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Welcome to my store and thanks for stopping by! I've been teaching in out-of-school settings for over 15 years. From helping children understand wriggling pythons as a zoo education officer (dream job!), to using historical objects as keys to unlock our past, my teaching experience has been far from typical. I'm currently a schools manager for a museum and art gallery, working with hundreds of children of all ages each year.

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Welcome to my store and thanks for stopping by! I've been teaching in out-of-school settings for over 15 years. From helping children understand wriggling pythons as a zoo education officer (dream job!), to using historical objects as keys to unlock our past, my teaching experience has been far from typical. I'm currently a schools manager for a museum and art gallery, working with hundreds of children of all ages each year.
How a fossil is formed folding craft KS2
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How a fossil is formed folding craft KS2

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Teach the stages of fossilisation with this folding ammonite craft. Ammonites were pre-historic sea creatures with tentacles and a spiral shell. Their fossils can be found all over the world in many different types of sedimentary rock! There are 2 templates to choose from for this foldable: Colour the images, cut out and fold Colour the images, cut out the words and sequence them, glue the words in place, cut and fold. When closed, you’ll just see the large fossil ammonite but when opened, the fossilisation process will be revealed! You can see a finished example on my Facebook page here. Instructions for pupils are provided (including a picture showing how to fold) as well as some questions for a whole class discussion. Some suggested answers are provided for this. This activity is suitable for lower KS2.
Life cycle of a bean plant foldable
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Life cycle of a bean plant foldable

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A fun foldable craft for exploring the life cycle stages of a bean plant. A great follow up activity after growing your own beans or to support a life cycles, plants or seasonal changes topic. The finished foldables can be glued into science books. There are 3 similar templates so you can select the one that best suits your needs: Pupils colour, cut and fold their template. The words used are seed (germinating), sprout, seedling, mature plant, flowers and seed pod. Similar to template 1 but with a straight cutting edge. Pupils colour their template, cut out the life cycle words, glue them in order onto the template, cut and fold. Instructions are provided as well as a folding guide. There is also a full colour version of template 1 should you wish to make a quick example to show your children. This is a 6 page PDF. The pictures and text are not editable.
Tokyo 2020 (2021) summer Olympics PowerPoint and activities
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Tokyo 2020 (2021) summer Olympics PowerPoint and activities

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2021 sees Tokyo host the summer Olympic games in Japan. Create excitement with this resource pack, designed for KS2 pupils. Tokyo 2021 PowerPoint (also provided as a pdf). Contains facts about this year’s Olympics and Paralympics including new sports, what the medals are made of and how many countries are taking part. It ends with whole class Olympic themed quiz questions. Activity sheets ready to print on A4 paper Pick Me! Suggest a new Olympic sport and write a letter campaigning for its inclusion in the 2024 Games Create an Olympian profile Design a kit for an Olympic runner Design a kit for an Olympic cyclist Create a Games motto Design a medal
Sunflower life cycle foldable
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Sunflower life cycle foldable

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Re-cap the stages of a sunflower’s life cycle with this fun folding craft. Print the black and white template onto A4 paper or card for pupils to colour and cut out. There a 4 similar templates so you can choose one to be suit your children’s needs. This activity could be used to support a lesson on seasonal change, plants, summer/autumn or life cycles. The finished foldable makes a great interactive addition to science books! Simple instructions with pictures are provided to help with folding. Once complete, the 2 halves of the sunflower are brought together, then gently pulled apart to reveal the life cycle stages inside. A colour version of the foldable is also provided if required (e.g. to make a quick example before you do the activity with pupils). This resource is an 8 page PDF and is not editable.
Honey bee life cycle foldable craft
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Honey bee life cycle foldable craft

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The honey bee is one of the most important insects on the planet, pollinating lots of the plants that we eat and use. Help your students understand its life cycle with this simple foldable craft. The finished foldable makes a lovely addition to science books. Use to support a lesson on life cycles, bees, insects/minibeasts, or as an activity to celebrate World Bee Day in May. There are 2 similar templates to choose from in this resource. One is based around a bee’s nest and the other a bee hive. For both, children colour the life cycle stages (egg, larva, pupa, bee), cut them out and put them in order and them glue onto the template. The template is then cut out and folded. Children will love opening their foldable to reveal the life cycle inside. Guidance for folding is included. Please note, this resource is a PDF and cannot be edited. It doesn’t include details about the different types of adult honey bee (queen, drone, worker).
Mary Anning PowerPoint KS2
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Mary Anning PowerPoint KS2

