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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!
Revision template for Polly Stenham's 'That Face'
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Revision template for Polly Stenham's 'That Face'

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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.
The Day the Crayons Quit PPT
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The Day the Crayons Quit PPT

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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.
'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson - powerpoint
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'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson - powerpoint

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

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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
The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1
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The Day the Crayons Quit PPT KS1

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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.
BTEC Performing Arts Urban Fairy Tales Pack
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BTEC Performing Arts Urban Fairy Tales Pack

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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.
Live Theatre Evaluation Crib Sheet Template
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Live Theatre Evaluation Crib Sheet Template

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This resource is designed for use on the new spec Edexcel AS/A Level in Drama and Theatre (from 2016). It is a template for a crib sheet for pupils to ensure that they have addressed all of the relevant criteria before they then add notes to the form provided in Appendix 2 of the specification. There is space for notes on six memorable scenes from the live performance they have seen. If pupils want to include sketches, these can be done in draft separately as I have not provided space for this on the template. Please note that this resource is not affiliated with or endorsed by Edexcel.
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne KS3
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Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne KS3

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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
Michael Morpurgo's Flamingo Boy SOW and Powerpoint
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Michael Morpurgo's Flamingo Boy SOW and Powerpoint

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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’
Relationship cluster – AQA poetry
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Relationship cluster – AQA poetry

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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
Madame Doubtfire
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Madame Doubtfire

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This powerpoint presentation on Madame Doubtfire contains thematic analysis and consideration of the writer's viewpoint and techniques. There is also a drama task and a reading assessment task. For the drama task, I have also included a "job descriptions" sheet in order to make each pupil's role very clear. Incidentally, this is good preparation for Key Stage 4 Drama where pupils will need to work in a similar collaborative manner and reflect on their process. I have also included some essential linguistic terms for literary analysis.
Private Peaceful comprehension task based on film
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Private Peaceful comprehension task based on film

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Based on the first 20 minutes or so of the film, these questions will help to focus your Key Stage 3 pupils on the film of Private Peaceful. I recommend using the English subtitles on the film even for higher ability pupils. Pupils can answer on the sheet or in their exercise books using whole sentences. This could also be a useful homework task towards the end of the term/half-term.
'Never Let Me Go' chapter overview
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'Never Let Me Go' chapter overview

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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.
Stanislavsky - Concentration
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Stanislavsky - Concentration

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Linking practitioner work on Stanislavsky's "concentration of attention" to KS3 work on evacuees through the use of props. Props listed can be substituted with any replicas of wartime objects that pupils can imbue with meaning for their evacuee character.
Story Boxes creative writing task
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Story Boxes creative writing task

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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
Fun drama starters, settlers and revision
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Fun drama starters, settlers and revision

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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.
BTEC Unit 3: Acting Skills - Naturalism Powerpoint task
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BTEC Unit 3: Acting Skills - Naturalism Powerpoint task

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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)
Edexcel AS Drama and Theatre Portfolio
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Edexcel AS Drama and Theatre Portfolio

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A Powerpoint presentation featuring the key statements for the new spec Edexcel AS Portfolio. Provides questions for each statement to focus pupils' thinking. Visual elements also included to encourage pupils to think about process and outcome.
Mock papers for Jekyll and Hyde - New OCR style 9-1
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Mock papers for Jekyll and Hyde - New OCR style 9-1

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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
Harkhuf the First Explorer - History/Literacy tasks for Ancient Egypt topic
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Harkhuf the First Explorer - History/Literacy tasks for Ancient Egypt topic

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Based on Laura Marshall's book, 'Harkhuf the First Explorer' (available on Amazon), these resources are aimed at teachers of Key Stage 2 and 3. Whether you are studying Ancient Egypt for topic work or have pupils who remain inspired by the period, these free resources could help kick-start your lessons. Included here are: - A basic scheme of work - A Powerpoint presentation with a History and Literacy focus - A synonym worksheet based on an extract from the book - An editable storyboard which class teachers can adapt according to the ability level of their pupils - Spelling labels - Differentiated planning handouts - Images for classroom display use only Follow the author on Twitter @steelyreserve Facebook Page: Harkhuf the First Explorer Schools and teachers, please contact via the Facebook page for bulk discounts, school visits and other offers