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I've worked in primary teaching for over 10 years and specialise in creating fun and engaging educational resources, particularly for Geography and History.
Identifying the world's climate zones - KS1/KS2
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Identifying the world's climate zones - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is an ideal introduction to the world’s three main climate zones. It is part of Our World, a Geography unit designed for students in KS1 and lower KS2 (Y1-3), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. First the presentation helps students understand that different places in the world have different climates. It then looks at the location of the Equator and North/South poles, and how these relate to the three main climate zones. To keep things simple, these are referred to as hot (tropical), mild (temperate) and cold (frigid). The activity challenges students to locate the Equator and poles and then identify various climate zones around the world. It is differentiated two ways: Easier – Students identify the climate zone of 8 numbered points around the world. Harder – Students identify climate zone and continent of 8 numbered points around the world. Extension – Students cut and stick pictures of four animals – elephant, lion, polar bear and penguin – onto their world climate zone map. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Mountain Environments - KS2
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Mountain Environments - KS2

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Mountain Environments is a Geography unit suitable for KS2 (Y4-6) and has everything you need for covering a mountains topic. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Identifying the key features of mountains L2 – Identifying the world’s major mountain ranges L3 – Locating the world’s famous mountains using latitude and longitude L4 – Understanding how fold mountains are formed L5 – Investigating the structure of a volcano (FREE) L6 – Researching famous world mountains (FREE) L7 – Investigating mountain climates Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Investigating Rivers - KS2
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Investigating Rivers - KS2

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Investigating Rivers is a Geography unit suitable for KS2 (Y4-6). The planning overview and topic title page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 - Understanding the water cycle L2 - Identifying features of a river system L3 - Identifying characteristics of the three stages of a river L4 - Investigating features of the River Thames L5 - Thinking about the different ways we use water L6 - Understanding the impacts of floods and droughts Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Understanding Trade - KS2 unit
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Understanding Trade - KS2 unit

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Understanding Trade is a Geography unit suitable for upper KS2 (Y5-6) and is a great way to teach students about global trade. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Investigating where the products we buy come from L2 – Understanding that all products have a supply chain L3 – Exploring the chocolate supply chain L4 – Investigating the UK’s biggest exports L5 – Investigating the highest value exports of different countries L6 – Is the banana trade fair? (FREE) Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Introduction to latitude and longitude - KS2/KS3
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Introduction to latitude and longitude - KS2/KS3

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This lesson is part of Understanding Latitude and Longitude, a unit designed for students in upper KS2 and KS3. It can also be taught as a stand-alone lesson. The presentation introduces the concept of lines of latitude and longitude, including the Equator and Prime Meridian, and goes on to explain their purpose and relationship to Earth’s hemispheres and poles. In the activity, students have to identify all of these features on diagrams of the Earth. It is differentiated two ways and includes an extension: Easier – Students have label clues and a vocabulary bank to help them. Harder – Students have only a vocabulary bank to help them. Extension – Students fill in the missing words in a text about latitude and longitude. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the key features of mountains - KS2
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Identifying the key features of mountains - KS2

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This is the first lesson in Mountain Environments, a Geography unit designed for students in upper KS2 (Y4-6). First the presentation introduces students to the topic and looks at some of the activities people do in mountains. It then introduces the key features of a mountain range. The activity challenges students to identify the key features of a mountain environment. It is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students identify 8 key features of mountains. Medium – Students identify 10 key features of mountains. Harder – Students label the key features of mountains in their exercise book. Extension – Students match mountain vocabulary to their definitions. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - KS2
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Volcanoes & Earthquakes - KS2

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Volcanoes & Earthquakes is an exciting extended Geography unit designed for students in KS2. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Understanding the structure of the Earth L2 – Investigating the structure of a volcano (FREE) L3 – Locating the world’s famous volcanoes L4 – Investigating the five deadly features of a volcanic eruption L5 – Understanding tectonic plates L6 – Exploring the effects of volcanic eruptions on Montserrat L7 – Why do people live near volcanoes? L8 – Understanding the causes of earthquakes L9 – Investigating the five deadly features of an earthquake L10 – Researching earthquakes using Wikipedia L11 – Locating the world’s biggest earthquakes using latitude & longitude L12 – Writing a fact file about a famous earthquake Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. A FREE newspaper report template is also included in this unit. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Earthquakes - KS2
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Earthquakes - KS2

