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I am an ex-primary head teacher and English, Maths and History specialist. I've mostly worked in KS2, often in Year 6. All the resources have been used successfully with children in a range of schools all over the country. I am constantly reviewing and updating my resources. Please follow me to ensure that you have the most up to date versions of the resources you buy.

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I am an ex-primary head teacher and English, Maths and History specialist. I've mostly worked in KS2, often in Year 6. All the resources have been used successfully with children in a range of schools all over the country. I am constantly reviewing and updating my resources. Please follow me to ensure that you have the most up to date versions of the resources you buy.
Philip Pullman - Clockwork or All Wound Up - a complete half term's guided reading.
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Philip Pullman - Clockwork or All Wound Up - a complete half term's guided reading.

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To understand how an author sells his story to his reader. To understand how an author introduces his main characters. To understand how an author creates a story within a story. To understand how different characters behave when faced with their own dilemmas. To understand how a master story teller weaves different elements of a story together. To understand how an ending of a story links back to its beginning.
Gillian Cross - The Demon Headmaster - complete half term guided reading
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Gillian Cross - The Demon Headmaster - complete half term guided reading

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To reflect on the story start of a new novel. To look at the way that the author use language to create a sense of tension. To look at the way that the author uses language to develop characters To understand how an author builds suspense by slowly revealing a plan. To draw conclusions based on a completed text.
Jill Murphy - The Worst Witch - a full half term's guided reading
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Jill Murphy - The Worst Witch - a full half term's guided reading

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs: To be able to compare your own experience with those of a character in a book. To understand how setting and characters are developed. To understand how dilemmas are introduced into short novels. To understand how heroes triumph against the odds.
UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) solving multi-step Word problems requiring use of all four operations.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) solving multi-step Word problems requiring use of all four operations.

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Learning Objectives Starter: - To order multistep calculations. - To identify four operations. Main Lesson: - To solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these (Year 5) - To solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (Year 6) - To use the 4 operations, including formal written methods, applied to integers and decimals, (KS3) This lesson consists of: A Starter consisting of a series of progressively harder, multi-step calculations and revision of properties of numbers. A connect activity challenging children to identify which range of operations they require to solve a differentiated Word problem. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire flipchart, to teach children how to lay out multi operation Word problems and how to allowing you to group children according to ability. A 4-way differentiated series of tasks requiring children to solve multi-step word problems relating to measures, time and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. A challenge activity where children have to apply this knowledge and draw conclusion in order to answer two Mastery style questions. Answer sheet provided to support marking. A final AFL / Next Steps task, asking children to apply their knowledge to a multistep SATs question, requiring the use of brackets to organise their calculation.
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol - six sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities
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Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol - six sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities

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This set also includes a PDF of A Christmas Carol A series of questions, answers and reading journal activities based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To use cover, contents and preface to make predictions. To read and understand a classic text. To understand how memories can help change a person. To understand how an author can have a character changed by what he experiences first hand. To understand how knowledge of the future can help change a person. To understand the many different ways an author can show a character has changed.
UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) comparing and ordering fractions using denominators and equivalence
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) comparing and ordering fractions using denominators and equivalence

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Learning Objectives Starter: - To find equivalent fractions Main Lesson: To compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number (Year 5) To compare and order fractions, including fractions >1 (Year 6) To order fractions and use the symbols =, ≠, , ≤, ≥ (KS3) This lesson consists of: A Starter consisting of a series of progressively harder fractions which recap use of equivalent fractions. A connect activity challenging children to identify and discuss methods that they might use to identify the larger of two fractions – allowing you assess prior learning. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire flipchart, to teach children both visually, by using denominators and changing fractions to have the same denominator in order to compare and order fractions. A 4-way differentiated series of tasks requiring children to compare and order fractions with the challenge activity introducing ≠, ≤ and ≥ signs. A final AFL / Next Steps task, asking children to apply their knowledge to an old SATs question, where they can demonstrate their understanding of strategies to compare two fractions. fractions, visual, representation, equivalence, equivalent, equivalent, equivalent fractions, fractions, fractions, AfL, multiples, conversion, ordering, sequencing, comparing, ordering, sequencing, comparing, ordering, comparing, ordering, comparing
Rudyard Kipling - Just So Stories - 5 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities
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Rudyard Kipling - Just So Stories - 5 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. NB this resource includes each story in Word Format. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions LOs To be able to explain the moral of a story. To understand how a writer teaches that actions have consequences To decode, by context, archaic and nonsense language. To discuss creation myths To use context and verbal clues to decode a text.
2017 (updated for 2018) KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision - Arithmetic BODMAS and Algebra Safari
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2017 (updated for 2018) KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision - Arithmetic BODMAS and Algebra Safari

