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A Walker has worked as an LEA Literacy Consultant, an Expert Leading Literacy Teacher, a primary school teacher, an author and was responsible for teaching and learning at one of the UK’s leading Independent Prep schools. She is an author of educational materials used in schools for Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Rising Stars and Cambridge Hitachi and is an experienced KS2 & KS3 English teacher.

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A Walker has worked as an LEA Literacy Consultant, an Expert Leading Literacy Teacher, a primary school teacher, an author and was responsible for teaching and learning at one of the UK’s leading Independent Prep schools. She is an author of educational materials used in schools for Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Rising Stars and Cambridge Hitachi and is an experienced KS2 & KS3 English teacher.
National Poetry Day 'The Sea is a hungry dog...'  poem by Reeves comprehension,word mat & extension
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National Poetry Day 'The Sea is a hungry dog...' poem by Reeves comprehension,word mat & extension

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A structured comprehension on 'The Sea' by James Reeve and a word mat to prompt discussion of any poem. Suitable for upper KS2 and KS3. For differentiation, you can select which questions children complete, or for group discussion you can use the poetry word mat. The session started by discussing the poem and finding examples of poetic techniques, such as rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance and sibilant sounds. We discussed the change in the three verses. For extension, pupils could either write a river metaphor (see river metaphor poem ), or alternatively find points of comparison between the river and a different things (see worksheet).
Great motivation to write with Harry Potter persuasive task - scaffold, model text, brochure & notes
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Great motivation to write with Harry Potter persuasive task - scaffold, model text, brochure & notes

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This is a persuasive brochure for Hogwarts Castle Theme Park, written to demonstrate persuasive techniques. There are detailed teaching notes and a scaffold frame for children to write their own theme park brochure: a blank brochure with theme park pictures is also provided, if required. There is also an extension task to develop further ideas for the theme park website, which could be done as an individual, or group, speaking and listening or writing task. There are support planning worksheets, if required, to help pupils requiring more support.
Fun examples of how punctuation can alter meaning
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Fun examples of how punctuation can alter meaning

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Funny examples of how punctuation changes meaning. I've used examples found on the internet of meaning changes caused by missing commas and full stops to create a worksheet. The worksheet helps pupils understand why punctuation is crucial to meaning in written texts. Also available at 65% reduction as a bundle.
Task to get great writing - Egypt holiday tour - examples, planners, images and scaffolds
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Task to get great writing - Egypt holiday tour - examples, planners, images and scaffolds

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There is an example of a holiday brochure tour of Egypt to demonstrate persuasive techniques, including the use of Imperative verbs and adjectives. Children then use the text and the planning worksheet to write their own holiday tour of Egypt. Pupils can use their own knowledge of places from their work on Ancient Egypt, but they don't need to, because places are mentioned in the example holiday brochure for them to use. Extension task - there is an example of an Egyptian holiday brochure, again written to demonstrate genre features and persuasive techniques. There is a scaffold frame, so pupils can produce their own realistic hotel brochures. There are also images included for pupils to add images to make their persuasive holiday work look authentic.
Fun persuasive task that delivers great writing results - model text, scaffold, & teaching notes
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Fun persuasive task that delivers great writing results - model text, scaffold, & teaching notes

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It's a task that appeals, so pupils enjoy writing and because of the model text and scaffold frame, pupils are able to get excellent writing results. Pupils decide upon their dream theme park, with any features they want. There is a model text of a theme park advert written to demonstrate genre features and to highlight the use of persuasive techniques. The comprehensive teaching notes explain the genre features used to persuade, so the pupils include the techniques in their texts. The notes make suggestions for speaking and listening, guided and independent writing and the scaffold frame offers additional support. The scaffold results in great writing and the pupils get a clear understanding of the features of the persuasive text. There is a simplified worksheet for pupils needing more support and a simplified planner worksheet for children requiring more support.
Fun advert for zoo - pupils' brochure to deliver great writing, model text, scaffold,wksht,TN
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Fun advert for zoo - pupils' brochure to deliver great writing, model text, scaffold,wksht,TN

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This task delivers great writing results with KS1 and KS2 pupils, because there is a model text of a zoo brochure advert, written specifically to demonstrate simple genre features, worksheets to aid writing and simple teaching notes to make a zoo brochure. There's a brochure for pupils to fill in their own zoo advert with pictures of animals. There is also worksheets offering additional support.The notes make suggestions for how to do zoo brochure writing and the scaffold frame offers additional support. The scaffold results in great writing and the pupils enjoy the reason to write.
Persuasion Bundle of fun zoo brochure model text, scaffold, brochure template, PPTX & learning mat for guided reading
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Persuasion Bundle of fun zoo brochure model text, scaffold, brochure template, PPTX & learning mat for guided reading

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Loads of fun advert for zoo resources that will deliver great writing and make children able to read and write adverts. There is a zoo brochure model text, purposely written to show persuasive techniques with a writing scaffold & teaching notes explaining the genre features to get great writing results. There is also a blank template of a zoo brochure for pupils to fill in. There is also a fun adverts PowerPoint that uses animation, so pupils remember persuasive techniques. In addition, there are guided reading learning mats for persuasive texts to structure discussion to de-construct adverts and brochures. Pupils learn adverts are constructed and they build the skills and strategies to de-construct adverts and to write persuasively themselves.
Bundle of fun holiday advert,  scaffold worksheets, persuasive PowerPoint and learning mat
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Bundle of fun holiday advert, scaffold worksheets, persuasive PowerPoint and learning mat

