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Each of the resources uploaded here are the ones that I have had the most fun or success teaching, or, if I have created them specifically for my shop, it is with a mind to what I know children will like. Whenever I have finished creating them I feel a sense of excitement, as I know the lessons will engage. Teaching and learning should be fun for adults and children alike. When children are comfortable, they are most receptive to learning. I hope that this shop and resources reflect that ethos.

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Each of the resources uploaded here are the ones that I have had the most fun or success teaching, or, if I have created them specifically for my shop, it is with a mind to what I know children will like. Whenever I have finished creating them I feel a sense of excitement, as I know the lessons will engage. Teaching and learning should be fun for adults and children alike. When children are comfortable, they are most receptive to learning. I hope that this shop and resources reflect that ethos.
Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

This is a slide show that contains 22 slides of puzzles and riddles. They are easy enough to guess the answers but hard enough to present a fun challenge for primary school-aged children. I used these riddles as part of an English lesson in Year 5 and they were very well received. It also includes a worksheet where the riddles have been differentiated to solve in groups as an alternative to a whole-class activity. This is a light hearted end-of-term fun activity for the children who are tired, and in need of something a bit lighter, but it will nonetheless develop their critical thinking skills, and hopefully foster a love of these word-play type problems. The presentation includes slides explaining what riddles are and how they work, and giving several guided examples before launching into the whole class slides. Each separate riddle is presented on one slide, which is then animated to reveal the answer, alongside an explanation of any that may need further clarification. Having carried out this lesson previously where children simply read the printed riddles from a worksheet, I am really pleased with the slide show, as the pictures add another element of deception - you are further able to mislead their thinking with subtle/subconscious red-herrings! I hope you have fun using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review.
Nataliebu
Metric Conversion Word Problems (Weight)

Metric Conversion Word Problems (Weight)

Resource developed for teaching children to convert between g and kg in context based problems. This resource includes a teaching presentation with guided examples and differentiated activities with answers - the activities can be used with different ability groups or over the course of several lessons for progression. There are four sets of questions, allowing for two days of activities moving to the next level up over the course of both days. The tasks are presented as word problems. The answers are included as slides on the presentation so children can mark their own work. The presentation allows for: Re-visiting the metric units of measurement for weight (mass) grams and kilograms (and milligrams/tons in relation to these) Encouraging children to use knowledge of halves/doubles and patterns etc. to convert mentally between grams and kilograms using knowledge the 1000g = 1kg. Explaining how to use place value (grids) for more complex calculations by going forwards or backwards three places to convert between g and kg or kg and g. The problems are designed to include more complex use of number, as well as conversions as the level of challenge increases. Includes a print-friendly Word version of all activities. For neatness of presentation, ask children to cut and stick each box as they go, showing their workings out beneath. Ideal for use in Year 5 or year 6. I would be grateful if you could leave a review once you have used this resource in class. If you like this, you may also like: imperial to metric conversions https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/imperial-measurements-11869571
Nataliebu
I can read timetables and shipping maps (Desert island survival theme)

I can read timetables and shipping maps (Desert island survival theme)

This resource was prepared for a themed project at the end of a survival-themed learning journey. I wanted something different, maths but not the usual maths, that would continue to engage the children into that final week of term. Children imagine themselves shipwrecked on a desert island, and need to be able to read the shipping map and the timetable to know when a ship will come close enough to their island to be able to pick up their radio signal for help. This is quite different to a typical timetable reading lesson, and will need careful modelling for the pupils to experience success. ( The slides do this.) There is an alternative, more traditional timetable for LA pupils, but they may still need the help of an adult. Print the activities directly from the power point slides. (Slides 8 and 12) This lesson leads nicely to the second and third lessons of the project (create a look-out rota, and draw a map using coordinates in all 4 quadrants). https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/coordinates-in-four-quadrants-desert-island-map-11866571 If you do use this resource in class, I would be really interested to hear your feedback.
Nataliebu
England Bunting

