs of dyslexic students
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Staff CPD pack: Meeting the needs of dyslexic students

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Presentation for use in staff CPD sessions which includes a brief introduction to dyslexia and twenty easy-to-implement classroom strategies (quality first teaching) to enable dyslexic students to access the curriculum. Also included a PDF booklet with the same strategies which can be given out to staff as handouts. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS2,3, 4 and 5. Great as a whole-school or departmental refresher session on dyslexia. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of special educational needs.
Staff CPD Session - SEN - social, emotional and mental wellbeing
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Staff CPD Session - SEN - social, emotional and mental wellbeing

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This is a detailed powerpoint presentation for a staff CPD session - suitable for primary, secondary and FE. Audience: teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, leaders. Discusses what is meant by social, emotional and mental health, explores risk and resilience factors. Activity on how to identify pupils with difficulties. Links with SEN and particular difficulties for this group. Facts and figures included on why this is a current issue. Discusses what schools can do to support this group and improve wellbeing. Video links included. Links to useful organisations and websites.
Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening
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Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening

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This resource contains six differentiated board games on the topic of telling the time in Spanish. The games are: o’clock times, half hour intervals, quarter hour intervals, mixed times, twenty-four hour clock, analogue clock faces. All instructions are included as well as ways of supporting and extending the tasks. Simply print the board(s) you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for durability. Print onto A3 or larger if required. A dice template is also provided. Pupils play in groups of 2 - 4 and take it in turns to move around the board asking and answering questions in Spanish. (Que hora es? Son las tres y media). A help sheet is provided. A fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as the time vocabulary.
Staff CPD SEN - Bumper pack - SLCN, Dyslexia, SEMH, Social Communication
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Staff CPD SEN - Bumper pack - SLCN, Dyslexia, SEMH, Social Communication

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Enough SEN CPD to last all year! A presentation on supporting dyslexic students in the mainstream classroom - with a booklet for staff containing the same information. A presentation on supporting students with speech, language and communication needs - again with booklet for staff containing the information. A presentation on supporting students with social, emotional and mental health needs. A presentation on social communication skills - along with two activities. Suitable for primary, secondary and FE. Teachers, school leaders and teaching assistants. The author is a senior advisory teacher, writer and trainer in the field of SEN.
French - Telling the time - Quelle heure est-il? - Board Games - Speaking and Listening
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French - Telling the time - Quelle heure est-il? - Board Games - Speaking and Listening

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This contains six differentiated board games for practising telling the time in French. Simply print which boards you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. The six boards are: o’clock times; half hour and on the hour; quarter hour intervals; mixed times; the 24-hour clock; analogue clock faces. A template is also included to make dice. Full instructions are included as well as a help sheet and ideas on how to support / extend the games. Pupils play in groups of 2 - 4 players and take it in turns to ask and answer questions about the time. This is a fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as to consolidate time vocabulary.
Speech, language and communication needs - whole school / staff CPD / parents pack
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Speech, language and communication needs - whole school / staff CPD / parents pack

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Resources for developing a whole-school approach to speech, language and communication needs. A powerpoint for staff CPD about: what are speech, language and communication needs, what difficulties may children face, how to identify these needs, universal strategies for the classroom. Handouts for staff including the information from the powerpoint presentation. A booklet to send home to parents including easy to implement strategies to support their child's language and communication. The author is a senior advisory teacher for speech, language and communication needs.
German - big bundle of resources on 'House and Home' (rooms, furniture, dative, where you live)
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German - big bundle of resources on 'House and Home' (rooms, furniture, dative, where you live)

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This is a big bundle of resources containing everything you'll need to teach the topic of 'house and home' in German. Several powerpoints intrducing vocabulary - rooms of the house, furniture, prepositions, how you help at home, activities in the home. Worksheets and other activities within the powerpoints. Lots of games for whole-class and small group work. Battleships games for partner work - to practise word order and prepositions. Word loops which can be used as a whole class speaking activity, or printed and used as match up dominoes.
Practical activities to improve wellbeing (Ages 7 - 18, mainstream, includes SEN)
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Practical activities to improve wellbeing (Ages 7 - 18, mainstream, includes SEN)

