A parent's guide to reading and writing -  early years, primary and secondary.

A parent's guide to reading and writing - early years, primary and secondary.

This is a PDF of my book 'Teach your digital native to read and write: A guide for parents'. It is also available in paperback and for Kindle from Amazon. Young people today are known as ‘digital natives’. Constant exposure to digital devices is even changing the way that they think, learn and relate to others. Digital technologies mean we do, in fact, engage with the written word more than ever before, yet reading and writing can lack relevance in young people's lives. Many parents want to support their child with learning to read and write but are unsure where to start. Which literacy skills are needed in our digital age? How can you tempt young people away from their digital devices to learn these? How do you ensure digital devices are helping rather than hindering learning? All of these questions and more are answered in 'Teach your Digital Native to Read and Write', an essential guide for any parent or carer wanting to know how to support their ‘digital native’ to read and write in the 21st century. • Are e-books as useful as paper books? • How can I support my child with the phonics being taught in school? • Are handwriting and spelling still necessary skills in the era of digital devices and predictive texting? • How can I support my older child who is finding literacy difficult or a dyslexic child? • How can I support my child with reading and writing tasks? • And is it even possible to make reading as engaging for my child as computer games and mobile phones? This is a must-have book for any parent wanting to support their 21st century child to develop effective literacy skills needed to succeed academically, personally, socially and in employment. Overview of contents: Chapter One: Digital Natives Chapter Two: What is literacy? Chapter Three: Pre-reading skills Chapter Four: Phonics Chapter Five: After Phonics - Becoming a Skilled Reader Chapter Six: Handwriting Chapter Seven: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Chapter Eight: Writing - the Bigger Picture Chapter Nine: Supporting your Older Child or Teenager Chapter Ten: Digital Literacy The author, Victoria Honeybourne, has a background in education and is a senior advisory teacher with a local authority. She has spoken at national events and has written several other education books
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Teaching Assistant's Survival Kit - BUMPER PACK OF USEFUL RESOURCES!

Teaching Assistant's Survival Kit - BUMPER PACK OF USEFUL RESOURCES!

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.
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'Supply Teacher's Survival Kit'  BUMPER BUNDLE OF RESOURCES

'Supply Teacher's Survival Kit' BUMPER BUNDLE OF RESOURCES

This is the Supply Teacher's Survival Kit - everything you need for supply work in both primary and secondary schools. Nineteen resources which can be used in all subjects and age groups! A great time saver and ensures you are prepared in those classrooms that lack resources or when no work has been left. Begin with the 'Instructions and Overview' powerpoint which explains all of the resources and how to use them. The Survival Kit includes: Instructions / overview of how to use each resource. Task management boards. Maths Mats. Times table fortune tellers. Plenary dice. Code Wheels. Ten Vocabulary Games. Blank Wordsearch Grid. Ten Teaching Activities. Group work presentation and poster. Plenary Question Cards. Peer feedback templates Oral presentation feedback templates. German Who wants to be a millionare? Quiz for covering MFL lessons. French powerpoint and quiz for covering MFL lessons. Writing checklist. Essay planning sheet. Storyboard templates. Teaching for neurodiversity information and checklist.
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Pets in French

Pets in French

Powerpoint introducing pets in French and including games. Enough for three or four lessons. Introduction of vocabulary, speaking activities, writing tasks, match ups, games, tests. Moves on to adding adjectives, giving opinions and writing longer paragraphs.
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Hallo, wie geht's?

Hallo, wie geht's?

Powerpoint introducing various ways of greeting people in German and how to answer the question 'wie geht's?'. Includes listening exercise.
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Spanish - Pets - Powerpoint plus Happy Families Card Game Speaking and Listening

Spanish - Pets - Powerpoint plus Happy Families Card Game Speaking and Listening

This is a powerpoint introducing pets in Spanish. Once the vocabulary has been introduced play the happy families card game which is included. Simply print the card slides and cut up into cards. Laminate or print on to card to re-use with other classes. Full instructions are included as well as helpsheets to print or to display. There are two versions. The easy version requires pupils simply to use the pets vocabulary in different sentences (Tienes un gato? Si, tengo un gato.) The extended game requires pupils to use descriptions such as colours, size and eye colour. A fun way of practising speaking and listening skills and a resource that can cover a number of teaching points: questions, negatives, pets vocabulary, descriptions.
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German - Pets - Powerpoint plus Happy Families Speaking and Listening Card Game

