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A wide variety of resources based on my 30 years teaching in primary and secondary schools, as well as home education too. My passion is writing and encouraging youngsters to experiment with a wide variety of tools in order to develop their written work. If you like my work, please leave some feedback - I'm alway looking to improve what I have to offer and this is only possible if people tell me what they want!

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A wide variety of resources based on my 30 years teaching in primary and secondary schools, as well as home education too. My passion is writing and encouraging youngsters to experiment with a wide variety of tools in order to develop their written work. If you like my work, please leave some feedback - I'm alway looking to improve what I have to offer and this is only possible if people tell me what they want!
Creative Christmas Writing for KS2
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Creative Christmas Writing for KS2

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Four fab resources that will have children enthused about writing as they are all connected with the festive period! 'Naughty and Nice' - Children have to choose who they would put on each list - friends not allowed! - giving three good reasons why they would do so. Aimed to encourage children to think about the wider world and some of the characters that inhabit it. This resource comes with a 'Naughty and Nice' synonym recorder to encourage language development and discourage repetition. 'Santa's Year' - fun images suggesting that Santa might have an 'ordinary' life outside of making toys! Children encouraged to think 'outside the box' and create some diary entries for Santa during the year! Complete with display-friendly pages for children's written work. 'SOS Santa' - Santa's in trouble and he needs YOUR help! What's happened to him and how can YOU help? This resource will develop children's discussion and writing skills while having fun at the same time! 'The Talking Snowman' - begins with the first part of a story about children building a snowman and then leaves them with a cliff-hanger that they have to continue.
Creative Writing Prompt & Scaffold
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Creative Writing Prompt & Scaffold

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A colourful picture that most children will identify with - the task, to write a description of the flavours, textures and feelings created when visiting a fun fair. This is aimed at supporting writing at mid to upper KS2 and is to be used as a scaffold for children to add their own adjectives, verbs and adverbs to. The primary aim here is to develop a breadth of writing using our senses as a focus tool. Please leave feedback and look at my other resources. Please contact me if you'd like an editable version of this. N.B - Photograph is strictly copyright
KS2 Writing Toolkit
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KS2 Writing Toolkit

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A wonderfully useful set of sheets for children to use in all manner of writing styles and genres, this pack contains - - An A4 sheet of sentence starters, covering speech, using adverbs, rhetorical questions and short sentences; - An A4 sheet for children to jot down their thoughts around concepts such as useful synonyms, adjectives, similes and rhetorical questions they might use; - An A4 storyboard, split into eight sections for children to plan their work onto; - An A4 'Writing Checklist' - for children to use after their writing is done. Covering sentence choices, spelling, handwriting, grammar, punctuation and more, it is designed to be used in a self-assess or peer-assess format, this sheet makes a great support document for reminding children what they need to include in their writing. All of these sheets could be laminated as they will be used again and again and again... Please leave a review if you liked this work - and check out my other resources too!
Story Starters
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Story Starters

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Some basic ideas for opening writing in different ways - a worksheet to engage the children and help them to consider options when first putting pen to paper!
Winter - Descriptive Writing for KS2
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Winter - Descriptive Writing for KS2

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A set of five resources, with quality images aimed at stimulating discussion and conversation with children, to lead on to vocabulary development and recording. Each piece is a different genre and the whole pack comes with a peer and self-assessment activity which can be adapted for each piece of writing.
Deserts - A Creative Writing Resource - KS2
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Deserts - A Creative Writing Resource - KS2

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A series of high-quality images designed to stimulate children's imagination and develop quality talking and writing. The four resources are varied - discussion, prioritising, fantasy story, description of a scene and description of a personal approach to a difficult situation. All set around the common theme of the desert. Included is a set of student support sheets to help provide structure and reinforcement to the writing process.
Creative Writing Resources for KS2/KS3
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Creative Writing Resources for KS2/KS3

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Creative writing task with three levels of differentiation. Aimed at upper KS2, this could easily be used by more able Yr 4 children and also lower KS3 as well. Support sheets designed to engage children's thinking, utilising sentence structure, writing techniques - such as building tension - using synonyms and much, much more. Writing stimulation contains writing checklist for children to mark off as they complete.
Writing Stimuli
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Writing Stimuli

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Assorted sheets to prompt reluctant writers with powerful imagery and hopefully inspire them to put pen to paper! Comes complete with lined paper - ideal for homework!
Exploration
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Exploration

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Great writing and talking resources for upper KS2/KS3 students, offering a variety of opportunities for writing about exploring - 'Explore' - Weighing anchor in a frozen wasteland in pursuit of a distress call; 'Five Exploration Scenarios' - students need to prioritise their equipment choices for various activities; 'Something Wrong in Space' - a writing activity that could easily be turned into a piece of drama: Astronauts coming home with a massive dilemma - eight hours from earth, with six hours' worth of oxygen left...
KS3 Writing Toolkit
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KS3 Writing Toolkit

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A fantastic resource to support and develop writing at KS3. Activity sheets that support student's planning and execution of their writing, ranging from sentence structure, choosing appropriate adjectives, synonyms, similes etc, to referring to senses as a method of creating breadth and depth to their writing. Also included are sheets covering character development through empathy, rhetorical questions and more. A storyboard is included for more kinaesthetic students to plan their work. The pack is completed with a comprehensive self/peer writing assessment checklist so students can identify what they have included and omitted. Please leave a short review if you've enjoyed using this work and please check out my other resources! Thanks!
Exploring Spirituality
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Exploring Spirituality

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A large resource containing many different worksheets and activities that all lend themselves to exploring the concept of spirituality. Some of the areas covered - - Images with prompts - 'What does this mean to you?' - What would God's website look like? - What would you say if you could talk to God? - Is there a path of spirituality? Designed to get students talking, many of the activities are open ended.
What is Love?
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What is Love?

