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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.
Anglo Saxon Britain

Anglo Saxon Britain

A set of resources to enable you to bring the Anglo Saxon period to life. This includes a choice of two different sets of comprehension questions (the latter differentiated) , as well as two investigation type activities and a time line which can be used for display as well as at the start and end of the topic for assessment. Also inow ncluding a Time-line of British history to allow you to provide a context of where Anglo Saxon Britain fits in the larger history of the British Isles.
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Michael J Richards - Molly McBride - 3 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities with text

Michael J Richards - Molly McBride - 3 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities with text

Set in the Highlands of Scotland around the time of the Battle of Culloden, this short story has a definite twist in its tail. Ideal for any work on historical fiction, this text was written specifically for this purpose. 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 sets a story in the past. To use inference and deduction to understand the main characters’ feelings. To reflect on a completed text. Please note to print the text from Word, select two sided along short edge. This will print the book in A5 book format.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - complete set of Maths lessons for October

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - complete set of Maths lessons for October

15 sets of complete lessons (3 x 5 days) covering current National Curriculum expectations for teaching short and long division, multiples, common multiples, prime factors, common prime factors, BODMAS, multiplication and division by powers of 10, metric measures, conversions between metric and imperial measures, and multi-step Word Problems. Each week ends with either an investigation of Word Problems linked to the topic studied. Every lesson includes: - a Starter based on Arithmetic and / or previous learning and a Connect Activity designed to activate the children's interest in the topic being covered that day. - two interactive teaching presentations designed to run on either Smartboard's Interactive Whiteboard or Promethean ActivInspire software. - a detailed 4 way differentiated lesson plan including all relevant learning objectives and AfL / next step opportunities. - a 4 way differentiated worksheet designed to cater for the learning of virtually all children in Year 5 or Year 6 regardless of ability.
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Terry Deary - the Vile Victorians - 5 sessions of Guided Reading / whole class reading comprehension

Terry Deary - the Vile Victorians - 5 sessions of Guided Reading / whole class reading comprehension

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 form and revise opinions about the Victorians To make comparisons between past and contemporary entertainment. To make comparisons between today and the past. To use skimming and scanning to find information for research. To gather information in order to write persuasively. To reflect on a completed text
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2017 Year 6 Maths SATs revision - Week 3 of a 4 week revision programme

2017 Year 6 Maths SATs revision - Week 3 of a 4 week revision programme

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.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short division of up to 5 digit numbers and numbers to 2dps

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short division of up to 5 digit numbers and numbers to 2dps

This lesson consists of: A starter focusing on using multiplication knowledge to solve division problems and a connect starter reviewing prior learning with regard to division methods An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out short division and to assess the children’s ability to solve short division problems. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series short division problems, 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 apply their knowledge of short division. Learning Objectives: Starter: - To show a range of 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 and decimals, (KS3)
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short multiplication of up to 6 digit numbers and numbers to 3dps

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short multiplication of up to 6 digit numbers and numbers to 3dps

LOs: Starter: -To show a range of multiplication methods. Main Lesson: - To multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using a formal written method (Year 5) - To multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using a formal written method (Year 5) - To use multiplication, including formal written methods, applying it to integers and decimals, (KS3) This lesson consists of: A connect starter reviewing prior learning with regard to multiplication methods An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out short multiplication and to test the children’s ability to solve short multiplication problems. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series short multiplication problems, 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 apply their knowledge of short multiplication to more challenging problems.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Using short multiplication to solve real-life one-step & two-step problems

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Using short multiplication to solve real-life one-step & two-step problems

LOs: Starter: To use short multiplication. Main Lesson: To solve Word problems requiring short multiplication (Year 5 and Year 6) To develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems (KS3) This lesson consists of: A Starter series of short of progressively harder multiplication problems and their answers. A connect activity getting children to identify as many different words that can used for multiplication. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out short multiplication when answering word problems and to test the children’s ability to solve short multiplication Word problems. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series short multiplication Word problems, More Able children will have to complete multistep problems. Answers are supplied to ease marking. An AFL / Next Steps task based on previous a SATs questions, which introduces the idea of using long multiplication.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Using short and long multiplication to solve real-life Word problems

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Using short and long multiplication to solve real-life Word problems

This lesson consists of: A Starter series of short of progressively harder multiplication problems and their answers. A connect activity getting children to identify as many different words that can used for multiplication. A second connect activity where children identify which word problems require long and which short multiplication. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out short multiplication when answering word problems and to test the children’s ability to solve short and long multiplication Word problems. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series short and long multiplication Word problems, More Able children will have to complete multistep problems. Answers are supplied to ease marking. An AFL / Next Steps task based on previous a SATs questions, which introduces the idea of the link between division and multiplication. LOs: Starter: To use short or long multiplication. Main Lesson: To solve Word problems requiring short or long multiplication (Year 5 and Year 6) To develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems (KS3)
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) formal long multiplication 1 (with grid method for LA)

