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Creative Resources for English & Drama

Hello and welcome to my little shop of resources. I'm a qualified teacher at both primary and secondary level (UK), with over ten years of teaching experience. You will find that many of the resources have an emphasis on student-led learning with opportunities for discussion, group work, creative writing and drama activities where appropriate. I hope my resources will save you lots of time and keep you inspired. Good luck!

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Hello and welcome to my little shop of resources. I'm a qualified teacher at both primary and secondary level (UK), with over ten years of teaching experience. You will find that many of the resources have an emphasis on student-led learning with opportunities for discussion, group work, creative writing and drama activities where appropriate. I hope my resources will save you lots of time and keep you inspired. Good luck!
The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1

The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1

This Powerpoint presentation contains prompts for discussion surrounding Drew Daywalt's 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. There are literacy tasks here you won't find anywhere else and yet the presentation is compatible with existing schemes of work. It is hoped that the presentation will provide a colourful springboard for working from this excellent book for Key Stage One.
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'Never Let Me Go' chapter overview

'Never Let Me Go' chapter overview

A useful revision tool for KS5 pupils studying Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’. This resource comprises individual chapter summaries for all twenty three chapters and includes some pertinent quotations. It is hoped that this resource will save you several hours of PPA time as well as catalyse personal responses and analysis from your pupils.
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'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson - powerpoint

'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson - powerpoint

Powerpoint slides to accompany class reading of Lisa Thompson’s wonderful novel ‘The Goldfish Boy’ about a young boy suffering with OCD after the death of his baby brother. The slides contain HOT questions to get HA Key Stage 2 and mixed ability Key Stage 3 pupils thinking about themes and characters. It is intended as a starting point for teachers tackling the novel who can then customize slides and add in appropriate tasks as they see fit.
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The Sign of the Four - CHAPTER OVERVIEW

The Sign of the Four - CHAPTER OVERVIEW

Intended as a revision tool for AQA English Literature GCSE, this table neatly outlines the plot summary in twelve columns, one for each chapter of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Sign of the Four’. It would make sense to print these as A3 revision sheets for each pupil. This overview could also be used to aid a dramatic interpretation of the text.
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Michael Morpurgo's Flamingo Boy SOW and Powerpoint

Michael Morpurgo's Flamingo Boy SOW and Powerpoint

Aimed at higher ability Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, this scheme of work and accompanying Powerpoint presentation are intended to provide a framework for using Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Flamingo Boy’ as a class reader. Also included are ten sets of high ability spelling labels, one for each week of the unit, and a shortened version of ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ by Jules Verne which is used in a summarising task. The resource is not intended to be exhaustive, leaving you room to customize as you see fit. Hopefully it will save you around ten hours of work if you do decide to choose ‘Flamingo Boy’ as your class reader. With themes such as autism, World War Two and travel, it is a truly captivating read with much to explore for an able group. Included in this resource pack: Ten-week scheme of work Powerpoint presentation 10 x weekly spelling labels for printing Shortened text for ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
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Deborah the Division Diva

Deborah the Division Diva

A short powerpoint introducing Deborah the Division Diva: a fun character to bring your existing SOWs to life for KS2 mathematics.
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Mock papers for Jekyll and Hyde - New OCR style 9-1

Mock papers for Jekyll and Hyde - New OCR style 9-1

Three time-saving mock papers (featuring six essay questions in total) designed in the same style as the OCR exemplar materials, to get pupils thinking about the range of questions which they might encounter. Each paper contains an extract-based question, as well as an additional question where students are encouraged to focus on two key examples from the text. Topics covered: - Religious discourse - Gothic genre - Professional status - Structure - London - Duality
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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne KS3

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne KS3

This scheme of work and accompanying materials (including Powerpoint) is designed for those teachers who have recognised the fantastic teaching potential of John Boyne's Carnegie-nominated novel, Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, set during World War One. You might recognise the author's name from his masterful bestseller, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Yet I would argue that this book is the better of the two. It's equally as moving yet also has a distinctly British sense of humour running through it. The novel is particularly suitable for pupils at Key Stage 3 and could also be used with a high ability Year 6 class. This scheme of work encourages pupils to think critically about the book as well as analyse the text and respond creatively. All resources are editable to enable you to tailor them to your individual needs. You will receive: - A basic 7-week scheme of work with learning objectives and summarising main tasks - 7 weeks' worth of mixed ability spellings to learn for homework - A comprehensive and editable Powerpoint presentation to use with your pupils
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The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1

The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1

This Powerpoint presentation contains prompts for discussion surrounding Drew Daywalt's 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. There are literacy tasks here you won't find anywhere else and yet the presentation is compatible with existing schemes of work. It is hoped that the presentation will provide a colourful springboard for working from this excellent book for Key Stage One.
Laukins1
The Day the Crayons Quit PPT

The Day the Crayons Quit PPT

This Powerpoint presentation contains prompts for discussion surrounding Drew Daywalt's 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. There are literacy tasks here you won't find anywhere else and yet the presentation is compatible with existing schemes of work. It is hoped that the presentation will provide a colorful springboard for working from this excellent book for elementary school pupils.
Laukins1
David Walliams - Grandpa's Great Escape SOW and more KS2 KS3

David Walliams - Grandpa's Great Escape SOW and more KS2 KS3

Once again, David Walliams has written a book that is hilarious but with serious themes. 'Grandpa's Great Escape' is perfect for pupils of KS2 studying World War Two or even lower ability pupils at KS3. The book also touches on dealing with Alzheimers and how, as a society, we treat elderly people. This scheme of work is for those teachers considering the book as a class reader but who don't have the time to design a whole unit of work from scratch. You will receive: - A basic 11-week scheme of work with lesson outlines and learning objectives - A powerpoint presentation with over 40 slides - Differentiated spelling stickers for homework (editable) - Templates, activities and worksheets - Suggestions for class trips
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BTEC Performing Arts Urban Fairy Tales Pack

