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Growth Mindset and Learning Pit resources
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Growth Mindset and Learning Pit resources

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These are some resources for talking about the Learning Pit and Growth Mindset. There is a PDF of lesson slides and two sets of posters that I created using inspiration from around the internet. Some pictures are taken from Google images, some from posters I created. Videos are from Youtube and Vimeo.
What did the Greeks ever do for us?
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What did the Greeks ever do for us?

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This resource is an Active Inspire Flipchart - works with older versions of Active Inspire. This resource can be used as a prompt to start students thinking about the Greeks, and what the Greeks created that we still use today. Children are given the information on 9 different Greek inventions we still use today, and are then asked to prioritise each one. Which one is the most important to them? Why? It can generate a great discussion whilst teaching children a little about the Greeks. I used it as a one off during our Greeks Topic.
Writing your Own Mayan Codices
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Writing your Own Mayan Codices

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Great resource when learning about the Mayans. After a look at how Mayans communicated and how their number and writing system works, your class could try out this interesting activity, creating their own codices. They could write their name and a few sentences for a friend to decode.
STOMP "OUT LOUD" worksheet
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STOMP "OUT LOUD" worksheet

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To be used in conjunction with excerpts from the filmed STOMP "OUT LOUD". Most of these things can be found on YouTube just type in the heading of the section eg: STOMP OUT LOUD brooms great resource to help pupils analyse the musical elements in a piece of performance art. Asks lots of questions about rhythm, pitch and sound production. Perhaps a great beginning of the Year activity for Year 7 or 8.
Space Music PowerPoint KS3
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Space Music PowerPoint KS3

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Informative presentation with links to listening examples for music written about 'Space". Brief information about composers and dates of works is also given. Includes: Holst Planets Kronos Quartet Sun Rings David Bowie Space Oddity Haydn The Creation Mike Oldfield Songs of Distant Earth and more... Could be used for analysis practise.
KS3/4 Impressionism Expressionism and Serialism Lesson
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KS3/4 Impressionism Expressionism and Serialism Lesson

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This presentation contains a full lesson with starter and plenary. Starter involves pupils listening to two pieces and colouring and drawing - leads to a discussion of the differences between impressionism and expressionism. Examples are given. Serialism is included with a description of how to fill in a serialism matrix. The matrix worksheet is provided. Some parts of filling in the matrix may need to be scaffolded by a teacher. Informative lesson material.
Music Advertising Project KS3 or UKS2
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Music Advertising Project KS3 or UKS2

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Perfect authentic learning Music project for a Half term or shorter. 7 tasks and an extension task combine Music, Art and Literacy including rhyme. Task 1 - create company and product Task 2 and 3 - more artistic and literacy than musical but still related Task 4 to ext - music tasks including rhythm, lyrics and instruments Excellent and creative way to engage 9-14 year olds in music making.
Inferring a character's feelings - KS2/3  inference in writing
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Inferring a character's feelings - KS2/3 inference in writing

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This lesson plan and presentation will help children understand how to infer a character's feelings rather than just writing the emotion. It involves a fun starter for the teacher - a little bit of acting, which the children love! If you are not a fan of acting you could get away with the text at the beginning of the presentation and the discussion. Children will end up writing their own paragraph inferring what a character is feeling. Differentiated planning.
How to work in a Group
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How to work in a Group

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New! Flipchart has been replaced by a PPTX. This is a lesson I have used with children who did not work well together in groups. There is discussion about what it means to be a team, they have to define what groupwork is, and there is an exercise which will make a great display (a good reminder if it is placed in the classroom). This could be used if group work behaviour is slipping, or at the beginning of the year to re-enforce the idea of working in teams/groups.
Image in Narrative Poetry - Man from Snowy River KS2
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Image in Narrative Poetry - Man from Snowy River KS2