England Bunting

Come on England! We are behind you. Triangular-shaped bunting on a power point to print out for children to colour in. Red coloured pencils at the ready! Hastily put together in time for tomorrow’s game! The alternative activity is to complete the second half of the flag, symmetrically. Would make a lovely classroom/window display if we do manage to get through to the finals! I hope you enjoy using this resource. :-)
Nataliebu
End of Year Quiz 2018

End of Year Quiz 2018

End of term fun. A classroom quiz full of topical and relevant questions. This was lots of fun in the making and I think it will be lots of fun in the doing! This quiz consists of four rounds of 5 questions each. The answers are multiple choice apart from the two bonus rounds. The rounds have been carefully selected to appeal to a wide cross-section of interests and abilities. Each new round is introduced with a sound bite to catch attention and each question also has a sound bite that plays automatically to gain silence, so you can read the question out. The answers are given after each round, groups being asked to swap to mark by passing to the left. The rounds are: Football (World Cup) Strange but True In the News Fads and Crazes The bonuses are pixelated images of famous people, books and films, to identify, some easy some more difficult, and can be done as timed extra rounds, or printed and given to children to do as a less-structured part of the quiz, and a quick break for the adult reading the questions. This quiz is written primarily for a KS2 audience, but could be used for older children, too. I have not had a chance to use this in the classroom, yet, but I did pre-test it on my own (key stage two) son, who loved it, and was begging for more the next day, even writing his own questions. I would appreciate feedback. In the end-of-term spirit, some of the questions are a little ‘colourful’ and be warned - the England chant as a sound bite on one slide will add to that ‘end of term’ vibe. :-) I have included lots of ironic potential answers to keep us quiz masters and mistresses amused, too. I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Ancient Greek Food (Tasting)

Ancient Greek Food (Tasting)

An introduction to the diet of the ancient Greeks by tasting! This resource can be used at the start of a learning journey on Ancient Greece, to engage, or at the end. I have also used it the day before a ‘Fabulous Finish’ (Ancient Greek Day) where the children dressed in costumes, designed their own Greek pottery and carved in clay, held a mini Olympic games tournament and then marched into a feast, giving due honour to Zeus before eating. It worked well in this manner, because the children were already aware of the types of foods they would be sampling and why. The resource set includes: Presentation on the diet of the Ancient Greeks. A printable Menu - edit on the ppt to include the food you have bought Slides to show what foods are going to be sampled A printout where children can rate the food, based on its appearance and texture and taste etc. (Print from ppt) A suggested follow up task - where children design their own menus, of Ancient Greek style food, using effusive persuasive language. All the food types included, are easy to source, and I found Aldi/Lidl extremely good value for 60 pupils. Most children gagged on the anchovies, but it was part of the fun - they all loved the goats cheese/greek yoghurt squeezy honey combo (and some were eating the honey simply on its own!) I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Identify Properties of Different Rocks (Worksheet)

Identify Properties of Different Rocks (Worksheet)

A simple resource, children can use when investigating different types of rocks. Using a grid, children can tick to state whether they think a specific rock is e.g. smooth or gritty, layers or no layers, crystals or no crystals. This is a taster, part of a collection of resources based on the Year 3 topic of Rocks and Soils available at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/rocks-year-3-11910312 I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Summer Quiz 2018 (Light version)

Summer Quiz 2018 (Light version)

This is the light version of a 4 round, two bonus quiz I have created at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/end-of-year-quiz-2018-11931827?theme=1 for if you do not have enough time for a more full-on quiz, but want something fun to do at the end of term, or as a time filler (e.g. after an outing etc.) It should take about 15 minutes to complete. It consists of two rounds and one bonus. Round 1: Fads and Trends Round Two: Strange but True Some of the questions are a little tongue-in-cheek. Each new question has a sound bite to catch attention and gain silence before reading out loud. There is a printable answer sheet, and scoring grid on the ppt. I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Transition Day

