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Pictures tell stories

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A PowerPoint explaining how Anthony Browne put his pictures together in Willy's Pictures to tell stories, by looking at the work of other famous artists.
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The Witches' Spell - Capacity Activities for EYFS

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Two lesson plans, worksheets and a presentation to get young children thinking about measuring and potions! Inspired by The Witches’ Spell in Macbeth by William Shakespeare, these sessions are part of a longer unit covering all areas of curriculum, but are great as stand alone sessions too. In this pack are two lesson plans and the printable resources, plus the presentation, that you’ll need for sessions brave EYFS children and their teachers. The children are introduced to the basic terms for comparing different capacities and there is a good balance of practical and formal work. Aims and success criteria are made clear, as are the key words and resources needed for the activities that take place. This is a resource heavy topic, but I hope that I have made it as simple and practical as possible, while still being creative and fun for everyone. If physical resources are not available, substituting for alternatives is great for the imagination and pictures can do the job as well. Differentiation is built into the sessions, and the lessons can be seen as a starting point for your own ideas. There is scope for further development into a longer term project, with potion making and further measurement activities etc. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 measurement activities will take the capacity and witches’ spell theme further, so please look out for them. To hear a FREE recording of the poem that inspired the activities, please go to https://soundcloud.com/user-983069543/the-witches-spell
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Pirate project stuff!

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This is a power point about real pirates, plus the old style Windows versions of my pirate words and legends resources. Enjoy!
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Hallowe'en Activities

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A fun-packed, jam-packed goodie bag of Tricks and Treats for primary aged children at Hallowe'en time. There's a detailed set of activities for drama games, an arty party and warm-up games with a spooky twist, involving music, mindfulness, concentration , role-play, and moments of calm. The activities can form sessions on their own, but can be cherry picked to be incorporated to stimulate or round-off similarly themed lessons. At the end of the document, there's a short but informative recommended book list, including notes on the origins of the folk stories we know today that are far more terrifying in their original forms than their Disneyified counterparts. JUST ADDED! A set of worksheets based on the skull decorations often seen during Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and America. The first sheet provides illustrative examples for the children to look at and discuss (as a class. group, talking partner etc), the second sheet is a very basic colouring in (that can be added to with the children's own design and flowers etc), and the third is the basic skull shape, which is up to the children to design (and again flowers etc can be added). The children's skull pictures can be printed or stuck to card and made into masks by cutting out the eye holes and making holes at either side of the face.
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Pirate words and legends

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<p>A word mat of pirate words and a power point presentation on legends of pirates. Hope its useful!</p>
Story Detectives : What makes a good story?Quick View
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Story Detectives : What makes a good story?

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A simple to use lesson plan, designed for teachers and teaching assistants to pick up and get going! This is an introduction to story writing for children, as it goes through the basics of identifying what makes a good story, step by step. There are hints for the adults in how to deliver the lesson, aims, success criteria, an easy resource list, downloadable resources with success criteria included, and separate learning objectives for your assessment files. This is a lesson that has been tried and tested in the classroom and works! Adaptable across the primary age range, this lesson works best with Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2. Please review and give me any feedback - it is really useful to me. Thanks! This lesson pack is part of my STORY DETECTIVES series. Look out for more already available and coming soon. Emma Middlemiss has been a TES Top Pick Author since 2009
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Pirates galore!

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Pirate project stuff… there are resources here about famous pirates, pirate flags, pirate ships, what pirates ate and drank, and a pirate themed word bank! There’s even a chance to design your own pirate flag.
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Story Detectives: What makes an interesting character?

