One billion reasons to love Tes Resources

Victoria Haughton
04th May 2017
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With our one billionth download fast approaching, we take a look at some of the most popular resources from Tes Resources history

Ever since its inception in 2006, Tes Resources has been a hub for teachers across the world. Day by day, the huge variety of lesson plans, classroom activities, and worksheets on offer continues to grow.

Now, as we rapidly approach our one billionth download, we’ve decided to celebrate by taking a look back at some of our most in-demand resources from the past 11 years.

Primary resources

Ourselves introduction, downloaded nearly 70,000 times

Since the very start, Bev Evans has been uploading top-quality resources covering a range of ability levels. This interactive presentation provides an engaging way to cover the much-loved EYFS and primary topic of ourselves.

Phase 1-6 phonics planning, downloaded 230,000 times

Following the reintroduction of phonics in the teaching of reading, and later the publication of the government’s Letters and Sounds guidance in 2007, phonics activities have been consistently popular on Tes. This collection of easily adaptable, weekly plans is just one example.

Grammar scheme of work, downloaded 500,00times​

It feels like there has never been a time when Sats resources haven't been in demand and, as such, there is an abundance of relevant teaching materials available. This complete scheme of work focusing on Spag preparation for Year 6, is both ready to teach and easy to adapt.

Scratch unit, downloaded 440,000 times

This six-week Scratch unit is a real sign of the times and would no doubt have been created in response to introduction of the new primary computing curriculum in 2013. A daunting subject area for many, resources like these have made tricky topics much easier to digest.

Secondary resources

Punctuation worksheets, downloaded almost 850,000 times

Perhaps due to its international relevance, grammar continues to be a popular topic for all ages. Designed as a speedy classroom activity for younger secondary school students, it is little wonder that these detailed activity sheets have been downloaded so often.

Maths relay races, downloaded 430,000 times

Similarly, these relay races are just as popular in the rest of the world as they are in the UK, with positive reviews being left from India, New Zealand, Qatar and Australia. And, by encouraging pair work, mental agility and a tiny dose of healthy competition, it is easy to see why they’ve attracted so much attention.

Plenary exercises, downloaded 43,000 times

Updated just in time for the new Ofsted criteria of 2015, which required pupils to make 'rapid and sustained progress' in outstanding lessons, this ready-to-serve collection of plenaries-on-a-plate continues to be a teaching must-have.

Algebra booklet, downloaded nearly 28,000 times

Alongside changes to Ofsted, the 2015 specification changes (beginning with maths and English) also caused quite a stir amongst the teaching community. Since then resources like this comprehensive algebra booklet have flown off the shelves. By continuing a focus on connected thinking while being relevant to the new specification, it’s little wonder why it has been so popular.

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