Transition Day

A moving up day presentation with activity. Children play ‘two truths and a lie’ and then create their own passports to enable them to move up to the next year group. The presentation is a simple powerpoint that you can edit to include the names of the adults in the classroom and create your own “two truths and a lie” facts. I would also add slides about the topics that are covered in the year - it contains screen shots of the activity in order to model to the children what to do. The activity has been been based on a version of a TES recommended resource by tafkam which is excellent, so I can take no credit for the original idea. I have created my own version more suitable for lower Key Stage 2 and hopefully easy to edit to include school logos etc. It should be printed or photocopied double sided. When I have done this activity in the past, I have held onto the children’s passports and returned them to them in the summer, prior to their new moving up day. It’s a nice way to get them to reflect on the year that was, too. (Please note: the photograph on the example is an example of one I created with my son, for fun, not of any pupil I teach! I’ve also blanked out his school logos and school name.) I hope this resource helps you to get to know your new class better!
Nataliebu
Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

This is a slide show that contains 22 slides of puzzles and riddles. They are easy enough to guess the answers but hard enough to present a fun challenge for primary school-aged children. I used these riddles as part of an English lesson in Year 5 and they were very well received. It also includes a worksheet where the riddles have been differentiated to solve in groups as an alternative to a whole-class activity. This is a light hearted end-of-term fun activity for the children who are tired, and in need of something a bit lighter, but it will nonetheless develop their critical thinking skills, and hopefully foster a love of these word-play type problems. The presentation includes slides explaining what riddles are and how they work, and giving several guided examples before launching into the whole class slides. Each separate riddle is presented on one slide, which is then animated to reveal the answer, alongside an explanation of any that may need further clarification. Having carried out this lesson previously where children simply read the printed riddles from a worksheet, I am really pleased with the slide show, as the pictures add another element of deception - you are further able to mislead their thinking with subtle/subconscious red-herrings! I hope you have fun using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review.
Nataliebu
Royal Wedding Quiz Harry Meghan

Royal Wedding Quiz Harry Meghan

This is a two-round quiz, with two extra longer challenges - these can either be given as bonuses to do during the quiz or as part of the quiz itself, creating variety of style. The questions are multiple choice, and have allowed for logical guesses, so this requires little knowledge of Harry and Meghan’s actual wedding. The answers are included and the set up is such that marking occurs at the end of each round. This quiz would be ideal if your school has planned activities on the Friday before the wedding such as a ‘high tea’ or as a light hearted Friday afternoon activity pre-wedding. There are royal fanfare style sound bites included before each question, as a means of gaining attention again before reading next question out loud. Tip: Write an answer grid on the board, so the children can see who is winning -team name,round one, challenge, round 2, challenge, total. I had a lot of fun creating this resource, I hope you have as much fun using it. :-) 50% of the author proceeds from this resource will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
Nataliebu
Fossil Identification Guide (Shingle Beach)

Fossil Identification Guide (Shingle Beach)

This is a resource I created to be able to take the Year 3s beach combing/fossil hunting on a shingle beach on the SE coast. Whilst our beach does have some amazing fossils, the area was deemed too unsafe to go to, as access is tough and the cliffs are unstable, so instead I needed to research what the children were most likely to be able to find on a typical shingle beach (flint and chert) away from the cliffs. I have chosen to introduce only what I suspect the children might have luck in finding, and also included some information about quartz in pebbles (geodes), as these can be found. We will tie it in with a visit to a local museum to see and handle some real fossils, and it should make for a nice summer outing. This ppt is meant to be able to be used as an introduction, prior to a beach hunt (ideally with your own examples gathered in a pre-visit) Children will ideally receive instruction before or after on the formation of fossils. When I use it, I will take care to ensure the children know that we are relying on speculation, assumption and deduction, and all fossils would really require expert identification to be sure what they actually are. The ppt is not long, but does represent hours of painstaking research! It’s so hard to wade through the higher brow guides to get to the basics. I’ve included a .pdf that can be used as a guide in situ. I hope you will find it useful. If you like this resource you may also like my resources on comparing and sorting different rock types. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/compare-and-group-different-kinds-of-rocks-11910312 or Rock Identification (free) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/what-s-my-rock-or-mineral-11912410
Nataliebu
Cinquain Poetry

