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I am a teaching Deputy Head in a primary 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, time-saving and engaging educational resources for teachers and pupils - I hope you find them useful!

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I am a teaching Deputy Head in a primary 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, time-saving and engaging educational resources for teachers and pupils - I hope you find them useful!
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
SMSC assembly plan & presentation - Spiritual
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SMSC assembly plan & presentation - Spiritual

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Primary school SMSC assembly plan and presentation based on the word ‘Spiritual’ and informed by the government’s advice document on promoting fundamental British values as part of Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development in schools. The assembly helps children to understand the meaning of the words ‘spiritual’ and ‘spirituality’ and that this can be, but is not exclusively, linked to religion and faith. They apply the concept to themselves first and then extend it to the wider world, in this case through a social story based on an incident that happened to a child in one of my classes a few years ago. There is a reflection at the end of the assembly for children to consider the importance of spirituality in their own lives and of respecting the beliefs of others.
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
The Easter Story
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The Easter Story

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A EYFS/KS1-friendly version of the Easter Story, perfect for assemblies and lessons about Easter. The powerpoint tells the Christian story of Easter very simply and at the end there are some reflection questions for the children to discuss.
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
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
Winter / Christmas subitising maths game
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Winter / Christmas subitising maths game

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Have fun practising subitising with your class with this festive maths mastery game for the interactive whiteboard! Subitising is the ability to instantly count a small quantity without needing to count each individual item and plays an important part in early ‘number sense’, building solid foundations for later addition and subtraction. This PowerPoint resource contains 5 variations of the subitising game, including less Christmassy versions (snow foxes, gingerbread men and brussel sprouts). In the game, between 1 and 6 objects are displayed briefly on the screen and the children have to subitise (count instantaneously) how many objects they have seen. The images and the corresponding number are shown when you are ready by clicking the slide. I get my class to write their answer on an individual whiteboard before we check it on the big screen. The first 3 versions contain regular patterns of the numbers 1 - 6 (as you would see on a dice) for perceptual subitising and the final 2 versions contain irregular arrangements to support the development of conceptual subitising. My Year R class love these animated slides and I hope your children enjoy them too! Happy teaching! Katharine7
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.
Addition or Subtraction?
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Addition or Subtraction?

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Some number stories which ask the question - is this addition or subtraction? Pupils need to be able to answer this type of question if they are going to understand and work through mathematical word problems.
Martin Luther King - I have a dream
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Martin Luther King - I have a dream

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Introductory powerpoint on Martin Luther King Jr, in particular his 'I have a dream&' speech, leading up to a poetry activity on writing their own speech/poem of what they would like to see in an ideal world. Contains two hyperlinks to youtube videos.
Diwali Assembly
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Diwali Assembly

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A primary assembly on Diwali that involves and engages the children. When you download this resource you will get a powerpoint on Diwali with accompanying notes and ideas for presenting the assembly. Looking for other assemblies? Try these: SMSC assembly and plan - Social SMSC assembly and plan - Moral SMSC assembly and plan - Spiritual SMSC assembly and plan - Cultural Assembly plan and presentation - Hope I hope your children enjoy the assembly. Remember to leave feedback so that I can improve what I do - and make more of what you love! Follow me on TES to be notified when new products are posted. Happy teaching! Katharine7
Traditional tale reading comprehension worksheets
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Traditional tale reading comprehension worksheets

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Stories include: Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, The Frog Prince, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. Opportunities for pictorial or written responses - perfect for Year R and Year 1! This resource contains two files: 1. Making connections - children are encouraged to relate their own experiences to five different traditional tales. 2. Retelling - children are given a framework and some simple story vocabulary for retelling five different traditional tales. There is also a character and a speech bubble from each story where children can write recurring character phrases. Year 1 National Curriculum reading comprehension objectives: Pupils should be taught to: - develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by: - being encouraged to link what they read or hear read to their own experiences. - becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics. - recognising and joining in with predictable phrases.
Easter story through art - RE lesson plan
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Easter story through art - RE lesson plan

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Explore the changing emotions of the Easter story through art with this complete lesson plan and resources. This is a great lesson for children in KS1. I have taught this a few times and it is a very memorable lesson that both the children and I enjoy immensely. The artwork is often thoughtful, moving and special, sparking great discussions and deep thinking. Try giving the children drawing the scene of Jesus on the cross some grey/black paper and red, black and white oil pastels (in contrast to the other groups who have all colours available to them) - it produces quite a startling effect. I hope you enjoy teaching this one too! For further Easter resources see: Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s Easter puzzles The Easter Story - powerpoint Write your own Easter story booklet Easter assembly All of these resources are available as a bundle, saving you 25%.
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.
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!
Assessment Tracking spreadsheet
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Assessment Tracking spreadsheet

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I use this spreadsheet for my tracking. It includes groups that my school is focussing on and allows you to filter by these groups e.g., Free School Meals, EAL, summer/spring/autumn birthdays, etc.. It will be easy to change the column headings to include groups that your school is focussing on. There is a tab for each of maths, reading, literacy and science.
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
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.
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