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This is a fun resource pack that will deliver great writing and make children able to read adverts. There is a family fun holiday advert purposely written to show persuasive techniques with a writing scaffold & teaching notes explaining the genre features to get great writing results. There is also a fun adverts PowerPoint that uses animation, so pupils remember persuasive techniques. In addition, there are guided reading learning mats for persuasive texts to structure discussion to de-construct adverts and brochures. Pupils learn adverts are constructed and they build the skills and strategies to de-construct adverts and to write persuasively themselves.
Homework robot - fun way to teach explanatory texts
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Homework robot - fun way to teach explanatory texts

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The Homeworkabot should appeal! A simple explanatory text and support worksheets, frames, teaching notes and templates to ensure children produce good explanatory texts themselves. The task is a fun one and should motivate whilst making pupils aware of the features of the text type.
Explanation writing- Minion spy vehicle - fun, supported writing task that gets good writing results
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Explanation writing- Minion spy vehicle - fun, supported writing task that gets good writing results

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This activity is inspired by Dru’s spy vehicle in Despicable Me 3. There is an example of an explanation text written about Dru’s vehicle to show to class and to discuss features of an explanatory text. Children draw and write an explanation of how their minion vehicle works supported by an ideas bank, scaffold frame and teaching notes. There is a list of ultimate spy vehicle features for discussion and teaching notes and scaffold frame to ensure you get good explanation text writing results. There are examples of a Year 4s work to give an idea of the end product. There is also an optional extension task included.
SPaG - Speech Punctuation Powerpoint  & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory speech investigation task
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SPaG - Speech Punctuation Powerpoint & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory speech investigation task

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This is a PowerPoint presentation discovering through questions and examples the rules for punctuating dialogue and a speech punctuation investigation task using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The presentation also shows how to punctuate and use speech tags and includes alternative words for the speech verb, ‘said’. This task gets children to discover the rules of punctuating direct speech for themselves without being told, and thus leads to deeper understanding. There are teaching notes showing the grammar essentials children need to understand to be able to use direct speech accurately. The work can be linked to class study of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or used as a stand alone grammar group, or individual activity. There are more free resources available at www.angelawalker.co.uk
Gets great writing - car advert demo persuasive techniques,scaffold, KS2notes,  names & slogan wks
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Gets great writing - car advert demo persuasive techniques,scaffold, KS2notes, names & slogan wks

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This is a sports car advert, aimed at Upper Key Stage 2, written to demonstrate persuasive techniques, such as, imperative verbs and blinding with science. There are detailed teaching notes on the text and follow up writing task and a PowerPoint of persuasive techniques. There is a scaffold frame to support pupils with independent writing and a blank template for pupils to produce their own car advert, having discussed the advert provided. There is a connotations worksheet, looking at the use of animal names with powerful connotations used for car names. There is also a list of demonstration slogans from car companies. There are seven resources in all, including the advert written with a white background for improved printing. It is a comprehensive and fun way to teach persuasive writing.
Play script - change text extract into play script (BFG & Worst Witch).
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Play script - change text extract into play script (BFG & Worst Witch).

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There are text extracts of BFG & Worst Witch that can be used for children to convert to plays. The BFG sheet is slightly easier than the Worst Witch, if you want to use the two tasks for differentiation. If you prefer, you can use either the BFG or Worst Witch answers sheet as an example starter activity to show how the texts have been changed, before getting pupils to complete the activity on the other text. There is also a sheet outlining the rules for play scripts.
Report Writing Comments Bank - general attitude, effort & contribution comments for reports
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Report Writing Comments Bank - general attitude, effort & contribution comments for reports

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I hope this makes report writing easier for someone. Please review. This is a Report Writing Comments Bank for general contribution, effort and attitude comments, for example, 'He has the ability and commitment to excel in many subjects.' 'He consistently and actively contributes knowledge, opinions, and skills to a group.' 'He is a charming and helpful member of the class who can always be relied upon to carry out any task conscientiously.' 'He is an open-minded and flexible thinker.' 'He needs encouragement to take a more active part in class discussion.' The statements start with general report starter comments and attributes that could be commented on in general reports. Next, statements about attitude and contribution are grouped from very positive and positive to less positive comments.
Use 'Show Don't Tell' to describe a setting
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Use 'Show Don't Tell' to describe a setting

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The worksheet shows how to describe setting by describing weather and emotions. The task requires children to write descriptive sentences to show how different weather affects people, places or things. For example, the task requires children to change statements that tell the weather, e.g. 'it is foggy,' to statements that show the affect of the weather, e.g. 'As the fog wrapped itself around her like a scarf, Amy shivered.' It also requires children to show rather than tell emotions in a similar way. There are more free resources available at www.angelawalker.co.uk
Properties of materials Year 5
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Properties of materials Year 5

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Year 5 - compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets