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I am a Teaching and Learning Leader at an infant school in Hampshire and TES recommended author. I've been teaching in primary since 2007 with experience in most Year groups, although my heart lies in Year 1! I enjoy making helpful and engaging educational resources for teachers and pupils - I hope you find them useful!

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I am a Teaching and Learning Leader at an infant school in Hampshire and TES recommended author. I've been teaching in primary since 2007 with experience in most Year groups, although my heart lies in Year 1! I enjoy making helpful and engaging educational resources for teachers and pupils - I hope you find them useful!
Back to school - addition and subtraction reasoning

Back to school - addition and subtraction reasoning

Wake up your pupils’ brains with these addition and subtraction challenge cards! These calculations challenge your pupils’ understanding, ability to reason mathematically and algebraic thinking in a fun and engaging way. Using images to represent numbers, children use what they know to discover the value of the images. They need to understand the meaning of =, + and - signs and the relationship between addition and subtraction. The calculations include doubles and number bonds to 10 and 20. There are 4 sets of progressively more difficult calculations, as well as 4 sets with the numbers given in an answer key for children requiring more support. There are two open-ended calculations where children can find multiple possible answers to extend their thinking. Further extensions include children writing their own challenges or describing how they solved the problem. Happy teaching!
Katharine7
Place Value mastery bundle

Place Value mastery bundle

Over 100 pages of activities for teaching and mastering 3 of the Year 1 place value objectives! This bundle contains mastery materials for: - counting to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning from 0 or 1, or from any given number - counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 - identifying one more or one less than a given number I’m working on the other objectives and will add them to this bundle as they become available. Check back because I think once you’ve bought this bundle you’re able to download any additional resources added to it - bargain! If you have any trouble doing so, just message me privately via the TES website and I’ll send you any additional files that you are entitled to. Enjoy!
Katharine7
Digital worksheets - phonics segmenting practise

Digital worksheets - phonics segmenting practise

I'm loving using these digital worksheets in class! The children quickly became familiar with the format and now they can work independently with them, even my lowest ability. The children are are absorbed and enjoying the simple spelling activities and hey presto! - after their very first use - I started to see some recognisable CVC words in my emergent writers' subsequent work. Very exciting! The children write each word in their book or on a whiteboard before moving onto the next slide. They can be used in a range of ways in the classroom depending on the technology available to you. I've uploaded the PowerPoints onto Google drive where the children have accessed them through an ipad for early finishers. We're lucky and have LearnPads that will play the PowerPoint files, which works well for cutaway groups. Twice this week, I've put them up on the interactive whiteboard and left a sensible child in charge of a small group, leaving me free to focus on other children/activities. The child in charge not only moved on the slides when everyone was ready but also had marking pens and marked their work. This was in Year 1 and both times the children did a fantastic job! I've also been talking to our Year R teachers about using them in their writing areas on the LearnPads or on the main interactive whiteboard and we think they could work really well. And last of all, they cut down on printing and are ready to go with no prep - just present and go - perfect!
Katharine7
Back to school - addition and subtraction reasoning

Back to school - addition and subtraction reasoning

Wake up your pupils’ brains with these addition and subtraction challenge cards! These calculations challenge your pupils’ understanding, ability to reason mathematically and algebraic thinking in a fun and engaging way. Using images to represent numbers, children use what they know to discover the value of the images. They need to understand the meaning of =, + and - signs and the relationship between addition and subtraction. The calculations include doubles and number bonds to 10 and 20. There are 4 sets of progressively more difficult calculations, as well as 4 sets with the numbers given in an answer key for children requiring more support. There are two open-ended calculations where children can find multiple possible answers to extend their thinking. Further extensions include children writing their own challenges or describing how they solved the problem. Happy teaching!
Katharine7
Christmas multiplication and division  - reasoning challenge cards

Christmas multiplication and division - reasoning challenge cards

Use these Christmas calculations to challenge your pupils’ understanding, ability to reason mathematically and algebraic thinking in a fun and engaging way! Using images to represent numbers, children use what they know to discover the value of the images. They need to understand the meaning of =, x and ÷ signs and the relationship between multiplication and division. The calculations include 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables. There are 4 sets of progressively more difficult calculations, as well as 4 sets with the numbers given in an answer key for children requiring more support. As an extension, children could write their own challenges or describe how they know their answer is correct. Happy teaching!
Katharine7
Christmas addition and subtraction - reasoning challenge cards

Christmas addition and subtraction - reasoning challenge cards

Use these Christmas calculations to challenge your pupils’ understanding, ability to reason mathematically and algebraic thinking in a fun and engaging way! Using images to represent numbers, children use what they know to discover the value of the images. They need to understand the meaning of =, + and - signs and the relationship between addition and subtraction. The calculations include doubles and number bonds to 10 and 20. There are 4 sets of progressively more difficult calculations, as well as 4 sets with the numbers given in an answer key for children requiring more support. There are two open-ended calculations where children can find multiple possible answers to extend pupils’ thinking. Further extensions include children writing their own challenges or describing how they solved the problem. Happy teaching!
Katharine7
Stone Age Boy - literacy unit of work

