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Hi everyone. A teacher for 19 years. I have a lot of experience as a literacy co-coordinator and have developed resources in this area in the past which i am hoping to share with you More recently I have become a member of the SLT so am now branching out into several new areas such as EAL, Pupil Premium, monitoring etc so hope to share any resources that i make on this current journey in the hope of saving others time when they are looking for something similar for their own practice.

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Hi everyone. A teacher for 19 years. I have a lot of experience as a literacy co-coordinator and have developed resources in this area in the past which i am hoping to share with you More recently I have become a member of the SLT so am now branching out into several new areas such as EAL, Pupil Premium, monitoring etc so hope to share any resources that i make on this current journey in the hope of saving others time when they are looking for something similar for their own practice.
Child friendly TAFF checklist years 5 and 6

Child friendly TAFF checklist years 5 and 6

I developed this resource so that my children could fully understand what is expected of them when they are writing. They can use it to self or peer assess. It gives a breakdown of the TAFF with short explanations to remind the children what the features are. I found it better to use this from the beginning of the year to give children time to demonstrate their abilities, to give me time to collect evidence and I also use it to plug the gaps in their learning. I hope you find it as useful as i do
Rachael44
A 4 week, English unit of work based around Beowulf for years 5/6

A 4 week, English unit of work based around Beowulf for years 5/6

In this unit, the children will work have experience of the original poem and a simplified version of the story. They will complete 3 extended writing pieces (1 character description, 1 diary entry and 1 narrative) They will revise and use figurative language, modal verbs, passive voice, cohesive devises and conjunctions. They will see examples of text which have all the requirements needed to achieve EXP on the TAFF. I found this unit to be very beneficial in the run up to SATS.
Rachael44
4 week English unit of work based around Stig of the Dump -years 3/4

4 week English unit of work based around Stig of the Dump -years 3/4

This is a fully comprehensive 4 week English unit of work based on the book 'Stig of the Dump.' It ties in nicely with a 'stone age' topic. The focus is on diary writing and adventure stories. Both genres are clearly indicated and planning structured in such a way that clearly shows and supports progression. It covers reading, writing and speaking and listening POS from the new national curriculum (2016) - these links are shown in the medium term planning and weekly plans The planning is detailed and has learning objectives (linked to national curriculum), introductions (with materials to support), differentiated activities (with materials to support) and AFL/ plenary sessions. It also indicates where/ how activities could be done with suggestions on how to mark/assess and provides opportunities for self and peer assessment. This planning took around 20 hours to complete - so I really want to put that time to good use and be able to share this resource (and save you some time) When I planned this unit of work I used some display resources from Twinkl to accompany it and put up in the classroom which worked really well. I can not share these publically but you can access them yourself on the Twinkl website. Resources include display paper/ borders, guided reading resources and pictures of the characters. If you have any suggestions on ways to improve it, please let me know and I can add this to the resource.
Rachael44
Persuasive letter writing example

Persuasive letter writing example

I couldn't find a text on line which provided the example of what I was looking for in a model persuasive letter. So I wrote one (and wish that i had done earlier as it was quicker) This is a letter to the head teacher which tries to persuade them to get rid of school uniform. It can be used as a model text to look at with the children to identify features and language. It could be used a starting letter to be up-leveled and improved We used it as the 'Imitate' text at the beginning of a T4W cycle Hope you find it useful and it saves you some time.
Rachael44
weekly spelling for year 3

weekly spelling for year 3

Intended for years 2/3/4 depending on ability 30 weeks worth of spellings based on letters and sounds 1 blank weekly spelling template
Rachael44
Morning Maths - year 2/3/4 (depending on ability) - 1 year of sessions

Morning Maths - year 2/3/4 (depending on ability) - 1 year of sessions

This bundle incorporates all of each terms worth of morning maths activities, so you get a whole year of daily maths. While getting progressively harder as the year goes on, the questions also go back and revisit basic skills which need to be practised. Originally planned for a year 4 class, these mixed arithmetic questions would be now suitable for year 3/4 or higher ability year 2s They can be used as a morning activity, warm up starter, homework or test.
Rachael44
Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 19 sessions = Summer 2

Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 19 sessions = Summer 2

19 days worth of morning maths questions (10 each day) A selection of arithmetic questions comprising of all 4 number operations which I used to do with my class every morning. I used them to warm up before a maths lesson and as an AFL opportunity They were originally done for a year 4 class, but with the change in the national curriculum would now be more suitable for year 3 or higher ability year 2 I used these in Summer term 2 They could also be used as mini tests, 'i'm finished' activities or homework
Rachael44
Guided reading folder

