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Resources mostly focussed on the teaching and learning of KS2 pupils in English writing and Guided Reading lessons.

Resources mostly focussed on the teaching and learning of KS2 pupils in English writing and Guided Reading lessons.
Year 4 How to Train Your Dragon Complete Unit Diary Writing
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Year 4 How to Train Your Dragon Complete Unit Diary Writing

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How to Train Your Dragon Diary Writing unit. I created these resources to use in the classroom however, they would also make an excellent unit for live learning. Included is a sequence of 10 lessons including exploring new vocabulary, sequencing events, describing a setting, using fronted adverbials, the big write lessons with modeled paragraphs and editing lesson. Here is a break down of each lesson included: Talk Treasure Chest - exploring adventurous vocabulary to include in this piece of writing. How to describe a setting using Jane Considine’s FANTASTIC tool. Sequencing key events in the story from chapters 1 - 10 and creating a cartoon strip. Understanding the characters. Read alongside chapter 8 to complete the information about each characters dragon. Using fronted adverbials and examples of which ones (and types) we can use in our diary writing. Setting the scene - exploring how and when people write their diaries. The opening paragraph - the beginning of the story with modeled paragraph. Writing paragraph 3 including modeled paragraph and checklist for writing. Writing paragraph 4 including modeled paragraph and checklist. Editing your diaries using Bob the minion as the invisible child to edit and improve his work using key mistakes made by Year 4 writers. This unit was planned and used by me and is a great unit of writing to get children hooked and enthusiastic about How to Train your Dragon. Works really well alongside my Guided Reading lesson unit. All resources supporting this writing unit are included.
Year 4 How to Train Your Dragon Complete Instructions Writing Unit
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Year 4 How to Train Your Dragon Complete Instructions Writing Unit

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How to Train Your Dragon Instructions Writing unit. I created these resources to use for live lessons but likewise they would work well in the classroom. Included is a sequence of 8 lessons including exploring new vocabulary, sequencing events, describing a setting, using fronted adverbials, the big write lessons with modeled paragraphs and editing lesson. Here is a break down of each lesson included: Features of Instructions including an introduction to how adverbs, if conjunctions and using conjunctions as sentence openers. Adventurous vocabulary - introducing 6 new adventurous words and modeled sentences. Planning our instructions. Choose a dragon and look at his key features. What special care instruction would they need? Writing our first 3 instructions - how can we turn our notes into instructions. Modeled examples using how adverbs, if conjunctions and conjunctions as sentence openers. Writing our next 3 instructions - how can we turn our notes into instructions. Modeled examples using how adverbs, if conjunctions and conjunctions as sentence openers. Writing our next 3 instructions - how can we turn our notes into instructions. Modeled examples using how adverbs, if conjunctions and conjunctions as sentence openers. Writing an Introduction to match your instructions - including modeled paragraph. Finalizing your instructions. Using our knowledge of the features of instructions, how can we bring all of our work together and present them effectively? This unit was planned and used by me and is a great unit of writing to get children hooked and enthusiastic about How to Train your Dragon. Works really well alongside my Guided Reading lesson unit. All resources supporting this writing unit are included. My class loved this unit and enjoyed being really creative with designing their dragons and what types of personalities they might have.
Year 4 Shackleton Survival Guide Complete English Unit Live Lessons
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Year 4 Shackleton Survival Guide Complete English Unit Live Lessons

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This is a series of 10 lessons teaching students hoe to write a survival guide linked to Shackleton’s adventure across Antarctica. This unit works really well with my other unit of work Shackleton’s Diary Writing. This series of lessons includes exploring adventurous vocabulary, exploring the packing list, writing topic sentences, researching survival information and features modeled paragraphs of each of the subheadings. This unit worked really well for live lessons.
Year 4 Shackleton Diary Writing Unit used for Live Lessons
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Year 4 Shackleton Diary Writing Unit used for Live Lessons

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This unit is a series of 11 lessons teaching the children the story of Shackleton’s expedition using the book Ice Trap! These lessons have been used for live learning and have given opportunities for modeled and shared writing, editing, creative writing and developing the use of first person, FANTASTICs and using emotions in our writing.
Year 4 / Year 5 How to Live Forever Guided Reading Week Unit DERIC with complete text
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Year 4 / Year 5 How to Live Forever Guided Reading Week Unit DERIC with complete text

