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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.
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Letters & Sounds - KS1 / Reception
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Letters & Sounds - KS1 / Reception

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Letter Learning” An outdoor session to reinforce the link between sounds and letters. 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 - Blending Phonemes - Reception / KS1
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson ideas - Blending Phonemes - Reception / KS1

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Stepping Stones” An outdoor session to develop a playful approach to developing phonemic blending skills. 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 Resource Pack - Lower Key Stage 2
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Guided Reading Resource Pack - Lower Key Stage 2

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A comprehensive, professionally produced reading resource. The pack contains: Lost in The Fog 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
Guided Reading Resources; Mini Tales;  Upper Key Stage 2
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Guided Reading Resources; Mini Tales; Upper Key Stage 2

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A comprehensive, professionally produced reading resource. The pack contains: The Tale of Circles 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 but quite a challenging read - aimed at Upper Key Stage 2
Guided Reading Resource Pack - Lower Key Stage 2
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Guided Reading Resource Pack - Lower Key Stage 2

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A comprehensive, professionally produced reading resource. The pack contains: Eat Your Dinner Simon 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
Apostrophe Posters - Active Grammar Ideas
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Apostrophe Posters - 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.
Ideas for Thinking - Over 100 Lesson / Homework ideas - KS1 / KS2
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Ideas for Thinking - Over 100 Lesson / Homework ideas - KS1 / KS2

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This resource was originally written and professionally produced to provide teachers and schools with some alternative ideas for homework. But it can easily be adapted for the classroom too. The Introduction explains the philosophy behind it and how important it is to teach and provide opportunities for children to practise thinking skills. There are over 100 ideas that can be extended into longer written tasks if required. They can be used as a whole class starter, a small group task or sent home to promote discussion with parents and carers. Really great resource for supply teachers too. They aren’t necessarily linked to specific subjects but are driven by objectives to develop a range of thinking skills such as: Explaining, Evaluating, Logical thinking, Predicting, Making connections, questioning, prioritizing, listening etc.
Over 40 Starters for Thinking - KS1/KS2
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Over 40 Starters for Thinking - KS1/KS2

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This resource was originally written and professionally produced to provide teachers and schools with some alternative ideas for homework. There are over 40 starters that can be adapted and extended into longer written tasks if required. They can be used as a whole class starter, a small group task or sent home to promote discussion with parents and carers. They aren’t necessarily linked to specific subjects but are driven by objectives to develop a range of thinking skills such as: Explaining, Evaluating, Logical thinking, Predicting, Making connections, questioning, prioritizing, listening etc. The whole booklet is called 'Thinking Homework’ with over 100 ideas. and is for sale in the Thinking Child shop
Active Grammar ideas - 10 Activities for Key Stage 2
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Active Grammar ideas - 10 Activities for Key Stage 2

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These are a selection of activities 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. This is a random selection of ten activities for half the price of individual purchases
Writing Activity Cards -Over 70 Ideas - year 3/4
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Writing Activity Cards -Over 70 Ideas - year 3/4

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68 different ideas to provide teaches and children with some short practice at writing in many different ways. These are particularly good for reluctant writers - the tasks are fun and achievable in one session - less daunting for many children. Can be used in class with small groups / work with a TA but are also written for parents to use. A fresh way to send home writing tasks that can be done in more enjoyable ways with parents and carers.
Thinking Skills - 5 lessons for Key Stage 2 - Pack 3
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Thinking Skills - 5 lessons for Key Stage 2 - Pack 3

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This is a pack of 5 lessons taken from a booklet called Let’s Think Homework - professionally produced ideas that were originally intended to provide teachers and schools with some alternative ideas for homework. There are 7 Different Packs available They are flexible and can easily be used as a whole class starter, developed into a small group task and/or sent home to promote discussion with parents and carers. The sessions are driven by objectives to develop a range of thinking skills such as: Explaining, Evaluating, Logical thinking, Predicting, Making connections, questioning, prioritizing, listening etc. A really great resource for supply teachers too! The whole booklet 'Let’s Think Homework’ with all the 100 ideas is for sale in the Thinking Child shop
Thinking Skills - 5 Lessons for Key Stage 2 - Pack 7
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Thinking Skills - 5 Lessons for Key Stage 2 - Pack 7