Guided reading folder

This is intended for classroom teachers It has 4 resources that together make up a guided reading record for your groups A guided reading folder cover sheet A list of groups/ children in the groups A list of books read A comments/ assessments page I kept a flexible plastic folder with these in for each group. Each week I would choose the book/ text for each group and set the LO/ activity for each group. Then they were ready to go for the week. I hope you find them useful
Rachael44
Pre test Interim assessment framework tick sheets for KS1 and KS2

Pre test Interim assessment framework tick sheets for KS1 and KS2

For this year's SATS tests, the teacher assessments for both years 2 and 6 need to be done using the government produced interim assessment framework. If children are working below the level of the test (but are not SEND) their assessments will be done using the pre key stage interim assessments. In this resource, I have taken the statements from each of the Key stages and made them into a table, enabling teachers to record whether or not the children meet the standards on them. The form can be used to simply tick. Or teachers could use it to put dates on and reference where the evidence for this statement can be found. I did this as there seem to be plenty of tables for the interim assessments but not for the pre test statements. I hope you find it useful
Rachael44
EAL steps target cards

EAL steps target cards

These target cards are designed for use along side the NASSEA step system (1-7) Each target card covers a range of English areas (speaking, listening and understanding, reading and writing) The idea is that, after initial assessment to find out which step the child is currently on, they can be given the next step up to aim for. It guides the child, staff and parents in knowing what they next need to do in order to progress.
Rachael44
Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 29 sessions = Summer 1

Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 29 sessions = Summer 1

29 days worth of morning maths questions (10 each day) A selection of arithmetic questions comprising of all 4 number operations which I used to do with my class every morning. I used them to warm up before a maths lesson and as an AFL opportunity They were originally done for a year 4 class, but with the change in the national curriculum would now be more suitable for year 3 or higher ability year 2 I used these in Summer term 1. They could also be used as mini tests, 'i'm finished' activities or homework
Rachael44
gymnastic unit of work for years 3-6

gymnastic unit of work for years 3-6

This unit of work was originally planned for a year 6 class who had very little experience of gymnastics and therefor needed to get back to basics. They were performing moves incorrectly and did not have a broad range of knowledge. That's why I have said it can be used from years 3-6 depending on the ability of the children It covers different rolls, balances and jumps and then gets the children to plan and perform a sequence which can be recorded on iPads and evaluated/ improved The unit is 6 weeks long (excluding assessment week which should be used to assess where the children are by asking them to perform rolls/ jumps/balances they know in a sequence (these could also be recorded which would make for an instant progress record)
Rachael44
Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 34 sessions = Autumn 2

Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 34 sessions = Autumn 2

34 days worth of morning maths questions (10 each day) A selection of arithmetic questions comprising of all 4 number operations which I used to do with my class every morning. I used them to warm up before a maths lesson and as an AFL opportunity They were originally done for a year 4 class, but with the change in the national curriculum would now be more suitable for year 3 or higher ability year 2 I used these in Autumn term 2. They could also be used as mini tests, 'i'm finished' activities or homework
Rachael44
Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 33 sessions = Spring 2

Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 33 sessions = Spring 2

33 days worth of morning maths questions (10 each day) A selection of arithmetic questions comprising of all 4 number operations which I used to do with my class every morning. I used them to warm up before a maths lesson and as an AFL opportunity They were originally done for a year 4 class, but with the change in the national curriculum would now be more suitable for year 3 or higher ability year 2 I used these in Spring term 2. They could also be used as mini tests, 'i'm finished' activities or homework
Rachael44
Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 36 sessions = Autumn 1

Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 36 sessions = Autumn 1

36 days worth of morning maths questions (10 each day) A selection of arithmetic questions comprising of all 4 number operations which I used to do with my class every morning. I used them to warm up before a maths lesson and as an AFL opportunity They were originally done for a year 4 class, but with the change in the national curriculum would now be more suitable for year 3 or higher ability year 2 I used these in Autumn term 1. They could also be used as mini tests, 'i'm finished' activities or homework
Rachael44
Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 31 sessions = Spring 1

Morning maths activities - year 2/3/4 depending on ability - 31 sessions = Spring 1

31 days worth of morning maths questions (10 each day) A selection of arithmetic questions comprising of all 4 number operations which I used to do with my class every morning. I used them to warm up before a maths lesson and as an AFL opportunity They were originally done for a year 4 class, but with the change in the national curriculum would now be more suitable for year 3 or higher ability year 2 I used these in Spring term 1. They could also be used as mini tests, 'i'm finished' activities or homework
Rachael44
weekly spellings for year 5

weekly spellings for year 5

Intended for years 4/5/6 depending on ability 13 weeks worth of spellings based on letters and sounds/ support for spellings 1 blank weekly spelling template
Rachael44
weekly spellings for year 4

weekly spellings for year 4

intended for use by years 3/4/5 depending on ability 30 weeks worth of spellings based on letters and sounds/ support for spellings 1 blank week;y spelling template
Rachael44