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Ms McCormack's teaching secrets

I am a KS1 teacher. I have taught for 8 years in the UK and now I teach in Australia. My resources will usually be applicable to younger children.

I am a KS1 teacher. I have taught for 8 years in the UK and now I teach in Australia. My resources will usually be applicable to younger children.
Reading comprehension - SEA TURTLES!
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Reading comprehension - SEA TURTLES!

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Year 2 level reading comprehension practice activity. This could also be used as an exemplar text on a non- fiction talk4writing unit or similar. Enjoy! Please do not share and charge for it, as that would defeat the purpose of me sharing for free. Thank you kindly.
Year 2 Reading comprehension - PENGUINS!
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Year 2 Reading comprehension - PENGUINS!

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Who doesn’t love penguins? This is a Year 2 reading comprehension activity, laid out a little like end of Y2 SATS paper. Two levels - one for children who need a lot more support with this kind of activity. Designed to be worked through as a class or group to support retrieval of info from a text. Useful as a homework activity. Matches with any kind of Talk4writing non fiction unit (text could be used as an exemplar) Print on A3 paper as a booklet and you’ll be laughing.
Materials and their properties KS1
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Materials and their properties KS1

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This is a power point to go with a year 2 investigation lesson where children will sort and categorize everyday objects according to given criteria initially, then creating their own criteria based on their observations of the material properties. (For example: hard/soft)
Minibeasts Year 2 Comprehension
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Minibeasts Year 2 Comprehension

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Comprehension activity laid out a little like the end of Year 2 SATS paper. To be used mid year. Useful to in a guided way, so that children understand the process of reading and extracting information from a text.
BIG BAD WOLF/ PIG writing activity
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BIG BAD WOLF/ PIG writing activity

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This activity is one to be used alongside the book “The three little wolves and the big bad pig” Children can read the description and change the descriptions to turn the character into a nice/nasty character.
Year 2 Spelling yearly overview
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Year 2 Spelling yearly overview

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This is some planning I did to align with the Year 2 UK spelling curriculum. It’s useful if your school doesn’t have a phonics program that aligns properly. I find I referenced it even when we followed Read Write Inc phonics, because the demands of the curriculum were higher than what we were teaching!
ANIMAL INFORMATION CARDS
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ANIMAL INFORMATION CARDS

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These are useful for a reading and fact retrieval activity. I wrote them for reading ability of about age 6-7 or Year 2. Possible lesson ideas - use info to create top trump cards, use info to map animals on a blank world map, use info to take notes, use cards to learn about different animals and test each other, sort and group animals in different ways… the options are endless.