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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.
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.
Year 7 ghost stories lesson
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Year 7 ghost stories lesson

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A fun one off lesson getting students to plan, consider and create ghost stories using first person. Can be used in conjunction with any other scheme of work or as a one off cover lesson. A good introduction to creative writing or drama. Worksheet with pictures of different haunted settings included to help students who struggle with creative writing.
20+ inspirational authors and poets wall display
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20+ inspirational authors and poets wall display

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A colourful, appealing and interesting display outlining the achievements and successes of numerous famous authors and poets including David Walliams, Charles Dickens, Jacqueline Wilson, Maya Angelou, Harper Lee, Margaret Atwood, William Shakespeare, Roald Dahl and many more. Facts, recommended books and images are all included.
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol lesson on analysing the character of Scrooge
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Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol lesson on analysing the character of Scrooge

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A lesson analysing the presentation of Scrooge in the beginning of the novella. This lesson is perfect for low ability or C/D borderline students. The lesson begins with a Do Now activity looking at different images and how the represent Scrooge, before moving on to an extract analysis task that can be completed independently or as a class. Included in the lesson is a worksheet with the three extracts on, including teacher modelled annotations on the smaller extract. Students finish the lesson by writing a PEE analysis of the presentation of Scrooge, which is again modelled and differentiated for weaker students.
Dystopian Lit - A Level further reading
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Dystopian Lit - A Level further reading

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A useful booklet for A Level students that consists of: -Basic guide to two different literary theories and an example (psychoanalytical criticism and a reading of Hamlet using it and Feminist criticism and a link to The Handmaid’s Tale). Extracts of 5 dystopian texts, alongside a range of questions for students to answer. Texts are: A Clockwork Orange, The Road, 1984, Brave New World and The Children of Men A glossary of key terms needed for A Level Language and Literature. My students found this very useful to ensure an understanding of the genre and the conventions. They also found the interview with Margaret Atwood engaging, as well as using the basics of the theories a good starting point for independent research and learning.
Eduqas English Lit Component 2-A Christmas Carol, Blood Brothers, Unseen Poetry-Walking Talking Mock
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Eduqas English Lit Component 2-A Christmas Carol, Blood Brothers, Unseen Poetry-Walking Talking Mock

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A complete, two hour, 'walking talking' mock where the teacher guides students through example questions and how to achieve top marks. Students are given a created exam paper with a 'A Christmas Carol' extract and essay question, a 'Blood Brothers' extract and essay question as well as two unseen poems and the exam questions. The powerpoint then talks the students through timings and how to answer each question. A fantastic revision aide and great training for the exam. All resources are included with this purchase.
Creative Writing Homework menu
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Creative Writing Homework menu

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To tackle the lack of enthusiasm about homework in my school i created a Nando's style menu of homework. This one targets all years and encourages creative writing. 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.
Year 7 transition lesson
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Year 7 transition lesson

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A powerpoint with resources helping new year 7 students transition and get to know their form. A wide variety of games and activities to help students settle in.
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.
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
Blackout analysis - Hope is the thing with feathers Emily Dickinson
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Blackout analysis - Hope is the thing with feathers Emily Dickinson

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A creative, engaging and interesting lesson looking at an Emily Dickenson poem and analyzing language. Students are given a range of tasks to help 'zoom in' on word choice and meaning. Students are asked to create a 'blackout' picture, keeping only the five most important words to them. Used with a top set year 7 class, but easily adapted for key stage 4.
GCSE WJEC/Eduqas English Literature. Poetry- London William Blake Analysis lesson
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GCSE WJEC/Eduqas English Literature. Poetry- London William Blake Analysis lesson

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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.
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
Careers in English display board
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Careers in English display board

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A display informing students of a variety of jobs that look for English qualifications to encourage more students to study English. these include; TV, Radio, PR, Banking, Law, Copywriting, Lexicographer, Librarian, Research and many more.
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.
Blood Brothers exam style essay question practice
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Blood Brothers exam style essay question practice

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A complete lesson looking at how to answer the question 'How does Mickey and Edward's relationship change throughout the play?'. The lesson includes a fun True or False do now, a 'cheat sheet' of important quotes, an example paragraph for the essay and structured sentence starters to assist weaker ability students. True or False cards are also included in the PowerPoint. Easy to use timers are embedded into the PowerPoint to help with students' timed writing ability, and all learning objectives and success criteria are already written. A great lesson for students preparing to take their English Literature GCSE.