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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!

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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!
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
Park Bench Improvisation Lesson Powerpoint
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Park Bench Improvisation Lesson Powerpoint

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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.
'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 Sign of the Four - CHAPTER OVERVIEW
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The Sign of the Four - CHAPTER OVERVIEW

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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.
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.
KS3 'My Sister Lives on The Mantelpiece' by Annabel Pitcher
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KS3 'My Sister Lives on The Mantelpiece' by Annabel Pitcher

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This is a loose unit of work based on the novel 'My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece' by Annabel Pitcher. The novel tackles difficult themes such as racism, alcoholism, parental separation and terrorism and has proved to be an extremely good book to open up discussion in the classroom. The Powerpoint presentation includes: - Lesson ideas with learning objectives - Opportunities for creative writing and drama activities inspired by the book - Related vocabulary for optional spelling tests - Success criteria for Levels 5 to 7. - Points for discussion for key chapters The novel could be taught as a cross-curricular link to the study of Islam or Christianity in Religious Studies. This Powerpoint gives pupils the opportunity to develop their speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. The novel is a good example of a contemporary work of fiction and will be a refreshing change for pupils at Key Stage 3 at all ability levels. I hope you and your class enjoy the book and that you have some interesting discussions!
What's Your Problem? - Narrative Stories
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What's Your Problem? - Narrative Stories

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To plan a narrative (story) using problems and resolutions This basic lesson plan and presentation provide a springboard for looking at narrative stories in a different way. Pupils at Key Stage 2 and 3 are often very good at writing descriptively but struggle to structure their writing in an engaging way and are often in a rush to finish their work. By beginning with the “problem” of the story, pupils are able to work from the middle and then flesh out ideas for their characters, setting and resolution. The presentation also includes some work on conjunctions in order to boost literacy at sentence level.
Ballad Poetry
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Ballad Poetry

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A power point presentation based on annotating and comparing two ballads, La Belle Dame Sans Merci and The Lady of Shallott. Poems also provided for ease of reference and printing. This is a useful and challenging introduction to analysing poetry for Key Stage 3 pupils. Pupils will become familiar with literary terminology and grow confident in applying it to techniques which they encounter when reading unseen texts. There is a strong emphasis on essay-writing structure to provide a good basis for GCSE work.
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.
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.
'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.
The Ice Monster by David Walliams - Scheme of Work and Powerpoint
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The Ice Monster by David Walliams - Scheme of Work and Powerpoint

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This basic 7-week scheme of work is designed for busy teachers hoping to read ‘The Ice Monster’ with their Key Stage 2 or 3 class. There are weekly spelling labels for higher ability pupils. The Powerpoint provides a starting point for class discussions and activities. ‘The Ice Monster’ is set in Victorian Britain and would therefore sit well alongside KS2 topic work on the Victorians.
Equus Scene Summary
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Equus Scene Summary

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This five-page landscape document can be blown up to A3 to provide an excellent revision resource for Key Stage 5 students. All 35 scenes of Peter Shaffer’s two-act play are outlined and summarised, including key quotations. There is space for notes on either characterisation or directorial concept/design. The resource should save you (or your students) about five hours of work.
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.
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
1984 vs The Handmaid's Tale - THEME OF TIME
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1984 vs The Handmaid's Tale - THEME OF TIME

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Starting with the concept of a palimpsest, AS/A Level pupils will explore language and ideas linked to the theme of time using drama activities, worksheets, fun extension activities and extended writing tasks. Recommended are “magic slates” for the starter (Amazon sells some cute cupcake-shaped ones in a pack of 8 which fit nicely with the extension task). Includes: 2 x lesson plans 3 x differentiated worksheets 1 unseen dystopian genre exam-style question
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