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E4MC is for all parents with a desire to actively support their child's education, from ages 4 - 13. E4MC is the web-based community that provides practical resources to support the teaching and learning of mathematics and literacy whilst celebrating the uniqueness of each individual child. Unlike other educational communities, E4MC has a mission to actively promote and value those children with giftings outside the traditional academic subjects, particularly those in the areas of the creative

E4MC is for all parents with a desire to actively support their child's education, from ages 4 - 13. E4MC is the web-based community that provides practical resources to support the teaching and learning of mathematics and literacy whilst celebrating the uniqueness of each individual child. Unlike other educational communities, E4MC has a mission to actively promote and value those children with giftings outside the traditional academic subjects, particularly those in the areas of the creative
The Listeners - A complete Literacy Unit for Y6
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The Listeners - A complete Literacy Unit for Y6

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This is a complete literacy unit of 15 lessons aimed at Year 6 based on the poem The Listeners by Walter de la Mare. This is an amazingly rich piece of poetry and lends itself to some fantastic thinking, discussion, drama activities and creative writing. The resource contains a three week set of outline lessons plans learning objectives success criteria key teaching points to establish. lesson resources additional suggestions for cross curricular working. This will be of interest to you if you are teaching in Year 6 or in a mixed year 5 / 6 class, are new to Year 6 or are homeschooling your children.
Full Term's Literacy Planning - Year 6
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Full Term's Literacy Planning - Year 6

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This is a full term’s literacy planning for Year 6 based on the book - Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. I taught this with my year 5/6 class and it was a great favourite. The book is an adventure story, set in the Amazon with a boy and a girl as the key characters. The resource contains fourteen full weeks of literacy lesson plans (five lessons per week), together with all resource masters (including 6 full reading comprehension activities and mark schemes) - an answer booklet and full powerpoint slide shows to accompany each lesson. The lesson plans contain learning objectives and success criteria, key learning to be established, an outline of each lesson content, links to related resources and links to the grammar curriculum for Year 6. My hope is that this saves newly qualified and experienced teachers alike hours of your precious time and enables you to enjoy your well earned summer holiday! Please do leave a review and let me know what you think.
How to promote  Effective Group Work
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How to promote Effective Group Work

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Developing Effective Group Work This simple resource is designed for key stage 2 teachers looking to promote effective group work in their classrooms. In life, people need to be able to work together but these group working skills need to be carefully developed to ensure that they are effective and positive. Much has been said already about the positive impact of working in groups, but this isn’t always the case. For some children, working in a group can be daunting as they are either over-powered by a more confident person or demotivated because their ideas are not valued. Structuring group work by allocating distinct roles within the group is a means of valuing each child and ensuring that they play an equal part in the decision making. The six roles are as follows: - The Leader The Leader is responsible for managing the group and ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak. They draw the discussions together and summarise what has been said or decided. Scribe The scribe is responsible for keeping a record of what has been discussed and what has been decided. Timekeeper The timekeeper is responsible for keeping time. They remind the leader when time is running out and suggest to the leader that the group move on if they feel that the group are not going to complete the task. Spokesperson The spokesperson is responsible for feeding back to the class at the end of the group task. Encourager The encourager is responsible for offering support to other group members to encourage them to speak and to celebrate good contributions. At the end of the task the encourager should nominate the person they think made the most significant contributions to the task. Challenger The challenger is responsible for challenging ideas. They should be asking the ‘hard’ questions to ensure that ideas are well thought through. Each session the children swap roles so that each child has the opportunity to take on each role. Some will be more of a challenge than others, but each child has a part to play.
Year 4 - Year Plan - Spelling
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Year 4 - Year Plan - Spelling

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This resource will take the pain out of planning and delivering the Year 4 spelling programme. It provides weekly spelling lists and tricky word lists with key teaching points to establish. This resource is for you if you are an NQT, new to Year 4 or are homeschooling your children.
Extending and Developing Vocabulary
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Extending and Developing Vocabulary

