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I wrote and co-wrote these resources for teaching literacy, numeracy, thinking skills/P4C and Outdoor Learning ideas. I own Thinking Child and we used to publish beautiful 'hard copy' resources for schools. These are a selection of those - some are free - some now sold at a bargain price - to make them as accessible as possible to teachers and children.

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I wrote and co-wrote these resources for teaching literacy, numeracy, thinking skills/P4C and Outdoor Learning ideas. I own Thinking Child and we used to publish beautiful 'hard copy' resources for schools. These are a selection of those - some are free - some now sold at a bargain price - to make them as accessible as possible to teachers and children.
Paragraph cohesion - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2
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Paragraph cohesion - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2

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A lesson to support children to plan and produce more coherent and longer pieces of writing. This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Formal / Informal Language - Active Grammar Ideas
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Formal / Informal Language - Active Grammar Ideas

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This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop More of the individual cards - are also in the shop - some free, some for just one pound each. Choose those you need - or buy the whole pack for your school.
Outdoor Literacy Lesson ideas - Punctuation - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson ideas - Punctuation - KS1 & KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Natural Punctuation” An outdoor session to support children to understand punctuation and make sentences to demonstrate the link to meaning. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Outdoor Literacy Lesson ideas - Spelling - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson ideas - Spelling - KS1 & KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Flag it Up” An outdoor session to reinforce spelling using flags/arm movements and semaphore. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Balanced Arguments - KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Balanced Arguments - KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “On the Other Hand” An outdoor session to reinforce text structure and how to build/write a balanced argument. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Guided Reading Resources Pack - The Monster Run - Lower Key Stage 2
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Guided Reading Resources Pack - The Monster Run - Lower Key Stage 2

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A comprehensive, professionally produced reading resource. The pack contains: The Monster Run A short story - written by professional author Steve Bowkett In the download is pdf format of the story to print for individual children Power point version for whole class teaching Annotated text - where the author has pointed out key text features to help with later writing tasks and to give the teacher /TA pointers Teacher notes - ideas for discussions about the text during reading and extra ideas for follow up activities. One of ten Mini Tales for Key Stage 2 This is a short story - aimed at Lower Key Stage 2
Consistency of Tenses - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2
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Consistency of Tenses - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2

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Looking at and comparing Past, present & Future - and how consistency matters This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Verbs, Adjectives - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Verbs, Adjectives - KS1 & KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Movement Rhymes” An outdoor session to reinforce Verbs & Adjectives at Key Stages 1 & 2. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
It's a Case of Grammar - Over 100 Ideas for Active Grammar Lessons - KS2
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It's a Case of Grammar - Over 100 Ideas for Active Grammar Lessons - KS2

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It’s a Case of Grammar is written by experienced primary teachers / advisers and designed to be a flexible, useful resource for the explicit teaching of grammar ideas at Key Stage 2. The activities and the accompanying teacher notes will ensure that everyone responsible for teaching grammar can be secure in their own understanding, whilst helping children to have a confident command over their speaking, listening, reading and writing. We all want children to think of grammar as an enjoyable and fundamental part of being a speaker, reader and writer. A flexible whole school resource for all teachers in Key Stage 2.
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Inference & Creativity - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Inference & Creativity - KS1 & KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Odd One Out” An outdoor session to reinforce inference, creativity and making connections. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
1st, 2nd, 3rd person - Active Grammar Lesson Ideas - KS2
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1st, 2nd, 3rd person - Active Grammar Lesson Ideas - KS2

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Working in groups to discuss and write examples from starter phrases - an opportunity to ‘feel’ ad discuss the different 'voices used through these techniques. This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Using Hyphens - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2
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Using Hyphens - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2

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Investigative / playful approach - Thinking about - How do hyphens affect meaning? This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Conjunction & Connectives - Active Grammar Lesson Idea - KS2
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Conjunction & Connectives - Active Grammar Lesson Idea - KS2

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An active grammar lesson dealing with conjunctions and connectives - playing with language This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
EYFS Activity Card - sample card
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EYFS Activity Card - sample card

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This is a free download to give a sample of the two EYFS Activity Packs (1 and 2) The full packs have 26 different ideas for a range of EYFS activities - very suitable for parents too. The full packs are on sale in the shop - but enjoy this one for free
Complete or Incomplete? Sentences - Active Grammar Ideas
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Complete or Incomplete? Sentences - Active Grammar Ideas

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This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop More of the individual cards - are also in the shop - some free, some for just one pound each. Choose those you need - or buy the whole pack for your school.
Top Tips for TAs - Including Literacy Helpful ideas - Primary
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Top Tips for TAs - Including Literacy Helpful ideas - Primary

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This is designed to support Teaching Assistants in Primary settings - It would provide a useful booklet to give to TAs following Induction / Literacy Support Training as well as a great day to day reminder for more established TAs Contents include: Getting to know children Behaviour charts Supporting children’s reading and writing: Sample reading record sheet Helping children read for information Phonics Charts A Guide to Punctuation Tips for reading out loud Handwriting Strokes Top Tips for Guided Reading Using different questions Practical ideas for group discussions Feedback Sheet Weekly Planning Sheet Lesson Support Plan
Colons, semi colons, full stops - Active Grammar ideas
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Colons, semi colons, full stops - Active Grammar ideas

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This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop More of the individual cards - are also in the shop - some free, some for just one pound each. Choose those you need - or buy the whole pack for your school.
Adjectives: comparatives / superlatives - Active Grammar Ideas
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Adjectives: comparatives / superlatives - Active Grammar Ideas

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This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop More of the individual cards - are also in the shop - some free, some for just one pound each. Choose those you need - or buy the whole pack for your school.