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I love making resources that take concepts from the curriculum, and express them in an abstract and engaging way. I have seen great improvements in the grades of the children in the classes as I teach as a result of this labour intensive (but ultimately rewarding) approach. My big passion is reading. Whether it is a comprehension activity or something with a maths or grammar focus; you can guarantee that reading skills to develop understanding will underpin it. Richard Reading for Success

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I love making resources that take concepts from the curriculum, and express them in an abstract and engaging way. I have seen great improvements in the grades of the children in the classes as I teach as a result of this labour intensive (but ultimately rewarding) approach. My big passion is reading. Whether it is a comprehension activity or something with a maths or grammar focus; you can guarantee that reading skills to develop understanding will underpin it. Richard Reading for Success
Guided Reading - Stories of Survival
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Guided Reading - Stories of Survival

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Apollo 13 Plane crash in the Andes Mine rescue in Chile Castaway This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, tests children’s inference and deduction skills. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore these remarkable stories for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
Guided Reading - World War Two Diaries
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Guided Reading - World War Two Diaries

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Explore World War Two through these fascinating fictional diaries of servicemen, nurses, civilians and Jews. The diaries focus on the Blitz, the Holocaust, D-Day, Pearl Harbour and Hiroshima Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
2018 World Cup - FIVE Reading activities
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2018 World Cup - FIVE Reading activities

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This collection of FIVE guided reading activities, aimed at 9 and 13 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children decide for themselves who will win the World Cup 2018! Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. Here are details of each comprehension: RUSSIA An introduction to the hosts of the 2018 World Cup THE WORLD CUP IN 2018 General information about the Russian World Cup and the history of the tournament. HEROES AND VILLAINS I’ve chosen six players from previous tournaments, but who are the heroes and villains, and why? WHAT ARE THEIR CHANCES? A look at the prospects of Brazil, Argentina, Germany and England in the World Cup. DO YOU KNOW? From an oracle octopus to a dog that found the world cup, here are a few quirky stories from World Cup history!
Reading Comprehensions - Mysteries of the World
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Reading Comprehensions - Mysteries of the World

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BIGFOOT. LOCH NESS. LORD LUCAN. MARY CELESTE. ROSWELL. TURIN SHROUD. Does an ape-like biped roam the forests of North America? Is there a monster lurking in the depths of a Scottish lake? Is the face of Jesus miraculously printed in a piece of linen? Did Lord Lucan really kill the nanny? Do aliens exist? Where were the crew of the Mary Celeste? Answer these questions and more in this exciting Guided Reading resource looking at some of the greatest mysteries of the world. This collection of six guided reading activities, aimed at 10 and 11 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children try to solve these mysteries for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
Reading comprehensions - MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS - Star Wars, Jaws, Harry Potter, James Bond
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Reading comprehensions - MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS - Star Wars, Jaws, Harry Potter, James Bond

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In December 2015, Star Wars - The Force Awakens was released and became the highest grossing movie at the box office in history. Star Wars is just one of several series of movie blockbusters - and the children in your class can find out all about them in this guided reading compilation! JAWS....STAR WARS....JAMES BOND....HARRY POTTER These guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, test childrens' retrieval, inference and deduction skills. Questions and answers are provided, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. Your children will love finding out about the stories behind some of the world's movie blockbusters!
Guided Reading - World War One
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Guided Reading - World War One

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It is over 103 years since the start of World War One. This remarkable set of TEN guided reading activities uncovers the horror, humanity and humour of life in the Great War. Each activity focuses on a different part of the war, such as life in the trenches; the Christmas Truce and the assasination of Franz Ferdinand. Also, find out about the fascinating story of the British soldier who spared the life of a young Adolf Hitler. These guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, test children’s retrieval, inference and deduction skills. They will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore these stories for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
Reading Comprehensions - Stories of Survival
Richardtownend1978

Reading Comprehensions - Stories of Survival

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Apollo 13 Plane crash in the Andes Mine rescue in Chile Castaway This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, tests children’s inference and deduction skills. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore these remarkable stories for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
Maths Mastery Times Tables Activities.
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Maths Mastery Times Tables Activities.

