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Crooked Steeple Resources produces educational resources and publications. Specialisms include special educational needs and modern foreign languages.

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Crooked Steeple Resources produces educational resources and publications. Specialisms include special educational needs and modern foreign languages.
SENCO Survival Kit - audits, checklists and booklets for staff (whole school approach to SEN)
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SENCO Survival Kit - audits, checklists and booklets for staff (whole school approach to SEN)

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This is a SENCO survival kit to help to implement a whole school approach to SEN. Included is: A staff SEND audit (along with descriptions) for you to audit your staff training needs and confidence in working with students with SEND. A quality first teaching SEND for you to use on learning walks / observations to identify good practice and areas for development. Two booklets for staff - one on supporting students with dyslexia / literacy difficulties, and one on supporting students with speech, language and communication needs. Focus is on quality first teaching in the mainstream classroom. A powerpoint about dyslexia to deliver to staff. A powerpoint about SLCN to deliver to staff. Suitable for primary, secondary and FE. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of SLCN.
Staff CPD Session - SEN - social, emotional and mental wellbeing
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Staff CPD Session - SEN - social, emotional and mental wellbeing

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This is a detailed powerpoint presentation for a staff CPD session - suitable for primary, secondary and FE. Audience: teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, leaders. Discusses what is meant by social, emotional and mental health, explores risk and resilience factors. Activity on how to identify pupils with difficulties. Links with SEN and particular difficulties for this group. Facts and figures included on why this is a current issue. Discusses what schools can do to support this group and improve wellbeing. Video links included. Links to useful organisations and websites.
Reading activity - biographies in the IMPERFECT (German)
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Reading activity - biographies in the IMPERFECT (German)

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Guess the famous person from the short biography written in the imperfect. There are four sentences for each, written in the imperfect in German. The answer is shown on the following slide. I used this to introduce the imperfect tense and see what pupils could work out from context and previous knowledge. Also a great way to intoduce some new vocabulary and to discuss how each verb has changed in the imperfect tense. Students can then write their own biography of a famous person using the imperfect.
How to be a brilliant private tutor  - Everything you need to know about setting up as a tutor
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How to be a brilliant private tutor - Everything you need to know about setting up as a tutor

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Have you ever considered working as a private tutor? Maybe you have specialist knowledge of a subject or skill, or prior teaching experience? If so, tutoring could be for you. the demand for private tutors across all subjects and age groups is growing. With the option of flexible working patterns and the opportunity to share enthusiasm for a subject you love, tutoring can be an appealing choice of career, or a source of extra income. This book offers a wealth of practical insights and strategies, including: How to set up as a private tutor Working for a tutoring agency Finding tutoring work Planning and preparing tutoring work Giving feedback Assessing students’ progress Working with students with additional learning needs Teaching study skills Teaching reading and writing skills across subjects Overcoming common difficulties This is the PDF format of the book. An e-book version for Kindle is also available on Amazon. Published by Crooked Steeple, 2018.
Teaching Assistant's Survival Kit - BUMPER PACK OF USEFUL RESOURCES!
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Teaching Assistant's Survival Kit - BUMPER PACK OF USEFUL RESOURCES!

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This is the Teaching Assistant’s Survival Kit - a bumper bundle of resources and information useful for all teaching assistants, new and experienced, primary and secondary. This kit contains 21 different resources. Begin by reading the powerpoint ‘Teaching Assistant’s Survival Kit Overview and Instructions’ which outlines how to use each resource. Kit contains: Overview and Instructions Powerpoint. Task Management Boards Storyboards. Various Essay Planning Templates. Pupil Writing Checklist. Maths Mat or useful Maths facts. Ten Games to practise topic-specific and general vocabulary. Narrative bookmarks to aid reading comprehension. Times Tables fortune tellers - an activity pupils of all ages love. Working in a group powerpoint, discussion and poster - useful when delivering interventions or doing any group work. Plenary Dice - prompts to lead discussions about learning. Phonics / Visual letter recognition games - snap and pelmanism. Information booklet about how to support pre-reading skills. Information booklet about supporting reading skills. Information booklet about supporting spelling, punctuation and grammar. Learning Self-Audit Profile to support students’ independence. Blank wordsearch grid. Information Sheet and activity for students about revision and examination technique. Oral Presentations planning sheets and self-evaulations for students. Goal Setting Template to support students to work towards goals.
SEN English Filling In A Form
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SEN English Filling In A Form

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Smartboard activity used with SEN clss on filling in a form - introduced words, adding our own visuals, then used it to play games such as hit the board and noughts and crosses to aid quickly recognising sight vocabulary.
Staff CPD SEN - Bumper pack - SLCN, Dyslexia, SEMH, Social Communication
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Staff CPD SEN - Bumper pack - SLCN, Dyslexia, SEMH, Social Communication

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Enough SEN CPD to last all year! A presentation on supporting dyslexic students in the mainstream classroom - with a booklet for staff containing the same information. A presentation on supporting students with speech, language and communication needs - again with booklet for staff containing the information. A presentation on supporting students with social, emotional and mental health needs. A presentation on social communication skills - along with two activities. Suitable for primary, secondary and FE. Teachers, school leaders and teaching assistants. The author is a senior advisory teacher, writer and trainer in the field of SEN.
French - Telling the time - Quelle heure est-il? - Board Games - Speaking and Listening
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French - Telling the time - Quelle heure est-il? - Board Games - Speaking and Listening

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This contains six differentiated board games for practising telling the time in French. Simply print which boards you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. The six boards are: o’clock times; half hour and on the hour; quarter hour intervals; mixed times; the 24-hour clock; analogue clock faces. A template is also included to make dice. Full instructions are included as well as a help sheet and ideas on how to support / extend the games. Pupils play in groups of 2 - 4 players and take it in turns to ask and answer questions about the time. This is a fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as to consolidate time vocabulary.
Confusing Sentences - how punctuation can change the meaning completely.
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Confusing Sentences - how punctuation can change the meaning completely.

