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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.
Stone Age Diets - Sorting foods into hunting and gathering (presentation & activity)
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Stone Age Diets - Sorting foods into hunting and gathering (presentation & activity)

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This set of resources is designed for teaching the KS2 Stone Age History unit. It includes an engaging presentation, differentiated worksheets and stickers. The activity helps children categorise foods into those ‘hunted’ and those ‘gathered’. This reinforces the idea that Stone Age humans were primarily ‘hunter-gatherers’. There are three differentiated worksheets: - one with vocabulary for less able children - one with fill-in-the-blank sentences using commas in lists - one which extends more able children by asking them to explain how Stone Age humans hunted The stickers will print out on Avery address labels (21 per page). 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. For more engaging resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Understanding the structure of the Earth - KS2
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Understanding the structure of the Earth - KS2

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This lesson is designed for KS2 students and is a great introduction to any volcanoes or earthquakes topic. 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 investigates the structure of the Earth and looks into the basic composition of the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. Students then complete an activity which is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students label layers of the Earth and complete cloze procedure paragraph (6 gaps). Medium – Students label layers of the Earth and complete cloze procedure paragraph (10 gaps). Harder – Students label layers of the Earth – including drawing arrows – and complete cloze procedure paragraph (10 gaps). Extension – Students think about what they would like to find out about volcanoes or earthquakes or both, depending on which topic you are doing. 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the human and physical features of Brazil - KS2
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Identifying the human and physical features of Brazil - KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring Brazil, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2 (Y4-6), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. It takes students on a tour of the geographical features of Brazil. First students investigate a satellite photo of South America. They then look at a map of Brazil itself to see what human and physical features they can spot (e.g. Brazilian cities, Amazon rainforest). In the activity students identify human and physical features of Brazil. It is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students label 10 physical features of Brazil. Medium – Students draw in arrows and label 10 physical features of Brazil. Harder – Students stick a map of Brazil into their book, draw in arrows and label 10 physical features. Extension – Students use atlases to also identify 8 Brazilian cities. 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Investigating mountain climates - KS2
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Investigating mountain climates - 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 looks at features of a mountain climate including lower temperatures and increased rainfall. It then focuses in more detail on the climate of Mount Everest. There are two activities: Interpreting climate graphs In this activity students look at and answer questions about temperature graphs for both the summit and base camp of Mount Everest. It is differentiated two ways: Easier – Students answer questions about temperature graphs for Mount Everest (suitable for Year 4 and 5). Harder – Students answer questions about temperature graphs for Mount Everest (suitable for Year 6). Creating a climate graph in Excel In this ICT activity, students create their own climate graph, including temperature and rainfall, for the summit of Mount Everest using Microsoft Excel. 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Great Fire of London - KS1 - Why did the fire spread so quickly?
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Great Fire of London - KS1 - Why did the fire spread so quickly?

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This resource is designed for teaching the Great Fire of London KS1 History unit. It includes an informative presentation and a differentiated activity. The presentation introduces the context of the Great Fire of London and challenges children to find reasons for the rapid spread of the fire. The literacy-based activity reinforces this learning . Two differentiated worksheets challenge children to match reasons for the Great Fire of London with sentence starters: - the standard activity sheet gives five possible reasons - an easier activity sheet gives just two reasons to choose from per sentence starter 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. For more engaging resources, check out www.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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Finding latitude and longitude coordinates on a world map - KS2/KS3
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Finding latitude and longitude coordinates on a world map - 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. This lesson explains step-by-step how to find the coordinates of a point on a world map using lines of latitude and longitude. In the activity, students are challenged to find the latitude and longitude of 12 points in all four quadrants of a world map. It is differentiated three ways: Easier – Students find coordinates of 12 points in the NE, SE, SW and NW quadrants of the world map respectively. The compass directions are already filled in. Medium – Students find coordinates of 12 points in the NE, SE, SW and NW quadrants of the world map respectively. Harder – Students find coordinates of 12 points randomly distributed across the four quadrants of the world map. Extension – Students are challenged to draw and label 4 more points on to their 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Investigating Brazil's weather and climate - KS2
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Investigating Brazil's weather and climate - KS2

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This lesson is part of Exploring Brazil, a Geography unit designed for students in KS2 (Y4-6), but can also be taught as a stand alone lesson. The presentation first locates Brazil in the world’s climate zones and asks children to infer what the country’s weather and climate might be like. Next, students look at three areas of Brazil in more detail – Manaus in the Amazon, Teresina in the caatinga desert region and Porto Alegre in the south of the country – and investigate a climate graph. There are two activities: Activity 1: Students first investigate three climate graphs, looking at temperature and rainfall. Their challenge is to match each graph to an area of Brazil, explaining their reasoning for their choices. It is differentiated 2 ways: Easier – Students match two statements to each climate graph, then match each graph to one of the three cities/regions. Harder – Students write sentence describing the temperature and rainfall patterns in each climate graph, then match each graph to one of the three cities/regions. Activity 2: Students create their own Brazil climate graphs in Microsoft Excel using step-by-step instructions. 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
The Great Fire of London - KS1
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The Great Fire of London - KS1

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This set of resources is designed for teaching the KS1 History unit about the Great Fire of London. It includes all the planning, lessons and activities necessary to teach the topic. 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Identifying the countries and capitals of the United Kingdom - KS1/KS2
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Identifying the countries and capitals of the United Kingdom - KS1/KS2

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This free lesson is an ideal introduction to the geography of the British Isles for students in KS1 and KS2. It is also part of Exploring the United Kingdom, a Geography unit designed for KS1 and lower KS2 (Y2-4). The colourful presentation teaches students the countries, capitals and seas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The activity worksheets are differentiated four ways: Easier – Students identify the countries & capitals of the UK and Ireland (with a map prompt). Medium – Students identify the countries & capitals of the UK and Ireland (with vocab & map prompt). Harder – Students identify the countries & capitals of the UK and Ireland (with vocab but no map prompt). Hardest – Students identify the countries, capitals and seas of the UK and Ireland (no vocab or map prompt). 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Continents and Oceans of the World - KS1 & KS2 - presentation and differentiated activity
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Continents and Oceans of the World - KS1 & KS2 - presentation and differentiated activity

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This free lesson is a great way for students to learn the location of the world’s continents and oceans. It can be used as an introduction to the topic for younger students or simply to refresh older students’ core geographical knowledge. The World Map Jigsaw is a great warm-up activity for this lesson. First the presentation runs through the continents and oceans of the world. In the worksheet activity students then identify the world’s continents and oceans. This is differentiated four ways: Easier – Students have initial letters, vocabulary and use an atlas/map prompt. Medium – Students have vocabulary and use an atlas/map prompt. Harder – Students solely use an atlas/map prompt (no vocabulary). Hardest – Students identify continents and oceans with no vocabulary or atlas/map prompt. Extension – Students use an atlas to work out which continents countries are in. If you like this resource, please review it. If you have any suggestions or feedback, contact me at ed@teachitforward.co.uk. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.
Understanding Trade - KS2 - Planning Overview
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Understanding Trade - KS2 - Planning Overview

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This is the free planning overview for Understanding Trade, a Geography topic designed to help student understand global trade. A topic title page is also included. The unit is suitable for KS2 students from Y5 to Y6 and includes six fully-planned lessons complete with differentiated activities and worksheets. All the resources described in this unit plan are available on TES, either as individual lessons or as a bundle. 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? 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. For more Geography resources, check out www.teachitforward.co.uk.