Three Story Starters

Three Story Starters

Three quality story openers to stimulate students and create plenty of discussion, leading to improved writing opportunities! All three are semi-spooky, mysterious, thought-provoking resources that can be interpreted in a myriad of ways, but are all certain to capture students' imaginations!
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Mystery Writing - Upper KS2/KS3 - Includes Videos

Mystery Writing - Upper KS2/KS3 - Includes Videos

A superb resource for encouraging students to write in the mystery/spooky genre, with the emphasis on discussion, recording, redrafting and improving their work. This resource is more concerned with 'mystery' in its wider sense, not just that of the traditional 'Whodunnit' but more about more mysterious things that might be around us in everyday life. Included are three quality activities with story-starters, two resource sheets and two high-quality videos (approx 3 mins long). Both have the same images and original, atmospheric soundtrack which will be guaranteed to stimulate discussion. The second video has added annotations to encourage those students who are finding it difficult to engage. The videos create a wonderful whole-class introduction - close the curtains, turn up the sound on the IWB and sit back - your students will respond! If you have any questions or would like something specific creating, please get in touch!
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Creative Writing: Water

Creative Writing: Water

Using various images of water - (waterfall, droplets, condensation, lakes, ripples), encouraging children to talk about what they see. Aimed at improving vocabulary and consequently their sentence structure, these five sheets are created as a shorter writing task (20 mins). Included are writing support sheets for your students to use to record and develop their grammar within the writing task.
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Haiku - Autumn Writing Resource for KS2 and 3

Haiku - Autumn Writing Resource for KS2 and 3

A comprehensive writing resource for children to engage in Haiku poetry using 'Autumn' as their starting point. Included in the pack - - Examples of Haiku poetry; - Glorious photographs of different woodland scenes in the autumn; - Children's planning sheet; - Differentiated methods for achieving success with less able children There are 8 sheets included in the Haiku pack, along with a PDF border which can be typed onto via word-processor for wall display.
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Donald Trump - The New President

Donald Trump - The New President

Here we have several resources aimed at KS3 (but could be used with more able KS2), looking at the incoming President of the USA and what that could mean for the USA and the wider world. Activities are based around discussion (including a class debate), questioning and knowledge. Resources included - - Donald Trump Fact File; - What Donald Trump stands for; - Worksheet - 'What would I ask the President?' which leads onto 'Writing a Letter to the President' - 'Republicans & Democrats' - basic guide to the major differences between the parties - Class Debate - 'Republicans or Democrats' - resource sheets to support both sides of the argument, consolidating understanding of the main differences between the parties
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PSHE Discussion Points - KS2/3

PSHE Discussion Points - KS2/3

A collection of FOUR quality images that are designed to engage students in discussion with a view to developing listening skills. The four starters are - - What's Your Worst Nightmare (Food? Anxiety? Parents? School?)?; - Should Homework Be Banned? - Fast Food or Healthy?; - Should We Get Paid For Good Work? Each encourages students to collaborate - in pairs or small groups, make notes and plan a response that can be shared with the larger group.
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The Arctic

The Arctic

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?'
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Desert Island

Desert Island

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.
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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

A set of resources aimed at KS2 to be used in the classroom for Chinese New Year in January 2017. Activities include - - Information sheet about Chinese New Year (The Rooster); - Chinese Dragons writing sheet: Story starter; - Map of China to be annotated; - A selection of images for display/stimulation; - Chinese Quiz
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Cold - Creative Writing for KS2/3

Cold - Creative Writing for KS2/3

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.
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Exploration

Exploration

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...
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Christmas Truce 1914

Christmas Truce 1914

A Christmas resource with a difference - looking at the events at the Western Front, 1914. Aimed at upper KS2 and KS3. Included is a sizeable resource with information, images, questions - all aimed at provoking discussion amongst students about the futility of war, the conditions the soldiers fought in and the irony involved. Included is a story-starter, putting the student in the role of an English Tommy, hearing the tones of 'Silent Night' wafting across No-Man's-Land and the story that unfolds afterwards...
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Creative Christmas Writing for KS2

Creative Christmas Writing for KS2

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.
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What is Love?

What is Love?

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.
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Sensational Seasonal Sale!

Sensational Seasonal Sale!

Some of my best selling resources are in this package that is virtually being given away in keeping with the festive season. Lots of Christmas related resources, but others that can be used throughout the winter season. Grab yourselves a bargain and save over 40% on full price! Bah Humbug!
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Writing Resources For KS2/3

Writing Resources For KS2/3

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.
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Creative Writing for Halloween (KS2)

Creative Writing for Halloween (KS2)

Three fab visual resources to stimulate the creativeness in children - inspired by good old ghosts, ghouls and witches! Included are three atmospheric pictures with a lead-in to the writing. - The House on Haunted Hill (story) - Witches' Brew (recipe) - Spooky Graveyard Included in the pack are numerous sheets to support children's own planning and assessment. There are also ideas sheets to develop the use of appropriate adjectives, adverbs etc. An ancient scroll image is included for children to write their finished pieces on. Please leave me a review if you like this resource!
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Creating a Newspaper Report - Upper KS2 & 3

Creating a Newspaper Report - Upper KS2 & 3

A comprehensive activity that focusses on creating a newspaper front page, with a walk-through guide for students to follow and discuss. Also included is a sheet that explores the use of puns and alliteration in newspapers. A worksheet aimed at elementary advertising is also included, as is an A4 newspaper template.
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On the Streets at Christmas

On the Streets at Christmas

Three challenging resources to encourage quality discussion and debate with KS3+ students. All three tackling the social issue of homelessness and the concept of Christmas being a time for giving, these resources will undoubtedly promote lively discourse in your class. Areas covered - sleeping rough and the repercussions of such, the causes of homelessness and the public perception of these issues.
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KS2 Writing Bundle

KS2 Writing Bundle

A HUGE resource covering script writing, creative writing, description, using synonyms, cross curricular writing and a massive pack of posters looking at writing genres. Individually, these resources would cost over £20.
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