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Aimed at KS3 and above, this 5-page resource that explores the concept of 'Love' from a variety of angles - What love means to the individual; How love is perceived by others; How love is relative to time and space; Stereotypical images of love; How love is shown to different people Designed to promote discussion between students, to challenge stereotypes and extend understanding of relationships, this resource is the first in a series looking at complex relationship skills.
The Arctic
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The Arctic

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A fabulous resource with lots of stunning images of the arctic, aimed at upper KS2 and KS3. Aim: Writing development. How: Using powerful imagery, combined with lots of scaffolding support - for able and less able learners, these activities will develop both verbal and written vocabulary. Included: - 'Iceberg': A descriptive writing activity with strong scaffold support to give students a clear idea of what to do when planning a piece of writing; - 'The Boat': Another descriptive writing piece with a more open-ended support sheet, designed to encourage discussion; - 'Storyboard': A set of six pictures to be cut out and rearranged to make a story, based on discussion with a partner. Blank storyboard included to stick pictures onto; - 'Lost': 'SATs' style question with a scene depicted and basic information given and students need to complete the story; - 'ICE' (Support Sheets): Two support sheets that complement all the above activities encouraging students to look and think more deeply - 'What rhetorical questions might you ask?'
Cold - Creative Writing for KS2/3
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Cold - Creative Writing for KS2/3

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Here we have three great creative writing exercises for upper KS2-lower KS3. 'Fish, Fish, Fish': Asks students to imagine life as a fisherman and to write about a day in the life from a point-of-view perspective; 'Serenity': A beautiful image of the moon over icebergs conjures up a majesty of colour, shapes and feelings for students to describe; 'Sunset': Describe a wonderful Arctic sunset to a blind person.
KS2/KS3 Creative Writing Week-Long Resource Pack
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KS2/KS3 Creative Writing Week-Long Resource Pack

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Aimed at upper KS2 and lower KS3, this resource contains a whole week's worth of creative writing, covering the use of similes, rhetorical questions, adjectives and synonyms, while at the same time concentrating on verbal language development. Included in the resource pack are full hi-res images for display use, along with semi-translucent images that can be loaded into a Word document and used as a background for the completed writing. As well as a differentiated worksheet for less able writers and a comprehensive writers' support sheet for children to record their work on, this resource builds each day to the climax of writing the finished article by the end of the week. Throughout, children are encouraged to co-operate, talk and work with partners, sharing their work and their learning as they go.
Desert Island
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Desert Island

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A selection of activities (writing, discussion, D&T, Geography) for KS2, focussing on the idea of being stranded on a desert island. Resources include - Desert Story Board: - creating a story from a selection of high quality photographs, involving discussion with a partner; Five Objects for a Desert Trip: - Students choose five objects to take with them to their desert island, having to justify their choices; Living on a Desert Island: - Students have to plan their desert island and how they would organise themselves - shelter, food, water etc. Links to the 'Five Objects for a Desert Trip' above; The Tall Ship: - Open ended creative writing template about a ship that turns up after five years of isolation.
Writing Resources For KS2/3
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Writing Resources For KS2/3

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A selection of stimulating images with corresponding activities to develop quality sentences. Areas covered - adjectives, synonyms, personification, rhetorical questions, similies and adverbs. Aimed at upper KS2 or lower KS3, there are four separate activities to support class teaching, along with an additional 'Senses' sheet which can be used with all four writing sheets.
Choices & Decisions:  PSHE Discussion Starters for KS3 & 4
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Choices & Decisions: PSHE Discussion Starters for KS3 & 4

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A selection of high-quality worksheets with thought provoking images, designed to provoke discussion about some difficult issues - - Problems or Solutions: How do we deal with difficult issues such as anxiety, school, friends etc; - Quit or Keep Trying: Why should we persevere?; - Why we should talk when things are tough; - Empathy: How might someone be feeling if they're in a tough place?; - Conflict with Parents: How would you deal with it? This resource would also make a great wall display.
Writing Genres for KS2 & KS3
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Writing Genres for KS2 & KS3

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An essential wall display/resource for any classroom, showing ten different genres - Action & Adventure, Myths, Mystery, Fantasy, Horror, Real-Life, Historical, Sci-Fi, Thriller and Folk Tales. Each A4 poster describes the necessary requirements for each of the headings, but more importantly, each has top tips for developing writing in each of the genres. A superbly colourful resource that children will refer to each time they write. Suitable for upper KS2 and KS3.
Children's Guide to Writing Spooky Stories - KS2/3
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Children's Guide to Writing Spooky Stories - KS2/3

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A superb resource aimed at developing children's planning and execution skills in writing - in this case, a spooky story for Halloween. Two A4 sheets with guidance through points 1-5 guide children away from common pitfalls and encourage wider thinking, developing character traits, effective description and more. Also included is a spider's web word-ladder for children to collate their adjectives and adverbs. Finished off with a 'Writer's Checklist' which is aimed at being used by children's partner to peer-assess each other's work.