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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.
Talk Homework Ideas
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Talk Homework Ideas

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A starter mindmap for setting homework that is designed to get pupils (and parents) thinking and talking. You can add a written taskl for some if you want to.
Active Grammar ideas - Pronouns & Ambiguity - KS2
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Active Grammar ideas - Pronouns & Ambiguity - KS2

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This activity is called 'Who Did What?" and explores in a playful way how to use pronouns in a consistent way and avoid ambiguity in 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
Active Grammar ideas - Word Class Dictionary Quiz - KS2
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Active Grammar ideas - Word Class Dictionary Quiz - KS2

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This activity is called 'Word Class Dictionary Quiz" and asks children to decide how a word might be used in different ways . 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Word Classes & Vocabulary - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Word Classes & Vocabulary - KS2

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This activity is called 'Word Class Outdoors" and reinforces word classes in a playful way, helping to build vocabulary. 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Spoken vs Written Language - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Spoken vs Written Language - KS2

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This activity is called 'When Should a Sentence be?" and asks children to contrast /discuss ‘sentences’ that are spoken and written. 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Word Class Poems - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Word Class Poems - KS2

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This activity is called 'Word Class Poems" and asks children to play with different words for poetic effect. 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Verb Forms in Texts - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Verb Forms in Texts - KS2

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This activity is called 'Verb Hunters" and asks children to investigate how verbs are used in ‘real-life’ texts. 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Plurals of Nouns - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Plurals of Nouns - KS2

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This activity is called 'When there’s more than one" and uses a team game format to reinforce the different endings for plural nouns. 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Adverbial Phrases - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Adverbial Phrases - KS2

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This activity is called 'Stretch a Sentence" and uses a circle/memory game to reinforce the use of adverbial phrases. 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
Active Grammar Ideas - Contracting & Expanding Sentences - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Contracting & Expanding Sentences - KS2

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This activity is called 'Three Little Words" and explores in a playful way how to expand and contract sentences and notice the effect on 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
Different Sentences / Different Meanings - Active Grammar Ideas
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Different Sentences / Different Meanings - Active Grammar Ideas

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This activity is called 'Stand Up Suggestions" and explores how to contruct different sentences for different meanings. 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
Active & Passive Voice - Active Grammar Ideas
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Active & Passive Voice - Active Grammar Ideas

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This activity is called 'Spot the Subject" and uses news articles to explore active & passive voices. 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
Identifying Different Language Structures - Active Grammar Ideas
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Identifying Different Language Structures - Active Grammar Ideas

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This activity is called 'Shaping Up Shakespeare" and explores how language can work in different ways. 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
Phrases, Clauses, Sentences - Active Grammar Ideas
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Phrases, Clauses, Sentences - Active Grammar Ideas

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This activity is called 'Sentence Scrapbooks" and explores how to build phrases, clauses and sentences from magazines and newspapers. 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
Imperative Verbs - Active Grammar Ideas
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Imperative Verbs - Active Grammar Ideas

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Using a memory game format to consolidate understanding of where imperative verbs are used. 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 - Spelling, Vocabulary,
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Spelling, Vocabulary,

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Wheel of the Year” An outdoor session to develop a playful approach to developing and extending spelling and vocabulary as well as gathering information. 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 - Thinking warm up - generate ideas
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson ideas - Thinking warm up - generate ideas

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “What Could it Be?” An outdoor session to develop a playful approach to developing ideas and thinking freely. 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 - Thinking Warm up
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Thinking Warm up

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Word Chain” An outdoor session to develop a playful approach to developing thinking 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