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Engaging activities for multiplication facts. These multiplication fact sheets have been a great hit with my students, and I’m sure they will be with yours too. They will help students understand the concept of multiplication, as well as memorize their multiplication facts. They can be used as morning work, bell work, extra activities for early finishers, or even homework. Every page is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Students will learn to: - identify numbers in times tables - work out spellings of numbers in cryptic puzzles. - sequence numbers forwards and backwards - explore the relationship between multiplication and division - compare calculations - process information in word problems The activities not only test a child’s math skills, they also encourage them to use logic, reasoning and comprehension skills. Each worksheet is double sided and space is maximised to challenge your children with TEN different times table related activities linked to the table you are studying. Answers are provided. Your children will become familiar with the format as they work their way through the exercises table by table. Your children will certainly enjoy this different approach to learning their times tables! CONTENTS 3x table activity sheet 3x table answers 4x table activity sheet 4x table answers 5x table activity sheet 5x table answers 6x table activity sheet 6x table answers 7x table activity sheet 7x table answers 8x table activity sheet 8x table answers 9x table activity sheet 9x table answers 11x table activity sheet 11x table answers 12x table activity sheet 12x table answers
Reading Comprehensions - World War Two Diaries
Richardtownend1978

Reading Comprehensions - World War Two Diaries

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Explore World War Two through these fascinating fictional diaries of servicemen, nurses, civilians and Jews. The diaries focus on the Blitz, the Holocaust, D-Day, Pearl Harbour and Hiroshima Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
8x table activity sheet
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8x table activity sheet

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Here is a new product designed to help my students learn their 8x table in a variety of different ways. It uses mulitplication, division, number sentences, word problems and puzzles to help them master this skill. My students love the range of activities, and how it enables them to use higher order thinking skills to practice their multiplication. They have much greater confidence and fluency in their knowledge of the 8x table thanks to this activity. I am currently creating similar for other multiplication tables. Watch this space for more!
WInter Olympics 2018 Reading comprehension
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WInter Olympics 2018 Reading comprehension

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This reading comprehension is aimed at 8-13 year olds, and focuses on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. Your students will find out about this exciting sporting festival. They will learn through a range of retrieval and literal questions, using skills to skim and scan the text. The text includes information about: The 2018 games PyeongChang The Olympic torch The mascot for the 2018 games Thanks for your interest!
WINTER OLYMPICS 2018 - Reading comprehension and activity pack
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WINTER OLYMPICS 2018 - Reading comprehension and activity pack

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This package on the 2018 Winter Olympics is full of interesting facts, stories and statistics which will inspire and challenge your students through a range of Common Core-aligned reading activities. CONTENTS South Korea Comprehension questions based on South Korea, with a focus on its relationship with North Korea and some interesting facts about sweat and Gangnam Style! Sports of the Winter Olympics A guide to four prominent winter sports with some interesting questions based on photographs that refer to the text. American Medal Hopes A brief biography of four American medal prospects. As an activity, students have to match comments with the athletes, based on what they have learned from the text. History of Winter Olympics Tables and infographics containing statistics on where past games have been held and which nations and individuals have won the most medals. A series of number-based questions follow. Unlikely Olympic Heroes The wonderful stories of the Jamaican Bobsled team and Eddie the Eagle, who lit up the 1988 games in Calgary. Questions compare the stories, request students to identify the obstacles, and relate the stories to personal experience. A BIT ABOUT ME Before teaching, I was a journalist. I still work as a freelance writer, and like nothing more than writing engaging texts to challenge and inspire children and young people. I choose subjects that may not be on the curriculum but are still of great importance for students to know about. Everything I write has been comprehensively researched from a number of sources and been written by myself. No plagiarism here! This is all original material. My questions are pitched at a high level, but with a bit of patience and persistence (and some adult help if necessary) most students will have great fun as they learn, especially as the penny drops I am aware of the impact of printed resources on our environment so try to condense my reading activities into as compact a space as possible. Hopefully this will help you save time in printing, and keep the bills down! Check out my store if you enjoy this – you’re sure to find more. Thanks!
Reading comprehension package: The Queen and the Royal Family
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Reading comprehension package: The Queen and the Royal Family

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In 2016, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday. This collection of three reading comprehensions celebrates this occasion, providing biographical information about The Queen and her family. Your children will find out about: A day in the life of The Queen The Queen's two birthdays The Royal Family Tree The wedding of Prince William and Kate Each comprehension task come complete with answers and suggests how many marks are available for each question - perfect preparation for reading assessments.
World War One: SOLDIER'S STORIES - Reading comprehension package
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World War One: SOLDIER'S STORIES - Reading comprehension package

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Did you know that the first and last soldiers to be killed in World War One are buried just feet apart? Have you heard the story about the American Naval Officer who escaped from a Prisoner of War camp, swimming up the River Rhine to safety? How about the tale of the soldier who spared the life of a young Adolf Hitler? 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One. This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at 10 to 14 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills through some intriguing stories from the soldiers at war. It will also promote reflective and engaging classroom discussion as children discover more about this important chapter in the world’s history. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. The texts take the form of different written genres, such as diary extracts, letters, newspaper reports and information texts. CONTENTS A Tale of Two Soldiers: Private John Parr The story of the first soldier to be killed in World War One A Tale of Two Soldiers: Private George Ellison The story of the last Allied soldier to be killed in the war, just minutes before peace was declared. Read about the extraordinary link between Ellison and Private John Parr. Saving Corporal Adolf How one British soldier’s humanity spared the life of future dictator, Adolf Hitler. The Daily News Stories of courage and loyalty from the war, including Edouard Izac, the American naval officer who escaped from a prisoner of war camp to pass on vital intelligence to his commanders.
Reading comprehension - MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS - Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws and James Bond!
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Reading comprehension - MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS - Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws and James Bond!

