Primary english teaching resources: Non-fiction

Resources and ideas for english, non-fiction, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

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KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

KS1 Writing Instructions - Pizza

Children loved making pizzas at our Italian pizza class. Resources have been exported from an Activ-primary flip-chart. (Which also includes Italian Pizzeria style music.) Fun to play when the children are making their pizzas or working. If you would like original please message me.Check out my other resources at - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/jreadshaw

By jreadshaw

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

KS 2 READING PRACTICE TEST

This resource has been created to be used as a GENTLE Key Stage 2 Reading Practice TEST. Its purpose is to increase pupils’ confidence and help prepare them for the Reading Test by offering a Test Booklet that has been designed to resemble the National Curriculum tests. Pupils will become familiar with the layout and requirements of the tests but without the ‘pressure’ associated by formal testing.The three texts are; ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear. A non-fiction text; ‘Barn Owls’ and ‘Macavity, the Mystery Cat’ by T.S. Eliot. Pupils enjoy working through these classic and interesting texts, sometimes seeing them from new and surprising perspectives.A completed test booklet has also been included so pupils can ‘mark’ their own work - this saves teacher’s precious ‘marking time’ and also allows for discussion of answers. This resource is also a handy ‘pick-up and go’ resource when things become hectic in class.

By crigdon

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

An 8 page handout for students with activities/ Assessment and Marking Criteria.The resource focuses on Greeting cards - types / messages / predicting type / matching activity and student card production.Students are led through a series of activities that prepares them for designing their own cards and messages.Was used with a year 4/5 class , would be suitable for Upper Primary and could be used for a remedial Junior High school class. This could also be suitable for ESL students. Students had a lot of fun.

By teen91113

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year Reflection

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year Reflection

Quiz of 2016 – Perfect New Year ReflectionA fantastic quiz looking back at the highs and lows of 2016.Attractive, 53 Power Point featuring the following rounds:* Round 1 – Name the Month* Round 2 – In Memoriam* Round 3 – Famous Quotes of 2016* Round 4 – Facts and StatsAlso features, bonus, double bonus and trap rounds where you can lose as well as gain more points! The answer slides feature a fly-in answer to help build up more suspense and tension.Ideal for form time fun or fun plenary activities for any lesson.Quiz length approximately 25-30 minutes lesson time.For a great intro lesson on New Year 2017 see here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-year-2017-complete-first-lesson-11467472For more great resources and full lessons visit my shop page here:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: copy right free images used. Text by https://cooltext.com/)

By EngageinEnglish

Year 1 Reading Comprehension - Spring

Year 1 Reading Comprehension - Spring

This resource contains 3 comprehension activities suitable for using with year 1. They each contain a short piece of text (about 5 sentences) with words that can be sounded out. There are three trickier words which have pictures to help children work out what they say. The text is followed by 5 questions, containing 'what' 'who' and 'when' questions and some multiple choice questions.The theme in this pack is spring. The three topics are:What can I do in the spring?What happens in the spring?Spring animalsThere is also a powerpoint included in the pack containing a slide for each text so that you can go through the comprehensions before the children complete them. Each slide also contains 3 words that are trickier to sound out, with sound buttons underneath them.PDF file format and editable Microsoft word format included in the price.

By blossomingminds

Seaside - Story Cubes

Seaside - Story Cubes

Set of 12 cubes for literacy activities – includes:• settings• human and physical features• objects• activities• transports• people• Victorian seaside• prompts for writing Can be used for speaking and listening activities as well as writing fiction and non-fiction texts

By mariedp

Year 1 Reading Comprehension pack  - Victorians

Year 1 Reading Comprehension pack - Victorians

This resource contains 5 comprehension activities suitable for using with year 1 or early year 2. They each contain a short piece of text (about 5 sentences) with words that can be sounded out. There are three trickier words which have pictures to help children work out what they say. The text is followed by 5 questions, containing 'what' 'who' and 'when' questions and some multiple choice questions.The theme in this pack is the Victorians. The five topics are:Florence NightingaleMary SeacoleVictorian Children (working)Victorian Children (school)Queen VictoriaThere is also a powerpoint included in the pack containing a slide for each text so that you can go through the comprehensions before the children complete them. Each slide also contains 3 words that are trickier to sound out, with sound buttons underneath them.PDF file format and editable Microsoft word format included in the price.

By blossomingminds

Point of View Posters for Your Classroom

Point of View Posters for Your Classroom

This packet contains 12 Point of View Posters for your classroom. These posters make a great reference for your students to use when identifying point of view. Using these visuals will help students decipher who is telling the story and which point of view the author chose to use: first-person, second-person or third-person. The packet includes color-coded examples of each POV to go along with the posters.

