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I am a graded 'Outstanding' English and Media teacher for students 11-18 . I often use Philosophy for Children to engage the students and bring learning from the classroom into the world they live in. I thoroughly enjoy creating innovative and exciting schemes and resources that bring learning to life. I have an Instagram account of the same name so you can see the resources and how my classroom looks, with different ideas of how to make a safe and stimulating environment.

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I am a graded 'Outstanding' English and Media teacher for students 11-18 . I often use Philosophy for Children to engage the students and bring learning from the classroom into the world they live in. I thoroughly enjoy creating innovative and exciting schemes and resources that bring learning to life. I have an Instagram account of the same name so you can see the resources and how my classroom looks, with different ideas of how to make a safe and stimulating environment.
Macbeth Revision book / workbooklet for GCSE and A Level
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Macbeth Revision book / workbooklet for GCSE and A Level

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A very detailed workbook or revision book for William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The workbook includes: all the key scenes broken down with key questions throughout, all key soliloquys with key questions, a range of essay questions, short language questions, analysis of theme, character and purpose. A wide range of activities to help students revise Macbeth and succeed in their exams. 36 pages of tasks and analysis opportunities. Students could use this in conjunction with the Macbeth and Lady Macbeth quote revision cards also available through my shop.
unseen poetry masterclass
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unseen poetry masterclass

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This powerpoint has been created to encourage confidence in unseen poetry, and to teach students how to analyse and plan for the WJEC/EDUQAS unseen poetry question timings. The first five slides are resources for the class. Slide 1 - a breakdown of each unseen poetry question - colour coded - to explain expectations from examiner, timings, what the question is asking you to do. Slide 2 - a reminder bookmark to give students to take home to practise with at home. It has 8 key questions students should ask themselves to ensure clear and detailed answers when responding. Slide 3 - The first poem handout with annotation boxes (colour coded). This is advisable to be printed in A3 so they have a decent amount of space to write notes in. Slide 4 - The second poem handout - this one has the original poem and the poem they have to compare it with on- with annotation boxes (colour coded). This is advisable to be printed in A3 so they have a decent amount of space to write notes in. I normally print slide 3 and 4 back to back Slide 5 - an optional print out slide with a breakdown of what to write in each paragraph, as well as possible sentence starters/cloze paragraphs to use. This masterclass uses the poems ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas and ‘Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep’ by Mary Elizabeth Frye. Slides 6,7,8 and 9 talk you and the class through how to quickly annotate with timers to keep the pace. The poem analysis is broken down into sections with written prompts to show on the board. I have done this masterclass with all of the year 11 classes in my school (other than the weakest ability who weren’t sitting literature) and an overwhelming majority requested a second masterclass as they found it so helpful. I will upload the second masterclass to TES as well- it is the same format but different poems. The format of the slides is really easy to edit, so you can use this repeatedly and just change the poems in the middle.
A Christmas Carol and Marxist Criticism
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A Christmas Carol and Marxist Criticism

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A range of resources and a lesson on Marxist Criticism and how to apply it to an analysis of A Christmas Carol for GCSE. Students learn the basics of Marxist criticism and use this to improve close analysis of key scenes in A Christmas Carol. Great for top band students looking to boost their performance in essays and exams.
GCSE English Language Eduqas Component 2 19th/21st century non fiction practice paper
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GCSE English Language Eduqas Component 2 19th/21st century non fiction practice paper

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A complete practice paper for the GCSE English Language Eduqas Component 2 19th/21st century non fiction element of the new 9-1 GCSE. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills in preparation for the exam. The 19th Century text was recommended and sourced from a link shared on the Eduqas website, with a relating 21st century text sourced online too. Students have found this a good beginning for their understanding of what the exam requires and expects.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar homework menu
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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar homework menu

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To tackle the lack of enthusiasm about homework in my school I created a menu of homework. This one targets Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. There are 25 homeworks already planned, differentiated by 'spice'. Since using these menus, where the students pick for themselves, the amount and quality of homework has improved. There is a real focus on grammar, techniques and terminology to ensure students understand the key devices used within English.
Fahrenheit 451 remote learning booklet
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Fahrenheit 451 remote learning booklet

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This workbook has been created for A and AS Level students to guide them through the text whilst remotely learning. The booklet consists of: A transcript of an interview with Ray Bradbury A summary of the novel, and some questions to answer Social and historical context + knowledge checker Information about the Atomic bomb + a research task A timeline of events in the book Plot Summary of The Hearth and the Salamander + questions Multiple choice quiz on that section Plot Summary of The Sieve and the Sand + questions Multiple choice quiz on that section Plot Summary of Burning Bright + questions Multiple choice quiz on that section A plot diagram Symbols grid work task Themes grid work task Fun facts / things you didn’t know about the novel Suggested further reading
Mickey and Edward's relationship in Blood Brothers
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Mickey and Edward's relationship in Blood Brothers