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A plan, set of teaching resources, Interactive Whiteboard presentations for both Promethean and Smartboards. (New for 2018 – PowerPoint Presentations) This resource uses the questions on 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs papers 1, 2 and 3 to revise your class’ understanding of quick arithmetic methods and revise a specific aspect of the reasoning papers. This is the fifteenth lesson in a revision programme designed to prepare Year 6 children for the Maths SATs papers 1, 2 and 3. **Learning Objectives covered: ** To solve simple algebraic equations. (LA) To solve multistep algebraic equations (MA) To solve and explain multistep algebraic equations. (HA) The lesson consists of: A powerpoint to introduce the lesson A set of algebraic problems are provided to be cut and distributed in three areas of the classroom A score card is provided to allow children to compete as equals while Teachers / TAs mark each question before children are free to move on to the next.
Roald Dahl - The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me - four weeks' Guided Reading
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Roald Dahl - The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me - four weeks' Guided Reading

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To use recall and retrieval to answer factual questions about the Giraffe, Pelly and Me To use inference and deduction to understand how characters act and feel. To use recall and retrieval to follow the plot of a story. To see how an accomplished author brings a story to a close.
Jacqueline Wilson - Bad Girls - 4 weeks' Guided reading
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Jacqueline Wilson - Bad Girls - 4 weeks' Guided reading

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs: To develop an understanding of the genre – real life stories To be able to empathise with a character in a difficult situation. To draw conclusions about a whole text.
Michael Morpurgo - Why the Whales Came -  6 sessions Guided Reading/Whole class activities
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Michael Morpurgo - Why the Whales Came - 6 sessions Guided Reading/Whole class activities

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To evaluate the opening of a story. To understand how an author develops the relationship between his main characters To understand how an author reflects on larger events beyond the story through the eyes of his characters To draw comparisons between the behaviour of two main characters in a story To make predictions based on what you know of the characters in the story. To reflect on a completed text.
Greek Myths - 4 comprehensions.
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Greek Myths - 4 comprehensions.

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Four weeks of comprehension, dictionary and grammar homework based on the Greek Myths of: The birth of Zeus Theseus and the Minotaur Jason and the Golden Fleece Perseus and the Gorgon
The Victorians - Workhouses and the Poor Law - historical debate and investigation
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The Victorians - Workhouses and the Poor Law - historical debate and investigation

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Drawing on the new History Curriculum and focussing on Aims: Strands 4 and 5 this resource includes: A collection of eleven quotes from contemporary sources, An explanation of five activities that can be carried out using these resources Planning Templates to support arguments and a chart to help summarise arguments about Workhouses Learning Objectives • To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, • To make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses • To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. Learning Outcomes: Pupils will be able to: • recognise and discern between arguments made for and against the role of Workhouses. • draw on primary resources to produce a reasoned debate on the pros and cons of Workhouse. • produce their own persuasive argument in favour (or against) the abolition of Workhouses. • produce a balanced argument on the advantages and disadvantages of Workhouses. • Produce their own written narrative of life in a Workhouse
2017 Year 6 Maths SATs revision - Week 3 of a 4 week revision programme
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2017 Year 6 Maths SATs revision - Week 3 of a 4 week revision programme

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Topics covered are: Arithmetic (Paper 1) - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of 2 digit - 6 digit numbers, decimals, fractions and BODMAS Maths reasoning (Paper 2 and Paper 3) - problem solving involving algebra; problem solving involving all four operations, geometry - shape and angles, SATs safari based around algebra questions. Session ends with AfL work drawn from the 2016 SATs papers. Each session is supported by presentations for Smartboard and for Promethean (and new for 2018 PowerPoint, worked examples in the form of You Tube clips for your own use or with your class and 4 way differentiated independent activities.
Anne Fine - The Angel of Nitshill Road - complete half term's guided reading.
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Anne Fine - The Angel of Nitshill Road - complete half term's guided reading.

