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I hope my resources simplify your planning, give you the much needed extra hours for an improved work-life balance and take your teaching to the heights you want it to go.
Detective Fiction SOW - KS3 English
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Detective Fiction SOW - KS3 English

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This is a bank of 26 lessons (or more depending on the time provided for the two writing tasks) that explore detective fiction using extracts from Agatha Christie and Arthur Conon Doyle. There is also one extract from Wilkie Collins’ “Woman in White” as this is a useful SOW to proceed the teaching of novel, “The Woman in White”. Each lesson contains: a thinking starter a thinking plenary a writing or reading task (including poetry) group work, paired work or individual work open ended tasks where more able students can be extended while those in need of differentiation can also be supported using the numerous resources provided The writing tasks in the unit are based on writing a detective story and a film review of the Sherlock Holmes film. The students are also given the chance to compare and contract TV detectives from the UK and America and extracts from Perry Mason and Murder She Wrote are hyperlinked for easy use. There is a workbook to accompany the SOW - sold as a bundle with this SOW and separately Enjoy!
English Curriculum Maps - a bundle for Year 7-11
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English Curriculum Maps - a bundle for Year 7-11

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Here is a bundle for new HOD, or for departments that don’t have a HOD and they need curriculum maps to guide staff through the year. It might also be of interest to experienced HOD if they’re looking for fresh ideas. The maps also include teaching strategies for experienced and NQTs.
Year 7 - Skellig  Unit of Study
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Year 7 - Skellig Unit of Study

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What is this resource A four week plan for teaching Skellig to Year 7 Who is it for? KS2 and KS3 What’s included? A 4 week study plan Practical Tips? The plan contains ideas and a teaching structure. However, the teacher who dowloads it would need to create the resources.
Self and Peer Assessment SPAG Check_2018
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Self and Peer Assessment SPAG Check_2018

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** Please leave a review. Thank you ** What is this resource? This is a simple to use (tried and tested) self and peer pssessment SPAG check using literacy notations. How do I use it? The teacher uses these codes when they mark the pupils’ work. The students then use a green pen and use the teacher’s codes to correct their work before re-drafting their writing (minus the errors). Alternatively, the check sheet can be used as a peer assessment task – again using a green pen - or as a simple self-assessment task after the teacher has marked the pupils’ exercise book. In this instance, the student examines the corrections the teacher has made and amends the SPAG errors (using the codes) in a green pen. **Who is it for? ** Whole School Literacy Curriculum links? Whole School Marking Policies, Literacy Programmes and Literacy Support Sessions Practical Tips? It works well as a 10 min starter - if you’re handing back feedback at the beginning of lesson and want to show progression in practice
Unseen Poem - Brothers
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Unseen Poem - Brothers

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You can use this former AQA poem ‘Brothers’ as an unseen poem. The ppt includes all the resources and tasks needed for the whole lesson. This lesson can be used with KS3 or KS4 as its premise requires students to dig deeper into a poem, identify and analyse the impact of poetic devices etc. The resource includes: starter plenary all lesson activities (i.e. poetry analysis and writing tasks that could lead to essay writing) Please note: you will need to download a copy of the poem off the internet for the lesson
Literacy Across the Curriculum - Bundle for Secondary Schools
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Literacy Across the Curriculum - Bundle for Secondary Schools

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This bundle combines resources for: Improving handwriting Assessing the gaps in a student’s literacy skills so the teacher knows what needs to be improve upon Practical strategies for teachers to differentiate reading material to make it accessible for all pupils - regardless of their ability range A grid outlining explicitly the active literacy skills that are embedded in the content of all subjects in secondary schools A resource for engaging reluctant readers A resource for Parents’ Evening to show concerned parents simple techniques that will help them to build their child’s spelling skills at home This bundle supports all subjects across the curriculum - including SEN and EAL groups too
Persuasive Writing Bundle
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Persuasive Writing Bundle

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This bundle includes 15 lessons based on the genre, “Persuasive Writing”. This pack includes whole lessons that have everything you need to teach the topic and genre. Every lesson has a starter, a plenary, teaching models, group work, criteria for students to use to develop independence and individual writing activities and HW tasks. I have also included a handy FAR inspired assessment sheet that can be used to mark the students’ work using specific criteria that they can learn and use to make very clear progress easily, and there is also a self-assessment activity that draws on FAR marking strategies too. It’s suitable for KS3 and KS4. However, some ppts are more suited to KS4 classes and gifted (or accelerated) KS3 classes. You’ll have to make that decision based on your class’ abilities and skills.
Ready to use  FAR Assessment Sheets Bundle -KS3 and KS4
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Ready to use FAR Assessment Sheets Bundle -KS3 and KS4

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A quick and easy way to give VERY SPECIFIC feedback without copious amounts of writing. Simply glue the sheet in under the student’s work. Tick the relevant criteria, set targets quickly and ensure the student has read your marking by getting them respond to in the student response section. Useful for KS3 and KS4 The bundle includes 8 ‘ready to go’ assessment sheets for: Blood Brothers Poetry Comparison Essay Persuasive Writing Essay HW - PEE chains Film Reviews Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Creative Writing Peer Assessment - Generic Reading and Writing Assessment Sheets
Lesson 1_ Introducing Persuasive Writing Skills _ Using Slogans
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Lesson 1_ Introducing Persuasive Writing Skills _ Using Slogans