German - Pets - Powerpoint plus Happy Families Speaking and Listening Card Game

This is a powerpoint which introduces pets vocabulary in German - how to ask and answer the question ‘Hast du Haustiere?’ Following the powerpoint there is a ‘Happy Families’ Card Game on the topic of pets. Simply print out the card slides and cut into cards. Full instructions are included as well as prompt / help sheets which can be printed or displayed. There are two version - the easy version requires pupils to use simple sentences such as ‘Ja, ich habe eine Katze’ or ‘Nein, ich habe keine Schlange’. The extended version requires giving description such as colour, size and eye colour. This is a great way to practise speaking and listening skills and covers several different teaching points: asking questions, negatives, pets vocabulary, descriptions.
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French - Pets - Powerpoint plus Happy Families Speaking and Listening Card Game

French - Pets - Powerpoint plus Happy Families Speaking and Listening Card Game

This is a powerpoint introducing pets in French. Once the vocabulary has been introduced play the happy families card game which is included. Simply print the card slides and cut up into cards. Laminate or print on to card to re-use with other classes. Full instructions are included as well as helpsheets to print or to display. There are two versions. The easy version requires pupils simply to use the pets vocabulary in different sentences (As-tu un chat? Non, je n’ai pas de chat.) The extended requires pupils to use descriptions such as colours, size and eye colour. A fun way of practising speaking and listening skills and covers a number of teaching points: questions, negatives, pets vocabulary, descriptions.
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German - Board Games - Speaking and Listening - Tenses - Hobbies / Free Time / Sports

German - Board Games - Speaking and Listening - Tenses - Hobbies / Free Time / Sports

This resource contains several different games to practise speaking and listening skills in different tenses talking about hobbies, free time and sports. Full instructions are provided about the games and different variations. There are also help sheets provided and templates for dice. Simply print the boards you wish to play with. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. There are seven or eight different games which can be played so this resource can be re-used with many different classes and for different topics. The games include: Talking about hobbies in the present tense, talking about what you have done in the past tense, talking about what you will do in the future tense, using mixed tenses, adding extra detail to sentences such as (who with, when, how often, where, why?). A powerpoint is also included which introduce all of the present tense phrases. These games are great to complement the topic of hobbies / free time and also any work on tenses. They also work very well as speaking and listening practice for exam revision.
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Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening

Spanish - telling the time - board games - speaking and listening

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.
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Sports in German

Sports in German

Powerpoint introducing sports in German including lots of activities such as points games and matching exercises.
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Spanish - Pets - Speaking and Listening Board Game plus Powerpoint.

Spanish - Pets - Speaking and Listening Board Game plus Powerpoint.

This is a board game and powerpoint on the topic ‘Tienes mascotas?’ (Do you have pets?). A powerpoint is included which first introduces the vocabulary needed to play the game. Pupils play in groups of 2 - 4. Simply print slide 4 or 5 which is the board. These can be laminated or printed onto card for increased durability. A dice template is also included. Players take it in turns to move around the board, asking and answering questions about pets. There are two differentiated boards included, one of which includes plurals. Full instructions are included as well as a help sheet for pupils. There are ideas for how the game can be extended and supported. A fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as pets vocabulary. Suitable for introducing the topic as well as for revision purposes.
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German - Telling the Time - Game - Speaking and Listening

German - Telling the Time - Game - Speaking and Listening

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.
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French - Telling the time - Quelle heure est-il? - Board Games - Speaking and Listening

French - Telling the time - Quelle heure est-il? - Board Games - Speaking and Listening

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.
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Introducing yourself Cartoon Cards

Introducing yourself Cartoon Cards

These cards can be printed and cut up. Use as speaking and listening activity. Pupils work in pairs asking and answering questions about the person on their card in German and see if they can work out who their partner is.
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Reading Film Reviews in German

Reading Film Reviews in German

Lesson on film reviews in German. Starter activity is to guess the film from the German title (worksheet on Word Doc). Three film reviews to read (can be printed from powerpoint). Plenary is find the error slide.
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German - Haustiere / Pets - Board Game and Powerpoint - Speaking and Listening

German - Haustiere / Pets - Board Game and Powerpoint - Speaking and Listening

This is a speaking and listening activity for the topic of pets. A powerpoint is included, introducing the German words for pets and how to answer the question ‘Hast du Haustiere?’ There are also helpsheets provided (including plural forms). Full instructions for the game are in the presentation, including ideas for how to support, extend and differentiate. Simply print slide 4 or slide 5 (the boards) for each small group of 2 - 4 players. Laminate or print on to card for increased durability. Each group will need a dice - a template is provided within the presentation to be cut out and assembled. Players take it in turns to move around the board asking and answering questions. A fun way to practise speaking and listening skills as well as vocabulary. Going through the vocabulary and playing the game is enough for the main part of a lesson on this topic. This is also a good revision activity.
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