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Mary Anning was one of the world’s greatest fossil hunters. Despite her humble background, she was a pioneer, although she didn’t receive the credit for her achievements that she deserved. Introduce your class to this remarkable British paleontologist with this 15 slide PowerPoint detailing her life and major discoveries including ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and winged reptiles! This presentation would complement a rocks and fossils unit, or support learning about women in science. This resource is a PowerPoint. A PDF of the presentation is also included for those without access to Microsoft Office. I also offer a Fossils as Evidence PowerPoint in my shop, suitable for KS2. Find it here
Fill a cup with kindness activity
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Fill a cup with kindness activity

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Set your class the challenge of completing 7 days of kindness! Ideal for a World Kindness Day activity, or for a school kindness week or month. Print an activity sheet for each student on letter sized paper. Each stripe on their cup represents a day of the week. For each of the next 7 days they will try to complete an act of kindness. For each one, they can colour in a stripe on their cup (starting at the bottom), and write what they did. By the end of the week, they will have a rainbow striped cup of kindness, ideal for creating a whole class display. Encourage more than one kind act a day - they can just add their favourite to the cup! This resource is a 2-page PDF file (activity sheet and teaching guidelines).
Fossil Identification Activity KS2
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Fossil Identification Activity KS2

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Your class can become palaeontologists! This activity consists of 15 full colour photos of different fossils with labels to match (pictures can be printed with or without a background). Fossils include ammonites, a mosasaur tooth, megalodon tooth, shells, coral and a plesiosaur backbone. There are 2 sets of labels to choose from (1 set requiring some internet research, the other more descriptive to allow pupils to try to identify without needing to go online). There are instructions and answers included.
Food chain foldables KS1
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Food chain foldables KS1

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A science craft activity which can be differentiated if required. This resource has templates for food chains in 3 habitats - a woodland, ocean and a rainforest. For each one, there are 3 options included: Colour the pre-designed template, with animals and plants already included and fold. Pupils draw their own food chain on a black and white template and fold. Pupils draw their own food chain on a coloured template, and fold. Once folded, children can hide their food chain by bringing the 2 halves of the template together, then gently pull apart to reveal the inside. There is minimal prep required. Print the designs you plan to use on A4 paper or card. Pupils need coloured pencils and scissors but no glue or tape is needed. Instructions for how to fold are included (you may wish to make an example beforehand for those who might find folding tricky).
Plant life cycle foldable craft bundle
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Plant life cycle foldable craft bundle

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These foldable crafts are ideal for science work books, and to support life cycle, plants or seasonal changes units. This resource contains PDF templates for 4 different plants - pumpkin, apple, bean plant and sunflower. For each plant you’ll find at least 2 options (e.g. pupils colour, cut and fold the template, or sequence the life cycle stages before cutting and folding). Please note, the templates are not editable. Instructions for students are provided including guidance for how to fold.
Insect life cycles foldables bundle
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Insect life cycles foldables bundle

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These insect life cycle foldables make a fun addition to science books. This resource looks at the life cycle of a butterfly, honey bee, ladybird and dragonfly. Pupils will love creating their foldable, then opening to reveal the life cycle inside. These could be used for a lesson on insects or minibeasts, life cycles or as a fun home school activity. There are different options allowing you to differentiate the activity if required: Black and white templates for pupils to colour, cut and fold Black and white templates for pupils to colour, sequence the life cycle stages, glue and fold. Instructions and guidance for folding is included.
How a fossil is formed sequencing activity KS2
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How a fossil is formed sequencing activity KS2

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Order the stages of fossilisation with this printable ordering activity. This resource uses the example of an ammonite (a marine creature with a spiral shaped shell) to explore 8 steps in the fossilisation process. There are 2 versions of this activity included in your download: A 5 page PDF including 8 full colour pictures with the corresponding labels. Print, cut out individual pictures/labels and laminate. A 4 page PDF as above but with the labels included on the pictures for lower ability. National Curriculum link: Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
All about me self portrait style foldables
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All about me self portrait style foldables