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Interesting look at imagery in Narrative Poetry using an Australian Poem, The Man from Snowy River by Banjo Patterson. Lesson Plan outlines entire teaching sequence. There are two PowerPoints. One with annotation of how I did the lesson with children, the other one plain for your use. There is also a worksheet with differentiation at the bottom of the sheet. At the end of the lesson Children will have written their own stanza describing the station mentioned in the poem.
UKS2 Differentiated Nouns Worksheets
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UKS2 Differentiated Nouns Worksheets

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3 Worksheets where children have to colour in the different types of Nouns up to: Blue = proper noun yellow = common noun red = pronoun green= collective noun purple = abstract noun LA sheet has first three MA sheet has collective nouns added HA sheet has abstract nouns added to that Children are asked to extend themselves by writing sentences after they finish colouring.
Evolution - five differentiated tasks
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Evolution - five differentiated tasks

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There are 5 tasks related to evolution in this pack. Tasks combine use of ICT with Literacy and Science. These tasks involve computer research, comprehension, poetry, mind mapping, arguing similarities and differences and mapping progression of mankind. Most tasks require class or group discussion. Lots of thinking outside the box! Great fun for a few student led lessons.
"Call Me Maybe" UKS2 Grammar lesson - Contractions
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"Call Me Maybe" UKS2 Grammar lesson - Contractions

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Discrete grammar lesson on Contractions. Lesson plan includes YouTube video to watch on screen with your class. Worksheet uses popular song "Call Me Maybe" to explore contractions and expanding the contraction to full words. When I did this lesson with my class we ended with them trying to sing the song with the contractions expanded. Everyone was in stitches laughing! "I threw a wish in the well, do not ask me I will never tell" Gives them an authentic understanding of contractions.
In depth Music Analysis guide for UKS3 KS4
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In depth Music Analysis guide for UKS3 KS4

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This is a guide of how to Analyse a piece of music in depth using the Musical Elements. It sets out a list of things to listen for/ a series of questions pupils can ask themselves as they listen to something they want to analyse. Terminology may differ across countries - this particular resource was created in Australia. Feel free to alter terminology where necessary. This resource has been particularly useful for training pupils to listen during unstudied works, but can be used for works they have to study for GCSE and A levels as a training exercise for exams etc.
KS2 KS3 Music "Pitch Perfect" Compare and Contrast activity
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KS2 KS3 Music "Pitch Perfect" Compare and Contrast activity

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This activity asks pupils to use the musical elements to compare and contrast 3 songs. Due to copyright law I won't put MP3's of the songs but they can be easily accessed on YouTube. There are 2 sheets where pupils will use a Venn Diagram to compare the songs. Great practise for exams and for understanding analysis.
FUN KS3 Internet research game on Musical Theatre
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FUN KS3 Internet research game on Musical Theatre

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"Find me a musical which uses a story from the Bible..." and much more! This 20 questions internet research game is a fun pupil-led activity where they will learn a surprising amount about Musical Theatre. They will discover both older and more modern musicals and some questions are much trickier than others! For extension you could ask pupils to find the 'vital statistics' of each musical as they go -ie. date of premiere, stars performing in it, where it has been performed. Answer sheet is on the second page. Happy searching!
KS2/3 Writing Task Starter - The Gate
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KS2/3 Writing Task Starter - The Gate

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"The trees seemed to grow bigger and bigger…or were they shrinking?" A nice starting paragraph to springboard into a Fantasy story that children could write independently, for homework, or in a scaffolded way. There is a picture included and some directions to remind children to use literary devices.
Musical Elements for KS3
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Musical Elements for KS3

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A list of the Musical Elements for Early Secondary/KS3 pupils. Terminology may differ across countries - this particular resource was created in Australia. Feel free to alter terminology where necessary.
Music of Advertising KS3
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Music of Advertising KS3

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This presentation introduces pupils to the genre of advertising music. They must use their understanding of music analysis to analyse the examples given - scaffolding questions are asked. The second activity asks them to create their own advertisement for a particular product - using melody, rhythm, lyrics and basic accompaniment.