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This resource is aimed at children in upper Key Stage 2 and Lower Key Stage 3 who need to extend and develop vocabulary - a vital skill for success in both reading and writing. The task involves looking up a range different words and finding synonyms and antonyms. It is great for both teachers and parents interested in developing in children, a love of vocabulary.
Year 3 - Year Plan - Spelling
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Year 3 - Year Plan - Spelling

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This resource will take the pain out of planning your spelling programme for Year 3. It provides a spelling focus for each week of the year together with word lists and a selection of tricky words from the Year 3 spelling list. Great for you if you are new to Year 3, just starting out in teaching or are home schooling your children at home.
How to develop effective mathematical thinking in the primary classroom.
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How to develop effective mathematical thinking in the primary classroom.

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This practical resource takes the three main strands of mathematical thinking - application, communication and reasoning - and develops them in a step by step approach. It is useful for any teacher at any stage of their career who is looking to introduce, develop and promote a thinking and reasoning approach to mathematics in the classroom. It can be used with any activity and with any age of children.
Year 5 Year Plan - Spelling
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Year 5 Year Plan - Spelling

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This resource will take the pain out of planning your spelling programme for Year 5. Each week it tells you which sounds to focus on and key teaching points to establish as well as a number of tricky words to cover. Wherever possible the weekly words are divided into three levels to target the differing abilities in the class. Great if you are an NQT, new to Year 5 or home schooling your children.
Year 5 - Maths Targets
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Year 5 - Maths Targets

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A set of 6 target sheets designed to provide coverage of the maths curriculum for Year 5 in the UK but which can be adapted to suit other curricula. Can be used at home or at school to provide a step by step approach to covering the different year group objectives. There are two complete sets provided; one has the year group printed on the top and the second set are simply numbered 1 – 6. Some educators prefer to clearly state which year group the targets are aimed at but other educators prefer to use them as a more individualised resource so that they children work at their own level and at their own pace. Structure and Organisation The targets are split into six sets for the year - one sheet per half term. This means that the average child would aim to complete one target sheet per half term which is approximately one target per week. These can be used as homework tasks or in school tasks or as a weekly challenge for home schoolers. Each child is given the first target sheet at the beginning of the year - or the sheet most appropriate to their level of attainment - and should work through the targets one by one. These targets were not designed as an assessment tool but they can be used to track progress if so desired. Assessment and Monitoring. There are four boxes provided at the end of each target. The first is to be completed by a friend in school, the second by a parent and the third by an adult in school. Schools may choose to use all or just some of these boxes. The aim is to reduce the work load for teachers and to empower parents to know what to work on with their child next. If used in connection with websites such as www.mathszone.co.uk or www.mathisfun.com, parents can select activities to work on with their children. If groups of children are working on the same target, they can be tested together or testing can be done on a half termly basis or an individual basis.
Autumn Half Term Activities for Year 4
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Autumn Half Term Activities for Year 4

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5 x 15 minute literacy and maths activities for Year 4. Are you… Struggling to get your children to practice their basic literacy and maths skills during the half term holiday? Looking for some short, age appropriate resources to send home with the children to complete each day? Searching for something with answers included? I’ve been a class teacher just like you, and spent hours designing suitable resources to encourage my pupils to keep working on their maths and literacy skills through the holidays. That’s why I created these resources to support you. Attached, you will find extracts from some of the activities included in the pack. Each pack contains 5, 15 minute activities for your pupils to do at home - one for each day of the half term holiday - including number and word activities, reading comprehensions and maths puzzles - all with answer sheets included.
Times Tables Race
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Times Tables Race