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Get to know your pupils with this all about me foldable craft. Ideal for the start of a new school year or for a myself/ourselves/Me topic. You could use these in the classroom for a back to school activity, or send home for pupils to complete as a transition activity over the summer. There are 12 templates so children can pick one that best matches their hair style. They then draw eyes, eyebrows, skin/hair colour and lips, creating a self portrait! The inside prompts them to add some information about themselves - name, age, favourite colours, something that makes them smile and something they are good at. Finally, they can cut out the design, and fold (instructions are included for this). Bring the 2 sides of the face together, then gently pull apart to reveal the inside (like a concertina). Minimal prep is needed - just print templates onto A4 card and have coloured pencils in skin/hair/eye tones and scissors available. Glue/tape are not required. This resource is a 16 page PDF and is not editable. Here are some other About Me resources you might like: Outer space themed all about me foldable Dinosaur themed about me foldable Vertical about me foldable
Consonant digraphs foldable activity - ch, th and sh beginning sounds
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Consonant digraphs foldable activity - ch, th and sh beginning sounds

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A fun phonics activity for early readers at home or school. This resource looks at 3 consonant digraphs - sh, ch and th (as the initial sound). For each sound, there is a template that children can use to make their foldable. Firstly they will colour the letters and pictures. Next they’ll cut out the 4 words and match them to each picture before sticking them down. Pupils will then cut around the outside of the template before folding along the vertical lines. The foldable can then be closed to show just the letters, then carefully opened to reveal what’s inside. Some children may require extra adult support with the cutting or folding. This resource is 6 pages and contains 3 different templates, written instructions and a picture showing how to fold.
Science Google Classroom animated headers banners
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Science Google Classroom animated headers banners

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Add these animated science headers to Google Classroom in the same way you would add an image. There are 9 moving headers in this set (as gif. files) so you can swap them round when you want a change! Ideal for adding some extra fun to online or distance learning. Please note that Google Classroom adds a filter over headers so they will look darker/muted when uploaded. I’ve added a picture to the preview to show this to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately, animated banners are not compatible with the Google Classroom app.
A Girl Called Mary: The Story of Mary Anning book PDF
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A Girl Called Mary: The Story of Mary Anning book PDF

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A fun and engaging story told in rhyme for KS1 pupils, exploring the true tale of the greatest fossil hunter who ever lived! Mary Anning was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent for finding fossils. Join her as she searches the beaches and cliffs around her seaside home and discovers clues about animals from long ago. This resource is a 28 page PDF book which you could display on a screen for a whole class story time. Ideal to support a dinosaurs topic. The paperback of this book is available on Amazon. Copyright G D Waters. May not be reproduced or shared without prior permission of the author.
Healthy eating printables
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Healthy eating printables

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Teaching children about healthy eating is vital for their physical and mental wellbeing. This set of 3 printables is designed to be used to support a healthy eating/myself topic at key stage 1. My one day food diary This activity sheet is designed for children to keep a record of everything they eat in a day. Once complete, they cut out the template and fold to create a mouth that closes, then opens to reveal their food diary inside. Keeping my mouth healthy This activity sheet uses the same design as above. Use as an opportunity to discuss good oral health. Children colour and cut the template, then fold to create a mouth. Healthy food choices worksheet Children identify which foods we should eat most, some and least of.
Animated Google Classroom headers
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Animated Google Classroom headers

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Add these animated headers (gif. files) to the Google Classroom banner area in the same way you would add an image file. Please note that Google Classroom adds a filter over headers so they look darker/muted when uploaded. Animated banners are not compatible with the Google Classroom app. There are 4 animated headers in this set, 3 of which can be seen on the cover.
French Valentines colour by numbers (French colours)
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French Valentines colour by numbers (French colours)

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A French Valentines themed colour by numbers. 9 colours are needed to complete the picture (vert, rouge, bleu, noir, gris, jaune, rose, marron, violet). This is a 1 page pdf file (2 of the same picture per page to print and cut in half).
Animal pattern digital stickers
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Animal pattern digital stickers

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A little freebie to help motivate and reward your students with online learning. This animal pattern digital sticker pack contain 6 designs. Each one is a png file with a transparent background. Copy and paste or insert into documents (e.g. Google Slides). The download is a zip file so the images will need to be extracted and saved before they are used.