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Hi, We are Sally and Amanda from Guinea Pig Education. We present a range of complimentary teaching aids and workbooks to use in your classroom or as homework – in both print and digital format. We aim to raise reading standards and to develop literacy skills, with our ‘fun for kids’ phonic reading resources. We also offer support for pupils aged 4-16 years. We highly recommend our comprehension and creative writing resources - which build confidence and develop imagination.

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Hi, We are Sally and Amanda from Guinea Pig Education. We present a range of complimentary teaching aids and workbooks to use in your classroom or as homework – in both print and digital format. We aim to raise reading standards and to develop literacy skills, with our ‘fun for kids’ phonic reading resources. We also offer support for pupils aged 4-16 years. We highly recommend our comprehension and creative writing resources - which build confidence and develop imagination.
Write To Persuade: Help The Homeless (9-14 years)
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Write To Persuade: Help The Homeless (9-14 years)

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This resource contains persuasive writing tasks, based on the theme of homelessness. For example, the student will learn how charities use different persuasive techniques and emotive language to appeal for money and support. They will learn how to write a one-sided argument. Then, they wil write their own charity appeal. Persuasive Writing & Argument Theme Work Packs save preparation time when planning writing tasks for 9-14 year olds. Easy to follow, each pack provides specimen planning sheets and essays in non fiction writing topics. The model essays contain information that will give children starting points to develop their own ideas. Children will learn fundamental skills in non fiction writing. Persuasive Writing & Argument Theme Work Packs teach children how to write from different points of view and how opinions can be used to make articles biased. Children will learn the basic principles of discursive writing, including how to set out an argument. They will learn different forms of writing - for example, articles, letters, leaflets, brochures and holiday brochures. They will become familiar with using literary or stylistic techniques, such as, repetition, similes, metaphors and groups of three, to make their writing persuasive. 19 pages www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Describe My House (7-11 years)
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Describe My House (7-11 years)

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Read the estate agents description of 44 Acacia Road, Rushford. Then write a description of your house, as if you were an estate agent who is selling it. Next, the child is asked to answer the questions prompts to write about their house. Describe A Room In My House Show someone round your house. The child reads the sentences and decide what the buyer likes and what they dislike. The child is asked to think about the rooms in their house and to write about their favourite one. They can use the word prompts to help the , but also add their own ideas. Write About My Bedroom The child is asked to make a plan, listing the details he or she wants to include, using the prompts to help them, but also adding their own ideas. Then the child reads the example and writes at least three paragraphs to describe their own bedroom. Write About My Ideal House The new headteacher of the school wants to buy a house. The estate agent asks what they are looking for. Read the word choices and fill in the writing prompt - ‘My ideal house is a…’ This series provides prompts to get the child to write. It provides starting points to encourage children of all abilities to write - even the most reluctant writers. With this series they will be inspired to write stories, poems, play scripts, diaries, reports, persuasive leaflets and more. More than this, the child will learn writing techniques; simple, compound and complex sentences, connectives and spelling, punctuation and grammar tips. There is an emphasis on improving vocabulary - looking at lots of better word choices: harder adjectives, more powerful verbs and adverbs. 19 pages www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Learn To Read With Phonics (Bundle 4)
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Learn To Read With Phonics (Bundle 4)

