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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!
Fire of London poetry - English unit of work
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Fire of London poetry - English unit of work

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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
Stone Age Boy - literacy unit of work
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Stone Age Boy - literacy unit of work

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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. This resource is also available as part of a Stone Age bundle which also contains a DT textiles unit of work for the same topic, saving you 20% of the total cost.
Unit of Work: The Snail and the Whale creative writing
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Unit of Work: The Snail and the Whale creative writing

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8 session Year 2 English creative writing unit of work that can be easily adapted for other year groups. There is a focus on correctly sequencing a story and the use of adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe and specify. The planning is based around ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson but can be tweaked to apply to an adventure story of your choice. Cutaways are suggested within the planning for a variety of groups of children. This resource includes: - 8 sessions of planning - sentence opener and suffix scaffold cards for children requiring additional support - ‘think about it’ prompt cards for more able writers - lesson starter activities - suffixes presentation (also available separately) - emotions graph template - planning frame and vocabulary gathering extension sheet
Maths mastery for Early Years - number bonds to 5 - with resources
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Maths mastery for Early Years - number bonds to 5 - with resources

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One week’s worth of Year R mastery maths planning informed by the NCETM’s key areas of early mathematics learning and White Rose mastery principles. Printed and digital resources are included to facilitate delivery of the planning although you will also need some practical resources, e.g. duplo, beads, tens frames, Numicon. The planning is based around a Traditional Tales/Jolly Postman topic however it is written in MS Word so that you can tweak it to suit your curriculum and practical equipment. For example, if you don’t have gems, you could use penny coins; if you were doing Supertato, you could use evil peas in a match box, etc… A focus group runs throughout the week, rotating through the whole class, and these groups should be mixed ability in line with mastery principles. Notes for supporting less able pupils and extending more able pupils are included in the planning document. The remaining maths activities run all week, with extensions to bring in as the week progresses and the children become more competent at the key idea. Personally, I box up all the resources I’ll need for the week during PPA which makes it easy to bring out and put away the numbertime activities throughout the week. Included in this resource pack: One week’s worth of planning (editable) Foldable signs for each activity and extension (pdf) Gingerbread men number frames with number sentences for the extensions (editable) Hansel and Gretel treasure box recording frames (editable) The Jolly Postman PowerPoint activity (editable) Big number frame and recording scaffold (editable) Number cards 0-5 (editable) I hope you find it helpful - happy teaching! Katharine7
The Return of Frooby - symmetry
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The Return of Frooby - symmetry

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Frooby the Maths Dragon throws a tea party but will the fussy blue witch spoil his carefully prepared tea party? Revise or introduce symmetry in a vertical line with your class using the Return of Frooby story powerpoint. Follow-up the story with some Frooby-themed images for sorting, drawing or describing lines of symmetry. Key stage 1 mathematics programme of study --> Year 2 --> Geometry - properties of shape - identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line
Assembly plan and presentation - Hope
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Assembly plan and presentation - Hope

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Primary school assembly on the subject of hope, includes an assembly plan and a matching presentation. The assembly helps children to understand the meaning of the word 'hope', apply it to themselves and their own lives and then extend it to the wider world, including some famous figures that are driven by and inspire hope in others.
Editable KS1 Reading Comprehension SATs style questions and question templates
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Editable KS1 Reading Comprehension SATs style questions and question templates

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Great for KS1 SATs revision! Help your pupils to practise and become confident with the types of questions that arise on the end of KS1 SATs reading comprehension papers. Use these editable question templates to create limitless questions - based on your choice of text - and practise the content domains that the children will encounter. I've used these question templates to create smarter comprehension follow ups for guided reading. We’re even introducing them in Year 1 gradually to ensure the children are confident and familiar with different types of question. Included in this download are two samples so you can see how I've copied, pasted and edited the template questions (in PowerPoint and Word) to create SATs style comprehensions for both a whole class book and a banded guided reading book. I've also included a 'question of the day' style sheet that I created using the editable question templates to practise a particular type of question. The KS1 sample and reading test materials will help if you're stuck! https://tinyurl.com/y6f8exbr
Stone Age tunic - textiles unit of work
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Stone Age tunic - textiles unit of work

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Children experiment with applique, running stitch, back stitch and over-sewing in this textiles unit of work. They design, plan and make a tabard-style Stone Age tunic for a teddy of their own from home. Finally, children evaluate their final product against their plan and look at textile artists in the UK. My class loved this unit, they worked with such focus and I was very proud! Threading the needles was a bit tricky so I allocated some of my more able needle-threaders to tables to help sort out problems. One child sewed her tunic to her jumper, so warn your class about that classic mistake! Contained in this unit: Planning for a 7 lesson unit of work Planning template for the tunics Starter game Evaluation scaffold Less able evaluation writing frame DT National Curriculum references: When designing and making, pupils should be taught to: Design - generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches (and) pattern pieces. Make - select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately - select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including (construction materials,) textiles (and ingredients), according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities. Evaluate - evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
Advent assembly
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Advent assembly

