32 lessons - 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf - Year 4/5/6 - English planningQuick View
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32 lessons - 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf - Year 4/5/6 - English planning

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A whole term’s English planning linked to the book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ (Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award 2019) by Onjali Rauf. 32 lessons in total, all with SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets. There are a total of 193 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked along with which lesson each chapter should be read to aid and link to the learning. (Update 19/5/2020 - In response to many requests, I have converted the SMART Notebook screens to Powerpoint, so there is also a 193 page Powerpoint presentation included for the teaching sequence.) This teaching sequence and planning will require the children to complete the following tasks over the 32 lessons: writing a recount writing a persuasive letter answering SATs style comprehension questions writing a narrative descriptive writing drama session writing an information text writing a newspaper report I have also included some examples of work for some lessons. This topic will also educate and inform the children of a very current real problem that others in the world face - the plight of the refugee. Using this book will expand their understanding of the world and help them to empathise and appreciate what some of the other children in school may have gone through. Even if you don’t need this scheme of work, I would highly recommend the book to share with the class.
30 lessons – ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell – Year 4/5/6 – English planningQuick View
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30 lessons – ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell – Year 4/5/6 – English planning

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A whole term’s English planning linked to the book ‘The Explorer’ (Winner of the Children’s Book Prize Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2017) by Katherine Rundell. Ideal for Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 children. 30 lessons in total, all with SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets. There are a total of 143 SMART Notebook screens and each lesson is clearly marked along with which lesson each chapter should be read to aid and link to the learning. (Update - I have split the SMART Notebook screens over four files to reduce the size and make it easier to download.) (Update 21/10/2020 - In response to many requests, I have converted the SMART Notebook screens to Powerpoint, so there are also 174 Powerpoint presentation pages included for the teaching sequence across four files.) This planning includes: Writing a narrative Writing a persuasive letter SATs style comprehension questions Journal writing Writing an information text Recording a radio broadcast This book and planning link well with topic work on South America, Brazil, the Amazon rainforest and the Yanomami indigenious tribe. It will also educate and inform the children of a very current real problem that others in the world face - the destruction of the rainforest.
20 lessons – ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick – Year 4/5/6 – English planningQuick View
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20 lessons – ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick – Year 4/5/6 – English planning

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A whole English teaching sequence linked to the book Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (Winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2001). Ideal for Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 children. There are 20 lessons planned in total , all with SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets to aid teaching and learning. There are 101 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) for the teaching sequence and each lesson is clearly marked, along with details about which chapter should be read with each of the lessons. (Update 22/10/2020 - In response to many requests, I have converted the SMART Notebook screens to Powerpoint, so there is also a 123 page Powerpoint presentation included for the teaching sequence.) This planning includes lessons that will require the children to complete the following tasks: writing an informal letter writing a discussion text answering SATs style comprehension questions using a thesaurus writing a narrative This book and planning link well with topic work on climate change, caring for the environment or any links to water. Even though the book is now 20 years old, it is still relevant to the concerns that are still important today about the dangers facing our planet, and will make them think and be exposed to some of these concerns.
32 lessons – ‘Boy In The Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen – Year 4/5/6 – English planningQuick View
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32 lessons – ‘Boy In The Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen – Year 4/5/6 – English planning

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A whole English teaching sequence linked to the fantastic book Boy In The Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Short-listed for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Awards 2015). Ideal for Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 children. There are 32 lessons planned, all with appropriate SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets. There are a total of 166 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked, along with details about which lesson chapters should be read, to aid and link to the learning. (Update 1/4/2021 - I have received a number of requests to include the SMART Notebook screens in an alternate format. Therefore I have also included a 219 page Powerpoint that includes all of the SMART Notebook screens. There are more screens as Powerpoint is not as interactive as SMART and so this gets around the problem for Powerpoint users.) This sequence includes a varied range of planned activities: Writing a newspaper report Writing an informal letter Writing a discussion text SATs style comprehension questions Writing a narrative Writing and acting out a playscript Writing a set of instructions Writing an information poster Writing a journal entry. It will also provide the children an understanding of mental health issues that arise in the story. This book is very enjoyable with a good story that will get the children thinking about the plot. The activities planned will allow the children to immerse themselves in the story thoroughly and provide opportunities to produce a range of high-quality writing.
32 lessons – ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross MacKenzie – Year 4/5/6 – English planningQuick View
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32 lessons – ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross MacKenzie – Year 4/5/6 – English planning

