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I set up Grefintec in 2012 and have successfully been making a wide variety of online teaching resources since then, primarily for the training of practitioners working within the early years and playwork sectors. However, my day job is a biology teacher so I also make resources for myself and these are the ones I share, for free, in my TES shop. I hope that you enjoy them and find them useful,

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I set up Grefintec in 2012 and have successfully been making a wide variety of online teaching resources since then, primarily for the training of practitioners working within the early years and playwork sectors. However, my day job is a biology teacher so I also make resources for myself and these are the ones I share, for free, in my TES shop. I hope that you enjoy them and find them useful,
Photosynthesis Mini Test (Recap) - with answers
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Photosynthesis Mini Test (Recap) - with answers

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I have created this mini test as a quick assessment of my Year 10’s photosynthesis knowledge. Formated with three tests to a page so can be easily answered on the sheet and stuck in books without lots of printing. Answers included.
Memory/Snap Game Using Shape and Colour
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Memory/Snap Game Using Shape and Colour

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I work as an SEN assistant and am employed to work one-to-one with a three year old child who has global developmental delay. Whilst she has very limited verbal communication, I have discovered that she is great at playing memory and enjoys playing the game. We have been focusing more recently on colour and shape so I have created this memory game to specifically support her learning. The game consists of 32 colour cards. The shapes are square, circle, triangle and star printed in pairs in each of four colours: red, blue, yellow and green. I do not play the game using all 32 cards and currently use either all of one particular shape in all of the colour variations or one of each shape in different colours. She now recognises the four different shapes. But you can adapt the game to play in any way which you see fit. Because the game uses pairs of cards it can be played either as memory or snap. I will shortly be publishing a black and white version of this game to support those children who work better using this colour scheme. Keywords: SEN, memory, shapes, colour, game, learning through play, snap, EYFS, Curriculum for Excellence, numeracy,
Create a Simple Digital Microscope
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Create a Simple Digital Microscope

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Biologists use microscopes to see things that they can't see clearly with the naked eye. Microscopes are a fairly expensive piece of equipment and generally not very portable. In this practical you will convert smart phone/tablet to create a simple, portable digital microscope using cheap, easily accessible components. Then use it to explore and make observations about the microscopic details of everyday things. Keywords: science, microscopes, DIY, simple, fun activity, biology, STEM, STEM activity, STEM project, Science Club, STEM club.
Mini Plenary Cards (Blue Coloured Back)
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Mini Plenary Cards (Blue Coloured Back)

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Mini plenaries are a type of formative assessment and are a great way to review progress of learning during a lesson. It also allows pupils opportunities for self reflection. "Teachers have also begun to be more flexible in introducing effective ‘mini plenaries’ at critical points in a lesson to review progress, clarify misunderstandings and move the work forward (OFSTED Dec. 2003)". Just ask a pupil to select a card and in so doing will feel like they are taking responsibility for their own learning. Just print out 9 copies of page 1 of the PDF and return to the printer for double sided printing and then print out pages 2-10. It is best to print out the cards on thick paper/thin card. I have laminated my set for durability. There are five sets available from my TES shop, the only difference is the back design, the actually mini plenary suggestions are the same. This is the blue backed design. Keywords: formative assessment, mini plenaries, plenary, assessment.
Mini Plenary Cards (Yellow Backed Design)
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Mini Plenary Cards (Yellow Backed Design)

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Mini plenaries are a type of formative assessment and are a great way to review progress of learning during a lesson. It also allows pupils opportunities for self reflection. "Teachers have also begun to be more flexible in introducing effective ‘mini plenaries’ at critical points in a lesson to review progress, clarify misunderstandings and move the work forward (OFSTED Dec. 2003)". Just ask a pupil to select a card and in so doing will feel like they are taking responsibility for their own learning. Just print out 9 copies of page 1 of the PDF and return to the printer for double sided printing and then print out pages 2-10. It is best to print out the cards on thick paper/thin card. I have laminated my set for durability. There are five sets available from my TES shop, the only difference is the back design, the actually mini plenary suggestions are the same. This is the yellow backed design. Keywords: formative assessment, mini plenaries, plenary, assessment.
Mini Plenary Cards (Green Backed Design)
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Mini Plenary Cards (Green Backed Design)

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Mini plenaries are a type of formative assessment and are a great way to review progress of learning during a lesson. It also allows pupils opportunities for self reflection. "Teachers have also begun to be more flexible in introducing effective ‘mini plenaries’ at critical points in a lesson to review progress, clarify misunderstandings and move the work forward (OFSTED Dec. 2003)". Just ask a pupil to select a card and in so doing will feel like they are taking responsibility for their own learning. Just print out 9 copies of page 1 of the PDF and return to the printer for double sided printing and then print out pages 2-10. It is best to print out the cards on thick paper/thin card. I have laminated my set for durability. There are five sets available from my TES shop, the only difference is the back design, the actually mini plenary suggestions are the same. This is the green backed design. Keywords: formative assessment, mini plenaries, plenary, assessment.
How do we hear the voices of children?
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How do we hear the voices of children?

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Listening to children is a skill which requires much more than the use of our ears. We can observe their actions and pay attention to their behaviour. This animation was developed for Anne Emerson-Smith Play Training Ltd and shares the key strategies for listening to children. Excellent for training early years and KS1 teachers, teaching assistants and early years educators.
AfL: What I knew then...What I know now - A simple way to demonstrate progress.
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AfL: What I knew then...What I know now - A simple way to demonstrate progress.

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Formative Assessment/Assessment for Learning 1. At the start of a new topic, get your pupils to stick this in on the first page. 2. Ask them to write everything that they already know about the topic in the centre square. 3. Then either mid way through the lesson, or mid way through the topic, turn back to this first page and ask the pupils to write everything that they know in the middle rectangle - using a different colour ink really highlights their new learning. Also at this point they can work as a 'talking pair' and expand on this. 4. At the end of the topic, return to this first page and complete the final rectangle, again using a different colour is a good idea, as is incorporating 'talking pair' information. A simple way to let both you and your students know what progress they have made.