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This is a practical guide to improve wellbeing in pupils. It comprises over 60 pages of activities suitable for use with ages 7 - 18. All activities are based on findings of the positive psychology (the ‘scientific study of happiness’). There are activities for use in whole class settings, in small group interventions and when working one-to-one with students. Activites are all fully inclusive of pupils with special educational needs. There is also a guide to adult communication and advice for how to promote wellbeing in everyday classroom contexts. Topics that the activities cover include: recognising and using character strengths; improving happiness; developing hope and optimism; enjoyment and savouring; gratitude; improving resilience; developing a growth mindset; wellbeing; meaning and purpose. This guide can be used to develop a whole-school approach to wellbeing or as a basis for small group interventions. It can also be dipped in to and activities incorporated into everyday teaching. This is an ideal resource for anybody looking for practical ways to improve wellbeing levels in students.
German - Resources on months, dates and birthdays
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German - Resources on months, dates and birthdays

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Bundle of resources on German months and dates. Powerpoint introducing the months including lots of games and activities. Worksheet on spelling months of year in German. Blank template to create own calendar of the months. Anagrams game. Powerpoint introducing the numbers 13 - 31 and how to use ordinal / cardinal numbers. How to write dates in German. Powerpoint on how to ask and answer - Wann hast du Geburtstag?
Pre-reading / Early literacy skills booklet for parents
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Pre-reading / Early literacy skills booklet for parents

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This is a detailed 16-page booklet aimed at parents on how to support their child with essential pre-reading skills. Sections include: spoken language, phonological awareness, attention skills, memory skills, sequencing, motor skills and instilling a joy of reading. Lots of lots of practical and easy-to-implement activities for everyday. Aimed at parents of children in pre-school, nursery, reception and key stage 1 (although much is also relevant to KS2). Get parents on board and use them to support pupils to develop skills essential for reading and writing. The author: I am a senior advisory teacher for SEN.
German - Board Games - Speaking and Listening - Tenses - Hobbies / Free Time / Sports
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German - Board Games - Speaking and Listening - Tenses - Hobbies / Free Time / Sports

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This resource contains several different games to practise speaking and listening skills in different tenses talking about hobbies, free time and sports. Full instructions are provided about the games and different variations. There are also help sheets provided and templates for dice. Simply print the boards you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. There are seven or eight different games which can be played so this resource can be re-used with many different classes and for different topics. The games include: Talking about hobbies in the present tense, talking about what you have done in the past tense, talking about what you will do in the future tense, using mixed tenses, adding extra detail to sentences such as (who with, when, how often, where, why?). A powerpoint is also included which introduce all of the present tense phrases. These games are great to complement the topic of hobbies / free time and also any work on tenses. They also work very well as speaking and listening practice for exam revision.
FRENCH  - Hobbies, free time and tenses - Presentation and games - Speaking and listening KS2/3/4
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FRENCH - Hobbies, free time and tenses - Presentation and games - Speaking and listening KS2/3/4

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This resource is a presentation introducing hobbies / free time activities in the present tense in French. The vocabulary is introduced and this is followed by board games to be played to practise the vocabulary in the context of speaking and listening skills. Introducing the vocabulary and playing the games would be enough for an entire lesson. SImply print the ‘board’ slide for each group and use dice (or print the templates included). Best played in groups of two to four. Various support and extension options are outlined in the powerpoint. There are several variations that can be played: Play in the present tense, asking and answering questions about what you do in your free time. Play in the past tense to practise using past forms. Play in the future tense. Play using the mixed tenses dice to practise all three tenses. Play using the ‘additional detail’ dice to encourage longer answers (e.g. ‘with whom?’ ‘Where?’ ‘When?’ ‘How often?’) Play using different tenses and extra detail. Play using the help sheet for support. Play using either the simple or harder version of the playing board. Depending on the variation used, this game can be adapted for KS2, KS3 or KS4. It is a great way to improve confidence with speaking and listening skills. It also makes a fun revision activity before tests and exams. Print the boards and dice onto card or laminate so they can be used with other classes.
Teaching reading and writing: A guide for parents
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Teaching reading and writing: A guide for parents

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Many parents want to support their child to learn to read and write but are unsure where to start. Which literacy skills are needed in the digital age? Are e-books as useful as paper ones? Do we really need handwriting and spelling skills in the era of predictive text? How do you motivate a reluctant reader or a child with reading difficulties? All of these questions and more are answered in this essential guide for any parent or carer wanting to know how to support their child’s literacy skills in the 21st century. Jam-packed with simple yet effective activities and games, this is an essential resource whether you are helping pre-schoolers, school-aged children or teens. This is a PDF version which can be downloaded or printed. The book is also available in paperback or e-book from Amazon.
Le temps (Weather) - French - Board Game - Speaking and Listening Skills
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Le temps (Weather) - French - Board Game - Speaking and Listening Skills