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Earthquakes is an exciting Geography unit designed for students in KS2. The planning overview, topic title page and vocabulary page can be downloaded for free here. Lessons include: L1 – Understanding the structure of the Earth L2 – Understanding tectonic plates L3 – Understanding the causes of earthquakes L4 – Investigating the five deadly features of an earthquake L5 – Researching earthquakes using Wikipedia L6 – Locating the world’s biggest earthquakes using latitude & longitude L7 – Writing a fact file about a famous earthquake Each lesson includes a presentation and differentiated activities/worksheets. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Why do people live near volcanoes? - KS2
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Why do people live near volcanoes? - KS2

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This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of two wider units, both of which are available on TES: -Volcanoes -Volcanoes & Earthquakes First the presentation looks at Mount Etna and Mount Vesuvius in Italy and asks why people choose to live so close to volcanoes. The activities then challenges students to think about the advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano: Partner Activity: Students sort statements and photos into advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano. Writing Activity: Students write about the advantages and disadvantages of living near a volcano. Stickers and a vocabulary prompt are provided for this activity. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the world's major mountain ranges - KS2
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Identifying the world's major mountain ranges - KS2

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This lesson is part of Mountain Environments, a Geography unit designed for students in upper KS2 (Y4-6). First the presentation introduces some of the most famous mountain ranges from around the world. The differentiated activity then challenges students to locate the world’s mountain ranges and encourages them to use and explore atlases. It is recommended that students do the activity in pairs. Easier – Students identify the world’s famous mountain ranges (less writing). Medium – Students identify the world’s famous mountain ranges (first letter clues) Harder – Students identify the world’s famous mountain ranges (no clues) If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Locating the world's famous volcanoes - KS2
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Locating the world's famous volcanoes - KS2

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This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of two wider units, both of which are available on TES: -Volcanoes -Volcanoes & Earthquakes First the presentation introduces some of the world’s most famous volcanoes and classes them as active, dormant or extinct. The activity then challenges students to locate volcanoes using an atlas or the internet (e.g. Google maps). Alternatively, a map of famous world volcanoes is also provided. Easier – Students locate volcanoes using the map of famous volcanoes (writing numbers). Medium – Students locate volcanoes using the map of famous volcanoes (writing volcano names). Harder – Students locate volcanoes using an atlas. (N.B. It is recommended you check the atlas has the relevant maps prior doing the activity.) If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying human and physical features of the United Kingdom - KS1/KS2
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Identifying human and physical features of the United Kingdom - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring the United Kingdom, a Geography unit designed for KS1 and lower KS2 (Y2-4). The presentation helps students understand the difference between human and physical geographical features. It then challenges them to classify famous UK landmarks as either human or physical. There are two engaging activities included: Partner activity: Students sort pictures/descriptions of UK landmarks into human and physical geographical features. Individual activity: Students match pictures of UK landmarks to their descriptions. This is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students match 8 features to their descriptions. Medium – Students match 12 features to their descriptions. Harder – Students write a description of each UK landmark using a word bank. Extension – Students sort the UK landmarks into human and physical geographical features. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Introduction to compass directions - KS1/KS2
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Introduction to compass directions - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is an ideal introduction to compass directions for younger children. It is part of Our World, a Geography unit designed for students in KS1 and lower KS2 (Y1-3), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. The presentation introduces the four cardinal points of the compass (North, East, South and West). It then challenges students to describe the position of objects using these compass directions. The activity worksheets are differentiated two ways: Easier – Students describe the position of objects using compass directions (simple questions). Harder – Students describe the position of objects using compass directions (mixed questions). Extension – Students fill in the blanks on a compass using different vocabulary. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Locating tropical rainforests on a world map - KS2
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Locating tropical rainforests on a world map - KS2