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A simple to use lesson plan, designed for teachers and teaching assistants to pick up and get going with straightaway, with hints and suggestions to make this a great lesson to use quickly and easily. This is an introduction to story writing for children, as it goes through the basics of identifying what makes a character interesting and then how to create characters , step by step. There are tips for the adults in how to deliver the lesson, aims, success criteria, an easy resource list, downloadable resources with success criteria included, and separate learning objectives for your assessment files. This is a lesson that has been tried and tested in the classroom and works! Adaptable across the primary age range, this lesson works best with Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2. Please review and give me any feedback - it is really useful to me. Thanks! This lesson pack is part of my STORY DETECTIVES series. Look out for more already available and coming soon. Emma Middlemiss has been a TES Top Pick Author since 2009
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The Witches' Spell - Teaching Pack of lessons and presentation

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Here are the full set of lesson plans, presentations and printable resources that you’ll need for sessions with EYFS, Key Stage 1 or 2 children and their teachers. These lessons introduce the famous ‘Double, double, toil and trouble…’ verses from the play, Macbeth, said by the witches as they create a spell and is a great way to bring children to the Bard for the first time. Children get to act out the spell and build their own verses, using key vocabulary, and rhythm and rhyme. There are also lessons on capacity, counting, sorting, music, and art. Differentiation is built into the sessions, and the lessons can be seen as a starting point for your own ideas. There is scope for further development into a longer term project, with potion making and hallowe’en activities etc. A follow-up to the drama and music work could be a musical scene based on the spell, which could become a longer more demanding drama and movement performance for an assembly or end of term production, depending on the ability of your pupils. Every lesson has clear aims and success criteria, a comprehensive list of resources, helpful key words and specially designed worksheets and/or presentations, which are all created to be adaptable for your settings and your classes. My aim to make something that is useful and usable for teachers, that is fun for everybody, while creating memorable educational experiences. I have used the extract here with 3 to 11 year olds many times, and it is always a guaranteed winner, becoming a firm favourite warm-up game for drama activities. To hear a FREE recording of the poem, please go to my SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-983069543/the-witches-spell
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The Witches' Spell - Capacity Key Stage 2

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NOW REVISED AND UPDATED HERE A quality lesson plan, worksheets and a presentation to get children thinking about measuring and potions! Inspired by The Witches’ Spell in Macbeth by William Shakespeare, these sessions are part of a longer unit covering all areas of curriculum, but are great as stand alone sessions too. In this pack are two lesson plans and the printable resources, plus the presentation, that you’ll need for sessions brave Key Stage 2 children and their teachers. The children are given opportunities to calculate different capacities and there is a good balance of practical and formal work. Aims and success criteria are made clear, as are the key words and resources needed for the activities that take place. This is a resource heavy topic, but I hope that I have made it as simple and practical as possible, while still being creative and fun for everyone. If physical resources are not available, substituting for alternatives is great for the imagination and pictures can do the job as well. EXTRA - Now with added Counting skills lesson!!! Don’t tell everyone, they’ll all want one. Differentiation is built into the sessions, and the lessons can be seen as a starting point for your own ideas. Learning Objectives and Assessment for Learning boxes are included on the worksheets to help you with your marking. There is scope for further development into a longer term project, with potion making and further measurement activities etc. My EYFS and Key Stage 1 activities based on capacity and witches’ spell theme are also available via TES, so please look out for them. Hear the poem read on SoundCloud here: https by ://soundcloud.com/user-983069543/the-witches-spell by your host. Yes, I know, I spoil you. If you like my resources, I’d be really grateful for a review and some stars. If you don’t like them, ask your loved ones to stock up on flies for your breakfast x
The Witches' Spell by William Shakespeare - A Simple IntroductionQuick View
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The Witches' Spell by William Shakespeare - A Simple Introduction

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Two user friendly lesson plans and sets of worksheets, with free audio, to download and use straightaway, in primary classrooms. They are fun, easy to manage and a great way to introduce Shakespeare to children, from Reception up to Year 6. Each lesson has clear aims and criteria for achievement, differentiation for ability, a sample keywords and questions, a list of resources and next steps. Worksheets are plain and simple, and are designed specifically for the lessons, but can be adapted or seen as a template for your own worksheets or work in books. The lessons can be the starting point for other activities as a project on the text, such as music (creating a witches dance), science/technology (creating potions), maths (measuring potions, comparing measures etc) and so on. If you check out my resources, I have lesson plans based on the Witches Spell that you can use or adapt for your purposes, all for free. I have used the extract here with 3 to 11 year olds, and it is always a guaranteed winner, becoming a firm favourite warm-up game for drama activities (reciting it, not, you know, heating up a cauldron or anything - Elf and Safety and all that, and I so got in trouble for destroying the Kingdom of Mordor, so not doing that again). To hear a FREE recording of the poem, please go to my website: http://emblabee.org/the-31-days-of-scary-day-1/ or SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/user-983069543/the-witches-spell If you like my resources, I’d be really grateful for a review and some stars. If you don’t like them, ask your loved ones to stock up on flies for your breakfast x
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Hansel & Gretel EYFS-LKS2 Teacher Notes