Cinquain Poetry

This is a whole lesson (ppt, plan and printouts) on creating cinquain poetry. It is scaffolded for children whose own vocabulary might need developing - rather than having to think of words themselves from a limited pool, they read and highlight a piece of descriptive text to pull out powerful vocabulary from this and create their own word bank to use. Works for higher ability, too as they can add their own ideas to the same word bank. I recommend that an adult work with the lower ability readers to understand the text extract when creating the word bank. It would be good as a precursor to creating their own cinquains from scratch on something topical or relevant to a book you are reading in a subsequent lesson. I have chosen one extract from a book about skating, Bubble Wrap Boy, by Phil Earle, and the other has been drafted by me in a similar style. The examples in the slide show and handouts are based on skating - as I had a group of boys quite obsessed with it - who I wanted to make sure enjoyed the poetry. They did. Cinquains are always fun - all the better if they get to copy them up with illustrations, or do them on PCs to get the centering/format correct. I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Union Jack Flag Symmetry

Union Jack Flag Symmetry

This is a printable activity with the option of printing with grid lines, without grid lines, in colour or in black and white. Developed initially for the Harry-Meghan royal wedding, but it is a standalone activity that is useful in its own right, not simply because of a royal wedding (although, that gives the perfect excuse to use it!) This uses a triangular shaped flag, that might be used for bunting - it could be displayed as bunting on a maths working wall once completed! Tip: N:rich has a nice activity on flag symmetry that could precede this or follow this lesson. https://nrich.maths.org/7749 (alternatively, download their ‘getting started’ advice, for questions that could be used to enrich this activity.) 50% of the author proceeds of this purchase will go to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
Nataliebu
Crack the Code (Maths is Awesome)

Crack the Code (Maths is Awesome)

This is a resource prepared for key stage 2 to be used in the maths session either in the first few days of the September term, or as a structured maths activity as part of a transition. Children solve the calculations/problems to find a number that corresponds to a letter. The letters spell out a phrase. The secret phrase is ‘Maths is fun!’ or ‘Maths is awesome’ when completed. Children can then go on to create their own phrases/coded words. I have used this activity in Year 5, but because there are four different levels of challenge, this activity could easily be carried out in lower years, or even Year 6. The children enjoyed it - because the phrase is the same for all levels, children can race to solve it first (swear them to secrecy, by asking them to only whisper the phrase to you for a reward if they are correct). Works well if partners are working together - if the sheet is too hard, or one question on the sheet is too challenging, they can always look at the question on an easier sheet. I found this exercise to be helpful to get an overall sense of how the class were with number and their ability and confidence with a range of maths overall - probably as helpful as a test for a quick sense of where a new class is at, but without any of the threat. It gave me some good ideas about where to pitch my planning for the next couple of weeks, whilst I got to know them and their strengths/gaps better, so I would consider it of much more value than simply a ‘holding’ teacher-meet type exercise. Tip: Set the printer to double sided, so they can flip over to create their own code once they have found the answer. I hope you enjoy using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review, once used in class.
Nataliebu
Rocks Year 3