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) formal long multiplication 1 (with grid method for LA)

LOs: Starter: To use short multiplication. Main Lesson: To multiply numbers up to 3 digits by a two-digit number using a formal written method (Year 5) To multiply numbers up to 4 and 5 digits by a two-digit number using a formal written method (Year 6) To use multiplication, including formal written methods, applying it to integers and decimals, (KS3) This lesson consists of: A connect starter reviewing prior learning with regard to long multiplication methods An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out long multiplication and to test the children’s ability to solve long multiplication problems. A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series long multiplication problems, and one Word Problem per ability group. (LA can choose between formal long multiplication and the grid method). Answers are supplied to ease marking. An AFL / Next Steps task based on previous SATs questions, which requires children to apply their knowledge of long multiplication to more challenging problems.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) formal long multiplication 2 - multiplying by 2-digit & 3-digit numbers

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) formal long multiplication 2 - multiplying by 2-digit & 3-digit numbers

This lesson consists of: A connect / starter reviewing prior learning with regard to long multiplication An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to teach how to lay-out long multiplication and to test the children’s ability to solve long multiplication problems focussing on 4 and 5 digit x 2 digit and 3 digit x 3 digit A 4 way differentiated series of calculations (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series long multiplication problems, and one Word Problem per ability group. An AFL / Next Steps task based on a previous multi-step KS3 SATs question, which requires children apply master strategies to use their knowledge of long multiplication and inverse operations to find the solution. LOs: Starter: To use long multiplication. Main Lesson: - To multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digits numbers (Year 5) - To multiply multi-digit numbers up to 5 digits by a 2-digit whole numbers and 3 digit by 3 digit whole numbers. using the formal written method of long multiplication (Year 6) - To use multiplication, including formal written methods, applying it to integers and decimals, (KS3)
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UKS2 (Y5 and Y6) Term 1 Week 02  Negative numbers &  Column addition and subtraction  - 5 day lesson set

UKS2 (Y5 and Y6) Term 1 Week 02 Negative numbers & Column addition and subtraction - 5 day lesson set

A set of 5 lessons covering all aspects of Place Value to allow you to meet expectations of current (2014 onwards) National Curriculum for Mathematics. The lessons meet the following learning objectives: Year 5 To order and compare numbers up to 1,000,000. To count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers. To interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0. To solve problems involving negative numbers. To add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits. To solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts. Year 6 To order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000. to use negative numbers, and calculate intervals across 0. To solve problems involving negative numbers. To solve problems involving addition and subtraction. To solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts. KS3 To order and compare any numbers. To order positive and negative integers. To use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across 0 and apply this knowledge to bar and line graphs. To select appropriate concepts, methods and techniques to apply to unfamiliar and non-routine problems. To develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Addition and Subtraction of large numbers and decimals

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Addition and Subtraction of large numbers and decimals

LOs: Starter: To add and subtract numbers Main Lesson: to add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits (Year 5) to solve problems involving addition and subtraction (Year 6) This lesson consists of: A connect PowerPoint to establish children’s understanding of addition and subtraction methods. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to model various methods that can be used to solve addition and subtraction and demonstrating why, for larger numbers, formal methods are best. A 4 way differentiated series of independent tasks (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series of addition and subtraction problems including one Word Problem for each ability group. . An AFL / Next Steps task challenging children to identify common calculation errors that are often made with addition and subtraction.
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Primary Assembly about  Doubting Thomas

Primary Assembly about Doubting Thomas

This Collective Worship resource includes: a full PowerPoint of the text John 20. Questions linked to the text differentiated by Year group. A prayer linked to the story of Doubting Thomas and 3 suggested hymns complete with YouTube links to enable them to run directly from the PowerPoint. Ideal for the start of the Summer term both in Church schools and non-denominational schools. Alternatively could be used as a starter for RE lesson linked to the period between Easter and Ascension.
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2017 (updated for 2018) KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision - Arithmetic BODMAS and Algebra Safari

2017 (updated for 2018) KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision - Arithmetic BODMAS and Algebra Safari

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.
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2017 (updated for 2018)  KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision -  Problem Solving using Four Operations

2017 (updated for 2018) KS2 (Year 6) Maths SATs revision - Problem Solving using Four Operations