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Learn To Read With Phonics Reading Packs are a quick and easy way to teach children to read in just six months. They are ideal for all ages (from 4 years plus), especially reluctant older readers of 7, 8, 9+, children with learning difficulties and children where English is a foreign language. The packs are designed to be used one to one or in small groups with a teacher and child or parent/guardian and child learning together. The packs consist of a structured course that build 44 phonic sounds into the text. As the children read the adventures of a loveable boy called Sam, they can have fun searching for hidden sounds. They will build up 44 sounds in total. This will enable them to read 80% of words in the English language, by breaking them down into sounds or syllables - pl ay ing. Children using phonics in this way progress fast. A series of stories, The Bouncing Castle and The Famous Cousin From The Country reinforce the complex middle sounds being learnt. By the end of the scheme, the child will be ready to progress to ‘solo’ reading books, such as Roald Dahl’s ‘Georges Marvellous Medicine’ and ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Many of the packs have cut out practice pages for matching words to pictures and phrases to pictures, to fix the sound words in the child’s memory. The simple text and fun colour sketches, appeal to young readers and have helped the authors to teach many, many children to read. The reading packs may be used in any order, just pick the pack for the sound you require. However, when using the packs for a complete non reader we suggest you start with packs teaching initial sounds (word building with three or four letter words). Then move on to learning phonic sounds in this order: ch, sh, wh, th, oo, ee, ar, or, ur, ir, er, magic e, ea, oa, ai, ay, oi, oy, oa, short y (as in happy), long y (as in sky), soft c (as in mice), soft g (as in engine), ou, ow, au and aw. Next, move onto more complex sounds as in, tion, le, el, ough, gue, que, ine, ue, ie, ei, prefixes and suffixes. How To Use Each pack introduces a sound. Learn the sound with the child/children Read the sentences or stories several times, encouraging the child/children to talk about the pictures. At the end of the sentences or story, there is a list of words and phrases, which the child can match to the pictures. Practise each sound several times, until the child is familiar with it. Download this free booklet to learn more about our phonic scheme ‘Learn To Read With Phonics’ - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/how-do-i-start-my-child-learning-to-read-with-phonics-12412206 www.guineapigeducation.co.uk
Write A Story Called 'Swim For Your Life' (7-11 years)
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Write A Story Called 'Swim For Your Life' (7-11 years)

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The child should write a story in three paragraphs, imagining that George’s dream came true. They should imagine that they are surfing in Australia, when suddenly they spot a black fin coming towards them. The child should use the story planner and examples to help them. They should consider different kinds of endings to their story. Next, the child should use the vocabulary builder to think of impressive adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs to use in their story. For example, 'hungry shark moves purposely This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. Presented in a lively ‘magazine style’ format, these packs feature stories and non fiction texts to read. They include follow up activities that will inspire even the most reluctant writer, to write stories, letters, play scripts, diaries, poems, persuasive leaflets and more. More than this, the child will learn writing techniques including: simple, compound and complex sentences - connectives, grammar tips - harder vocabulary and punctuation. Aimed at 7-11 year olds, these work packs provide excellent writing practice for those children preparing to take 11+ exams or S.A.T.s. They will also benefit children with special needs, or where English is a second language. 7 pages www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Plan And Write A Story: Cinderella (6-9 years)
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Plan And Write A Story: Cinderella (6-9 years)

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This resource shows the child how to plan and write the story of Cinderella. The child is asked to imagine that they know Cinderella’s child and to write her story. This series provides starting points to get young children, of 6-9 years, writing their own imaginative stories. Traditional tales like ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ are used as examples to look at the characters, the setting and the plot and to show how to structure a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. Children will learn how to brainstorm their ideas, how to put them in a plan and then set out their story. Each pack provides writing challenges, asking the child to continue writing the story, developing their own ideas and to cut up stories to put in order. Charming silhouette pictures illustrate each work pack. 17 pages www.guineapigeducation.co.uk
Dinosaur Skulls Found: Write A Newspaper Report (SATS And 11+ Essential Writing Practice) 9-13
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Dinosaur Skulls Found: Write A Newspaper Report (SATS And 11+ Essential Writing Practice) 9-13

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Use the information on dinosaurs to write a newspaper report. Learn about facts and opinions, reported and direct speech. An essential series of themed prompts to help children aged 9-12 years to practise their creative writing skills for 11 plus entry exams or S.A.T.S. The packs include an outline to help the child plan his or her own story, article, letter or play script and examples to build on, using harder more challenging vocabulary to stretch more able pupils. 7 pages www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Write About My Street (7-11 years)
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Write About My Street (7-11 years)