Rocks Year 3

Whole lesson Year 3. Meets National Curriculum Objective: compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. This lesson has been prepared as an exciting practical start to the topic of rocks and soils - ideal for the first lesson in a unit of work. This resource pack includes: Lesson plan Lesson presentation Printed activity/recoding sheet Printed learning objective Rock name labels (editable) Name that rock printout - (identification chart) for help identifying the rock as an alternative to pre-labelling. Children are given an input based on properties of different materials and are then asked to consider the properties of different rocks, by examining them. After that they decide how to sort/group them, based on the properties they have just observed. I’ve delivered this lesson for two years without the slide show and the printouts, and I know it will be better for it - the children always enjoy it, regardless - and it enthuses them for the rest for the topic - this is simply tightening/smartening up. Tip: If you are spending the whole afternoon on the activity, use setting circles/hoops and encourage children to create physical Venn diagrams with the rock samples, according to their own sorting criteria written onto post-it notes (as in the last slides of the slide show). Please note: you will need access to rock samples to deliver this lesson - I have left editable boxes on the rock labels, as well as including the most likely to be used rocks. (I selected 7 types that could be gathered together fairly easily) I hope you enjoy using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review.
Nataliebu
Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Assembly

Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Assembly

This assembly is a general introduction to the royal wedding, but it also links to values (responsibility, courage, advocacy) by showcasing some of Meghan Markle’s charity and advocacy work. The presentation includes: A wedding invitation to analyse - pointing out quirks such as the fact that ‘Harry’ is ‘Henry’ Windsor Castle Who is Prince Harry? Who is Meghan Markle? The clips that are linked to are really powerful (and I found them truly inspirational, especially the second - it is the type where you have pin-drop silence and then spontaneous applause when it ends - the conversation this will likely spark could sustain any number of follow ups - how will you stand up for your rights, how else can one person make a difference? How are we helped by others on our way to success?) The first clip would be a better focus if your school has had a focus on the issues it raises (e.g. our school fund-raised to build a well with our partner school in Africa, so this clip would be highly relevant) Note: the wedding invitation is a recreation - I have only used copyright-free images. Likewise, the initial slide image is not actually Meghan for the same reason. If you like this resource, I would be grateful if you could leave a review. Please also note: 50% of the author proceeds of this sale will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
Nataliebu
Colour by Numbers Chameleon (Mixed Operation Calculations)

Colour by Numbers Chameleon (Mixed Operation Calculations)

Children solve the maths equations in order to determine what colour to colour the chameleon. There is an easy version, suitable for lower year groups or older pupils with additional maths needs. There is a harder version, suitable for year 4 upwards, due to the fact it contains squares, brackets and square roots, but the calculations themselves are not too tricky. There is also a blank version that children can use to create their own calculations. A slide show accompanies the printouts, that can be used to model what to do. It also includes a couple of facts about chameleons - and introduces ‘Charmander the maths chameleon’. The calculations can be modified directly on the ppt and printed directly from the ppt to suit the needs of your class. I imagine this resource to be suitable for a maths activity as part of a meet the teacher transition, as a light hearted end to a topic/learning journey that covers rain forests, or towards the end of term/a busy week e.g. if there have been tests, when pupils are tired, so they can still engage in maths but in a less formal/structured manner. Tip: if there are some calculations that are too tricky on the harder version, have a few spare easier versions printed, so pupils can cross reference. I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Compare and Contrast the Diets of Different Animals

Compare and Contrast the Diets of Different Animals

A pick-up-and-go lesson covering the Year 3 National Curriculum objective, compare and contrast the diets of different animals including pets. This presentation includes vivid images of different animals alongside their diets in general terms. It prompts children to think about what their own pets eat, or mustn’t have and links to a BBC classroom clip. I have used this lesson in Year 3, and the children were exceptionally engaged. The activity creates an imaginary scenario, where there is a new zoo keeper who has lost her notes explaining which bucket of food is to be taken to which enclosure. Children help by matching the menu with the enclosure. This resource includes: lesson plan, activity, lesson presentation, and printed L.O. Tip: Print the activity on the ‘two sides per sheet’ setting to fit into books nicely without wasting too much paper and ink, leaving space for additional writing below. I hope you enjoy using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review once it has been used in class.
Nataliebu
Assembly: Single Use Plastics

