Minion vehicle - fun, supported writing task that gets good writing results

Minion vehicle - fun, supported writing task that gets good writing results

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.
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Task to get great writing - Egypt holiday tour - examples, planners, images and scaffolds

Task to get great writing - Egypt holiday tour - examples, planners, images and scaffolds

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.
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Matilda imagery - Dahl's Trunchbull &Miss Honey comprehension + images, ext task, wksht & bookmark

Matilda imagery - Dahl's Trunchbull &Miss Honey comprehension + images, ext task, wksht & bookmark

A structured comprehension task grid, for Upper KS2, showing pupils how to find evidence of the character of Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey from Dahl's Matilda. Pupils find quotations from the text to make the character points and then fill in an explanation of how the quote proves the point. There is also an extension task with a different character text, a worksheet recapping how to find evidence of character and a bookmark reminding pupils how to write about characters. There are also images for discussing the similes.
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ICT task -  Ancient Egyptian Museum visit story - to improve writing  by adding suspense

ICT task - Ancient Egyptian Museum visit story - to improve writing by adding suspense

This is a suspense story about being locked in the Egyptian Gallery of a museum over night. This is a word document, so can be used as an ICT text for pupils. The pupils are instructed to improve and finish the story, using techniques (such as, adding description of the character's feelings, describing sounds and setting). There is a self assessment worksheet ( that proves far more effective than success criteria) and also detailed teaching notes.
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Improve writing & marking  -differentiated tools so pupils assess & improve their narrative writing

Improve writing & marking -differentiated tools so pupils assess & improve their narrative writing

I find these so useful, because they make children self assess. The work because they make pupils notice the features that will improve their descriptive writing and story writing. I find these a much more effective tool than success criteria. Children don't always take ownership of targets or success criteria, but this encourages them to reflect critically on their writing and make progress. The self assessment worksheets are differentiated.
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ICT differentiated Secret Garden Mary Lennox character task using PEE, point, evidence and explain

ICT differentiated Secret Garden Mary Lennox character task using PEE, point, evidence and explain

Pupils are given the opening of Secret Garden and a grid giving clues to techniques used to show character. An example of the grid is below: Point - We find out about Mary Lennox’s character from what the narrator tells us directly about her. Evidence – I know this because it says… Explanation – This shows that… Working with the word document, pupils have to copy quotations from the text that prove the character points listed and paste them into the grid table. Next they fill in the table by explaining how their quotation proves the point. There are three sheets, differentiated for different abilities, requiring children who need more support to just fill in the section explaining how their quotation proves their point. There is a worksheet to show pupils how to work out clues to a character and an explanation of PEE (point, evidence, explain) the task can also be done on paper without a computer using the text. I asked the children to use three colours for the point, evidence, explanation.
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National Poetry Day 'The Sea is a hungry dog...'  poem by Reeves comprehension,word mat & extension

National Poetry Day 'The Sea is a hungry dog...' poem by Reeves comprehension,word mat & extension

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).
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Great suspense story writing unit  'Shark!',  differentiated & linked to Horowitz's Skeleton Key

Great suspense story writing unit 'Shark!', differentiated & linked to Horowitz's Skeleton Key

This delivers great short story writing results for upper KS2, because this photo story includes a scaffold frame to support weaker writers to get good story writing results. It also includes a popular visual stimulus and a story start. It also includes a vocabulary building sheet to develop the vocabulary of the most able. I started the task by watching Steve Backshall's Shark Bites - very short CBBC programmes on sharks, including the Great White. Next, I read the extract from Anthony Horowitz's Skeleton Key where Alex Rider came in contact with a shark and discussed how the writer uses description of the character's feelings as well as description of the shark to build suspense. The worksheet of vocabulary can be used to model an effective noun phrase and sentence to describe the shark as a speaking and listening, or guided writing task. The story starts with a diver swimming next to a tiger shark and everything is calm. Next, he notices the shadow of a great white approaching. The pupils need to finish this story start. I suggested that the story ends with the diver getting away from the shark. The children that need more support could work with the scaffold frame for guided story writing to structure their work and show how feelings and description are required to build suspense. We also listened to 'Jaws' music from John Williams.
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Rounding numbers

Rounding numbers

The wavy line worksheets are a useful resource for children to visualise rounding numbers easier, by picturing a marble rolling backwards (rounding off) or rolling forwards (rounding up). For example, ask the pupils to find the biggest number possible that would roll back to 100, or to find the first number that would roll forwards to 200. There are wavy lines with different numbers from 100 to 10 million to allow for differentiation. There is also a task where pupils find the population of some British cities rounded to the thousand's number place. The task can be done by asking the pupils to estimate the size of the city first and then using this website to found the populations http://www.citypopulation.de/UK-Cities.html, or alternatively there is a worksheet with the populations written, if you do not want to use the website. As an additional geography task pupils could locate the cities on a map. There is also a 'How to round numbers' advice sheet. This can be printed and put in pupils' books to remind them of how to round numbers. It gives the rounding maths task a real context and links to geography.
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KS3  Literacy Fun Bundle

KS3 Literacy Fun Bundle

There are some funny grammar worksheets, a fun summer holiday advert task and a reading challenge with certificate . Fun activities that should suit the end of term.
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