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17 pages Write About My Street (All About Me Writing Prompts) (7-11 years) Write About My Street The child uses the mural that Mrs Barker’s class made to make a map of their area. The child is asked to complete the sentences to describe their own area. They then complete the sentences to describe their street and neighbourhood. Write A Story Called ‘Camping Out On A Summers Night’ Read the poem (written in rhyming couplets). Write the story about the day Isaac and Josh camped out at night. Describe Places Adding Details To Create Settings The child is asked to describe a place. They are shown how to add little details to build up the setting, to help the reader picture the place in his or her mind. Describe The Characters In My Street Describe the characters in your street using little details to create word pictures of the people. Read the funny rhymes and use the characters in them to write a story. Did the child find the examples of similes, onomatopoeia and adjectives? The child can then answer the 34 questions to help them write about their road and neighbours. This series provides prompts to get the child to write. It provides starting points to encourage children of all abilities to write - even the most reluctant writers. With this series they will be inspired to write stories, poems, play scripts, diaries, reports, persuasive leaflets and more. More than this, the child will learn writing techniques; simple, compound and complex sentences, connectives and spelling, punctuation and grammar tips. There is an emphasis on improving vocabulary - looking at lots of better word choices: harder adjectives, more powerful verbs and adverbs.
Write To Explain (GCSE English Writing Work Pack) (14-16 years)
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Write To Explain (GCSE English Writing Work Pack) (14-16 years)

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7 pages Write To Explain GCSE English Writing Work Packs save time when preparing lessons at GCSE. The specimen lesson plans and examples contained within each work pack, will give your students ideas to build on and provide practice to develop their writing skills. The examples contained in each pack, show the student the standard of work they need to reach to do well in exams like GCSE. They will learn how to tackle a question to get those higher marks. GCSE English Writing Work Packs include: Practice in writing for different purposes and to reach different audiences Practice in writing from different points of view, including articles, blogs, brochures and leaflets Practice in different ways to set out an argument (PEE or PEA). They will also examine language techniques
Write An Information Leaflet About The Amazon Rainforest (7-13 years)
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Write An Information Leaflet About The Amazon Rainforest (7-13 years)

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Use the prompts and illustrations to produce an information leaflet about the Amazon Rainforest. The child should arrange their leaflet under the headings: Where is the Amazon rainforest? What is the climate like? What is life in the canopy like? What is the shrub layer like? What is it like on the forest floor? Next, the child can fill in the rainforest chart This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. Written in a lively magazine style format, each pack provides a step by step guide to teach children how to plan and write an animal themed story. The packs also provide starting points to write e-mails, letters, play scripts, diaries, reports and other non fiction texts. The child will learn writing techniques; simple, compound and complex sentences, connectives and spelling, punctuation and grammar tips. There is an emphasis on improving vocabulary - looking at lots of better word choices: harder adjectives, more powerful verbs and adverbs. This series is recommended for use with children between the ages of 7-11 and provides writing practice for those children preparing to take 11+ examinations or S.A.T.s. The packs will also benefit children with special needs, or where English is a second language. 9 pages www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Write A Persuasive Holiday Brochure (7-11 years)
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Write A Persuasive Holiday Brochure (7-11 years)