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32 lessons – ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross MacKenzie – Year 4/5/6 – English planning A whole English teaching sequence linked to the book The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie (Winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2016). Ideal for Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 children. There are 32 lessons planned, all with SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets. There are a total of 167 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked, along with details about which lesson each chapter should be read, to aid and link to the learning. (Update 14/4/2021 - following a number of requests, I have converted the SMART Notebook pages to Powerpoint which is also now included in the resource.) This planning includes opportunities for: descriptive writing writing a discussion text SATs style comprehension questions research and write an information text writing a narrative using speech punctuation correctly writing a journal entry writing a newspaper report biography writing This book has an original and engaging story with good characters and is an ideal book to hook the class to their English learning.
18 lessons – ‘D-Day Dog’ by Tom Palmer – Year 4/5/6 – English planningQuick View
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18 lessons – ‘D-Day Dog’ by Tom Palmer – Year 4/5/6 – English planning

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18 lessons – ‘D-Day Dog’ by Tom Palmer – Year 4/5/6 – English planning A whole English teaching sequence linked to the book D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer (Winner of the FCBG Children’s Book Award 2020). Ideal for Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 children. There are 18 lessons planned, all with SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets where applicable. There are a total of 103 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked, along with details about which lesson chapters should be read, to aid and link to the learning. (Update 14/4/2021 – I have also converted the SMART Notebook screens so that they are all available as a Powerpoint file – I would recommend using the SMART Notebook screens as they are more interactive). This sequence includes a varied range of planned activities: Researching World War II and D-Day Writing an information text Emotive writing using images Blackout poetry Writing a diary entry. It will also provide the children an understanding of wars past and present, and the difficult decisions faced by those involved. This book is very enjoyable with a good story that will get the children thinking. The activities planned will allow the children to immerse themselves in the story thoroughly and provide opportunities to produce a range of high-quality writing.
32 lessons – ‘Bloom: Surprising Seeds of Sorrel Fallowfield’ by Nicola Skinner – Year 4/5/6 EnglishQuick View
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32 lessons – ‘Bloom: Surprising Seeds of Sorrel Fallowfield’ by Nicola Skinner – Year 4/5/6 English

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A whole term’s English planning linked to the book ‘Bloom: The Surprising Seeds of Sorrel Fallowfield’ by Katherine Rundell. 32 lessons in total. This was one of The Guardian Books of the Year 2019 where they described it as follows: *Nicola Skinner’s debut Bloom (HarperCollins) is illustrated with vine-wreathed charm by Flavia Sorrentino. Good girl Sorrel, best-behaved child in the sad town of Little Sterilis, is horrified when Surprising Seeds sprout on the top of her head, making her crave sunlight and hear voices – how can she possibly win the most obedient pupil prize now? A riotous, original and timely reminder that sometimes rules are made to be broken. * This planning is ideal for Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 children and links to the book which is a well written and enjoyable story that will engage the class well. There are 32 lessons in total, all with SMART Notebook screens, task sheets and header sheets. There are a total of 203 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked, along with which lesson chapters should be read to aid and link to the learning. This planning sequence includes: writing a persuasive letter, SATs style comprehension questions, diary writing, narrative writing, newspaper report writing, creating a TV interview script, viewpoint writing, creating an information factfile, instruction writing and also an author letter. This book will aid many different writing opportunities which they will enjoy. It will also make the children think about and appreciate how lucky we are to have so many green spaces near us to explore and to think about the impact of climate change.
27 lessons - 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl - Year 4/5/6 - English planningQuick View
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27 lessons - 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl - Year 4/5/6 - English planning

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A whole term’s English planning linked to the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. There are 27 lessons in total, all with planning, SMART Notebook screens, task explanations and header sheets. To aid the lessons, there are a total of 160 SMART Notebook screens (in one file) and each lesson is clearly marked along with which lesson each chapter should be read to aid and link to the learning. This planning includes: diary entry, first person viewpoint, writing a persuasive letter, SATs style comprehension questions and writing a narrative. Once the book is completed there is also a unit to produce an explanation text about how chocolate is made. It also has instructions how to make a golden ticket for the first engagement lesson to hook the interest of your learners. I find that even though many children have already read the book (or seen the films) they still really enjoy hearing the story again and producing quality writing as a result of studying the book and characters. Using this book also leads to many other cross-curricular lessons that are always fun particularly making a chocolate bar (DT) and designing a wrapper (Computing).
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New term / New class activity - Logo quiz KS2 and KS3 Back to school

