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I am a head of English who has been teaching for 9 years in middle school and Primary. For the last 5 years, I have also been a year 5 and year 3 class teacher. I have been a TES contributor for a while, with free and premium resources and I always upload resources that I have used successfully in my own teaching. I hope you might find them useful too!

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I am a head of English who has been teaching for 9 years in middle school and Primary. For the last 5 years, I have also been a year 5 and year 3 class teacher. I have been a TES contributor for a while, with free and premium resources and I always upload resources that I have used successfully in my own teaching. I hope you might find them useful too!
Year 5 Newspapers: Who stole the Victoria Cross?
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Year 5 Newspapers: Who stole the Victoria Cross?

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This WWII- related unit is based around a scenario in which a V.C medal has been stolen from the Imperial War Museum. Pupils become detectives in order to investigate the case (studying suspect photos, analysing evidence pictures and interviewing staff in role) and write newspaper articles about their suspicions.
KS2 Key features of instructions: text analysis activity for HA and MA.
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KS2 Key features of instructions: text analysis activity for HA and MA.

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These are resources for a group carousel activity for analysing and comparing a range of instructional texts. Each group focuses on a particular key feature as they move around the room to study and evaluate a range of examples and they can then present their findings to the class. The PowerPoint includes task cards for each group that explain their 'expert area' to focus on and these have been tailored and colour- coded to suit different reading ability groups from 1- 5 (5 being the most able). Areas include: text layout, use of images, clarity of instructions, use of verbs and descriptive detail. The PowerPoint also includes recording sheets for groups to use. They will need to complete their coloured sections as they discuss each text. At the end of the activity, when all sections are filled in, this will give a complete analysis of each instructional text that groups can refer to (in their books or on the working wall). The resources can be used with any sets of instructional texts: over the years, I have used these to study instructions for Viking longboat models and recipes for Bengali food with MA and HA ability pupils in Year 5.
KS2 English: Identifying and using adverbial phrases to build descriptive detail
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KS2 English: Identifying and using adverbial phrases to build descriptive detail

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This PowerPoint includes definitions and examples of the different types of adverbial phrases, as well as Grammar and writing activities to consolidate children's understanding and encourage them to use adverbial phrases to build and up-level detail in their description. The activities have been split into two sessions - 1) understanding and identifying adverbial phrases and 2) using the different types of adverbial phrases to build sentences and to up-level description - but they can be used for an extended lesson. Each writing activity includes answers or modelled examples to use. I used these resources with an HA group in year 5 who were writing a setting description of a factory during the Industrial Revolution, but they could be used for writing and up- levelling any narrative description and for any KS2 or lower KS3 group.
KS2 English: Sentence builder game to develop sentence structure
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KS2 English: Sentence builder game to develop sentence structure

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This is a board game to support KS2 pupils to develop the structure of their sentences. As pupils role the die and move around the board, they must edit their sentences in different ways, according to the instructions on the square they have landed on. Changes include adding conjunctions, building complex sentences, experimenting with relative clauses and adding description with adverbial phrases and expanded noun phrases, Pupils can be independent players, or work together in pairs. The ppt includes an instruction card and a game board which can be enlarged and laminated.
KS2/ KS3 Persuasion and advertising: group task to design and promote a new chocolate product
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KS2/ KS3 Persuasion and advertising: group task to design and promote a new chocolate product

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These slides are task cards to brief and instruct groups to design and market a new chocolate product for a fictional company: Thornbury's. Pupils will need to work together to create the packaging for their product, a promotional billboard advert and a persuasive press release. They also need to plan a professional presentation of their ideas. I gave groups a week to prepare and their results were fantastic! They were fully engaged and their presentations were very impressive: some groups arrived with leaflets and stickers to give out, boxes for their products (exhibiting their Maths skills) and even samples to taste! I used this with year 7 pupils, but it would be fantastic revision of non- fiction text types for year 5 and 6 too!
Blank weekly planning template for Guided Reading
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Blank weekly planning template for Guided Reading

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This is a blank, adaptable template for a week's Guided Reading. My class were grouped by ability and their activities were rotated each day: Adult- led reading Teacher - led reading Reciprocal reading (a group activity where pupils would read and discuss a shared text, taking on different roles) Paired reading. The plan could be used or adapted for any KS2 group.
Myths; Legends and Fables
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Myths; Legends and Fables

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I have built up this PowerPoint while teaching Myths, Legends and Fables. It includes slides of information and stories, handouts (like the heart rate graph and the cartoon storyboard), and cards that can be cut out for games and activities.
KS2 Measuring: Making George's marvellous medicine for Grandma!
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KS2 Measuring: Making George's marvellous medicine for Grandma!

