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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.
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) - Multiples, Common Multiples and Lowest Common Multiples
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - Multiples, Common Multiples and Lowest Common Multiples

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Learning Objectives Starter: - To perform (mental) calculations. - To recognise multiples Main Lesson: - To identify common multiples (Year 5 and Year 6) - To use the concepts and vocabulary of multiples, common multiples and lowest common multiple (KS3 This lesson consists of: A Starter consisting of a series of progressively harder addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations. A connect activity getting children to identify the correct and incorrect definitions of multiples and a second Connect to get children identify the first 3 multiples of common times tables. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to find multiples, common multiples and lowest common multiples, and how these can be identified from lists and using Venn Diagrams. A 4 way differentiated series of tasks requiring children to identify multiples (LA) common multiples of 2 (LA) and 3 digit numbers (MA, HA) and lowest common multiples of 3 and 4 different numbers (HA). Answer sheet provided to support marking. An AFL / Next Steps task reviewing the definitions of multiples, common multiples, and lowest common multiples.
UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Checking calculations - estimation and rounding
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Checking calculations - estimation and rounding

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Learning Objectives Starter: - To perform (mental) calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers. Main Lesson: - To use rounding to check answers to calculations (Year 5 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 addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations. A connect activity getting children to consider how they might check answers using estimation. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to use estimation in order to check calculations. It also includes a Knowledge check to ensure that your class are familiar with rounding. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations where children first estimate, and then solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems including decimals (for MA and HA). An AFL / Next Steps task reviewing when to use estimation and when to use inverse operations to accurately check calculations.
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.
Ian Serraillier - The Silver Sword - 7 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities
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Ian Serraillier - The Silver Sword - 7 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. Great alternative to SATs tests or written comprehensions. LOs To use skimming and scanning to answer questions about the opening section of a story. To emphasise with the children in the story. To use skimming and scanning to make sense of a text. To understand how an author can use a letter to summarise a story. To make predictions based on what you have read to date. To be able to empathise with the main characters as they reach the end of their journey. To reflect upon a completed novel / to produce a piece of biographical writing.
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
Jill Tomlinson The Owl who was afraid of the Dark:  7 sessions Guided Reading/Whole class activities
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Jill Tomlinson The Owl who was afraid of the Dark: 7 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 develop a feeling of empathy with the main character of a book. To use recall, skimming and scanning to find out information about the story. To use your own experiences to comment on what’s happening in a story. To use inference and deduction to understand the behaviour of the main characters of a Chapter. To use recall and references to answer questions on the text. To recognise how an author starts to bring a story to its conclusion. To reflect upon a completed text.
UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short division with decimals
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short division with decimals

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Learning Objectives: Starter: - To use short division Main Lesson: -To apply short division to decimals (Year 5 & Year 6) -To use division including formal written methods, applying it to integers and decimals, (KS3) This lesson consists of: A starter focusing on revising short multiplication to solve division problems and a connect starter linking place value to division of decimals. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out short division of decimals and to assess the children’s ability to solve short division problems involving decimals.. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series short division problems which give decimals as answers, and one Word Problem per ability group. Answers are supplied to ease marking. An AFL / Next Steps task based on previous SATs questions, which requires children to solve a series of multistep problems requiring division as well as at least one other operation. Division, multiplication, chunking, Short division, Short division, Short division, decimals, decimals, decimals, 4-digit, 5-digit, 1dp, 2dp, Word Problem, AfL
Jacqueline Wilson - The Suitcase Kid - 5 weeks' Guided reading
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Jacqueline Wilson - The Suitcase Kid - 5 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 be able to empathise with a character who is going through a divorce. To be able to understand how an author can reveal a character’s personality through interactions with others. To be able to recognise the low point of a novel. To be able to comment on the whole novel.
Jacqueline Wilson - Cliff Hanger - 5 weeks' Guided reading
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Jacqueline Wilson - Cliff Hanger - 5 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 be able to emphasize with the central character of a novel. To be able to emphasize with two different family members. To recognise the turning point of a story. To relate to the feelings the main character in a book when his luck changes.
Roald Dahl - the BFG - a complete half term's guided reading
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Roald Dahl - the BFG - 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. To look at how an author can drop hints about a story at the very beginning of a book. To understand how an author decides how to make up nonsense words. To understand how dialogue can be used to develop characters. To understand how an author develops a particular aspect of a fantasy world. To understand how dialogue can be used to move a plot forward. To reflect on the whole book and the way it ends
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.
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.
J R R Tolkien -  The Hobbit - complete half term's Guided Reading programme
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J R R Tolkien - The Hobbit - complete half term's Guided Reading programme

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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 be able to use inference and deduction to make predictions about the plot of a shorter story. To understand the different techniques an author uses to tell a traditional tale. To consider the way that new chapters relate back to previous chapters and traditional ideas. To understand the way that an author can use book conventions to convey added meaning to a text. To be able to reflect on a completed text.
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.
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.
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.