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In December 2015, Star Wars - The Force Awakens was released and became the highest grossing movie at the box office in history. Star Wars is just one of several series of movie blockbusters - and the children in your class can find out all about them in this guided reading compilation! JAWS....STAR WARS....JAMES BOND....HARRY POTTER These guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, test childrens' retrieval, inference and deduction skills. Questions and answers are provided, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. Your children will love finding out about the stories behind some of the world's movie blockbusters!
FAKE NEWS: APRIL FOOL! Reading comprehensions on the best pranks in history.
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FAKE NEWS: APRIL FOOL! Reading comprehensions on the best pranks in history.

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AMUSING, ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL! These reading comprehensions will test your students’ reading skills as they explore the four greatest April Fools of all time, as ranked by the Museum of Hoaxes. Using research skills and their reporter’s notebooks, the young journalists will find out about: Spaghetti growing on trees in Switzerland A fake volcanic eruption in Alaska Instant Colour TV in Sweden An iceberg in Sydney Harbour Each story comes with questions and answers, and will require students to check dictionaries; summarise stories; think critically; retrieve facts; and prioritise statements. They will also generate lively and fun classroom discussion. Would your students fall for these pranks? Can they come up with anything better? A template for a news story is also provided so children can write them up for themselves. A scaffold is included to show them how to fill in the boxes. Finally, posters are enclosed if you want to make the students’ work into a simple, effective display. As a journalist and teacher, it’s my passion that children should have an awareness of what is going on in the world through engaging reading material. Contents: 3: SWISS SPAGHETTI HARVEST 4: INSTANT COLOUR TV 5: ERUPTION OF MOUNT EDGECUMBE 6: THE SYDNEY ICEBERG 7-10: Questions 11-14: Answers 15: How to write a newspaper article 16: Newspaper template 17-20: Posters for display
Try another word! Synonyms posters and learning aids
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Try another word! Synonyms posters and learning aids

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This writing aid will help your students develop creative vocabulary in their work through the use of synonyms. It can be used in a variety of ways. The engaging word clouds can be used as posters for a display, or on an interactive whiteboard during a vocabulary focused lesson. They can be used in small groups as table centres, or by individual students as a set of bookmarks. This is saved as a PDF and is supplemented by a separate customisable Powerpoint file. As this is a PowerPoint file, it can be shared directly with students to use on their own devices. The hyperlinked contents page will take them to the page they are looking for. At the end of the resource are the bookmarks. These can be printed, laminated and attached together so students can keep them and refer to them in all aspects of their writing. There are blank bookmarks so you can make your own synonym bookmarks to add to your sets in the customisable file. You can also edit the whole file as you see fit to suit your own needs. Finally, there is some bunting banner to help you make this into a display. I hope you and your students find this useful! The synonyms featured are: happy sad big small good young old house move walk talk warm cold
Reading Comprehensions - The day the world stood still: 9/11, tsunami, JFK and Titanic
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Reading Comprehensions - The day the world stood still: 9/11, tsunami, JFK and Titanic

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These comprehensions are taken from real newspaper reports of major news events that made the world stop in its tracks. These are important stories for your children to understand, as they play a significant part in recent world history. The comprehensions focus on: The sinking of the Titanic 9/11 The Asian tsunami and The assassination of JFK There are a variety of questions styles, testing skills in retrieval, inference and deduction. Answers are provided, and children are given an indication of marks on offer so this is good preparation for reading tests and assessments. As with all of my work, I try to make the subject matter interesting and exciting for the children to engage with. As these stories may be familiar, I have made some of the questions particularly challenging, focussing on the parts of the story that your cohort won’t know about.
THE FAWKES FILES - Reading activities on the Gunpowder Plot
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THE FAWKES FILES - Reading activities on the Gunpowder Plot

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In this reading pack, your students will develop their reading skills through a range of specially created documents about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. These include: Fawkes’ birth certificate His school report Minutes of the meeting of conspirators A letter to his mother A testimony of the King’s Guard Fawkes’ confession His death certificate Ideal as a booklet for the week running up to November 5th, these activities, aimed at children aged 8-11 years old, test skills in retrieval; inference and deduction; and summarising. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore the tale of Guy Fawkes in greater depth than ever before. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.