Historical Narrative Endings (Tudor: Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon) Year 5 Text

Historical Narrative Endings (Tudor: Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon) Year 5 Text

In order to carry on a 'topical approach' to learning, an English unit on narrative endings was combined with a Tudor topic. A VCOP rich text was written from the death of Henry VII to Henry VIII getting frustrated and annoyed with the lack of a male heir to the throne. The unit of work is based around creating endings / alternative endings to stories. This text sets the scene perfectly and is perfect to being combined with drama, role-play and story-telling.
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Year 5 Space Unit of Work:  Writing Poems in the Style of Pie Corbett

Year 5 Space Unit of Work: Writing Poems in the Style of Pie Corbett

During a term of 'Space' being a Year 5 topic, all English units of work were inter-linked and planned to ensure maximum levels of understanding. Pupils gleaned high levels of 'space' knowledge and vocabulary by starting off with a non-chronological report unit of work. After that, writing in the poetic style of Pie Corbett (Six Ways to Look at the Moon) was the next unit of work. Children learnt his poem, through the 'story-telling style.' Practising the poem through rote-learning (with actions), in order to confidently innovate (using all 'Space' knowledge from the earlier non-fiction unit.) Once modelled by teacher, children completed their own 'Moon poem.' They picked the planet they studied in the earlier unit and planned and wrote their own innovation, writing in the style of Pie Corbett. Resources include: Picture banks of objects to compare moon / planets to, planning, modelled examples, finished children's examples, success criteria, marking ladders and modelled non-chronological reports from an earlier unit of work.
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Year 3 Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo Book Reviews and Resources

Year 3 Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo Book Reviews and Resources

While reading and immersing a Year 3 class in a mixture of Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo books; English units of work tied in perfectly with listening and reading these books. Book reviews were learnt through 'Pie Corbett style' story-telling; learning important structure and vocabulary in order to innovate confidently and successfully. Children then were able to review different books independently, with fantastic outcomes!
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Year 3 Ancient Egyptian Topic:  Myths

Year 3 Ancient Egyptian Topic: Myths

After teaching Year 3 on numerous occasions, through a topical approach to learning, I collated a lovely English unit of work on Ancient Egyptian Myths. At first I was unable to find an interesting excellent example, but after searching and searching, I found the 'Ancient Cinderella' story with all the right ingredients for a quest myth. Included in this package is: a Pie Corbett style storytelling unit of work, with the 'Rhodopis myth,' story planning examples, Phase 1 pictures, storyboards, marking ladders, unit of work planning and some examples of pupil innovation.
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Year 3 Ancient Egypt: Tutankhamun Information Texts

Year 3 Ancient Egypt: Tutankhamun Information Texts

Through a text-tell approach to learning key vocabulary / phrases, conjunctions, openers and punctuation, the resources available assist the teaching and learning of information texts and Ancient Egyptian time-line facts about Tutankhamun. Also included is a scaffolded information text for children to use.
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Year 3 Climate Resources

Year 3 Climate Resources

Whilst teaching Year 3 through a topical approach to learning, I created a 'climate' style class-room, with a Travel Agents, maps, globes and animals to match each climate. All lessons for half a term were linked as much as possible to this topic. Included in this package of resources are: Maths place value work, posters linked to holiday prices in the different climates, a great animal story-telling text to learn with actions in a 'Pie Corbett' style and a non-chronological report climate text.
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Ancient Egyptian Myths Resources Year 3: Rhodophis and the Red Rose Slippers.

Ancient Egyptian Myths Resources Year 3: Rhodophis and the Red Rose Slippers.

When teaching Year 3 and the topic Ancient Egypt, I always found it difficult to find a myth to fit the topic and the Literacy unit of myths. Then I found a wonderful story from Ancient Egypt (Rhodophis and the Red Rose Slippers). It is the most ancient 'Cinderella' story going with all the elements needed for studying myths. I re-wrote and condensed the myth and added important key features (time connectives etc) and the children learnt and analysed the myth in a Pie Corbett style fashion, drew story-maps, acted it out (videoing and re-playing it). Innovation then followed, making myth cards of settings, characters and special objects. Resources include myth pyramid planning, story-telling text (shorter and display versions).
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Year 3 Non-Chronological Reports Linked to Polar Climates (Polar Bears)