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This is a board game to practise speaking and listening skills on the topic of weather in French. Pupils play in groups of 2 -4. Simply print slide 4 for each group - this is the board. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. Each group will also need a dice - a template is provided to be printed and assembled if needed. Players move around the board asking and answering questions about the weather. There are three different help sheets included, as well as full instructions on how the game can be extended further. Also included are powerpoint slides which introduce the weather phrases - together with the game this could be the main part of a lesson.
Staff CPD presentation - Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students
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Staff CPD presentation - Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students

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Presentation to be used for a staff CPD session. Brief introduction as to what is meant by dyslexia followed by twenty easy-to-implement classroom strategies, which will require little or no additional planning. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS2, 3, 4 and 5. Focus is on quality first teaching strategies and enabling dyslexic students to access the curriculum. Suitable for a whole school or department refresher or initial training session on dyslexia and aimed at those who have little / no prior experience of the topic. Writing by a senior advisory teacher, trainer and author in the field of special educational needs.
Your Autism Journey: A self-exploration workbook for young women on the autism spectrum
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Your Autism Journey: A self-exploration workbook for young women on the autism spectrum

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Book now available in paperback and e-book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1537502654/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477217987&sr=1-2 As a young woman on the autism spectrum you perhaps have many questions: What does autism mean? How will it affect you? How can you not just survive but thrive in a world not designed for you? Can you be happy and autistic? Working through this book you will learn more about your autism, identify what is important to you and reflect on practical strategies which can help in a range of situations. You will uncover your strengths, skills and talents, improve your sense of wellbeing, and find out how to live a life which is meaningful to you. This book is aimed at women in their teens or twenties with an autism spectrum condition (such as Asperger syndrome or High Functioning Autism) and includes sections on: self; health and wellbeing; friendships, relationships and communication; learning; employment; and lifestyle. Elements of positive psychology are used to help to promote a sense of wellbeing, self-identity and self-esteem. This powerful book is essential reading for any young woman on the autism spectrum. Written by Victoria Honeybourne, who has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, as well as significant professional experience as a teacher within the field of special educational needs, this book enables and empowers the reader to gain confidence being an autistic individual. 'Your Autism Journey' shows you how to survive, thrive and enjoy life, while gaining deeper insight into your autism and what makes you 'you'! 'Life is about the journey!
Resource for girls / young women on the autism spectrum ('Your Autism Journey' Workbook)
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Resource for girls / young women on the autism spectrum ('Your Autism Journey' Workbook)

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‘Your Autism Journey: A self-exploration workbook for young women on the autism spectrum’. My full book in PDF version. This book is also available in paperback format and as an e-book from Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Autism-Journey-self-exploration-workbook/dp/1537502654/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478986166&sr=1-1). As a young woman on the autism spectrum you perhaps have many questions: What does autism mean? How will it affect you? How can you not just survive but thrive in a world not designed for you? Can you be happy and autistic? Working through this book you will learn more about your autism, identify what is important to you and reflect on practical strategies which can help in a range of situations. You will uncover your strengths, skills and talents, improve your sense of wellbeing, and find out how to live a life which is meaningful to you. This book is aimed at women in their teens or twenties with an autism spectrum condition (such as Asperger syndrome or High Functioning Autism) and includes sections on: self; health and wellbeing; friendships, relationships and communication; learning; employment; and lifestyle. Elements of positive psychology are used to help to promote a sense of wellbeing, self-identity and self-esteem. This powerful book is essential reading for any young woman on the autism spectrum. Written by Victoria Honeybourne, who has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, as well as significant professional experience as a teacher within the field of special educational needs, this book enables and empowers the reader to gain confidence being an autistic individual. ‘Your Autism Journey’ shows you how to survive, thrive and enjoy life, while gaining deeper insight into your autism and what makes you ‘you’!
SPANISH Big bundle of powerpoints covering the basics - colours, months, hobbies, countries & more!
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SPANISH Big bundle of powerpoints covering the basics - colours, months, hobbies, countries & more!

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Eleven Spanish powerpoints - each one includes visuals, new vocabulary, games and activities. Topics covered: Months / Days / Dates. Pets. Colours. Countries. School subjects. Food and drink. Fruit and vegetables. Parts of the body. Hobbies. Sports. Places in town. Great for those teaching Spanish in primary schools or to beginners - enough here to cover the first half term, or whole term if you have only one lesson a week!