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Tables to Indicate Expected Writing Skills in English by Year Group KS1-KS2

Tables to Indicate Expected Writing Skills in English by Year Group KS1-KS2

I developed these tables from the range of guidance materials published by the DfE, but particularly The National Curriculum/English Appendix 2: Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. If the table is shaded, it indicates that a specific skill should have been taught. E.g. Full stops and capital letters should be introduced in Year 1 and Year 2, so anything beyond that point is shaded. The tables indicate what should be taught to each year in terms of punctuation, word level, text level and sentence level skills, providing a secure understanding of how to differentiate. For example, you would know after looking at the grid, that parenthesis is indicated as a Year 5 skill, so if you were to teach a high-ability Year 4 student, you could begin to introduce this content. I have also added a row for you to assess your students - handy for secondary teachers too - and thus allow you to understand exactly where students’ strengths and weaknesses lie. For example, if I have a Year 6 student who is struggling with full stops, I can see that this skill is introduced in year 1 and 2 and so it will hold them back significantly unless some form of intervention takes place. These grids gave me a strong working knowledge of what should be taught when and where, as well as being useful guides for my secondary colleagues who always benefit from knowing more about expectations in KS2.
LindseyTill
Easy Mark Scheme for AQA GCSE Literature Paper 1

Easy Mark Scheme for AQA GCSE Literature Paper 1

As an examiner, I have this system of marking in my head during the entire marking period so thought it would be useful to get it down on paper. Simply award one mark for each box of the table ensuring that you have given a mark for each AO. Th e thresholds for 2017 are provided. If you are only marking one piece (e.g. Shakespeare), double the marks and add a SPaG mark out of four, then look at the threshold to see what grade your student would have attained in 2017. When the new thresholds come out in August, you will have even more up to date information and a secure indication of your students’ progress. The table is a great way of streamlining your marking practice and is a precise method. The grid can also be used to offer student feedback, as you can simply tick or highlight the students’ areas of achievement, giving clear guidance on areas that need to improve.
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Simplified Mark Scheme for English Language AQA (Paper 1 and 2)

Simplified Mark Scheme for English Language AQA (Paper 1 and 2)

Simplified mark schemes based on the on-screen drag and drop comments on the AQA Examiner marking software. These much reduced mark schemes help teachers to understand exactly what the examiner is look for, can streamline marking and planning and can be modified to give feedback to students by simply highlighting their areas of competence. A valuable resource.
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Unseen Poetry Session AQA

Unseen Poetry Session AQA

This session explains what is required of students in the final section of AQA Literature Paper 2. It incorporates an activity advised at the AQA Hub Meeting, where students work in groups to produce a poster based on a poem displayed on the wall - however, only one student is allowed to visit the poem at a time. The student should then bring back key words, images, methods, etc., to add to the poster. The posters are then presented to the class, or if in a bigger group, to another group of students. This effectively conveys the message that all responses are appropriate and that everyone can access a poem in some way. This could be run in a Hall with multiple students, in a classroom or as small group intervention. Th second part of the lesson covers the comparison question, making sure that students understand to only write about methods. It includes a writing frame and modelled examples using the AQA endorsed structure of ‘both, both, however’. This lesson could easily be repeated again and again with different poems.
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GCSE English Language - Reading Intervention/Revision Pack

GCSE English Language - Reading Intervention/Revision Pack

A series of lessons covering all the reading questions on both AQA Language papers, with writing frames, good examples and texts. I have explained what we are looking for as examiners and what we award marks for. I used this as an intervention unit, but could also be used as revision or for Years 7-10 when preparing for a GCSE style reading test.
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GGCSE Structure - the most effective way to teach the structure question.

GGCSE Structure - the most effective way to teach the structure question.

This lesson is the most efficient way I’ve ever found to teach students how to answer the structure question. It teaches students exactly how to explain the effects of structure, useful subject terminology and what the examiner is looking for. It is delivered through experiential learning, where the class write a class text following my prompts and then analyse this piece of work for structural choices. It is a very easy but effective way to deliver the key messages. You will need a big sheet of paper to display the class story, another whiteboard or you could use another Powerpoint or word slide and flip between the two (not the best option, but could be done). It naturally leads on to students writing their own stories that have conscious structural choices, which they can then analyse. I have also included two texts that could be analysed are free extracts of stories on lovereading.com Please leave me some feedback to let me know how you got on with it. Lindsey
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The Subjunctive Form (English)

The Subjunctive Form (English)

Here is a lesson I created to explain the subjunctive form. The lesson requires students to make a poster at the end of the lesson, or you could have them creating a short drama using the subjunctive sentence starters displayed on the Powerpoint.
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AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 Diagnostic Mark Scheme

AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 Diagnostic Mark Scheme

I have used this resource to develop my own understanding of the mark scheme (even though I have been an examiner for over ten years), support my colleagues in understanding the mark scheme, and also to diagnose weaknesses within classes, enabling targeted intervention, differentiation within the classroom and targeted support. Once completed, it gives the teacher a full and clear understanding of what needs to be done to succeed in the exam. Essentially, it is an audit of skills within a class, looking at either a whole mock paper, or full practice questions in books. Assess the work for each of elements for each question, writing the student initial in each box. This is a little clunky to begin with, but gets much easier after the first few pieces and is very valuable in both focusing your understanding of what is required for each question and knowing where students need attention. The statements have been taken from the mark scheme and also developed from the on-screen software used by examiners. Your end result will clearly show where the average class strengths and weaknesses lie, which students need more help and in which areas and how you should direct your teachers. This would result in outstanding differentiation. I have completed a sample of three students (whereas usually it would be for a whole class), which shows that this very small group struggle with methods on Q4. Whole cohorts could be analysed via cutting and pasting several sheets onto one, allowing HODs to oversee weaknesses across the department. These audits could also be used as a basis for conversations in progress meetings and as a monitoring tool.
LindseyTill
Creative Writing using DADWAVERS (horror genre)

Creative Writing using DADWAVERS (horror genre)

This lesson can be used time and time again with different extracts as a prompt. This lesson includes differentiated objectives, a card sort starter (optional), an overview of the creative writing mnemonic of DADWAVERS, a spinning wheel of DADWAVERS and a separate spinning wheel of punctuation and sentence variation challenges (this slide can be used over and over again) and also an extract to engage and prompt students to use DADWAVERS to write the next chapter. Ideal for KS2 SATS, KS3 assessment preparation and GCSE exam skills.
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Persuasive Writing Mat and Planning Sheet with lesson

Persuasive Writing Mat and Planning Sheet with lesson

This writing mat, which should be printed on A3 couble sided and laminated for future use, has all the methods listed in DAFOREST around the edge of the page with examples. These devices are coloured coded (bronze for easy, silver for more difficult and gold for higher ability.) Use them as a guide to encourage students to include persuasive devices in their own writing, or use to support the annotation of texts by other writers. There is a space in the middle of the mat for students to place paper or they could practice writing phrases on the mats with whiteboard pens if the sheets are laminated. A handy planning grid is also provided, along with a writing to persuade lesson, ready made for you to trial your new resources.
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Medium Term Planning Template and Tracking Grid

Medium Term Planning Template and Tracking Grid

With the ever-increasing need for personalised learning, the scheme of work that is written by the Head of Department and shared across the department in a dying breed. Instead, teachers must plan their own medium-term and short-term plans to meet the needs of the students in their classes, which, considering extensive national changes over the past year or so, can be a daunting task for teachers of all levels of experience. This medium-term tracking grid supports teachers in their planning by: •listing all the Assessment Objectives for Language and Literature on the first page to prompt coverage and also to provide a list for teachers to cut and paste from. •beginning the planning with the completion of a progression matrix, effectively highlighting areas of under-performance and opportunities for support and challenge •Space for bullet point ideas of each week’s lessons, with a corresponding column for assessment objectives covered •Space for teachers to identify milestone or assessment tasks. The planning grid also works well when combined with the tracking grids for reading and writing, allowing teachers to assess students’ abilities against each assessment objective or skill and plan accordingly.
LindseyTill
Writing Creatively using DADWAVERS (A Monster Calls)

Writing Creatively using DADWAVERS (A Monster Calls)

This is another lesson that helps students create an effective piece of writing using the DADWAVERS structure, but also incorporating different elements of sentence structures such as embedded clauses and fronted adverbials. The lesson includes a timer on the spinning wheel slides, encouraging students wo work quickly. Suitable for writing portfolio lessons at KS2 and all the way to exam preparation at GCSE level.
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Key Quotes from Macbeth for Discussion or Display

Key Quotes from Macbeth for Discussion or Display

This PowerPoint contains 87 key quotes from Macbeth for display around the classroom or school, for sorting into order or simply for displaying and discussing. There are far more quotes than you need, allowing you to choose the quotes that are important for your class.
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SPaG Competition covering semi-colons, colons, synonyms, antonyms and spellings

SPaG Competition covering semi-colons, colons, synonyms, antonyms and spellings

Inspire your students by having them compete against each other in teams for house points or prizes. This Powerpoint requires students to work in teams and work together to answer each question. They should have one whiteboard and pen per team - the team captain should present their answer when asked. This is easily enough for a one hour lesson, but most probably enough for two hours.
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An Inspector Calls Quotes for Display and Revision

An Inspector Calls Quotes for Display and Revision

Useful posters with key quotes for each character in An Inspector Calls. Display around the classroom or school, print off pairs of copies and use as a memory matching game with all the quotes of one character face down - students can turn over two cards per turn, or just display on the Powerpoint and discuss or debate. It's always useful to have a set of key quotes.
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Describing a Character Lesson

Describing a Character Lesson

Lesson 1 of a fully differentiated Creative Writing unit. This lesson (differentiated and includes support and challenge sheets) covers describing a character using picture prompts.
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Using Anaphora in Creative Writing

Using Anaphora in Creative Writing

This lesson teaches students about anaphora through identification in examples and exploration of the effect. The tasks are fully differentiated to bronze, silver and gold levels, with support and challenge sheets included.
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