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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.
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.
Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy - KS1 and KS2
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Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy - KS1 and KS2

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All the ideas in this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. The activities are intended for teachers to incorporate into medium and short term planning cycles and will no doubt be added to over time. They are not just a means to just take ‘indoor learning outdoors’ but to enhance ways of delivering the maths curriculum as a whole. Any large space is suitable for many of these sessions, if weather is ever a real issue. The pack caters for KS1 and KS2 and is linked directly to the primary maths curriculum but, as the developmental stages of real children don’t always neatly match these, it might be necessary to use professional judgement: to change, adapt and experiment with the ideas to fit your own context.
Active Grammar ideas - Antonyms & Word Classes - KS2
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Active Grammar ideas - Antonyms & Word Classes - KS2

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This activity is called 'Would You Rather?" and explores in a playful way word classes and antonyms. 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 - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Word Classes - KS2

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This activity is called 'Word Wheels" and is designed to consolidate understanding word classes in a playful way. 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 - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Word Classes - KS2

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This activity is called 'Word Class Wander" and explores through a walkabout card game the different word classes. 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 - 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 - 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 - Temporal Connectives - KS2
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Active Grammar ideas - Temporal Connectives - KS2

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This activity is called 'Witness Statements" and explores how to use temporal connectives whilst pretending to be a witness to an event. 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 - 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 - Writing Different Types of Sentences - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Writing Different Types of Sentences - KS2

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This activity is called 'Which Ingredients?" and explores/give practice at writing different types of sentences. 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 - 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 - Noun Phrases - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Noun Phrases - KS2

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This activity is called 'What Can You See?" and explores in a visual way - using ‘scribble drawings’ to generate noun 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 - Recognising Different Parts of a Sentence - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Recognising Different Parts of a Sentence - KS2

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This activity is called 'What am I Bid?" and reinforces how to recognise the different parts of a sentence through a fun ‘auction of words’ 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 - Alternative Verbs - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Alternative Verbs - KS2

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This activity is called 'Verb Generator" and is designed to support children to build a bank of alternative verbs for 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 Classes - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Word Classes - KS2

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This activity is called 'True or False" and uses a format similar to an old TV Quiz programme “Call My Bluff” to reinforce word classes. 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 - Verbs, Adverbs, Phrases & Adverbial Clauses - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Verbs, Adverbs, Phrases & Adverbial Clauses - KS2

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This activity is called 'Thumbs Up for Verbs" and explores in a playful way how to add more detail to verbs through the use of adverbs, phrases and adverbial clauses - 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
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