Assembly: Single Use Plastics

This assembly looks at the issue of single use plastic. Children are asked initially to use words to describe an idyllic scene, which they later find out is cropped, and the image reveals a litter strewn beach. The slides talk through the origins of plastic and explore some of the benefits of plastic, so children can understand how we have arrived at this situation. The assembly goes on to look at the drawbacks -in simple terms, not too hard-hitting or upsetting. The final part of this assembly encourages children to think about what they can do to address the situation. There are slides encouraging recycling, not using in the first place, and participation in litter picks. The assembly ends with a prayer, but a good alternative would also be a silent promise - one thing the children will do in the next week to help the situation. I hope you enjoy using this resource. It is such an important issue. I would be grateful if you would leave a review, once you have used the assembly.
Nataliebu
Riddles and Wordplay (Witches, Macbeth)

Riddles and Wordplay (Witches, Macbeth)

A lesson that focuses on the witches’ use of word play and how this influenced Macbeth’s course of action. This includes a lesson plan, lesson presentation and differentiated activity. This lesson allows for a more detailed consideration of the role of the witches, and the use of the deliberately misleading in order to influence, but it is more than this, as it aims to foster a love of words and wordplay with the children. (There are some nice PSHE elements in terms of things people might say nowadays that are not actual lies, but not actually the truth, too.) There’s a great link to a clip from Shrek II where Pinocchio is attempting not to give away Shrek’s position but cannot lie. He uses double negatives and babble to mislead without lying! Children will really enjoy attempting to solve the riddles, which have been pitched so that at least 1 or 2 per bundle should be solved, possibly more. I’ve tried to source new ones, but there are a couple of oldies, too. The riddles should be distributed in tables or groups of 4-6. They are read and discussed in the groups. Once the solutions are given, pupils consider how the language was misleading/what it was about the riddle that was deceptive. This can be a piece of written work, or remain a spoken activity. I have used this resource in Year 5, with a re-written story version of Macbeth, once the story had been completed, so they could appreciate the significance of the second prophecies. We had puns and riddles galore for weeks afterwards! I hope you enjoy using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review, once you have used it in class.
Nataliebu
Union Jack (Flag) Bunting colouring in

Union Jack (Flag) Bunting colouring in

Available in pdf and editable word, for personalisation options. The first is a larger flag simply to print and colour, the second a smaller flag, that can be folded and displayed over a washing line type rope. These would be good for younger classes, where you are attempting to improve pencil grip and writing stamina. I would print one per pupil and use it to create eye-catching bunting over the classroom. 50% of the author proceeds of this resource will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
Nataliebu
Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Teaching Resources Pack

Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Teaching Resources Pack

A collection of themed resources and activities to celebrate the Harry - Meghan royal wedding. The set includes: 1 x whole school assembly 1 x fun quiz, ideal for use in class 1 x lesson on formal and informal language 1 x maths activity Union Jack symmetry for upper key stages 1 x printable Union flag bunting to colour in, for lower key stages. I hope you enjoy using these activities. I would be grateful if you could leave a review. 50% of the author proceeds from all royal wedding resources sales will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
Nataliebu
Harry Meghan Formal and Informal Language Royal Wedding

Harry Meghan Formal and Informal Language Royal Wedding

A fun way to teach formal and informal language. This resource uses the royal wedding as a stimulus and a teaching opportunity to show how formal language is used in the context of weddings. It models first how this is done on the written invitation, and then explores spoken but formal wedding vows. There are initial teaching slides and questions focusing on identifying the most formal sentence similar to those found in the year 6 spag test. The activity is fun and slightly tongue-in-cheek (always a good way to keep grammar exciting and interesting). ‘Harry Winter’ is marrying ‘Meghan Marvel’ on the same day as the royal wedding, but has written his own vows in an informal style. The children need to re-write them more formally. They should enjoy this, picking up on the fact the draft vows are so badly worded it is humorous. (All the better if you can read them out in a David Beckham style voice - and have them re-read the re-drafted vows in a ‘posh’ queen-style voice). There are lots of guided examples on the slides. A formal version of the completed vows is also included on the slide show as an example once children have completed the task. Please note: 50% of all author proceeds of this and any other royal wedding resource will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
Nataliebu