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A series of questions, answers and reading journal activity based around all areas of reading. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To be able to recognise the key features of a book / to be able to make informed predictions about a story. To evaluate the effectiveness of the opening chapter. To understand how an author chooses words to create a specific impression of a character. To understand how characters are developed. To be able to understand what can motivate characters. To understand how characters can be changed by one person’s positivity.
UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - Short and Long division with remainders
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - Short and Long division with remainders

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Learning Objectives: Starter: - To recognise when to use short or long division methods. Main Lesson: -To apply short division to integers and decimals (Year 5 & Year 6) - To use division including formal written methods, applying it to integers, (KS3) This lesson consists of: A starter focusing on revising the differences between short and long divisions using the context of Word Problems. A connect to get the children explaining what a remainder is. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to show remainders in short and long division and to explain just why there is a remainder in certain calculations. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series short and long division problems which give remainders, and one Word Problem per ability group. Answers are supplied to ease marking. An AFL / Next Steps task encouraging children to be able to rapidly predict the remainder in a given calculation.
2017 Year 6 Maths SATs revision - Week 1 of a 4 week revision programme
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2017 Year 6 Maths SATs revision - Week 1 of a 4 week revision programme

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Topics covered are: Arithmetic (Paper 1) - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of 2 digit - 6 digit numbers, decimals and fractions. Maths reasoning (Paper 2 and Paper 3) - Place Value, Properties of Number and problem solving involving addition and subtraction problems. Each session ends with AfL work drawn from the 2016 SATs papers. Each session is supported by presentations for Smartboard and for Promethean, worked examples in the form of You Tube clips for your own use or with your class and 4 way differentiated independent activities. New for 2018 Year 6 Revision stand alone lesson - addition and subtraction
Tudor Timeline
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Tudor Timeline

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This is a second in a series of resources designed to develop children's understanding of time-lines and their appreciation of where a particular historical period fits into the chronology of history. Learning Objective: To know and understand how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. A series of activities designed to begin any history topic linked to the Tudor period including: Resource 1: Tudor Time-line – with dates Resource 2: The five Tudor Monarchs. Resources 3: Tudor Time-line– without dates. Resource 4: Tudor Time-line Cards Resource 5: Interactive Tudor Time-line without dates. Resource 6: Interactive Tudor Time-line with dates. A Word document detailing some suggested activities for working with time-lines. Learning Outcomes: Children will be able to: •Learning Outcomes: Children will be able to: • how the five Tudor monarchs shaped Britain. • how other individuals have also shaped Britain. • how Britain’s relationship with Catholic Europe changed during this period. • how Britain has influenced and been influenced by its relationship with Europe. • how Britain began to influence America. • Sequence a series of 4 digit numbers. • Compare and contrast key events in British history. Any feedback on these resources, their effectiveness, additions and areas in which they can be improved would be very welcome.
2017 (updated for 2018)  KS2 (Year 6)  Maths SATs revision - Place Value and Arithmetic - addition
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2017 (updated for 2018) KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision - Place Value and Arithmetic - addition

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A plan, set of teaching resources, Interactive Whiteboard software and links to four videos modelling how to deliver each section of the lesson which can either be used by teachers or by teachers with the whole class. 2018 update now includes PowerPoint version of both presentations, and a AFL / Next steps Word document for easy printing and including in maths books as evidence of Using and Applying / Reasoning. This resource uses the questions on 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs papers 1, 2 and 3 to revise your class’ understanding of quick arithmetic methods and how place value can be used to sequence, round and identify closest numbers, finishing with an AfL style plenary using exemplar questions from the 2016 SATs paper. This is the first lesson in a four week revision programme designed to prepare Year 6 children for the Maths SATs papers 1, 2 and 3. **Learning Objectives covered: ** To add whole numbers, decimals or fractions quickly (arithmetic starter) To demonstrate an understanding of place value, including large numbers and decimals.
The Victorians - education and schools- historical debate and investigation
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The Victorians - education and schools- historical debate and investigation

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This Unit is ideal for providing evidence of English across the curriculum. Drawing on the new History Curriculum and focussing on Aims: Strands 4 and 5 this resource includes: A collection of nine extended quotes (with summary information) from contemporary sources, An explanation of five activities that can be carried out using these resources Planning Templates to support arguments and a chart to help summarise arguments about Workhouses Learning Objectives • To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, • To make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses • To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. Learning Outcomes: Pupils will be able to: • Recognise the difference between fact and opinion. • recognise and discern between arguments made for and against education. • draw on primary resources to produce a reasoned debate on the pros and cons of universal education. • produce their own persuasive argument in favour (or against) the introduction of universal education. • produce a balanced argument on the advantages and disadvantages of universal education. • Produce their own written narrative of life in a school.