By nicadez

Pocket Punctuation Guide - KS2

Pocket Punctuation Guide - KS2

A pocket sized punctuation guide for KS2 children. Especially useful for year 6 pupils as a revision guide for SATS. Covers 17 different types of punctuation commonly used.

By Katemooseadams

Pocket Grammar Guide - KS2

Pocket Grammar Guide - KS2

A pocket sized comprehensive grammar guide for KS2 children. Especially useful for year 6 pupils as a revision guide for SATS. Covers 42 topics including NOUNS, PREPOSITION, CLAUSES, ACTIVE and PASSIVE VOICE, SIMILES and MODAL VERBS.

By Katemooseadams

The Victorians - Votes for Women - historical debate and investigation

The Victorians - Votes for Women - historical debate and investigation

Drawing on the new History Curriculum and focussing on Aims: Strands 4 and 5 this resource includes: A collection of nine quotes from contemporary sources, An explanation of five activities that can be carried out using these resources Planning Templates to support arguments and a chart to help summarise arguments about the campaign for votes for women. Learning Objectives:• To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, • To make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses • To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.Learning Outcomes: Pupils will be able to: • recognise and discern between arguments made for and against allowing women the vote. • draw on primary resources to produce a reasoned debate on the pros and cons of allowing women the vote. • produce their own persuasive argument in favour (or against) allowing women the vote. • produce a balanced argument on the advantages and disadvantages of allowing women the vote. • Produce their own written narrative about the campaign for women to be allowed to vote.

By MikeRichards

Great Fire Of London - Storyboards and Sequencing

Great Fire Of London - Storyboards and Sequencing

Three differentiated worksheets, suitable for Year 1 & 2 pupils. 1 - Storyboard sheet with pictures and lines underneath for able writers to write each part of the story.2 - Storyboard sheet with pictures and parts of the story with gaps for pupils to fill in.3 - Complete storyboard in the wrong order for less able pupils to cut out and sequence.

By spursfan1983

English: Writing, Reasons to Write, Comprehension Strategies, Samples of Texts

English: Writing, Reasons to Write, Comprehension Strategies, Samples of Texts

all classesThe Reasons to Write Noticeboard and Pictures are a display showing pupils different reasons why they may want to write or why others write- a card, a letter, menus, new-papers, etc. These can be printed and laminated and used for display.The four sample documents show examples to explain to children what each one is and can be used as a visual aid to remember them.The Comprehension Strategies document explains the different strategies and can be printed out large and displayed in the classroom to help children when they are reading a new/difficult piece of text.These resources link the strands of Reading and Writing.

By mcleanedel

World Book Day Quiz

World Book Day Quiz

Another one of my 'interactive' Quizzes - this is #3!The pattern is the same as my other ones - so TV Intros, Who Am I?, Films, Dingbats etc. However, all of these have a focus on World Book Day - so all the questions are linked to books. You could, obviously, do this at other times though!It's aimed to be accessible across the Key Stages - I've done it with 7s (with a number of clues!) right up to my Upper 6th English. There are rounds my younger class did much better at!!! It should happily take up a lesson or a tutor period - the answers are included at the back.You can pick up my other two quizzes - in the same format - here:End of Term Quiz #1End of Term Quiz #2

By Robert_Frost

TOP TRUMPS - Biographies of world leaders past and present.

TOP TRUMPS - Biographies of world leaders past and present.

How does Donald Trump compare with Mother Teresa or Abraham Lincoln? Your students can find out with these versatile biography cards.Firstly, they will test your students’ reading skills.Secondly, they will enable them to structure and write biographies of their own.Thirdly, they provide a platform for you as a teacher to critically evaluate your students’ writing with feedback which they will find engaging; encouraging them to write to their very best ability.Fourthly, they provide an insight into Donald Trump’s top team; US presidents of the past; prominent world leaders of today; and influential leaders through history.Fifthly, as a game, this will be a tremendous amount of fun!++++THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS ARE SPLIT INTO FOUR SECTIONS:Trump's Team Trump, Preibus, Spicer, Devos, Conway, Tillerson, Pence, Mattis.US Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, Nixon, Lincoln, Roosevelt.World Leaders 2017 May, Nieto, Netanyahu, Putin, Trudeau, Merkel, Jong-un, RouhaniWorld Leaders 2017 Mandela, Malala, Mother Teresa, Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Peron.++++HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HOW THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS CAN BE USED:Reading skillsEach biography comes with three questions.RETRIEVE: Students will find this answer in the text.REVIEW: They will need to use summarising skills to answer the questions. Answers can be quoted from the text. The question will make this clear.RESEARCH: Students can use the internet to answer a question. The information cannot be found within the text.Compare and contrastStudents can take any two cards. Their task is to find three differences and three similarities about the characters they have chosen.Highlight the textReferring to the scores under each image, students can colour code the text that applies to each category with a highlighter or coloured crayon.Change the scoresYour students may disagree with the score their character has been given. Allow them to discuss and debate this in class, or with a group. They can then create their own scores in the ‘Write your own scores’ section.They can also colour code, as on the previous activity.Write your own biographiesAsk your students to look at the biographies. What features do they notice? They will hopefully point out that they are written in past tense and third person; chronological order; and summarise major events in a person’s life, often with years.Provide them with a blank template and ask them to complete the biography using the ones they have studied. Ask them to find out relevant information from secondary sources, such as the internet or in books.