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Getting ready to go back to school: A resource to be used at the start of the school year (or at the beginning of any new term). Ideal or those early days of term where an activity is needed to let the class get used to their new classroom surroundings. My Year 6 class have always enjoyed these types of logo quiz. However, it would be accessible to any child in Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 3. I also put a copy in the staffroom to keep the adults amused. There are 47 answers for the children to find, working in pairs or small groups. (46 different logos) This resource will cover at least one lesson but I have found it better used for a slightly longer period of time. It could even be used as a homework task to get the children’s families and parents involved. For this task, I usually spend 10 minutes explaining the task and arranging the partners/groups, then give the children 30 - 40 minutes to complete the 47 answers. Following this, they swap team answer sheets and we go through the answers and count up the score. This takes about 20 minutes. Finally, I record and write down all the team scores on a whiteboard to see who has won. All brands are relevant to children and include confectionery, technology, food, drinks, restaurants, cars etc that the children will know (and hopefully guess). This logo quiz is also enjoyed by colleagues - stick it in the staffroom and see how many they can identify! Always causes debate and discussion. This resource includes a SMART Notebook presentation with answers, a powerpoint presentation, a teacher answer sheet and a blank answer sheet for children.
Christmas Logo Quiz - Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 - 42 different answers to findQuick View
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Christmas Logo Quiz - Years 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 - 42 different answers to find

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A super resource for the festive season. Just right for those lessons in the last few days of the Christmas term when everyone is winding down a bit. I’ve used a variation of this logo quiz every year and it is always enjoyed by the children (my class is Year 6 but it is relevant for children from Year 5 through to Year 13). I’ve even used it in the staffroom! There are 42 different logos for the children to find, working in pairs or small groups. This resource will cover at least one lesson but I have found it better used as a whole morning activity. Could even be used as a homework task to get the children’s families and parents involved. For this task, I usually spend 10-15 minutes explaining the task and arranging the partners/groups, then give the children 45- 60 minutes to complete the 45 answers. Following this, they swap team answer sheets and we go through the answers. Finally, record all the answers to see who has won. All brands are relevant to children and include confectionery, technology, food, drinks, restaurants etc that the children will know (and hopefully guess). This logo quiz is also enjoyed by colleagues - stick it in the staffroom and see how many they can identify! Always causes debate and discussion. This resource includes a SMART Notebook presentation with answers, a powerpoint presentation, a teacher answer sheet and a blank answer sheet for children. Merry Christmas - enjoy the fun!
KS2 Maths - Statistics - SATs questions 2016-2019Quick View
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KS2 Maths - Statistics - SATs questions 2016-2019

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There have been a number of questions linked to the area of Statistics in the Key Stage 2 Maths SATs Reasoning papers from the years 2016 to 2019. This sheet collects all of the questions together to allow your Year 6 children to practise answering the questions after teaching this area. This will allow you gain a good assessment of their understanding of the learning. There are 10 questions in total.
KS2 Maths - Multiplying numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number SATs questions 2016-2019Quick View
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KS2 Maths - Multiplying numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number SATs questions 2016-2019

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There have been a number of questions for multiplying numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number in the Key Stage 2 Maths SATs exams from the years 2016 to 2019. This sheet collects all of the questions from Paper 1 to allow your Year 6 children to practise answering the questions after teaching this area. This will allow you gain a good assessment of their understanding of the learning. There are 8 questions in total. If using the Power Maths scheme of work, it fits in well with Year 6 Unit 2 Lesson 4.
KS2 Maths - Negative numbers/Temperature  SATs questions 2014-2019Quick View
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KS2 Maths - Negative numbers/Temperature SATs questions 2014-2019

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There have been a number of questions on negative numbers in the Key Stage 2 Maths SATs exams (usually in the context of temperature). This sheet collects all of the questions together to allow your Year 6 children to practise answering the questions after teaching this area. This will allow you gain a good assessment of their understanding of the learning. There are 10 questions in total.
KS2 Maths - Problem solving using addition and subtraction  SATs questions 2016-2019Quick View
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KS2 Maths - Problem solving using addition and subtraction SATs questions 2016-2019

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There have been a number of questions that require problem solving using addition and subtraction in the Key Stage 2 Maths SATs exams from the years 2016 to 2019. This sheet collects all of the questions together to allow your Year 6 children to practise answering the questions after teaching this area. This will allow you gain a good assessment of their understanding of the learning. There are 6 questions in total. If using the Power Maths scheme of work, it fits in well with Year 6 Unit 2 Lesson 2.
KS2 Maths - Place value and Rounding SATs questions 2016-2019Quick View
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KS2 Maths - Place value and Rounding SATs questions 2016-2019

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There have been 7 questions on place value and rounding in the Key Stage 2 Maths SATs exams. This sheet collects all of the questions together to allow your Year 6 children to practise answering the questions after teaching this area. This will allow you a good assessment of their understanding of the learning.
KS2 Maths - Dividing numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number SATs questions 2016-2019Quick View
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KS2 Maths - Dividing numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number SATs questions 2016-2019

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There have been a number of questions for dividing numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number in the Key Stage 2 Maths SATs Paper 1 exams from the years 2016 to 2019. This sheet collects all of the questions together to allow your Year 6 children to practise answering the questions after teaching this area. This will allow you gain a good assessment of their understanding of the learning. There are 8 questions in total. If using the Power Maths scheme of work, it fits in well with Year 6 Unit 2 Lesson 5.