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A powerpoint in two parts - the first looks at confusing sentences that could have more than one meaning. Examples are taken from newspaper headlines, signs and real life examples. The second part looks at the importance of punctuation, in particular how commas can change the entire meaning of a sentence or text. Lots of examples given and activities for students.
Staff CPD presentation - Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students
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Staff CPD presentation - Classroom strategies for supporting dyslexic students

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Presentation to be used for a staff CPD session. Brief introduction as to what is meant by dyslexia followed by twenty easy-to-implement classroom strategies, which will require little or no additional planning. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS2, 3, 4 and 5. Focus is on quality first teaching strategies and enabling dyslexic students to access the curriculum. Suitable for a whole school or department refresher or initial training session on dyslexia and aimed at those who have little / no prior experience of the topic. Writing by a senior advisory teacher, trainer and author in the field of special educational needs.
Staff CPD pack: Meeting the needs of dyslexic students
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Staff CPD pack: Meeting the needs of dyslexic students

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Presentation for use in staff CPD sessions which includes a brief introduction to dyslexia and twenty easy-to-implement classroom strategies (quality first teaching) to enable dyslexic students to access the curriculum. Also included a PDF booklet with the same strategies which can be given out to staff as handouts. Suitable for teachers and teaching assistants at KS2,3, 4 and 5. Great as a whole-school or departmental refresher session on dyslexia. The author is a senior advisory teacher, trainer and writer in the field of special educational needs.
Resource for girls / young women on the autism spectrum ('Your Autism Journey' Workbook)
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Resource for girls / young women on the autism spectrum ('Your Autism Journey' Workbook)

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‘Your Autism Journey: A self-exploration workbook for young women on the autism spectrum’. My full book in PDF version. This book is also available in paperback format and as an e-book from Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Autism-Journey-self-exploration-workbook/dp/1537502654/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478986166&sr=1-1). As a young woman on the autism spectrum you perhaps have many questions: What does autism mean? How will it affect you? How can you not just survive but thrive in a world not designed for you? Can you be happy and autistic? Working through this book you will learn more about your autism, identify what is important to you and reflect on practical strategies which can help in a range of situations. You will uncover your strengths, skills and talents, improve your sense of wellbeing, and find out how to live a life which is meaningful to you. This book is aimed at women in their teens or twenties with an autism spectrum condition (such as Asperger syndrome or High Functioning Autism) and includes sections on: self; health and wellbeing; friendships, relationships and communication; learning; employment; and lifestyle. Elements of positive psychology are used to help to promote a sense of wellbeing, self-identity and self-esteem. This powerful book is essential reading for any young woman on the autism spectrum. Written by Victoria Honeybourne, who has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, as well as significant professional experience as a teacher within the field of special educational needs, this book enables and empowers the reader to gain confidence being an autistic individual. ‘Your Autism Journey’ shows you how to survive, thrive and enjoy life, while gaining deeper insight into your autism and what makes you ‘you’!
Meine Zeitreise Y9 German Project
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Meine Zeitreise Y9 German Project

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Project on time travel I did with my Year 9 class towards the end of the year. Pupils begin be designing and describing a time machine, then decide when and where they want to travel to, describe what they did during the journey, what they took with them, what they forgot to take and their opinion of the trip. At the end pupils bring it all together into a cartoon strip or chat show interview. Also used some German film trailers as starter actvities (all found on youtube). Pupils really enjoyed this project - made a change from doing the usual holidays topic.
German - Telling the Time - Game - Speaking and Listening
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German - Telling the Time - Game - Speaking and Listening

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This is a selection of board games to support the topic of telling the time in German. There is a choice of five different games which are differentiated: o’clock times; on the hour and half past; quarter hour intervals; mixed times; and analogue clock faces. Simply print the boards you want to play with. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. Full instructions are included as well as ideas for extension and support. Pupils play in groups of 2 -4. A dice template is also included if needed. Players take it in turns moving around the board asking and answering questions. A help sheet is provided. A fun way to practise speaking and listening, as well as time vocabulary.
Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening
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Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening

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This resource contains six differentiated board games on the topic of telling the time in Spanish. The games are: o’clock times, half hour intervals, quarter hour intervals, mixed times, twenty-four hour clock, analogue clock faces. All instructions are included as well as ways of supporting and extending the tasks. Simply print the board(s) you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for durability. Print onto A3 or larger if required. A dice template is also provided. Pupils play in groups of 2 - 4 and take it in turns to move around the board asking and answering questions in Spanish. (Que hora es? Son las tres y media). A help sheet is provided. A fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as the time vocabulary.