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This resource has been used for live lessons on Teams during home learning but will also work well in a classroom. This Guided Reading resource will provide a full week’s unit of work with opportunities for wider curriculum / writing links too. Using DERIC as a frame for questioning (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Infer / Interpret / Choice), this resource matches the National Curriculum content domains set out for KS2. With a heavy focus on retrieval and decoding challenging vocabulary, this resource is perfect for a Year 4 class but could also be used for Year 5 or a Year 6 LA group to strengthen their retrieval skills. Please note that although the resource lists 5 items some of these are photos of the slides for selling purposes. The PowerPoint resource is 85 slides and is goo value for money. I never sell anything I haven’t tried and testing before and fully believe this resource is good value for money and of high quality. A true hit with my Year 4 class and a great text too!
Year 4 How to Train your Dragon Complete Bundle Guided Reading and Diary Writing Unit
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Year 4 How to Train your Dragon Complete Bundle Guided Reading and Diary Writing Unit

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How to Train Your Dragon Diary Writing unit. I created these resources to use in the classroom however, they would also make an excellent unit for live learning. Included is a sequence of 10 lessons including exploring new vocabulary, sequencing events, describing a setting, using fronted adverbials, the big write lessons with modeled paragraphs and editing lesson. Here is a break down of each lesson included: Talk Treasure Chest - exploring adventurous vocabulary to include in this piece of writing. How to describe a setting using Jane Considine’s FANTASTIC tool. Sequencing key events in the story from chapters 1 - 10 and creating a cartoon strip. Understanding the characters. Read alongside chapter 8 to complete the information about each characters dragon. Using fronted adverbials and examples of which ones (and types) we can use in our diary writing. Setting the scene - exploring how and when people write their diaries. The opening paragraph - the beginning of the story with modeled paragraph. Writing paragraph 3 including modeled paragraph and checklist for writing. Writing paragraph 4 including modeled paragraph and checklist. Editing your diaries using Bob the minion as the invisible child to edit and improve his work using key mistakes made by Year 4 writers. This unit was planned and used by me and is a great unit of writing to get children hooked and enthusiastic about How to Train your Dragon. Works really well alongside the Guided Reading lesson unit. All resources supporting these units are included.
How to Train Your Dragon Reading for Pleasure Lesson Year 4 KS2
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How to Train Your Dragon Reading for Pleasure Lesson Year 4 KS2

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This lesson was used to round off Term 1 after using How to Train your Dragon as our class reader and as a stimulus for a unit of writing. During this afternoon, children chose which activities they liked and created work based on what they enjoyed in the book. Designed using a Voices for Choices approach this resource shares varied ideas based on different skills i.e. writing, art, design etc.
Shackleton Guided Reading and English Diary Writing Unit Bundle
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Shackleton Guided Reading and English Diary Writing Unit Bundle

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This bundle includes a 2/3 week Guided Reading unit based on the picture book Ice Trap! showing Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. The questions about the text are based on DERIC in line with National Curriculum end of Key Stage expectations. The English unit is a complete 2 week unit that has been used for both live lessons and has been taught in the classroom. The children love it!
Year 4 / Year 5 Guided Reading Spooky Stories DERIC
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Year 4 / Year 5 Guided Reading Spooky Stories DERIC

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Complete Year 4 Guided Reading teaching resource using DERIC to frame the questions around the National Curriculum expectations. This resource is a 2 week unit of half an hour lessons. Could be used for live lessons. Although this was planned for Year 4 the texts are quite challenging so could be used for Year 5 or a low Year 6 group focusing on vocabulary. This resource uses Bram Stokers Dracula and an excerpt from Harry Potter. The children love it! In this unit we examined and focused on vocabulary choices and challenging texts. Works really well alongside the Spooky Writing English unit.
Quest Picture Book Whole Class Guided Reading DERIC Inference Focus Year 4
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Quest Picture Book Whole Class Guided Reading DERIC Inference Focus Year 4