Stone Age Boy - literacy unit of work

Planning and resources for the Year 3 and 4 English national curriculum based around Satoshi Kitamura’s story, Stone Age Boy. Eight literacy sessions are planned for children to plan, draft and write, evaluate and edit their own adventure story using the structure, vocabulary and grammar of the Stone Age Boy story as a ‘master’ example. The planning covers the following objectives from the English national curriculum: to identify themes in stories to participate in discussions about books, taking turns and listening to what others say to discuss and record ideas to organise paragraphs around a theme to use simple organisational devices to use vocabulary and grammar from a story when writing to assess the effectiveness of my own and others writing and suggest improvements.
Katharine7
Phonics screening check diagnostic tool

Phonics screening check diagnostic tool

Track errors, diagnose areas of development and organise groups and interventions to prepare your class for the Year 1 phonics screening check. This document contains a set of instructions, the diagnostic tool, a worked example for an individual pupil and whole class with a follow-up breakdown. This should help you complete the diagnostic tool and see how you can use the information it provides to plan your priorities for teaching whole class, small groups and/or 1:1 interventions. This really worked for me last year, I used it within my own class where I achieved a 90% pass rate for the screening check, and as year leader across Year 1 to inform the teachers of phonics sets, where we achieved an 84% pass rate collectively.
Katharine7
Ancient Egypt worksheet

Ancient Egypt worksheet

Ancient Egyptians KS2 code breaker worksheet to introduce key topic vocabulary for a history unit on Ancient Egypt. This resource also contains a Fun Facts page. There are two levels of difficulty included as well as a ‘create your own’ code page. Each level of difficulty is either available as a topic themed page with images or a ‘mystery’ page without images that you could use as a hook for your topic. As the children discover the words, they discover their topic! Answer pages are also included. The code breakers could be used as a stimulus for research - what can your students find out about each topic word? Or use the fun facts page to choose an aspect of Ancient Egypt that catches their interest for further research.
Katharine7
KS2 Poetry lesson based on 'I saw a peacock with a fiery tail'

KS2 Poetry lesson based on 'I saw a peacock with a fiery tail'

Enjoyable and imaginative key stage 2 poetry lesson based on the classic 17th century British poem - ‘I saw a peacock with a fiery tail’ (anonymous). The poem has a ‘trick’ structure which breaks up lines that make perfect sense and rearranges them to create beautiful and wondrous imagery. When I’ve taught this lesson, the children have enjoyed playing around with their own ideas and creating fun, lively and unlikely poems of their own. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! This resource contains a lesson plan with matching presentation to support delivery and a colour-coded writing scaffold. The lesson plan also contains follow up ideas for this session.
Katharine7
National storytelling week - dynamic story generator powerpoint

National storytelling week - dynamic story generator powerpoint

Children choose the course of the story in this dynamic story-telling PowerPoint. I originally wrote this for an assembly in National Storytelling Week and had huge fun with the whole school choosing which characters, setting and plot developments to follow. The children showed me via hands on heads or crossed arms which options they wanted to pick. The children were incredibly excited and engaged; I really enjoyed the assembly. If you miss off the first two slides about National Storytelling Week, this resource could also be used in an English lesson to look at story structure, character, setting and/or the use of descriptive language, e.g. adjectives and similes. Or simply use it in class as an enjoyable story to revisit and retell, allowing the children to make different choices to build a different story. I've tested the PowerPoint thoroughly (including in assembly and at home with my own daughter!) as there are a lot of action buttons to click on that lead you to the next slide in the chosen story. However, if I've missed anything, please do contact me via TES conversations and I will straighten it out asap. PS The fonts don't look very good on the preview pane on the TES website, but should be fine when downloaded. I created the resource using PowerPoint 2016.
Katharine7
Fire of London poetry - English unit of work

Fire of London poetry - English unit of work

Planning, PowerPoint and activities for an engaging poetry unit based around a Fire of London topic. My Year 2s produced some excellent quality poetry that they were very proud of. I have included two examples of the children's poems (before and after editing) that you could share with your class. Each planned lesson is accompanied by the resources required to deliver it. The unit touches on many objectives from the 2013 English National Curriculum (Key Stage 1) and the main ones are listed at the beginning of the planning document. There was a spelling and grammar focus of adding -ing to verbs and using expanded noun phrases. I hope your class enjoy it as much as we did! This unit contains: - Planning document containing 5 sessions - An original fire poem with recurring literary language - Adding -ing activity cards - Vocabulary gathering mind map - Differentiated poem writing frames - Examples of children's poems before and after editing - High quality vocabulary cards and word mat
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Room on the Broom - English Unit of Work