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This is a differentiated measuring activity which I used for my mixed ability year 5 class, but could be adapted for any KS2 Maths group. I used it as part of World Book Day and it gave pupils a practical opportunity to practice their measuring and converting skills! A range of equipment (ingredients!) is needed, but it is worth it! LA = Orange (following instructions and reading scales to measure) MA = Yellow/ Purple (pupils also need their addition, subtraction and halving skills) HA = Blue/ Green (pupils also need to convert between ML and L)
Stage 1 (Year 1) Writing: End of Year Expectations
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Stage 1 (Year 1) Writing: End of Year Expectations

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I made this document to support year 1 teachers to plan focused, purposeful learning challenges for teaching and assessing Writing in their English lessons. It can be used as a long term plan as it shows all of the end of year expectations for Composition, SPAG and handwriting that pupils need to work towards achieving during the year. The document could also be used as a target sheet for pupils to stick into their books in order to track their progress in writing. The columns on the right can be used by teachers to record 3 dates on which the objectives have been achieved.
Learning about Mexico: Introduction and dominoes game for KS2
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Learning about Mexico: Introduction and dominoes game for KS2

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I made and used this ppt as an introduction to our year 5 topic on Mexico and the Aztecs, but it could be used with any KS2 class. The first few slides were used to elicit children's ideas and questions, and the others are a domino game, for pupils to work together to learn facts about Mexico.
Year 5 Literacy: Non- chronological reports
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Year 5 Literacy: Non- chronological reports

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This unit of work and PowerPoint of resources were used during our topic of 'Living Together'. After taking on the role of explorers and learning about different animals (as well as practising their use of simple, compound and complex sentences), pupils will write two non- chronological reports: the first is about the dangerous species of teachers, who prey on poor, defenceless pupils and the second (the main written outcome of the unit) is about the species of year 5 pupils.
Year 5 Measures
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Year 5 Measures

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I used these activities, task cards and worksheets with my Lower ability Maths class. They focus on measuring, comparing measures and word problems involving measures. The last few slides (the grids) are a set of cards with a range of revision questions about measurement.
Year 5 Literacy: Instructions for an astronaut
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Year 5 Literacy: Instructions for an astronaut

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These week plans were created for a mixed ability year 5 class, whose topic was Space. Their written outcome is an instructional manual for an astronaut. The PowerPoint includes the slides I used with the children, as well as grammar and group activities and task cards for differentiated writing activities.
Stage 1 (Year 1) English: Stage planning for Writing
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Stage 1 (Year 1) English: Stage planning for Writing

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I made this document to support our year 1 teachers to plan focused, purposeful learning challenges for teaching and assessing Writing in their English lessons. The bold statements on the left are end of year expectations for Composition and SPAG (specifically vocabulary, punctuation and grammar). I have then broken down each bold statement into focused learning challenges on the right, which can be used as small steps for pupils to build their skills and confidence as they work towards their end of year expectations. Every teacher does not have to use every target; they can choose those appropriate to their ability groups, or use all of them as small building blocks to build up understanding.
Year 3 spelling resources
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Year 3 spelling resources

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I have been building up this Powerpoint of resources while teaching spellings with my HA year 3 English class this year, but the resources can also be adapted for any year groups in KS2 of LA groups in KS3. It includes editable spelling cards that I have been using to record pupil's weekly spellings so that they can take them home to revise for our tests. The blank rows at the bottom have then been used for pupils to record any words they have been getting wrong in their own writing. The Powerpoint also includes spelling activities that we have been using, including quizzes, card sorts, domino cards and dictionary activities, to support children with their revision of key spelling rules and words. I have used these resources while following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme, but the learning challenges and activities can be used without it as they also link with the National Curriculum spelling focus for year 3.
Key Stage 2 Maths: Division
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Key Stage 2 Maths: Division

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This Powerpoint includes task cards and activities to support children to understand the vocabulary of division and the written methods needed to solve division questions. I used these resources with my LA/MA year 5 class, but they could be used or adapted for any KS2 Maths group.
KS2 Probability: Discussing the probability of events and investigating probability
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KS2 Probability: Discussing the probability of events and investigating probability

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These are differentiated resources for two lessons about probability, which I used for my mixed ability Year 5 group, but could be used or adapted for any KS2 Maths group. Lesson 1) The language of probability: sorting events by their probability and creating a scale between certain and impossible. Lesson 2) Investigating probability. LA = Orange, Purple/ Yellow = MA and Blue/ Green = HA
Key Stage 2 Maths: Identifying, understanding and measuring angles
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Key Stage 2 Maths: Identifying, understanding and measuring angles

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This Powerpoint includes resources to introduce pupils to different types of angles, supporting them to name , sort and measure them. The task sheets can be reduced to A5 or printed two to a page so that pupils can stick them in for clear instructions. I used these resources with my MA/ LA Year 5 class, but they could be used or adapted for any Key Stage 2 Maths group.
5th Grade Spelling Resources
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5th Grade Spelling Resources

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This Power Point file contains information, interactive whiteboard activities, and templates for games (such as Connect 4) for teaching spelling in 5th grade.