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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.
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!
Creative Writing - FAR Marking Feedback Sheet
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Creative Writing - FAR Marking Feedback Sheet

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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 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
Improving Handwriting Worksheet
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Improving Handwriting Worksheet

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Good handwriting is important. If teachers cannot read what a student has written in their books or on test papers, they will not be able to mark the pupils’ work accurately. That could mean losing some marks in exams and low self-esteem. Tests are already challenging enough! Plus, if a student’s handwriting is difficult to read, it is tough for teachers to tell if a student is meeting basic literacy criteria. **Who is this resource for? ** Students with poor handwriting **What’s included and why is it useful? ** There are two self assessment (student-focussed) activities that are designed to get students thinking about the impact of their handwriting and there is a practice section that follows on from a ‘tips’ section too. Links to curricula, standards or specifications? Learning English, English lessons, Literacy Support lessons
English Year 7 - English Curriculum Map
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English Year 7 - English Curriculum Map

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This year long Programme of Study is based on a study of : Gothic Fiction Creative Writing Poetry Romeo & Juliet Non-Fiction 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 lnks to AQA’s GCSE exam frames 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!
Poetry  Comparison Assessment Feedback Sheet _ FAR Marking_2018
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Poetry Comparison Assessment Feedback Sheet _ FAR Marking_2018

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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.
Warhorse - SOW
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Warhorse - SOW

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Hi. This SOW has everything you need to teach the novel Warhorse for 4-5 weeks. The ppts includes: all starters and plenaries all writing and reading tasks poetry analysis discursive essay (PEE) practice HW tasks teaching objectives and planning grid It’s been tried and tested. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Teaching Observation Sheets for Coaching Sessions -
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Teaching Observation Sheets for Coaching Sessions -

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This resource is to assist the development of teachers in your department. The focus is on their progression as they move towards exceptional teaching skills while building a climate of learning. The resource includes observation templates that achieve the following:  Starter and LO Observation Grid  Development Phase– Observation Grid  Plenary Observation Grid  What is Your Teaching and Learning Balance? Template  Extract from: The Perfect OFSTED Lesson (Pre Observation Checklist)  SWOT: A Post Observation Reflection  Impact on Learning Observation Grid This is also a valid resource for developing a buddy peer observation system across the school or within departments. The templates have been tested numeous times across the curriculum in a busy, inner London secondary school, but it could be used in any teaching sector. Enjoy!
Sister Maude - Unseen Poem
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Sister Maude - Unseen Poem

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This resource is for an advanced KS3 class or a KS4 class. This ppt includes: A starter A plenary All lesson tasks - including a writing task Please note, you’ll need to Google a copy of the poem.
Writing to Inform Bundle
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Writing to Inform Bundle

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In this bundle you will purchase everything you need to teach the genre to KS4 or an advanced KS3. The bundle includes: evaluations criteria sheets HW tasks 10 lessons (including the completion of writing all tasks) Models answers (low grade and higher grade models) for comparison activities to analyse language and style, explore writing for an audience etc.
Analysing Poetry Independently (seen & unseen poetry)
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Analysing Poetry Independently (seen & unseen poetry)

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This is a very useful resource for building up your students’ poetry analysis skills. It can be used in the following ways: group work (cover work) group work leading to a group presentation of an unseen poem Individual preparation for a timed essay Homework Class discussion It is suitable for KS3 and KS4.
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.