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Here are lots of activities based on the full text of the tale of Hansel and Gretel from the collection made by the Grimm brothers. There’s loads of ideas for both indoors and outdoors, with plenty to keep children’s minds and hands busy and active as they explore and learn, while interacting with one of Europe’s oldest folk tales. There is a full introduction to the text used, with a brief historical notes on the context of the setting. I have included an approach to how to bring the text to children, either as a read story or a performed oral tale. Following that, there are fun activities designed for warm-up games for concentration or drama, creative activities indoors or outdoors, at Forest School or outdoor learning areas. Tasks include: carving, cookery, puppetry, making and following pathways, fire safety, hot chocolate and bread, having a feast, drama, problem solving, art and design, science (light and dark), poetry and understanding texts. I have included a recommended background reading for teachers interested in the history of the Grimms Tales and the darker versions of the stories than the norm… Most of the activities are suitable for EYFS or Key Stage 1, but Lower Key Stage 2 would probably benefit from them too.
Remembrance Day - Time to Remember Assembly and Lesson IdeasQuick View
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Remembrance Day - Time to Remember Assembly and Lesson Ideas

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A brief discussion of the themes behind Remembrance Day and how this can be introduced to young children in Primary Schools and carried forward with older children in Secondary Schools. There is information about the history of Remembrance Day, practical ideas for how to deal with the complex issues with children at an appropriate level and where to find further information. The ideas here can be used in lessons or assemblies, as you feel appropriate and right for your children. It can be tied to RE and PSE curricula.
History Detectives - Asking and answering questionsQuick View
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History Detectives - Asking and answering questions

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Two easy to use lesson plans based around the concept of asking and answering simple historical questions - why, when, where, what, who, how, can, do. Designed to get Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children thinking about the key questions they should be asking when carrying out investigations about the past, these two lessons take the children, step-by-step through the process of thinking about why we need to ask questions, how to ask questions and how to answer them based on evidence. They aren't period specific, so please feel free to adapt them to your circumstances. Aims and success criteria are included, as are downloadable resources to help you construct a lesson. All you need is here to get you going and start being creative with your thinking. I would be grateful for a review and/or feedback, so please don't be shy about letting me know if you like this resource or if you find any problems - I'd like to know how to improve for you!
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Treasure Chests Galore!

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A creative and fun set of five lesson plans linked by the theme of a Treasure Chest. Each plan has carefully constructed aims and success criteria, learning sequences and relevant key words, lists of requirements and resources, and additional notes to help you have great lessons. The lessons include: list writing, counting and addition, drawing and painting, designing and making, music and drama, sorting and classifying. Differentiation at three levels in built in to the plans, and there is ample opportunity for extension or ideas to develop into bigger projects. Worksheets are included were applicable, but workbooks or alternatives are easily used instead, according to school policy. NEW! Revised and new lesson plans now included and extra resources added, including Learning Objectives on the sheets ready to use or edit. PDF versions also included to prevent any problems with format when downloaded (hopefully). Relevant to the EYFS and National Curriculum, any teacher, supply teacher or NQT can pick up and use these lesson plans. All resources or their alternatives should be easily found in teaching bases, and there is a good mix of teacher- and child-led activities. Please see https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/pirates-galore-6013941 for my FREE pirate resources Contact me on: for custom made resources or lesson plans and schemes of work
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Birth of Venus activities for Key Stage 1 or 2