By Richardtownend1978

Year 5/6 World War 2 Topic Plan - Including, suspense story, first person diary, Newspaper reports

Year 5/6 World War 2 Topic Plan - Including, suspense story, first person diary, Newspaper reports

Here is a topic topic plan with a range of ideas which can be used with KS2. This has been tried and tested as one of the most successful topics I've taught in year 5/6!Included are the following original model texts written by myself which can be used for the Talk for Writing process or however you choose featuring the requirements of the new expected and greater depth standard:- a suspense story set in London during a bombing-a first person evacuee diary- a newspaper report on the blitz- a newspaper on the declaration of war - a boxed up plan so the children can plan their own report of a raidplus some table signs linked to WWII

By Rjay85

Recount based on Historical Poem (2 1/2 weeks) unit based on The Highwayman

Recount based on Historical Poem (2 1/2 weeks) unit based on The Highwayman

This is a short poetry unit based on the great poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. The end piece of writing is a retelling of the story but from another character's perspective. This unit includes lots of drama and role play to stimulate the pupil's ideas. I have included all the resources you will need and have listed the learning objectives below:Stage 1: Stimulate and generate learning outcomes• To deduce information about a character from a picture.• To recite poetry.• To explore the themes of a text.• To use drama to explore characters’ feelings.• To tell a story from a character’s perspective.Stage 2: Capture, sift and sort learning outcomes• To identify the language used for effect.• To write metaphors.• To tell a story from a character’s perspective.• To recount a story as a news report.Stage 3: Create, refine and evaluate learning outcomes• To write a story from a character’s perspective.• To revise, edit evaluate and improve my writing.• Perform own writing by reading it to a group.

By mrichmond

Newspapers: Calculating headline count KS3

Newspapers: Calculating headline count KS3

Starter activity for pupils to learn how to calculate the headline count of different articles. Handouts for the headline counts can be created, but this is also on the PowerPoint. Pupils are then given scenarios and they should create the best headline they can within their count e.g. full of alliteration, puns, shocking vocabulary etc.

By ChristyJade1

Homophones Word Mat

Homophones Word Mat

This is a word mat I have made for use in my class. A Homophone is a word that has the same sound as another but different meanings and or different spelling.

By mrichmond

Synonym Word Mat (240 in total)

Synonym Word Mat (240 in total)

This is a word mat with synonyms for:• Good• Bad• Happy• Sad• Fast• SlowEach word has 40 different synonyms which allows pupils to build their vocabulary as these are commonly used words.

By mrichmond

Grammar Word Mats for Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions & Synonyms

Grammar Word Mats for Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions & Synonyms

There are over 1500 different words in these word mats which include:• Adjectives (137 different words)• Adverbs (over 800 different words)• Conjunctions (over 350 different words)• Synonyms (240 different words)Th conjunctions types are:• Causal • Comparative• Coordinating• Explaining• Listing• Opposing• Subordinating• Time

By mrichmond

Contractions List

Contractions List

Here is a list of all the common contractions that I made for my class when they struggled to spell some of them. This is a great resource for children who struggle with contractions.

By mrichmond

Homonyms Word Mat

Homonyms Word Mat

This is a word mat for Homonyms that I use with my class. A Homonym is a word that has the same spelling or pronunciation as another word but a different meaning or origin.

By mrichmond

Homograph Word Mat

Homograph Word Mat

This is a word mat for Homographs which are words that have the same spelling as another word, but a different meaning.

By mrichmond

Cracking Contraptions! pictures (pencil line drawings)

Cracking Contraptions! pictures (pencil line drawings)

Line drawings of Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions for use with explanation texts. I traced these myself, from screen captures, for use with a Year 4 class, for them to annotate and label, for use with writing explanation texts.The Autochefhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2igRcGxlshAA Christmas Cardomatichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfjTWsURwScSnowmanotronhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NgAsiEdCUoSoccamatichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu2pxJo3cI0Turbo Dinnerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDmwqj6CUOY

By jamesappleby