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A complete lesson on Mickey and Edward's relationship in Blood Brothers and how it changes. This is very much formatted to ensure success at GCSE in the Eduqas exam for English Literature. The lesson begins with a Do Now, before practicing skills for the springboard essay where students are given an extract and need to complete an essay using the whole text. This lesson guides students to find key quotes from other parts of the play as well as annotating the extract given. Students are then given a mock exam question to practice. All success criteria, learning objectives and resources needed are within the PowerPoint.
Transactional Writing- writing a lively article. Lesson for KS4
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Transactional Writing- writing a lively article. Lesson for KS4

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A lesson with a range of tasks to help students write a lively, engaging and fit for purpose article. This is a potential question for the Eduqas English GCSE. The lesson comprises of a BINGO game identifying persuasive language techniques (with link to interactive game), as well as an exam style question, a range of tasks and embedded timers within the PowerPoint. All Success Criteria, Learning Objectives and a 'real world link' are included.
Form tutor, patoral and ECM toolkit. Display board ideas for the classroom
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Form tutor, patoral and ECM toolkit. Display board ideas for the classroom

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An easily adapted powerpoint with a range of display ideas, form tools and fun tasks for students to do during form time. The toolkit includes: Birthday display, Achieve your Goals football goal display, ECM board display outlining what each strand is, and what is covered, Pupil of the week board template (alongside pupil of the week certificate template) Homework Pencil reminder template, A-Z classroom personality bunting task
Romeo and Juliet Homework Menu
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Romeo and Juliet Homework Menu

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A set of 25 homework tasks based around Romeo and Juliet styled into a Nando's menu. An engaging way to encourage students to learn independently and take responsibility for homework. Students have a range of tasks to select, differentiated by 'Spice'.
Exploring foreshadowing in The Hobbit (chapter 6)
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Exploring foreshadowing in The Hobbit (chapter 6)

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A fun and engaging lesson exploring foreshadowing using chapter 6 of The Hobbit. Throughout the course of the lesson students first need to select the correct definition of foreshadowing and discuss the meaning, before watching a clip from the Lion King and The Wizard of Oz and identify what event is being foreshadowed. After that, student 'popcorn read' chapter 6 of The Hobbit, identifying possible foreshadowing before analyzing a key extract (provided on the PowerPoint). This lesson can be used as part of an ongoing scheme, or can easily be adapted by removing slide 5 (the hobbit summary slide) to be a stand alone lesson. Excellent for high ability key stage 3 students. All resources, learning objectives and success criteria, videos and timers are included in the PowerPoint.
fun lesson on Shakespeare's language, prefixes and suffixes
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fun lesson on Shakespeare's language, prefixes and suffixes

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An engaging, exciting and fast paced lesson looking at the change in language from Shakespearean to modern. Using Shakespearean insults, students play a dice game to create their own before learning how to translate them. Student study what prefixes and suffixes are and try and explain how language has changed. All learning objectives, success criteria and resources are included and timers are embedded into the powerpoint. Dice are needed for this game. Great to introduce Shakespeare!
Death of a Naturalist - EDUQAS English literature GCSE
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Death of a Naturalist - EDUQAS English literature GCSE

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A complete lesson with all resources, learning objectives, success criteria and poem breakdown. This lesson talks through the context, content, structure, form, language, imagery and tone. With a step by step analysis for the poem, including key questions, students can expand understanding and knowledge. This can be used as a complete lesson, but it can equally be used as a revision aide for students either in or outside of the classroom.
P4C - Philosophy for children - lesson on gender equality
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P4C - Philosophy for children - lesson on gender equality

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A fun, interactive P4C lesson discussing the issue of gender equality. Included in the pack is a workbooklet with a Do Now activity to encourage own opinion, two resources (including one more challenging article for top sets/stretch and challenge) and discussion points. This will help students analyse non fiction texts whilst forming their own opinion and justifying it. Great lesson to link to sexism in literature and film, as well as considering the working world and society around them.
Macbeth Homework Menu
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Macbeth Homework Menu

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To tackle the lack of enthusiasm about homework in my school I created a menu of homework. This one targets key stage 4 and above and assists teaching of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. There are 25 homeworks already planned, differentiated by 'spice'. Since using these menus, where the students pick for themselves, the amount and quality of homework has improved.
GCSE WJEC/Eduqas English Literature. Poetry- The Soldier- Rupert Brooke Analysis lesson
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GCSE WJEC/Eduqas English Literature. Poetry- The Soldier- Rupert Brooke Analysis lesson

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A complete lesson with all resources, learning objectives, success criteria and poem breakdown. This lesson starts with a do now activity where students explore the stereotypical image of a soldier, mind mapping ideas around an image. The PowerPoint then talks through key notes for the context, content, structure, form, language, imagery and tone of the poem. The poem has a step by step analysis, including key questions, so students can expand understanding and knowledge whilst having discussion opportunities to expand deeper meaning. This can be used as a complete lesson, but it can equally be used as a revision aide for students either in or outside of the classroom. All Eduqas questions are thematic, so the next step would be to pose the question ‘How is War presented in The Soldier’. Teachers are able to edit or add to this lesson to aide understanding - this lesson was created for lower ability sets.