BTEC Performing Arts Urban Fairy Tales Pack

This Powerpoint can be printed off and used as a basic devising log for a mixed ability BTEC class following the Urban Fairy Tales suggested brief for Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production. I have also included the beginning of our script, 'Mandem in Wonderland' which can be adapted by the students or used as a writing stimulus, as well as a scene overview including Bulgarian translation (made using Google Translate!). If each scene is improvised and refined, the running time should be about 30 minutes in total (2-3 minutes per scene). There is also an evaluation sheet for the final production.
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Park Bench Improvisation Lesson Powerpoint

Park Bench Improvisation Lesson Powerpoint

Here you will find a "Park Bench" improvisation game in a tidy Powerpoint which satisfies both teacher-speak and student-speak requirements. It can be used as a quick starter or be spread out over a larger part of a lesson. Learning objective: to use persuasive language in a role play scene Learning outcome: to perform a role play to the class This can also make a nice game for Tutor Time.
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Drama Skills JIGSAW lesson

Drama Skills JIGSAW lesson

This lesson provides you with the basic components for a jigsaw task on Drama Skills. It's split into four sections: - Movement - Vocal (Techniques) - Characterisation - Improvisation You will need to make labels with the above terms on them, according to the number of "experts" you have in your class in each subject area. Each pupil in the expert group will complete a lesson plan (provided) and then be put into a teaching group where they represent the expert group and teach their new group all that they know. There is a discussion-based plenary which you can jazz up at your leisure.
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Year 8 Devising Log

Year 8 Devising Log

Basic log for Year 8 devising log using an 8-step process. This may be useful for focusing groups towards outcomes. Could also be adapted for a Year 9 class.
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Relationship cluster – AQA poetry

Relationship cluster – AQA poetry

This unit of work provides a basis for teaching the old spec AQA poetry curriculum for the Relationships cluster of the Moon on the Tides anthology. This is only suitable for teachers still using the old spec so 2015 will be the last year that this PPT can be used. There are suggested learning objectives for approximately half a term of teaching for high ability pupils with success criteria provided for some lessons. For example, pupils are asked to compare two poems by Carol Ann Duffy ('Hour' and 'Quickdraw') with particular attention to techniques and their effect on the reader. Pupils are also asked to consider some unseen poetry. For extension activities, pupils are encouraged to explore writing their own poetry and to think about song lyrics as being poetry. It is hoped that this will help to engage pupils more closely with the topics covered. Page numbers for the Moon on the Tides booklet have not been included, in case teachers are providing their own copies of the poems.

In summary, this resource is a starting point to enable pupils to:
- Compare poems in terms of their form, structure, techniques and effects
- Analyse unseen poems
- Structure their ideas in a logical sequence
- Consider human relationships and how the speaker interacts with the subject

It is not intended to be an exhaustive unit of work as it allows teachers to edit as they see fit, according to their individual needs and the needs of their pupils. As it is for higher ability groups, it is assumed that pupils will have a good working knowledge of poetic techniques, however I recommend compiling a revision list of key terms as part of your teaching of this module. GCSE, aged 14-16
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Story Boxes creative writing task

Story Boxes creative writing task

This activity is a great ice breaker for new classes. You will need to create groups of 3-6 pupils. These can be mixed ability or with pupils of similar ability levels. Each group will need a box filled with random objects such as old watches, mirrors, swimming goggles, toy cars, happy families cards, Playmobil or Lego animals, foreign bank notes, postcards etc. Each group needs to come up with a story structure with a beginning, middle and ending and write their version of the story independently. It’s great for sharing ideas and allowing those that normally struggle with their imaginations to feel like they are part of the creative process. Ages 8 to 12, Key Stage 2 and 3, primary and secondary, creative writing
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Revision template for Polly Stenham's 'That Face'

Revision template for Polly Stenham's 'That Face'

This template provides a scene breakdown for Polly Stenham's 'That Face' which pupils can fill in as a revision exercise. It is designed for the new spec Edexcel AS/A Level in Drama and Theatre (2016 onwards), in particular, Component 2 section 2 (Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text). The scenes and settings are laid out in a table and character names noted. Pupils then need to provide a scene summary and make notes for both the Performance and Design questions of the exam. I have created a mnemonic for the Performance question which encourages pupils to break down their explanation into the 5 key areas: Voice, Imagination, Feelings, Intellect and Body.
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Fun drama starters, settlers and revision

Fun drama starters, settlers and revision

Revision materials and fun starters/settlers for KS3 drama. Includes revision of drama techniques via a "Beat the Teacher" game. Once all drama techniques are identified by the class, the teacher has to catch the class out. They repeat the name of the technique only if the teacher says it correctly otherwise the teacher scores a point, e.g. if the teacher calls out, "Thought-seating" instead of "thought-tracking" then the teacher scores a point. If the class get the right answer, they score a point.
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BTEC Unit 3: Acting Skills - Naturalism Powerpoint task

BTEC Unit 3: Acting Skills - Naturalism Powerpoint task

A student-led research task for BTEC Unit 3: Acting Skills. Students will produce a Powerpoint to share with the class. Includes tips on avoiding plagiarism and encourages pupils to explore Stanislavsky and Uta Hagen. Lesson objective: To identify the main features of naturalistic theatre Lesson outcome: To produce a Powerpoint presentation and present your findings to the class (next lesson)
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