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This resource has been used in the classroom but would also work well for live or recorded home lessons. This Guided Reading resource will provide a full week’s unit of work (possibly 2 - which is how long it lasted for us) with opportunities for wider curriculum / writing links too. Using DERIC as a frame for questioning (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Infer / Interpret, Choice), this resource matches the National Curriculum content domains set out for KS2. With a heavy focus on inference, this resource is perfect for a Year 4 class but could also be used for a bright Year 3 class or LA Year 5 group to strengthen their inference skills. Please note that although the resource lists 3 items some of these are photos of the slides for selling purposes. The PowerPoint resource is 116 slides and is good value for money. I never sell anything I haven’t tried and testing before and fully believe this resource is good value for money and of high quality. A true hit with my Year 4 class and a great text too!
Diary of a Cornflake Science in English Digestive System Year 4 Complete English Unit
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Diary of a Cornflake Science in English Digestive System Year 4 Complete English Unit

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Diary of a Cornflake Diary Writing unit. I created these resources to use in the classroom however, they would also make an excellent unit for live learning. Included is a sequence of 10 lessons including exploring new vocabulary, sequencing events, describing a setting, the big write lessons with some modeled paragraphs and editing sessions embedding in each big write. Here is a break down of each lesson included: Talk Treasure Chest - exploring adventurous vocabulary to include in this piece of writing. Sequencing key events in the journey of the digestive system and creating a cartoon strip. How to describe a setting using Jane Considine’s FANTASTIC tool. Setting the scene - exploring how and when people write their diaries. The opening paragraph - the beginning of the story with teacher example to set the scene. Writing paragraph 3 including modeled paragraph, editing section and checklist for writing. Writing paragraph 4 including editing example and checklist. Writing up in best lesson which encourages children to practice and perfect their handwriting. This unit was planned and used by me and is a great unit of writing to get children hooked and enthusiastic about the digestive system - a simple but effective way to show writing across the curriculum. All resources supporting this writing unit are included.
Ice Trap Shackleton Guided Reading Unit Year 4
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Ice Trap Shackleton Guided Reading Unit Year 4

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2/3 week Guided Reading unit based on Ice Trap! the story sharing Shackleton’s expedition story across Antarctica. This resource includes pages taken from the picture book for children to examine the text and illustrations. Questions framed using the DERIC approach, matched to end of Key Stage expectations.
Book Blether Year 4 Reading For Pleasure Live Lesson
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Book Blether Year 4 Reading For Pleasure Live Lesson

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Used as part of Children’s Mental Health Week, our Year 4 classes all participated in a Reading For Pleasure live session where they shared their favourite books, made recommendations and discussed story lines and their likes and dislikes. This lesson could be used across Key Stage 2 and supports the reading for pleasure strands of the National Curriculum.
Year 4 Shackleton Complete Bundle Guided Reading and Survival Guide Writing Unit
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Year 4 Shackleton Complete Bundle Guided Reading and Survival Guide Writing Unit

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This bundle includes a 2/3 week Guided Reading unit based on the beautiful picture book Ice Trap! The questions posed on this resource are based on the DERIC strategy focused on questioning in line with the National Curriculum end of key stage expectations. The English unit is a complete 2 week unit examining how to write a survival guide, some great You Tube How To videos and models writing every paragraph and sub-section. The children really enjoyed this unit. Used for live lessons and also previously taught in the classroom.
Year 4 How to Train Your Dragon Guided Reading DERIC Chapters 1-10
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Year 4 How to Train Your Dragon Guided Reading DERIC Chapters 1-10

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This 3 week Guided Reading unit is a must for any Year 4 class exploring How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Using DERIC as a frame for questioning (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Infer / Interpret / Choice), this resource matches the National Curriculum content domains set out for KS2. This resource provides questioning around each of the first 10 chapters of the book (you will need your own copy of the text) alongside fun, engaging activities to promote reading for pleasure. With a heavy focus on retrieval, explain (to ensure they have a good understanding of the text) and inference, this resource is perfect for a Year 4 class but could also be used for Year 5 or a Year 6 LA group to strengthen their retrieval or basic text interaction skills. Although this resource states that it includes 6 files, the main resource is a PowerPoint spanning 74 slides. The additional 5 resources are images of the slides to give buyers more information on what this resource offers. This is a high quality resource that I have used myself in my own classroom and is of a high planning quality. A true hit with my Year 4 class and a great text too! Enjoy!
Christmas Give a Little Love Kindness Ideas KS2
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Christmas Give a Little Love Kindness Ideas KS2

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Used as a kindness afternoon resource for my class to choose their own way to spread kindness, this PowerPoint uses the Christmas 2020 John Lewis advert to encourage children to ‘Give a Little Love’. Please leave feedback :-)