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Resource for: Key Stage 1/2 teachers/supply teachers What's included: differentiated lesson plans for Art History lessons, including extension activities; presentations suitable for the different Key Stages; Worksheets - a planning sheet that can either be used by independent writers to plan their work themselves or the less able to discuss and create a word bank with their key workers/teachers Key Learning Objective: Looking at the work of key artists and comparing to own work - in the main lesson, the children look at the painting here, look at the story being told by Botticelli (the birth of Venus), and other paintings by the artist and the stories they told too. The children then use the painting as inspiration for their own story and create their own version of the painting, compare and evaluating with their peers afterwards. Cross-curricular links: This small unit can be free standing, but can also be seen as part of work on the author and past Children's Laurette, Anthony Browne, who was inspired by this painting to create his own version and tell his own story in the book WILLY'S PICTURES
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Where the Wild Things Are

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This is a lesson plan and related resources for a Key Stage 1 Guided Reading session based on Where the Wild Things Are. Key learning objectives are included for both Year 1 and Year 2, a whole class plan, and differentiated group plans with specific questions tailored for each group. Essential and recommended resources are included in the plan. Homework sheets are here at two different levels, to follow-up the work done in class. The lesson plan here is the first part of a unit based on Where the Wild Things Are, a book described as a classic of American Literature.
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Supply Teacher Feedback Form

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A great little form for either Supply Teachers or teachers preparing for their cover. It has simple headings that help teachers pick out the key information needed for a good handover between professionals, so that everyone knows what is meant to be happening and what has happened. The Feedback Form includes: Plans for the day checklist Work completed and marked checklist Highlights of the day comment box Helpful children comment box Behaviour comment box Absent children, accidents etc comment box Supply Teacher signature and contact details box If you would like an edited version, please contact me directly via email: emma@emblabee.org or on twitter @emblabee and I’ll happily do one for you x
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Blank Lesson Plan

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I have designed a simple lesson plan for teachers, student teachers and supply teachers to use when planning lessons. There is a PDF version, suitable for making speedy handwritten notes, that can help teachers think through what they are doing and pass on the information necessary for their sessions to TAs and classroom support. Also supplied here is an editable version, with notes on how to fill in text boxes. A clear and easy to follow record of intentions for a lesson. Headings include: School Class Subject Date Teacher Aims Subject Criteria Key Vocabulary Resources Introduction Main Activity Plenary
The Witches Spell - The COMPLETE SET!Quick View
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The Witches Spell - The COMPLETE SET!

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Here is the complete set of updated lesson plans based on The Witches Spell by William Shakespeare in Macbeth, complete with sample worksheets for you to use, adapt, cut and treat as ever you wish! There are ideas here for every area of the curriculum from Art to PE, via English, Maths, Science, Design and dancing about in a witchy way when nobody is looking. Suitable for children from EYFS to Key Stage 2, there are IWB resources for potion jar measurement, help with introducing poetry skills, a (not successful) guide to potion making and cauldron design. In fact, there is everything here for the budding witch and wizard teacher to show their class how to perform to the of their ability and finally get into Hogwarts. Each lesson has detailed Aims, Success Criteria, structured teaching points, lists of key words, resources, and next steps. They include differentiation opportunities at three levels, although, as you know your class better than I do, please adjust and adapt these lessons. It is my hope that you see them as a starting point for your own adventure into Shakespeare and poetry with young children, and that you have fun exploring this topic as much as the children! For a free recording of the poem, please follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/user-983069543/the-witches-spell It isn’t an actual witch, its me… Or is it?
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Snow White Activity Pack

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Updated and Expanded VERSION A detailed teaching guide for EYFS and LKS2 based on the traditional version of Snow White. A complete unit of work, it now comprises of extensive ideas for activities, both indoors and outdoors, and two complete lesson plans and resources. Used in conjunction with the story or a trip to the pantomime, this is a great way to get children thinking and loving a traditional story. Most of the activities are based in drama, art & technology and literacy, and there are opportunities for outdoor learning which encompass geography and design technology. Included in the pack are background notes on the history and changes to the text since it first appeared in print, suggested further reading and almost unnecessary references to Chris Hemsworth. I have included my notes on how I would approach telling the tale to a class as a oral tale - where I would have breaks for discussion (and a breather) and to create some tension in the tale. As the pack is available for free, I’d be grateful if you could give me a review and some stars if you have the time. I’d love to hear how you get on with your sessions. Failing that, enjoy the pack and have fun with the kids!