A plan, set of teaching resources, Interactive Whiteboard presentations for both Promethean and Smartboards. (***New for 2018 – PowerPoint Presentations, and Word AFL / next steps question for printin***g) 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 finishing with an AfL style plenary using exemplar questions from the 2016 SATs paper. This is the fourteenth lesson in a 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 solve problems involving all 4 operations. **Learning Outcomes: ** All use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the 4 operations with ThHTU by U Most use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the 4 operations with ThHTU by TU Some will use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the 4 operations with ThHTU by TU including decimals and negative numbers.
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Berlie Doherty - Street Child - 7 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities

Berlie Doherty - Street Child - 7 sessions of Guided Reading / Whole class activities

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 make predictions based on information provided in the cover, blurb and introduction. To use inference and deduction to explain the main character’s current circumstances. To emphasise with the main character. To understand what life was like in Victorian London. To empathise with the main character at the lowest point of the novel. To make predictions based on inference and deduction. To reflect on a completed story.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short division with decimals

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) - short division with decimals

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
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Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6) Place Value - Rounding whole numbers and decimals accurately

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6) Place Value - Rounding whole numbers and decimals accurately

LOs: Starter: To read and write numbers up to 1,000,000 (Y5) To read and write numbers up to 10,000,000 (Y6) Main Lesson: round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000 (Year 5) round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy (Year 6) understand and use place value for decimals (KS3) This lesson consists of: - A connect / starter PowerPoint where children write numbers up to 1,000,000 / 10,000,000 as digits in words. - An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire teaching the conventions of rounding up to 10,000 (differentiated 3 ways for ability - A 4 way differentiated series of independent tasks where children round numbers up to 100,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 100, 1000, 10000 and decimals to nearest 1, 0.1, 0.01 - An AFL / Next Steps task where children apply their knowledge to real life population problems. NB Updated 27/6/17 - UKS2 Term 1 - Week 1 -Day 2 Starter - 3 pasting errors on answer page, - Upper Key Stage 2 Week 1 Day 2 - Rounding whole numbers accurately - independent task – 1 rounding error – Developing c1
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Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6) read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 & 3dps

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6) read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 & 3dps

LOs: to solve number and practical problems that involve reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000 and determining the value of each digit (Year 5) to solve number and practical problems that involve reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000 and determining the value of each digit (Year 6) to develop mathematical knowledge solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems (KS3) This lesson consists of: An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire to allow you to share the learning objectives and go through the best way to complete this group / paired investigation. (differentiated 3 ways for ability) 4 differentiated sets of problem solving cards where children work collaboratively to apply their Place Value knowledge to find a set of either six or seven numbers. An AFL / Next Steps reflection to encourage children to identify what went well and what strategies they would attempt improve in subsequent investigations.
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UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Addition and Subtraction multi-step Word Problems

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Addition and Subtraction multi-step Word Problems

LOs: Starter: To add and subtract large numbers Main Lesson: To solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts (Year 5 and Year 6) To develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems (KS3) This lesson consists of: A starter recapping on subtraction and addition of large numbers and 2 connect activities recapping on the different ways that addition and subtraction can be written, plus a set of differentiated word problems to allow children to work in pairs to decode, allowing you to establish children’s understanding of Word problems. An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire, to establish an effective way to lay-out calculations and to test the children’s ability to apply column subtraction and addition to work problems. A 4 way differentiated series of Word problems (including a Challenge Activity) where children are expected to solve a series of multi-step (developing single step) addition and subtraction problems. An AFL / Next Steps task based on a 2014 SATs question, which requires simple division in addition to subtraction.
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Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6) ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000,000 and to 3dps

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6) ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000,000 and to 3dps

LOs: Starter: To order and compare numbers up to 1,000,000 (Year 5) To order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 (Year 6) To order and compare any numbers (KS3) Main Lesson: to compare and order numbers up to 1,000,000 (Year 5) to compare and order numbers up 10,000,000 (Year 6) to compare and order numbers with up to 3 decimal places. (KS3) This lesson consists of: A starter / connect PowerPoint where children revise value of specific digits up to 10,000,00 and to 3dps and tests their understanding of how to find largest and smallest numbers., An Interactive Whiteboard teaching introduction for both Notebook and ActivInspire teaching the conventions using the significance of digits to compare and order numbers up to 10,000,000 (differentiated 3 ways for ability) A 4 way differentiated series of independent tasks where children sequence and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and to 3dps. An AFL / Next Steps task where children check their understanding of the greater than (>) and less than ( NB Updated 27/7/17 Upper Key Stage 2 Week 1 Day 4 - Compare and order numbers - independent task –answer sheet - Developing i, Secure i, Challenge i
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