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Explore the meaning of Advent with your pupils, its significance for Christians and some Advent traditions in this assembly presentation and plan. Included in this resource are: An assembly PowerPoint with notes on the slides where appropriate An assembly plan to accompany the assembly presentation Looking for more assemblies? Try these: SMSC Assembly - Social SMSC Assembly - Moral SMSC Assembly - Spiritual SMSC Assembly - Cultural Buy all four SMSC assemblies as a bundle and save 30%! Don’t forget to leave feedback so I can improve what I do - or make more of what you love! Follow me on TES to be notified when new products are uploaded. Happy teaching! Katharine7
Maths mastery for Early Years - planning for number bonds to 5
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Maths mastery for Early Years - planning for number bonds to 5

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One week’s worth of maths mastery planning for Early Years based on number bonds to 5. The planning includes variation, overlearning for those who need it and opportunities to go deeper for more able children. My TA and I are enjoying teaching maths using this format and the class are enjoying the Numbertime activities. I hope your children enjoy them too! This free resource includes a week’s worth of maths planning and a hidden number PowerPoint game. All of the printed resources that go with this planning are available as a download for just £3 which you can access here. If you’re looking for more EYFS maths mastery planning try: Pattern - Maths Mastery for Early Years (Unit 1) I’d be grateful for any feedback on the maths mastery planning as I’m always keen to improve what I do. Follow me to be notified when new products are uploaded. Happy teaching! Katharine7
Easter assembly
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Easter assembly

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Take a closer look at the symbolism of eggs at Easter and the significance of Easter for Christians with this assembly plan and presentation. Included in this resource are: An assembly plan which helps to make the concept of new life relevant for students at a personal level before moving onto the broader picture of new life in the context of the Easter story. An assembly presentation in PowerPoint to accompany the planning. Looking for more Easter resources? Try these: Easter story through art - lesson plan Write your own Easter story booklet The Easter Story - presentation Counting in multiples - Easter puzzles Or you may be interested in all of these resources, including the assembly plan and presentation, in one bundle - saving you 25% off the total price! Happy teaching! Katharine7
Whole year's worth of Year 1 holiday and half term homework
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Whole year's worth of Year 1 holiday and half term homework

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Holiday and half term homework sheets targeted at Year 1 and linked to the 2014 National Curriculum. Children choose from a range of cross-curricular activities that suit their learning styles, interests and family time together. There are holiday sheets for all three half terms and the winter and spring holidays. There are two copies of the homework sheets. The first copy is a ready-to-use pdf file for you to simply print & go. The second copy is an editable powerpoint file as you may wish to change some of the tasks to suit your curriculum. You will need to add your own clip art to the editable file due to copyright terms and conditions.
Room on the Broom - English Unit of Work
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Room on the Broom - English Unit of Work

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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!
Halloween maths word problems (addition and subtraction)
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Halloween maths word problems (addition and subtraction)

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Happy Halloween! This product contains 20 Halloween-themed addition and subtraction word problem task cards within 20 and an answer key. These task cards are progressively differentiated as follows: addition and subtraction of single digit numbers within 10 with images for scaffolding single digit numbers within 20 1-digit and 2-digit numbers within 20 (without crossing the 10s boundary, e.g. 11 + 3 = 14) 1-digit and 2-digit numbers within 20 (crossing the 10s boundary, e.g. 14 - 6 = 8) open-ended questions to promote higher-order mathematical thinking (provide concrete resources for students requiring more support; encourage systematic working and challenge greater depth students to provide alternative solution pathways or explanations of all possible solutions). Task cards are provided in full colour and in black and white. Follow me on TES to be notified when new resources are added! Happy teaching! Katharine7
KS2 Poetry lesson based on 'I saw a peacock with a fiery tail'
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KS2 Poetry lesson based on 'I saw a peacock with a fiery tail'

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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.
Halloween maths worksheets - KS1
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Halloween maths worksheets - KS1

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These print and go Halloween maths worksheets are packed full of Year 1 National Curriculum objectives! Your pupils will love the Halloween theme while continuing to learn - plus giving you valuable evidence and assessment for learning for your planning. Primarily aimed at Year 1, many of the worksheets will also be suitable for more able Year R children or children in Year 2 who are working towards age related expectations. In this resource you will receive worksheets for the following curricular objectives: Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals Count to and across 100 Read and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words Add and subtract one and two-digit numbers to 20, including 0 Compare, describe and solve practical problems for mass/weight, capacity and volume Recognise and know the denominations of coins Sequence events in chronological order using language Recognise and name common 2D shapes An answer key is also included for ease of marking or to allow children to mark their own/others’ work. This resource is available as part of a bundle where you will also receive a set of differentiated Halloween word problems: Halloween maths bundle Looking for other Halloween resources? Take a look here: Halloween word problems (addition and subtraction) Halloween segmenting - digital worksheet Follow me on TES to be notified when new products are uploaded. Happy teaching! Katharine7
Growth mindset posters and pupil questionnaire
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Growth mindset posters and pupil questionnaire

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Posters to promote growth mindsets in the classroom environment and a questionnaire to diagnose areas for development. There are different colour schemes for the posters so hopefully one will suit your classroom. You may also be interested in these resources: Personal best target bookmarks Social stories for tackling behaviour issues Remember to leave feedback so that I can improve what I do - or make more of what you love! Follow me on TES to be notified when new resources are uploaded. Happy teaching! Katharine7