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Ask the child to read the travel information from The Rushford Gazette’s special holiday feature. They will learn about using good adjectives, verbs, adverbs and rhetorical and other persuasive devices. The child is then asked to write their own travel information on the Norfolk Broads. After this, they are asked to make a holiday brochure for a holiday in Europe. Lots of prompts are given to choose from, as well as lists of suitable words and phrases to use. Next, George and Christabelle of Guinea Pig Radio ask their listeners what they would do if they could take off and go anywhere in the world. In this pack, the child is asked to write about their dream holiday destination. Then, they are asked to read the listeners texts and emails and to imagine these dreams came true and to write the listeners stories. Lastly, ask the child to use the question prompts to write about a holiday that they have enjoyed. This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. In fact, the writer regularly dips into these packs for her own tutorial classes. With their lively ‘magazine style’ format, they are an ideal study aid to consolidate work on planning and writing stories and non fiction articles, expanding vocabulary and include many examples of children’s work. As well as this, the packs contain some very useful tips on writing techniques (as in writing simple, compound and complex sentences). The work in these packs will inspire children, who are practicing for exams, to write, and provide starting points for even the most reluctant writer, including those children with special educational needs and where English is a second language. 19 pages www.guineapigeducation.co.uk
Write A Discursive Essay: Is Veganism A Good Life Style Choice? (9-14 years)
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Write A Discursive Essay: Is Veganism A Good Life Style Choice? (9-14 years)

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This resource sets out how to write a well-balanced argument or discursive essay, on the topic of… ‘Is Veganism A Good Life Style Choice?’ This resource enables the pupil to examine the points for and against veganism, read a model essay and then to write their own discursive essay on this title. The student should structure their writing, putting forward a point of view, backing it up with convincing evidence, building up a relevant counter argument and knocking it down, as well as, putting forward their own comments and opinions. The student will learn vital essay writing skills that will assist their studies in other areas of the curriculum. There are a number of titles to choose from in this discursive essay writing series. Click the link below, to view a comprehensive resource, which teaches exactly how to write a discursive essay: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/preparing-to-write-a-balanced-argument-9-14-years-11380280 By working through these resources, the student will grow in confidence and will learn to enjoy writing. The packs are also a useful resource for teachers and save hours of time when preparing lessons or homework tasks. www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Samuel Pepys Plague Diary Comprehension (age 9 years +)
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Samuel Pepys Plague Diary Comprehension (age 9 years +)

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Learn about the great plague of 1665, through the eyes of the great diary writer Samuel Pepys, and practise your reading comprehension skills. This work pack includes: a reading comprehension based on extracts from Samuel Pepys diary, pages of interesting facts about the plague, creative writing and drawing activities. An excellent resource for classes studying this period in history. www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Prompts For Writing A Persuasive Newspaper Article (GCSE English Writing Work Pack)
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Prompts For Writing A Persuasive Newspaper Article (GCSE English Writing Work Pack)

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5 pages Prompts For Writing A Persuasive Newspaper Article (GCSE English Writing Work Pack) This resource includes three prompts, including two informal newspaper reports, to inform and persuade. The student should read them and then write their own version. There is a page on newspaper language and the use of direct and indirect speech, including facts and opinions. After this, there is a ‘letter to the editor’ to complete. These work packs provide essential creative writing practice for the new GCSE English exam. They will help GCSE students prepare for their exam, whether they are students in years 9, 10 or 11. The packs provide practise in different forms of writing, for example, articles, blogs and letters. These resources help students to write in a tone appropriate to purpose and audience. They instruct the student how to write from different perspectives or viewpoints and present a balanced argument. As well as, using appropriate tone and language. For example, learning to use: formal or informal register, language devices like rhetoric and groups of three and punctuation, such as variation of sentences for effect.
Practise SATS Tests (Changes) 9-12 years
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Practise SATS Tests (Changes) 9-12 years

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Between the ages of 9 and 12, children have to complete Standardised.Assessment.Tests (Sats). To help them practise for these tests, we have produced a new series of comprehension booklets. The Standards and Testing Agency states that the child has 1 hour to complete the test, answering the questions in the answer booklet. Read one text and answer the questions about that text, before moving onto the next text. There are three texts and three sets of questions in each booklet. The tests in this booklet are based on the KS2 Reading Assessment sample papers. It is important to try and complete them in an hour, but it is your choice. The more tests you practise the quicker you will get. 39 pages Click or cut and paste this link to buy the print version on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/page/9FD10DA4-D67F-4BD7-83EE-25443C2526B7?ingress=0&visitId=b093b533-697a-4170-ac9d-75af728e25dd www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Write An Information Leaflet About Polar Bears (7-13 years)
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Write An Information Leaflet About Polar Bears (7-13 years)