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In just ten minutes per day, this resource is proven to improve a child’s speed and accuracy with multiplication facts to support all areas of calculation in mathematics. In order to access the Year 5 and 6 maths curricula, children benefit greatly from the ability to rapidly recall their times tables facts. Without this skill, children spend valuable time having to ‘work out’ their times tables facts and this has a negative impact on accuracy, efficiency and most importantly confidence, in mathematics. This Resource contains… Five sheets of multiplication questions. Five sheets of division questions. Three recording charts to monitor progress. How this resource works The Question Sheets. Each times-table sheet contains seventy-five questions arranged in three columns. The aim is to complete as many of these questions as possible in ten minutes without missing any of the questions out! For younger children, or children who are less confident with their times tables, the sheets could be divided into three separate columns so that they are only faced with twenty-five questions at a time! How to record progress Which Recording Chart to use. At the end of the ten-minute session, choose one of the Recording Charts included in the pack. • If a child is not confident with their tables and is only working on one column, use Recording Chart 1. This will record a maximum of 18 questions so will build confidence in the early stages of proficiency. • If the children are moving onto the second column , choose the Recording Chart 2 • If the children are completing over 36 questions in 10 minutes, choose Recording Chart 3. Completing the Recording Chart. It is recommended that the children complete the Recording Chart of their scores so that they can see how they improve over time. The Recording Chart is divided into columns. Complete one column on the Recording Chart for each ten-minute session. Record the number of questions answered in one colour. Use the answer sheet to mark the questions. Criss cross over the column already completed to show the number of questions that were correctly answered. (This will help the child see how accurate they are as well as how speedy they are. If a child is getting all their questions right, their challenge is to do more in the time available. If a child is completing many more questions than they are answering correctly, the next challenge is to slow down and aim for greater accuracy.) Challenge and Extension. Use the Division Sheets in place of the multiplication questions. Reduce the time limit allowed to complete the questions. Focus on the time taken to complete the whole sheet. How quickly can you complete the seventy-five questions?
Next Door Neighbour Numbers: 8 Starting Points
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Next Door Neighbour Numbers: 8 Starting Points

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This resource aimed at 7 - 11 year olds, provides 8 starting points to investigate next door neighbour numbers or consecutive numbers on a number line. Each one can be used as a separate lesson idea or the different starting points could be given to different groups of children in the same lesson. Answers included!
Mixed Age Working: An activity session planned by Year 6 for Year R.
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Mixed Age Working: An activity session planned by Year 6 for Year R.

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This is for you if you are a Year 6 teacher and want to challenge your Year 6 children to demonstrate their leadership skills in a practical way by creating, organising and running and afternoon of activities for the younger children in your school. We planned this one as a means of freeing up the Reception classroom for use by the new entrants and it worked so well that it became an annual event and a highlight of the year. Have fun with it!
First Day Back Activity: Holiday Postcards - with a difference!
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First Day Back Activity: Holiday Postcards - with a difference!

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This is a template for a postcard with a choice of five different activities for using it. The aim is to start the new year with a creative activity which also makes the children think hard! There is also an additional activity sheet to support activities 4 and 5. Have fun with it! Great for you if you are just starting out in teaching or want to start the year off in a ‘different’ way.
Year 3 - Maths Target Sheets
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Year 3 - Maths Target Sheets

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A set of 6 target sheets designed to provide coverage of the maths curriculum for Year 3 in the UK but which can be adapted to suit other curricula. Can be used at home or at school to provide a step by step approach to covering the different year group objectives. There are two complete sets provided; one has the year group printed on the top and the second set are simply numbered 1 – 6. Some educators prefer to clearly state which year group the targets are aimed at but other educators prefer to use them as a more individualised resource so that they children work at their own level and at their own pace. Structure and Organisation The targets are split into six sets for the year - one sheet per half term. This means that the average child would aim to complete one target sheet per half term which is approximately one target per week. These can be used as homework tasks or in school tasks or as a weekly challenge for home schoolers. Each child is given the first target sheet at the beginning of the year and should work through the targets one by one. These targets were not designed as an assessment tool but they can be used to track progress if so desired. Assessment and Monitoring. There are four boxes provided at the end of each target. The first is to be completed by a friend in school, the second by a parent and the third by an adult in school. Schools may choose to use all or just some of these boxes. The aim is to reduce the work load for teachers and to empower parents to know what to work on with their child next. If used in connection with websites such as www.mathszone.co.uk or www.mathisfun.com, parents can select activities to work on with their children. If groups of children are working on the same target, they can be tested together or testing can be done on a half termly basis or an individual basis.
Corner Numbers :
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Corner Numbers :