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This is a pack of 5 lessons taken from a booklet called Let’s Think Homework - professionally produced ideas that were originally intended to provide teachers and schools with some alternative ideas for homework. There are 7 Different Packs available They are flexible and can easily be used as a whole class starter, developed into a small group task and/or sent home to promote discussion with parents and carers. The sessions are driven by objectives to develop a range of thinking skills such as: Explaining, Evaluating, Logical thinking, Predicting, Making connections, questioning, prioritizing, listening etc. A really great resource for supply teachers too! The whole booklet 'Let’s Think Homework’ with all the 100 ideas is for sale in the Thinking Child shop
Thinking Skills - 5 lessons for Key Stage 2 - Pack 5
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Thinking Skills - 5 lessons for Key Stage 2 - Pack 5

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This is a pack of 5 lessons taken from a booklet called Let’s Think Homework - professionally produced ideas that were originally intended to provide teachers and schools with some alternative ideas for homework. There are 7 Different Packs available They are flexible and can easily be used as a whole class starter, developed into a small group task and/or sent home to promote discussion with parents and carers. The sessions are driven by objectives to develop a range of thinking skills such as: Explaining, Evaluating, Logical thinking, Predicting, Making connections, questioning, prioritizing, listening etc. A really great resource for supply teachers too! The whole booklet 'Let’s Think Homework’ with all the 100 ideas is for sale in the Thinking Child shop
Thinking Skills - 5 lessons for KS2 - Pack 6
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Thinking Skills - 5 lessons for KS2 - Pack 6

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This is a pack of 5 lessons taken from a booklet called Let’s Think Homework - professionally produced ideas that were originally intended to provide teachers and schools with some alternative ideas for homework. There are 7 Different Packs available They are flexible and can easily be used as a whole class starter, developed into a small group task and/or sent home to promote discussion with parents and carers. The sessions are driven by objectives to develop a range of thinking skills such as: Explaining, Evaluating, Logical thinking, Predicting, Making connections, questioning, prioritizing, listening etc. A really great resource for supply teachers too! The whole booklet 'Let’s Think Homework’ with all the 100 ideas is for sale in the Thinking Child shop
Guided Reading Resource Pack - Upper Key Stage 2
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Guided Reading Resource Pack - Upper Key Stage 2

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A comprehensive, professionally produced reading resource. The pack contains: Barry 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
Words and Sentence Activity cards - Over 70 Spag Ideas - year 3 /4
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Words and Sentence Activity cards - Over 70 Spag Ideas - year 3 /4

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This is a pack of over 70 different activity ideas, covering a wide range of word level and sentence level objectives. They are fun, engaging and sometimes relatively quick activities to engage children in Spag work - they have proved successful in re-engaging more reluctant children. They can be used and adapted for group work in class - with a TA or teach children to do them independently. As part of a catch up programme with a tutor or other adult. But they are also written so that parents and carers can have some of the ideas go home as ‘homework’ - fun and engaging and not feeling like real homework - even though the learning benefits are potentially huge.
Guided Reading Resource Pack - Lower Key Stage 2
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Guided Reading Resource Pack - Lower Key Stage 2

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A comprehensive, professionally produced reading resource. The pack contains: But Mum There’s a Monster 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
Strategies for Spelling - 23 Activity Cards- Year 3 /4
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Strategies for Spelling - 23 Activity Cards- Year 3 /4

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This is a set of 23 cards with a wide variety of ideas , games and strategies for children to learn their spellings. Great for using in class as an independent group task, more focused with a TA or other adult - and easily then sent home for active homework. Uses physical, visual, auditory strategies - something for every child to help them be a more successful speller.
Word Class Generation - Active Grammar ideas
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Word Class Generation - Active Grammar ideas

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As the title suggests, this is an interactive grammar lesson to re enforce the ‘job’ that words do in a sentence. Aimed at Key Stage 2. 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