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Use the prompts to produce an information leaflet about polar bears. The child should write under the headings: where I live, what I am like, my babies and why I am endangered. This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. Written in a lively magazine style format, each pack provides a step by step guide to teach children how to plan and write an animal themed story. The packs also provide starting points to write e-mails, letters, play scripts, diaries, reports and other non fiction texts. The child will learn writing techniques; simple, compound and complex sentences, connectives and spelling, punctuation and grammar tips. There is an emphasis on improving vocabulary - looking at lots of better word choices: harder adjectives, more powerful verbs and adverbs. This series is recommended for use with children between the ages of 7-11 and provides writing practice for those children preparing to take 11+ examinations or S.A.T.s. The packs will also benefit children with special needs, or where English is a second language. 3 pages www.guineapigeduationshop.com
Good Friday: Jesus’ Trial And Crucifixion Easter Writing Pack (8-12 years)
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Good Friday: Jesus’ Trial And Crucifixion Easter Writing Pack (8-12 years)

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Good Friday Easter Writing Pack Jesus’ Trial And Crucifixion This pack will allow your kids to look deeper into the accounts of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, while practising their comprehension skills. Includes a number of themed activities including: A reading comprehension based on the bible passage Creative writing activities A craft A drawing activity With our bible work packs, kids will practise their comprehension skills and look deeper into their favourite Bible Stories. 26 pages
Lots Of Discursive Essays To Write: Digital Google Classroom Resource (9-14 years)
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Lots Of Discursive Essays To Write: Digital Google Classroom Resource (9-14 years)

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This DIGITAL resource includes a link to access and make a copy into your google drive. It is fully editable and can be shared with your students via Google Classroom. Pdf version included. Includes: How To Write A Discursive Argument Hints And Tips For Writing A Discursive Essay Writing skeletons, model answers and points for and against the following essays: Fox Hunting Is Cruel. Discuss In Favour Of Zoos, Or Not. Discuss Should Animals Perform In The Circus? Wild Animals Should Not Be Kept In City Gardens. Discuss What Makes Young People Follow Fashion? Discuss This digital resource sets out how to write a well-balanced argument. The student will learn how to structure their writing, putting forward a point of view, backing it up with convincing evidence, building up a relevant counter argument and knocking it down, as well as, putting forward their own comments and opinions. This resource focuses on discursive writing, enabling the pupil to examine points for and against in a variety of subjects suitable for older children and teenage readers - healthy eating, fashion, social issues and many more. The student will learn vital essay writing skills, that will assist their studies in other areas of the curriculum. In addition to this, this resource teaches organisational and literary devices in persuasive writing, including, figurative language, emotive words, repetition, connectives and use of good vocabulary. The student will learn how to consider writing for the appropriate audience, how to vary sentence types in order to make writing more interesting, and the importance of using good spelling, punctuation and grammar. An exciting range of model answers and sample texts written by students, are included. As well as, practice questions to test them. Common errors made by students are highlighted and corrected. This resource is packed with vital hints and tips to enable the pupil to be successful and gain good grades. The resource consists of 28 editable slides. www.guineapigeducationshop.com
Lots Of Discursive Essays To Write: Pack 2 (9-14 years)
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Lots Of Discursive Essays To Write: Pack 2 (9-14 years)

