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I gained my NNEB in childcare in 1979 . For 40 years I have worked with children ; Nanny, playgroup, playscheme, youth club and primary school. in Primary education I have covered all subjects and all ages. I taught Computing to years 1-6 for 7years creating the Skills Ladders . I have also specialised in Speech and Language and SEN, creating tailor made resources. I always try to use either 'Creative Commons' clipart of my own drawings. Please let me know if anything can be improved.

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I gained my NNEB in childcare in 1979 . For 40 years I have worked with children ; Nanny, playgroup, playscheme, youth club and primary school. in Primary education I have covered all subjects and all ages. I taught Computing to years 1-6 for 7years creating the Skills Ladders . I have also specialised in Speech and Language and SEN, creating tailor made resources. I always try to use either 'Creative Commons' clipart of my own drawings. Please let me know if anything can be improved.
Initial 'R' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

Initial 'R' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

This is a little pack to concentrate on the sound 'R’ It can be used in one to one Speech and language sessions or as a classroom resource. I know that laminating and cutting out takes a long time but once done they will be a really useful. I like rounded corners as it makes the cards more tactile. I have a corner curved punch which makes this job really easy. I have also popped a few adjectives and verbs in to extend the activities.
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Initial 'T' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

Initial 'T' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

This is a little pack to concentrate on the sound 'T’ It can be used in one to one Speech and language sessions or as a classroom resource. I know that laminating and cutting out takes a long time but once done they will be a really useful. I like rounded corners as it makes the cards more tactile. I have a corner curved punch which makes this job really easy. I have also popped a few adjectives and verbs in to extend the activities.
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Initial Sounds Bundle

Initial Sounds Bundle

Here is a Bundle to help children master their “D,L,S and T” sounds There are a selection of cards to print and laminate for each sound with a game board to practice saying the words. I have popped a few basic record sheets in so that you can keep track of progress. Also a label page as I like to make them into little files and it helps to organise them into plastic folders with resealable bags. They are linked to my Colourful Semantic resources which I used to expand their learning. It takes a bit of time to make each pack up, but once they are done they last. Let me know if you would like any additions to these packs or any other packs and I will try and make them up.
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Initial 'D' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

Initial 'D' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

This is a little pack to concentrate on the sound 'D’ It can be used in one to one Speech and language sessions or as a classroom resource. I know that laminating and cutting out takes a long time but once done they will be a really useful. I like rounded corners as it makes the cards more tactile. I have a corner curved punch which makes this job really easy. I have also popped a few adjectives and verbs in to extend the activities.
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Action Verbs with Dolly and Teddy

Action Verbs with Dolly and Teddy

This is a Speech and Language resource which can also be used for Grammar ad Sentence Building. I drew th pictures to encourage Language with a Reception Class little girl. I have added word and sentence cards so that it can be used along side my Colourful Semantics. I have put a basic record sheet with some example activities in, however the way you use these resources will depend on the age and ability of the children you are working with. We have had a lot of fun expanding language around the action cards. When your children become more confident you can use post it notes to create new or silly sentences. Please let me know hoe you get on or if you have any ideas that would expand or improve this resource.
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First 100 High Frequency Words linked to Colourful Semantics

First 100 High Frequency Words linked to Colourful Semantics

Here is a list of the first 100 High Frequency words to add to the collection. I have created a monochrome set as well as a Colourful Semantics option. I have also added days of the week, months and seasons for practice. There is also a record sheet for reading and writing with room to note any unusual spellings. I have put in a few practice sheets in cursive and joined handwriting to differentiate the activities. Let me know if you think anything else would enhance this activity.
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Computing Skills Ladders

Computing Skills Ladders

These Computing Skills Ladders can be used by individuals, groups, classes or clubs. They can be printed out A4 size or enlarged to A3 and laminated to put on the classroom or Suite wall. You could put stickers or arrows on the ladder to show class or group progression. Or there is an Excel sheet to track progress.
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Colourful Semantics Worksheets with wordist

Colourful Semantics Worksheets with wordist

Colourful Semantic worksheets to print out and use with small groups. Introduce the colours i.e purple nouns are... Read the definition. Introduce one of the drawing sheets. Let each child pick a 'pink pronoun' or 'blue article' to write in the box. Repeat this for each box, spreading the matching words out and reading them. You don't have to work in order, you may chose 'purple noun' next. When they complete their sentence they can illustrate it. A good extension is then to change one of the words and write it underneath. I have found they quickly catch on and use their own nouns or adjectives. When they are ready they can try the sentence sheets. If they want to add words in they can use coloured pencils or pens to match the category. You could just use the coloured sentence strips to help them with sentence formation in their books. I have added a word list to this resource.
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Initial 'L' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