Room on the Broom - English Unit of Work

11 session unit of work with a grammar focus of question marks and exclamation marks based on Julia Donaldson's 'Room on the Broom'. Children make their own character puppets and perform a play, generating lots of talk for writing. The planning was created for the Year 1 curriculum but is equally valid for Year 2 work on exclamations, questions and statements. This resource includes: - A comprehensive planning document including suggestions for cutaways, pullbacks, guided reading activities and differentiation. - Room on the Broom planning resources pdf containing writing frames, word mat, introductory activities and keep up activity ideas (all referenced in the planning document). - Sentence identification activities used in the planning as assessment for learning opportunities. My class loved making the puppets and doing the puppet show. We performed our shows to small groups of Year R and got feedback from the Year R kids which was lovely. I hope your class enjoy it too!
Katharine7
Place Value mastery bundle

Place Value mastery bundle

Over 100 pages of activities for teaching and mastering 3 of the Year 1 place value objectives! This bundle contains mastery materials for: - counting to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning from 0 or 1, or from any given number - counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 - identifying one more or one less than a given number I’m working on the other objectives and will add them to this bundle as they become available. Check back because I think once you’ve bought this bundle you’re able to download any additional resources added to it - bargain! If you have any trouble doing so, just message me privately via the TES website and I’ll send you any additional files that you are entitled to. Enjoy!
Katharine7
Digital worksheets - phonics segmenting practise

Digital worksheets - phonics segmenting practise

I'm loving using these digital worksheets in class! The children quickly became familiar with the format and now they can work independently with them, even my lowest ability. The children are are absorbed and enjoying the simple spelling activities and hey presto! - after their very first use - I started to see some recognisable CVC words in my emergent writers' subsequent work. Very exciting! The children write each word in their book or on a whiteboard before moving onto the next slide. They can be used in a range of ways in the classroom depending on the technology available to you. I've uploaded the PowerPoints onto Google drive where the children have accessed them through an ipad for early finishers. We're lucky and have LearnPads that will play the PowerPoint files, which works well for cutaway groups. Twice this week, I've put them up on the interactive whiteboard and left a sensible child in charge of a small group, leaving me free to focus on other children/activities. The child in charge not only moved on the slides when everyone was ready but also had marking pens and marked their work. This was in Year 1 and both times the children did a fantastic job! I've also been talking to our Year R teachers about using them in their writing areas on the LearnPads or on the main interactive whiteboard and we think they could work really well. And last of all, they cut down on printing and are ready to go with no prep - just present and go - perfect!
Katharine7
Logic puzzles - who's who?

Logic puzzles - who's who?

Three differentiated classic logic puzzles. I can remember doing these as a child and loving them! There are lists of clues and children can either draw pictures or use the grids provided to logically reason who lives in which house. The answers are provided with this resource.
Katharine7
Place Value mastery materials - Year 1 - counting in 2s 5s and 10s

Place Value mastery materials - Year 1 - counting in 2s 5s and 10s

36 pages of Year 1 activities for teaching, practising and applying counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. The 'learn' pages take you through a concrete, pictorial and abstract learning journey for children learning to count in multiples of 2 5 and 10. The 'practise' pages give plenty of opportunities to practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in different contexts to help embed their learning. Finally, the 'apply' pages give children the opportunity to apply their knowledge, use reasoning and practise problem solving to reach full mastery of the curriculum objective over the course of the year. For more place value mastery resources for Year 1 take a look at: Counting forwards and backwards to 100 Finding one more and one less
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Place value mastery - Year 1 - 1 more and 1 less

Place value mastery - Year 1 - 1 more and 1 less

38 pages of Year 1 place value activities informed by the White Rose mastery document. The pages progress through concrete, pictorial and abstract activities and a teach, practise, apply approach. There are opportunities to practise with smaller numbers (0-10) and also larger numbers up to 100. A set of loop cards is included which need to be printed double-sided and cut out, as well as cards for a paired activity and plenty of worksheets. Personally, I cut out strips or blocks of the sheet to stick in the child's book so that their books aren't full of worksheets and/or half finished work. For more place value mastery resources for Year 1 take a look at: Counting forwards and backwards to 100 Counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10
Katharine7
Logic puzzles - pirate themed

Logic puzzles - pirate themed

Three differentiated classic logic puzzles on a pirate theme. I can remember doing these as a child and loving them! There are lists of clues and children can either draw pictures or use the grids provided to logically reason who sails which ship. The answers are provided with this resource.
Katharine7
2D and 3D Shape Worksheet

2D and 3D Shape Worksheet

Solve the code to reveal the shape names and match them to the correct shape. Perfect for Key Stage 1/lower Key Stage 2 revision of common 2D and 3D shape recognition and naming. There is an answer key included so that children can mark their own work if desired. I recently printed pages 2 and 3 of the file double-sided and used it as an end of term activity with my Year 1s - it kept them very quiet! It could also be used as a back to school baseline activity or to provide AfL information when you are about to teach a unit on shape. Shapes included on the worksheet are: 2D - circle, square, rectangle, pentagon, triangle, hexagon 3D - cube, sphere, pyramid, cuboid, cylinder, cone
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