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Nesta's Ark

I run a mobile educational zoo called Nesta's Ark. We visit schools, universities and organisations with our animals. Before setting up my Ark I was a teacher of Design Technology, ICT and Maths as well as a supply teacher covering all age ranges and most subjects. I marked Maths SATs for 7 years and now moderate and mark for OCR. I was an adviser for the Smart Skills ICT KS3 books and wrote the cross curricular links. Here are some of my worksheets that I use along the way.

I run a mobile educational zoo called Nesta's Ark. We visit schools, universities and organisations with our animals. Before setting up my Ark I was a teacher of Design Technology, ICT and Maths as well as a supply teacher covering all age ranges and most subjects. I marked Maths SATs for 7 years and now moderate and mark for OCR. I was an adviser for the Smart Skills ICT KS3 books and wrote the cross curricular links. Here are some of my worksheets that I use along the way.
Animals Word Search
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Animals Word Search

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Find the animals in the word search. This can be used as a starter in a lesson where students then find information about an animal from the list. This could include listing which are carnivore, herbivore, insectivore, etc; or reptile, insect, mammal, etc.; maybe finding out the environment they live in or their care needs.
Rainforests Workbook
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Rainforests Workbook

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This 12 page workbook includes everything you need to cover Rainforests. There are tasks involving numeracy and literacy to keep students interested. This booklet can be used alongside your lessons as homework or a longer challenge or it can be used as a starter for several lessons.
Food Worksheet and Answer Sheet
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Food Worksheet and Answer Sheet

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These sheets are for plenary or introduction within a food web project. Students match feed to each animal and then match to the headings Carnivore, Insectivore, Herbivore, Omnivore.
Rain Forests and Supportive Percentages Packs
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Rain Forests and Supportive Percentages Packs

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These 3 packs are designed to be used together. The two Representing Percentages packs include teachers guides and worksheets which can be used in primary schools or even year 7/8 for guidance on how to measure percentages on shapes. In order to make them more accessible I have bundled the THREE packs together for LESS than the price of any two. This is 40% off!
Class Pet Project
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Class Pet Project

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This is a plan, workbook and extra sheets for a project to decide which animal would make a good class pet. The workbook includes spaces for research, planning where the pet would be in the room, comparing aninals. Students look at the cost of buying and caring for the animal as well as considerations such as space required, habits, and wheter the animal is nocturnal. This can be used to aid students with long term planning, measuring, representing size, budgeting and presentation skills. The teachers' plan gives ideas for activities and ideas for students to create their own artefacts. The maze worksheet can be used for a starter. There is an extra sheet for investigating extra animals. Please ask if you think of more worksheets you would like added to the pack as I wll be happy to consider any improvements.
Habitats
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Habitats

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This is a worksheet which can be used as a starter or plenary within a project on habitats, climates or adapting to the environment. This has been used for Key Stage 2 and SEN Key Stage 3/4. There is an answer sheet attached and students join the animals to the relevant climate where they would be found.
Endangered Animals
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Endangered Animals

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This is a presentation about endangered animals of the world and in the UK. It includes advice and points to consider. This would be great as a starter for citizenship, animals, geography, form time.
Decimal Place Value
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Decimal Place Value

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This is a presentation to explain place value. It takes a comical look at place value using frogs. So what would you do if you had 10 frogs jumping around? Yes…put them in a box! It is a different way of looking at sets of numbers to show the decimal system. Please feel free to download and let me know what you think.
Chinese New Year
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Chinese New Year

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This 12 page booklet covers all the main information about Chinese New Year and gives plenty of Literacy and Numeracy opportunities. There are 2 storyboards to draw so that students can represent the legends. Students need to find information such as the phases of the moon and what the lanterns and dances look like. They get a chance to write their own couplets. Included is a simple recipe to try. Buying this gives you access to any extra resources I add to this pack later.
Animal Labels
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Animal Labels

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Included in this pack are labels and instructions. Labels include animals, climates, temperatures, food, etc. These labels can be used within your display or as matching games
Labels for investigating Climates
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Labels for investigating Climates

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This package contains a range of labels and instructions. These labels can be used along with other labels available from Nesta’s Ark to be used in several subjects. They are great as starters or for plenaries. It comes with instructions and a spreadsheet with all the data so that teachers can check who should be in each group. Try giving pupils labels and let them find students with matching labels to create a group or have the group labels around the room and get pupils to move to the correct group area. These labels cover several elements of climates such as Vegitation, Precipitation, Day Length and Facts. The climates covered are Cold, Temperate, Subtropical and Tropical.
Representing Percentages Pack
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Representing Percentages Pack

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In this pack you will find a Guide for Teachers and 8 worksheets. There are ideas on how to present the sheets. Sheets 1 and 1b give practice for representing percentages using only units of 10. Sheets 2 and 2b look at how to represent percentages ending in 5 and give practice of measuring using a protractor. Sheets 3 and 3b take the activity further and look at how to represent more difficult percentages and give practice of fine measuring using a protractor. Sheets 4 and advanced are real life percentages which can be used in a display and link to other packs available such as the Rainforest, Biomes and Continents booklets. This pack goes from abstract percentages to real life examples and is a great way to show why we need to learn Maths. They can be used for cross-curricular projects or in Geography for evidence if Numeracy skills. Key Stage 2 I suggest that sheets 1 & 1a are one lesson and sheets 2 & 2a are a second lesson. You may want to look at properties of shapes, angles and how to use a protractor before you visit this set of worksheets. Sheets 3 & 3b are a third lesson although many students may not be able to complete them. Printing on A3 may help with using the protractors to get a more precise result. Sheet 4 and Advanced could be used for displays. Key Stage 3 Most groups should be able to cope with sheets 1 and 2 in one lesson with 1b and 2b as extensions. You may want to look at angles and how to use a protractor before you visit this set of worksheets. Sheet 3 and 3b should take a complete lesson between them. Sheet 4 and Advanced could be used by the Geography department in a cross-curricular project.
Representing Percentages in Shapes Pack
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Representing Percentages in Shapes Pack

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In this pack you will find a Guide for Teachers and 14 worksheets. There are ideas on how to present the sheets. This pack uses abstract percentages to represent data in an interesting way using rectangles and more unusual shapes. It is a nice follow on from my Representing Percentages pack which investigates using dials or charts. This pack was designed to supplement the Rainforest, Biomes and Continents booklets.