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Writing A Balanced Argument’ work packs are essential for all students wanting to develop their literacy skills and improve their grades in English assignments and examinations. Includes: How To Write A Discursive Argument Hints And Tips For Writing A Discursive Essay Writing skeletons, model answers and points for and against the following essays: Chewing Gum Should Be Banned. Discuss Children Under 14 Are Too Young To Sit Exams. Discuss. Elderly People Deserve Respect. Discuss. This series of work packs set out how to write a well-balanced argument. The student will learn how to structure their writing, putting forward a point of view, backing it up with convincing evidence, building up a relevant counter argument and knocking it down, as well as, putting forward their own comments and opinions. These work packs focus on discursive writing, enabling the pupil to examine points for and against in a variety of subjects suitable for older children and teenage readers - healthy eating, fashion, social issues and many more. The student will learn vital essay writing skills, that will assist their studies in other areas of the curriculum. In addition to this, the work packs teach organisational and literary devices in persuasive writing, including, figurative language, emotive words, repetition, connectives and use of good vocabulary. The student will learn how to consider writing for the appropriate audience, how to vary sentence types in order to make writing more interesting, and the importance of using good spelling, punctuation and grammar. Each work pack includes an exciting range of model answers and sample texts written by students and provides practice questions to test them. Common errors made by students are highlighted and corrected. They are packed with vital hints and tips to enable the pupil to be successful and gain good grades. The work packs are ideal for home study and will reinforce the work done in school. They may be purchased in any order. There are a number of titles to choose from. By working through the packs, the student will grow in confidence and will learn to enjoy writing. The packs are also a useful resource for teachers and save hours of time when preparing lessons or homework tasks. This series is specifically targeted at Key Stage 2 and 3 (ages 9-14 years), but will also be a valuable resource for those taking GCSE up to grades C and above. They contain material suitable for UK National Curriculum SATS, for those taking 11+ entrance examinations, for GCSE exams and for students learning English as a foreign language. 23 pages www.guineapigeducation.co.uk
Imagine That You Write For A Pet Problem Page In A Magazine (7-13 years)
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Imagine That You Write For A Pet Problem Page In A Magazine (7-13 years)

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Read the letters on the problem page, written by Raj, the vet. Look at the words he uses to reply - ‘your cat’, ‘I suggest’, ‘would cheer him up…’ Now, ask the child to write a reply to ‘concerned cat lover’ offering more advice. Next, the child should write to Raj about a pet (or a wild animal like a squirrel). They can ask his advice about something that is bothering them, concerning their animal’s welfare. This series provides prompts to encourage children to write. It provides starting points, to encourage even the most reluctant writers. Written in a lively magazine style format, each pack provides a step by step guide to teach children how to plan and write an animal themed story. The packs also provide starting points to write e-mails, letters, play scripts, diaries, reports and other non fiction texts. The child will learn writing techniques; simple, compound and complex sentences, connectives and spelling, punctuation and grammar tips. There is an emphasis on improving vocabulary - looking at lots of better word choices: harder adjectives, more powerful verbs and adverbs. This series is recommended for use with children between the ages of 7-11 and provides writing practice for those children preparing to take 11+ examinations or S.A.T.s. The packs will also benefit children with special needs, or where English is a second language. 5 pages www.guineapigeducation.co.uk
Coronavirus Discursive Argument: Should Kids Be Concerned About A Pandemic?
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Coronavirus Discursive Argument: Should Kids Be Concerned About A Pandemic?

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This resource will help students practise writing discursive arguments (9-16 years). Includes two questions for kids to consider: In light of recent media reports, are newspapers and news channels responsible for causing widespread panic about the coronavirus outbreak, Covid-19? (9-16 years) Should we do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus or should we let the virus just run its course? We prepared this resource, in order to help young people, deal with the sensitive and frightening issues around coronavirus. By discussing these issues, it will help young people to deal with the crisis. This resource can be used as a starting point for writing your own discursive essay, as well as for class discussions around this topic. A plan and sample essay is provided and a second thorough plan (with many points for and against) is provided, so the young person can write a second essay on the topic. 18 pages www.guineapigeducationshop.com Browse our website, to view our full range of educational resources.