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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!
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.
Creative Writing: Water
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Creative Writing: Water

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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.
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.
Christmas Truce 1914
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Christmas Truce 1914

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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...
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!
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
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.
KS2 Writing Bundle
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KS2 Writing Bundle

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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.
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?'
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.
Properties of Shape - Maths Starter
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Properties of Shape - Maths Starter

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A huge resource of over ten different regular shapes - differentiated for two levels, so over twenty worksheets in all. Comes complete with guidance from the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Aimed at getting children to discuss different properties of shape, these resources lend themselves equally well to a 'chalk & talk' session using a board/visualiser or can be used individually with children. The worksheets also encourage children to look at shape in their environment, prompting further talk. Plenty of options for discussing the merits of each shape and enhancing mathematical vocabulary.
Remembrance for KS1
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Remembrance for KS1

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An 8-page A5 booklet with a potted history of the Great War, the birth of the Poppy and the Royal British Legion. The booklet includes comprehension exercises, images, questions and more. Designed for children to keep as a future reference booklet, this resource covers all the necessary areas - Who? What? When? Where? Why? and discusses how Poppies became symbolic. A map of Europe is included for children to locate the main countries involved. Finally, the most popular verse from 'The Fallen' is included ('They shall not grow old...') for children to learn by heart.
Creative Writing Resources
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Creative Writing Resources

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A selection of four creative writing resources with powerful images that will produce quality discussion. Each is supplied with a prompt sheet to push students' writing skills to the next level. Provided with an extra prompt sheet that can be used with all four pictures, to encourage students to consider the importance of their senses in writing. Aimed at upper KS2 and lower KS3, these photographs will create a superb wall display, with some excellent writing from the children.
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.
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.
Autumn Writing for KS2 & KS3
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Autumn Writing for KS2 & KS3

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A whole week's worth of writing activities based around the theme of 'Autumn'. Vivid images to stimulate children's' thinking and develop their vocabularies. Specifically created for shorter writing tasks, each sheet is aimed at a 20-minute writing session, giving time to discuss the task, time for teacher modelling on board/visualiser and time to create a word bank to refer to AND time for children to write. Included in the pack is a planning sheet for the children to use, along with a choice of three different sheets for the children to write up their completed, redrafted work. These may also be used on the computer to type on.
Haiku - Autumn Writing Resource for KS2 and 3
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Haiku - Autumn Writing Resource for KS2 and 3

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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.
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.