Year 3 Non-Chronological Reports Linked to Polar Climates (Polar Bears)

When teaching a topic approach to learning in Year 3, I decided to linked all English units of work to our geography topic of 'Climates Around the World.' In a 'Pie Corbett' style of text-telling; the children learnt an excellent example (included in these resources) containing all key features. The children became familiar with the success criteria and then were able to confidently innovate, choosing another climate area studied. The unit worked really well so that English and Geography work could be studied and covered simultaneously, thus reinforcing learning and achievement.
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Local Cornish Tudor History linked to a Time-Slip Narrative based in Tudor Times.

Local Cornish Tudor History linked to a Time-Slip Narrative based in Tudor Times.

When studying The Tudors with a Year 5 class, it was important to link the famous events studied with what was happening on the 'local scene.' Using the 'Sense of Place' units from Cornwall. Incorporated within the termly topic was a trip to a real-life Tudor battlement castle (Pendennis Castle, Falmouth). Resources include a presentation tour around Pendennis Castle, linking in with Henry VIII (who commissioned it), a presentation about local Tudor 'An Gof,' who orchestrated a Cornish Rebellion march on London and linking in with an English unit of study; an excellent example of a Tudor time-slip narrative and success criteria, which serves as a 'Pie Corbett' style of story-telling and innovation. All information can bring a different local perspective to Tudor areas of study, enhancing creativity to this unit.
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Ancient Greece Topic Poetry linked to Homer's 'Iliad' Year 5

Ancient Greece Topic Poetry linked to Homer's 'Iliad' Year 5

Using Ancient Greece as a topic to immerse Year 5 pupils into a poetry unit of work. The Trojan Horse story sets the scene and introduces Homer as a person of interest to get the children reading, writing and analysing descriptive language and using high level vocabulary. The resources contain real extracts from Homer's 'Iliad' with excellent examples of innovation, plus success criteria, vocabulary definitions, power-point about Homer and much more! This unit then flows very neatly into a non-fiction genre of Newspaper Reports, with the poetry story content put into the features of an Ancient newspaper recount. Again, with excellent examples and success criteria / tool-kits.
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Design and Technology Activities Linked to Flight and Space. Great for Fire-work Night Week!

Design and Technology Activities Linked to Flight and Space. Great for Fire-work Night Week!

During a week of integrated work with a Year 5 and Reception class (to build relationships and learning across key-stages), activities were planned to enhance team-work, co-operation, creativity, kinaesthetic and speaking and listening skills. The first resource out-lines a day based on investigating flight with a few mini-science activities, leading on to the Year 5's (who had already been taught the kite-making process and had their example at hand) teaching the Reception children how to build a simple paper kite. Then, in pairs they could design and make their own kite using a range of materials available (creating an atmosphere of creativity and independence.) They could go out to test their prototypes at any time too. The second resource are the Design & Technology templates to go with a water-powered rocket designing and making day. Using a 2 litre lemonade bottle and a relatively easily made pump (see on the internet), the children looked at some examples from BBC science clips and designed their own rocket with a 'Mission to Mars' theme. An added requirement was to design with an 'egg-naut' in mind (a raw egg astronaut) that must be launched with the rocket and land 'safely' once launched. This activity lasted over a few days from 'Design Brief to Designing, Making, Testing and Evaluation. The children absolutely excelled during these days, bringing a real sense of excitement, challenge and creativity back to the curriculum (this is how I remember teaching should be!) I incorporated the rocket activities within Firework Night week after half-term.
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Tudor Topic: Henry VIII's Wives Performance Poetry

Tudor Topic: Henry VIII's Wives Performance Poetry

'The Tudors,' history topic is used as a means of providing a setting for performance poetry, ( the resource contains an example of a poem with rhyme, syllable count patterns and rhythm and a mini tool-kit.) The resource starts with Henry VIII's first wife; Catherine of Aragon and contains factual information about their marriage leading onto his next wife. The poem example contains a chorus too. The resource can be used as an innovation or as an excellent example for the children to analyse and use to write their own version. They then can plan and write 6 chronologically 'wife' verses or it can be done as a class compilation (choosing verses written by different individuals / pairs .)
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