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PLEASE NOTE: this lesson can be bought and used in isolation or as part of a bundle for sale on my TES Author’s Page. This lesson contains: 2 HWs A lesson starter Worksheets (using written and visual stimulation) A Plenary The goal of the lesson is to get students thinking about the following persuasive skills: Repetition; Rhyme; Humour Punning (play-on-words); Hyperbole (exaggeration); Metaphors/similes; Commands (e.g. telling people what to do
Paragraphing Skills- Writing to Describe Bundle
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Paragraphing Skills- Writing to Describe Bundle

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What is this resource? It is a bundle of three “Creative Writing” powerpoints that shows students how to achieve higher marks in creative writing tasks in a variety of ways By using more advanced stylistic features such as: using a connective to start your paragraph, using dialogue/ speech to initiate a paragraph, starting a paragraph with an adverbial clause , beginning your paragraph with an adverb, starting your paragraph with a statement etc; Using a question at the start of a paragraph A set a resources for KS3 that are equally benficial for low ability English Language groups at KS4 and that can also be used with SEN or EAL classes and Literacy Suport Sessions. The resources uses sounds, visual images and writing models to support the teacher and the students Who is it for? KS3 KS4 (lower ability groups) Literacy Lessons EAL SEN What’s included? Starters A variety of activities with teaching models and guidance notes on each slide Opportunities to write independently and work in groups and self assess to improve Plenaries Curriculum links? English Language Whole School Literacy Programmes Literacy Support Sessions EAL units Practical Tips? Notes are provided on each slide
Year 9 - English Curriculum Long Term Plan
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Year 9 - English Curriculum Long Term Plan

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This year long Programme of Study is based on a study of the new linear GCSE English Course. This long term plan reflects the new GCSE Assessment Objectives. Students will be assessed on: Responding to GCSE fiction and non-fiction text extracts exploring creative writing based upon GCSE literary non-fiction text extracts Exploring Shakespearean tragedy: the study of the rise and fall of Othello Exploring contemporary poetry: contemporary poetry The study of the 19th century novel: Alice in Wonderland Exploring and developing a viewpoint A mock GCSE summer exams It also includes: activity suggestions lesson content suggestions Exam structures a map of the assessment objectives for the whole year links to AQA’s GCSE exam frame and criteria It is ideal for new HoD, departments without a HoD, or HoDs who are seeking a fresh perspective or Programme of Study. Enjoy!
Detective Fiction Bundle - KS3 English
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Detective Fiction Bundle - KS3 English

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This bundle provides 26 lessons (or more depending on your class’ writing ability)and uses extracts from works by Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conon Doyle. Each lesson is fully planned for you. Enjoy!
English Year 8  - English Curriculum Map
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English Year 8 - English Curriculum Map

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This year long Programme of Study is based on a study of : Poetry Novel Study Hamlet Non-Fiction Study Revision & End of Year Exam It also includes: activity suggestions lesson content suggestions exam structures a map of the assessment objectives for the whole year links to AQA’s GCSE exam frames and criteria It is ideal for a new HoD, departments without a HoD, or HoDs who are seeking a fresh perspective or Programme of Study. Enjoy!
Persuasive Writing Assessment Sheet - KS3 and KS4 (FAR Marking)
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Persuasive Writing Assessment Sheet - KS3 and KS4 (FAR Marking)

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A quick and easy way to give VERY SPECIFIC feedback without copious amounts of writing. Simply glue the sheet in under the student’s work. Tick the relevant criteria, set targets quickly and ensure the student has read your marking by getting them respond to in the student response section. This assessment sheet is ideal for marking drafts and final copies of exam preparation essays. It can be used with KS3 and KS4. It corresponds with the FAR marking policy = Feedback - Action -Response. i.e. Stage 1: The teacher gives FEEDBACK using very specific criteria which should be shared with students before the assessment takes place. Stage 2: The teacher uses the criteria to specify which ACTIONS the student needs to take to get to the next grade. Stage 3: The student writes a written RESPONSE to the teacher’s comments about the ACTIONS required to reach the next stage. It’s very useful for showing progress, communicating attainment on HW or timed (in class) essays that form part of exam preparation revision.
Lesson 2_Persuasive Writing_Using Campaigns
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Lesson 2_Persuasive Writing_Using Campaigns

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PLEASE NOTE: this lesson can be bought and used in isolation or as part of a bundle for sale on my TES Author’s Page. This lesson uses ‘campaigns’ as the foundation for teaching persuasive writing techniques. The ppt includes: A starter A plenary Model answers Group tasks Planning tool Peer assessment template for assessment Notes for the teacher on the slides This could be stretched into two lessons.
English Department - Individual Learning Plans for KS3 and KS4 (new GCSE course)
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English Department - Individual Learning Plans for KS3 and KS4 (new GCSE course)

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These colour sheets can be glued into the front of students’ exercise books at the start of the year and revisited each new term when new, updated versions, can be glued into the exercise books. This is a method for tracking a student’s progress. They’re linked to the new 2 year linear GCSE English Language and Literature courses. It has suggested topics (i.e. programmes of study) on each IEP too if you’re a new HOD and need some guidance.