Author on Tes: New resource? Where to begin

Jessica Lamb
15th May 2018
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Jessica Lamb, one half of Blossomingminds, shares what’s key to her when she’s making a new classroom resource.

 

Jessica, tell us about your teaching background.

After completing my PGCE in 2012, I’ve worked as an infant teacher, a junior school teacher, a supply teacher and a learning officer at a nature reserve. I love the range of subjects and ages I’ve been able to teach, as I’ve so many different interests myself. I now work with my sister, Amanda, to create our resources, using Amanda’s expertise in exam moderation and mathematics, so that we can make the best possible resources with our joint skills.

 

Where do you begin when creating a resource for a lesson?

Research is incredibly important! We search the Tes website to see what’s already out there and decide on what we could do to improve it. Then we study the curriculum, look at old exam papers and make sure our subject knowledge is sound. We want to make sure our resources definitely meet teachers’ needs.

 

What resource are you most proud of?

We were both determined to help teachers, parents and children get ready for Year 2 Sats, as we know it can be a busy time. We’ve worked hard creating Spag, maths and reading materials. Recently, we uploaded a pack of non-fiction reading papers for every week of the year, which was a real achievement!

 

We also love it when we’re able to create resources for topics we’re passionate about. For the anniversary of women getting the vote in Britain, we created two presentations about suffragettes and women’s rights for primary and secondary students.

 

What are your top tips for new authors?

Look for a gap in the market. Some subjects are overloaded with quality resources, but there are still a lot of areas that could do with a wider variety of teaching materials. If there are any lessons you’ve taught that you’ve had to plan from scratch, this probably means there were not enough helpful materials on Tes – so upload yours!

 

It also helps to work in a pair or team. We all have strengths in different areas, so try working with family, friends or colleagues to make some really high quality resources.

  

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Bumper Year 2 Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Pack - One a Week

***FANTASTIC VALUE***
A collection of 39 non-fiction reading comprehension booklets for year 2 - one for every week of the school year!

Every booklet comes in 3 differentiated levels and includes answers. They are all based on the SATs reading paper, containing a similar style and range of questions. They are also laid out in the same way as a SATs booklet to provide the children with greater experience of the test format.

A very wide range of topics is included in the pack to make the booklets suitable for using throughout the school year. They are sorted into the following categories:
-Celebrations
-Countries
-Historical Figures
-Science
-Seasons
-Space
-Transport
-Wildlife

Perfect for cross-curricular and topic-based learning, whilst also preparing your class for SATS.

PDF file format.

By Blossoming Minds

Suffragettes - 100 years of women voting February 2018 (Britain) - KS2

6th February 2018 marks 100 years since women over 30 were given the vote in Britain.
Celebrate this historic anniversary by teaching your KS2 children about the suffragettes and the Bill in Parliament that allowed women to vote.
This resource is a 22 slide detailed, editable PowerPoint, perfect for teaching your children about this important topic. The slideshow covers women's rights prior to suffrage, the actions of the the suffragettes, the arguments on either side, a detailed look at five particular suffragists, women during the war, the Act in Parliament, women in the 20th century and suffrage around the world. It concludes some questions for further conversation.
It is suitable for using with KS2 children and could be used for an assembly, a filler or a lesson introduction.
I hope you enjoy teaching about this historic event!
(Please note: This PowerPoint is adapted from the secondary school version to make it appropriate for primary aged children.)
By Blossoming Minds

Suffragettes Presentation - 100 years of women voting (UK) February 2018 (KS3/4)

6th February 2018 marks 100 years since women over 30 were given the vote in Britain.
Celebrate this historic anniversary by teaching your students about the suffragettes and the Bill in parliament that allowed suffrage for women.
This resource is a 24 slide detailed, editable PowerPoint, perfect for teaching your children about this important topic. The slideshow covers women's rights prior to suffrage, different suffrage organisations, their actions, the arguments on either side, a detailed look at five particular suffragists, women during the war, the Act in Parliament, women in the 20th century and suffrage around the world. It concludes with 10 questions to elicit conversation and debate.
It is suitable for using with secondary aged children.
I hope you enjoy teaching about this historic event!
(Please note: There is an adapted, age-appropriate version for KS2 also available from the Blossoming Minds shop.)
By Blossoming Minds

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