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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
Reading Comprehensions - Stories of Survival
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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.
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.
Guided Reading - World War One
Richardtownend1978

Guided Reading - World War One

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2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. 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.
Christmas reading comprehensions
Richardtownend1978

Christmas reading comprehensions

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This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at 9, 10 and 11 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills. It will also promote engaging classroom discussion as children get excited about Christmas! This will help to boost your child's reading skills in the manic build up to the festive season! __________________________________ CONTENTS Santa Claus Did you know that the origins of Santa go back to the 4th Century? Delve into the history of this character, and see how his modern image has come into being. The Christmas Tree Explore this tradition and discover how this has evolved through the ages. Find out about famous trees, and discover some amazing facts and figures. The Christmas Truce The remarkable story of how British and German soldiers celebrated Christmas together in 1914. Christmas at the Movies A look at festive films through the years, with a look ahead to the films hitting the big screen this winter. _________________________________________ 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. Students will enjoy the range of questions styles from matching years to events to drawing pictures using given facts. As with all of my reading comprehension projects, my aim is to create stimulating text that will actually get children into reading. I started writing my own material in 2014 after feeling bored by a lot of the comprehensions on offer. Using this approach, I have introduced my students to many stories that may not be on the curriculum, but are important for young people to know.
Guided Reading - Stories of Survival
Richardtownend1978

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.
Christmas Maths Activities for 3x to 12x: Rudolf's Times Tables.
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Christmas Maths Activities for 3x to 12x: Rudolf's Times Tables.

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NEW FOR DECEMBER 2017 Here is a maths activity which is guaranteed to help your students progress in their learning as they get into the festive spirit. Join Rudolf and friends in these multiplication tables activities, which are designed to help your students learn their tables in a variety of ways. They are linked to the Mastery approach being used in mnay UK schools. CONCEPTS EXPLORED: Greater than/less than Inverse operations Multiples Factors Number sequences Word problems Number sentences Related division facts There are also puzzles such as word searches and calculation crosswords. The activities not only test a child’s math skills, they also encourage them to use logic, reasoning and comprehension skills. Each times table can be printed on a double-sided sheet, cutting out the need for endless trips to the printer and ensuring a quiet and busy classroom! Your children will certainly enjoy this different approach to learning their times tables! CONTENTS 3x table activity worksheet and answers 4x table activity worksheet and answers 8x table activity worksheet and answers 5x table activity worksheet and answers 6x table activity worksheet and answers 7x table activity worksheet and answers 9x table activity worksheet and answers 11x table activity worksheet and answers 12x table activity worksheet and answers
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.
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.
Reading comprehensions - MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS - Star Wars, Jaws, Harry Potter, James Bond
Richardtownend1978

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: WW1 The Christmas Truce
Richardtownend1978

Guided Reading: WW1 The Christmas Truce

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On the back of the hugely successful (and potentially controversial) Sainsbury's ad, here is a guided reading activity on the Christmas Truce with questions aimed at Year 6 readers preparing for SATS. It would be worth showing the film of the advert from YouTube and having a class debate about the arguments for and against this advert.
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!
World War One Reading:  Armistice 2018. Comprehension Package.
Richardtownend1978

World War One Reading: Armistice 2018. Comprehension Package.

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2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One. This collection of four reading comprehensions, aimed at 10-14 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills through a range of informative and enlightening texts. It will also promote reflective and engaging classroom discussion as children discover more about this important chapter in the world’s history. For this reason, it is ideal for research projects. 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. ____________________________ CONTENTS The Soldier who helped to end the war: The heroic story of a British officer who went behind enemy lines to secure the masterplan for the fearsome Hindenburg defences – a mission that many believe helped to end the war more quickly. America declares war: How America moved from neutrality to war; and how their actions were crucial in securing an Allied victory. The Armistice: The world celebrates as the peace treaty is signed in a railway carriage – but the war rumbles on right until the bitter end. We Will Remember Them: A look at the Flanders Fields poem, followed by information about Remembrance and Veteran’s Day; and the significance of the poppy.
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.
Reading comprehensions Collection
Richardtownend1978

Reading comprehensions Collection

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This is a collection of some of my favourite reading comprehension activities, available as a bundle at a heavily discounted price. This will provide enough comprehensions and activities to last for a whole year of guided reading activities, ideally for children in Years 5 and 6.
Reading comprehension - MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS - Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws and James Bond!
Richardtownend1978

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!
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.
Maths Mastery Multiplication Tables: A range of exciting activities on 3x, 4x and 8x tables.
Richardtownend1978

Maths Mastery Multiplication Tables: A range of exciting activities on 3x, 4x and 8x tables.

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This set of multiplication tables activities is designed to help your students learn their tables in a variety of ways. It explores other mathematical concepts such as greater than and less than; inverse operations; word problems and number sequences. There are also puzzles such as word searches and calculation crosswords. The activities not only test a child’s math skills, they also encourage them to use logic, reasoning and comprehension skills. There are ten individual activities for each times table - so thirty in total for this pack. Your children will certainly enjoy this different approach to learning their times tables! CONTENTS 3x table activity worksheet 3x table answers 4x table activity worksheet 4x table answers 8x table activity worksheet 8x table answers I specialise in maths and reading resources. You can check out other items in my store, which include activity packs for other times tables. There is also a bumper pack which includes all of the times tables.
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