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This lesson is part of Tropical Rainforests, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2, but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. All resources are compatible with both Microsoft Office and Google Workspace. The presentation introduces students to tropical rainforests, including some of the flora and fauna that live in them. Students then learn about the Earth’s tropical belt and the location of the various rainforests within it. The activity challenges students to label features of a world map including the Equator, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Students then locate 8 of the world’s tropical rainforests. Easier - Students use a prompt map and have activity clues. Harder - Students use a prompt map but have no activity clues. Extension - Students fill in the missing words in a paragraph about tropical rainforests. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying human and physical features of the seaside - KS1/KS2
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Identifying human and physical features of the seaside - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is part of The Seaside, a Geography unit designed for students in KS1 and lower KS2, but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. The presentation first explains the difference between human and physical geographical features. It then challenges students to identify a range of seaside features (e.g. cliffs, lighthouse, river mouth) and classify them as human or physical. In the activity, students identify a range of seaside features and classify them as human or physical. Easier - Students classify seaside features as human or physical. Medium - Students label seaside features (with initial letter clues) and classify them as human or physical. Harder - Students label seaside features (no clues) and classify them as human or physical. Extension - Students unscramble sentences about the seaside. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Matching animals to their habitat - KS1/KS2
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Matching animals to their habitat - KS1/KS2

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This lesson is part of a wider cross-curricula unit called London Zoo which is designed for KS1 and lower KS2 students (Y2-4). The animals have escaped at the zoo and the keeper needs your help! The presentation first encourages students to describe the features of animals. It then challenges students to match animals to their names, description and habitat. It includes a variety of animals including fish, birds, mammals, insects and amphibians. There is a group activity and an individual activity: Group Activity: Students match animals to their names, description and habitat (KS1 and KS2 versions). Individual Activity: Students match animals to their names, description and habitat on a worksheet. This is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students match animals to their habitats. Medium – Students match animals to their description and habitat. Harder – Students fill in the names of the animals and match them to their description and habitat. Extension – Students classify animals as fish, birds, mammals, insects or amphibians. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying features of a river system - KS2
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Identifying features of a river system - KS2

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This lesson is part of Investigating Rivers, a unit designed for upper KS2 (Y4-6). It introduces many key river concepts and a wide range of related vocabulary. First the presentation recaps the main processes of the water cycle. It then introduces some of the well known features of river systems (e.g. waterfalls and lakes). There are two activities: Group Activity: Students are challenged to match eight features of river systems to photos, satellite images and maps. This activity can easily be differentiated by giving groups different numbers of cards. Individual Activity: In the worksheet activity students identify the same features on a simplified drawing of a river system. It is differentiated two ways: Easier – Students identify river features and complete cloze procedure definitions. Harder – Students identify river features and write their own definitions of four river features. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Understanding tectonic plates - KS2
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Understanding tectonic plates - KS2

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This lesson is designed for KS2 students. It can be taught as a stand alone lesson but is also available as part of three wider units, all of which are available on TES: -Volcanoes -Earthquakes -Volcanoes & Earthquakes The presentation introduces the idea that the world’s crust is split into tectonic plates and looks at how these are related to volcanoes and earthquakes. The activity challenges students to identify tectonic plates using a map. It is differentiated two ways: Easier – Students identify the world’s tectonic plates using a colour-coordinated map. Harder – Students identify the world’s tectonic plates using a plain map. Extension – Students use an atlas to find out which tectonic plate countries of the world are located on. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
The Diary of a Killer Cat - Guided Reading Sessions - KS2
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The Diary of a Killer Cat - Guided Reading Sessions - KS2

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This is set of guided reading sessions designed to be used alongside The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. These resources can be used across KS2. The book follows the misadventures of a sarcastic cat called Tuffy who has a habit of bringing dead animals back to his owner, Ellie. It is ideal for readers in Year 3 and Year 4 but can also be used with less-able readers in Year 5 and Year 6. Included are 11 sessions of guided reading comprehesion questions. All questions are colour-coded and include: Vocabulary questions Retrieval questions Summary questions Inference questions Prediction questions Compare and contrast questions Author choice questions All resources are fully-editable and can be adapted easily if necessary. Answers are included. If you like this resource, please review it. If you have any suggestions or feedback, contact me at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.
Tropical Rainforests Knowledge Organiser - KS2
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Tropical Rainforests Knowledge Organiser - KS2

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This resource is part of Tropical Rainforests, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2. It is compatible with both Microsoft Office and Google Workspace. The planning overview and topic title page for Tropical Rainforests can be downloaded for free here. This knowledge organiser is designed to support the teaching of tropical rainforests and outlines the key concepts and subject knowledge of the topic. As well as being fully editable, it comes with a colour-coded version to support younger students. If you like this resource, we would appreciate a review! We will happily send you a free resource in return for a review or useful suggestions/feedback. Contact us at ed@teachitforward.co.uk.