Initial 'L' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

This is a little pack to concentrate on the sound 'L’ It can be used in one to one Speech and language sessions or as a classroom resource. I know that laminating and cutting out takes a long time but once done they will be a really useful. I like rounded corners as it makes the cards more tactile. I have a corner curved punch which makes this job really easy. I have also popped a few adjectives and verbs in to extend the activities.
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Initial 'S' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

Initial 'S' resources linked to Colourful Semantics

This is a little pack to concentrate on the sound 'S’ It can be used in one to one Speech and language sessions or as a classroom resource. I know that laminating and cutting out takes a long time but once done they will be a really useful. I like rounded corners as it makes the cards more tactile. I have a corner curved punch which makes this job really easy. I have also popped a few adjectives and verbs in to extend the activities.
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Mini-beasts colourful Semantics resource (linked to Hungry Caterpillar)

Mini-beasts colourful Semantics resource (linked to Hungry Caterpillar)

Here is a Colourful Semantics resource that is linked to the Hungry Caterpillar book. It contains a mix of words for children at different levels. I have included a games board like I do for the initial sound resources. I laminate mine and curve the corners, sometimes I use a Velcro or magnetic board so that I can put out the words I want to focus on. I have also put in some worksheets to show you how they might be used. The fruit and days of the week help children to create their own mini-beast stories.
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Computing/ICT  Annual Planning/Assessment Record.Skills Ladder & E-Safety resources

Computing/ICT Annual Planning/Assessment Record.Skills Ladder & E-Safety resources

Here is my Excel ICT Spreadsheet. It has been developed over the last 10 years and makes teaching the computing curriculum a lot easier. It is based around my skills ladders and allows you to keep track of how Technology is being covered in your school. It can be used to track a class through the 6 years or to track 6 year groups over one school year. We have been teaching using this format for over 6 years so have seen children progress successfully. Computing Annual Planning/Assessment Record/Skills Ladder & E-Safety resources Excel Workbook Skills ladders. Digital literacy, Music, Digital Imagery, Multimedia, Control and Monitoring, Turtles, Programming, Modelling and Simulation, Research, Handling Data. Editable so you can adapt it for your school. E- Safety planning and resources and websites Internet Issues. Year 1-6 E-Safety relevant for all ages. Tracking system - above/below expected level. Can be used for whole school or to track one class through all 6 years. I have filled in an example of Internet Uses and Research for all years to show how we use this Spreadsheet.
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Computing Unplugged Pirate Floor Turtle Activity

Computing Unplugged Pirate Floor Turtle Activity

This is an activity to be used away from the computer. (Unplugged computing) It helps the children to use and understand control language. They move the mini robot or floor turtle around the pirate map to hide the treasure. They then write the route or algorithm on a work sheet so the treasure can be found by someone else. When they have written their instructions they can write where the treasure is on the back, then swap sheets with someone. If the instructions lead to the wrong place they can fix or debug their algorithm. Children can design their own robots or use the printouts, they look really nice laminated and stuck on counters or buttons. I have been using this resource for many years and the children always have great fun with it, especially if you make a class set to work in twos. It is worth laminating the maps and turtles.
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Broken Pen- Social Story

Broken Pen- Social Story

This is a Social story about a little girl who accidentally breaks the nib on her whiteboard pen. When asked what happened she shrugs her shoulders and then gets into trouble. The story helps open conversation about the difficulties children might have when explaining a situation. I have put in a few prompt cards that could be used during or after the story.
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Desktop Publishing Skills in Microsoft Word

Desktop Publishing Skills in Microsoft Word

A little booklet for Year 3-6 to check their Microsoft Word Skills. They can work at their own rate to score as many points as they can. We are going to give this to them at the beginning of term to check which skills they have retained from last year and to see if any pupils have developed their skills. Digital Literacy/Multimedia Skills
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Digital Citizenship Internet E-Safety/Planning, websites and activities.

Digital Citizenship Internet E-Safety/Planning, websites and activities.

It is vital that we teach our children to keep safe online. Hopefully by sharing this resource you can help to give your children the knowledge to keep themselves safe while enjoying the Internet. These resources have been developed over the last 11years but due to their nature, they are always a work in progress. It is part of my Communicating, Collaborating and E-Safety planning (DL-CCE) Children learn how to communicate and share information in a variety of different ways. They learn how to stay safe when using the Internet and how to keep personnel information private. They talk about current issues such as Cyber bullying/friendship, mobile phone use and sensible and safe use of all Technology. They also talk about being aware of how long they spend using this Technology and how they can take ownership of their usage. They discuss ‘The right to be unavailable’ and talk about turning off mobile phones and other devices. We try to help them understand that social networking is a wonderful way to communicate but that it can be time consuming and demanding if not used carefully. I hope these resources help you to ensure that your children have the knowledge to keep themselves safe and the tools to deal with problems or dangers that arise.
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