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This resource contains a series of activities using a simple number line starting point. These can be introduced by the teacher and used as investigations with the class or the diagram could be used to generate lines of enquiry by the pupils. It can be used with children from Year 2 upwards and extended to include negative numbers if desired.
How to teach mathematical thinking skills in the context of an activity.
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How to teach mathematical thinking skills in the context of an activity.

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Developing Mathematical Thinking is the key to effective teaching in mathematics. This resource takes a simple number line and shows you how to develop the key skills in mathematical thinking using 8 simple activities. It includes Starting Points, Key Questions, Teaching Points and Assessment Guidelines to help you introduce, develop and assess the children’s progress through the teaching activities. This resource also contains advice about how to structure your teaching to build the children’s confidence and how to gradually reduce the support as their confidence increases. Effective and practical advice to support you in the classroom and to raise standards in mathematical thinking.
Year 2 - Maths Target Sheets
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Year 2 - Maths Target Sheets

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A set of 6 target sheets designed to provide coverage of the maths curriculum for Year 2 in the UK but which can be adapted to suit other curricula. Can be used at home or at school to provide a step by step approach to covering the different year group objectives. There are two complete sets provided; one has the year group printed on the top and the second set are simply numbered 1 – 6. Some educators prefer to clearly state which year group the targets are aimed at but other educators prefer to use them as a more individualised resource so that they children work at their own level and at their own pace. Structure and Organisation The targets are split into six sets for the year - one sheet per half term. This means that the average child would aim to complete one target sheet per half term which is approximately one target per week. These can be used as homework tasks or in school tasks or as a weekly challenge for home schoolers. Each child is given the first target sheet at the beginning of the year - or the one most appropriate for their level of attainment - and should work through the targets one by one. These targets were not designed as an assessment tool but they can be used to track progress if so desired. Assessment and Monitoring. There are four boxes provided at the end of each target. The first is to be completed by a friend in school, the second by a parent and the third by an adult in school. Schools may choose to use all or just some of these boxes. The aim is to reduce the work load for teachers and to empower parents to know what to work on with their child next. If used in connection with websites such as www.mathszone.co.uk or www.mathisfun.com, parents can select activities to work on with their children. If groups of children are working on the same target, they can be tested together or testing can be done on a half termly basis or an individual basis.
Year 4 - Maths Target Sheets
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Year 4 - Maths Target Sheets

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A set of 6 target sheets designed to provide coverage of the maths curriculum for Year 4 in the UK but which can be adapted to suit other curricula. Can be used at home or at school to provide a step by step approach to covering the different year group objectives. There are two complete sets provided; one has the year group printed on the top and the second set are simply numbered 1 – 6. Some educators prefer to clearly state which year group the targets are aimed at but other educators prefer to use them as a more individualised resource so that they children work at their own level and at their own pace. Structure and Organisation The targets are split into six sets for the year - one sheet per half term. This means that the average child would aim to complete one target sheet per half term which is approximately one target per week. These can be used as homework tasks or in school tasks or as a weekly challenge for home schoolers. Each child is given the first target sheet at the beginning of the year - or the target sheet most appropriate to their attainment level - and should work through the targets one by one. These targets were not designed as an assessment tool but they can be used to track progress if so desired. Assessment and Monitoring. There are four boxes provided at the end of each target. The first is to be completed by a friend in school, the second by a parent and the third by an adult in school. Schools may choose to use all or just some of these boxes. The aim is to reduce the work load for teachers and to empower parents to know what to work on with their child next. If used in connection with websites such as www.mathszone.co.uk or www.mathisfun.com, parents can select activities to work on with their children. If groups of children are working on the same target, they can be tested together or testing can be done on a half termly basis or an individual basis.