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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!
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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Why Poppies?  A Remembrance Resource for KS2

Why Poppies? A Remembrance Resource for KS2

A comprehensive A5 booklet designed for children to keep, covering Remembrance Day and beyond. The resource looks at the story of the poppy, its history and how it is perceived today. This includes some strong discussion points to strengthen students' debating and persuasive skills. A discussion of the act of Remembrance is covered, as is a more in-depth look at the battle of the Somme. Included is a poster for display, showing key words. Also included is a 'Facts & Figures' sheet. Finally, the resource is completed with a cross-curricular question sheet.
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Autumn Writing for KS2 & KS3

Autumn Writing for KS2 & KS3

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.
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KS2/KS3 Creative Writing Week-Long Resource Pack

KS2/KS3 Creative Writing Week-Long Resource Pack

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.
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Guy Fawkes - A Creative Writing Resource

Guy Fawkes - A Creative Writing Resource

A super resource aimed at getting children to consider what it would have been like for Guy Fawkes on November 5th. Included in the pack - - Picture stimulus - 8-section storyboard to create overview - A4 sheet to record appropriate adjectives, adverbs, similes and rhetorical questions - A4 'Senses' sheet for aiding sentence development - A4 'Empathy' sheet - thought-provoking questions designed to encourage children to 'live in someone else's shoes' - A4 scroll image for children to either write their improved drafts onto or type onto via the computer
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KS2 Writing Resource

KS2 Writing Resource

Four writing resources based around the theme of a funfair. Includes - - Planning page which covers synonyms, onomatopoeia, adjectives and similes; - Photographs to stimulate imagination; - Sheet to encourage children to think of multisensory experiences; - 'Big Write' sheet for story draft
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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 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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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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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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Winter - Descriptive Writing for KS2

Winter - Descriptive Writing for KS2

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.
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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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Deserts - A Creative Writing Resource - KS2

Deserts - A Creative Writing Resource - KS2

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.
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Properties of Shape - Maths Starter

Properties of Shape - Maths Starter

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.
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Children's Guide to Writing Spooky Stories - KS2/3

Children's Guide to Writing Spooky Stories - KS2/3

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.
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One Boy's Bullying - A Resource for Anti-Bullying Week (Upper KS2/KS3)

One Boy's Bullying - A Resource for Anti-Bullying Week (Upper KS2/KS3)

Inspired by true events, this resource is aimed at helping students to recognise different aspects of bullying - that it isn't all fighting! 'One Boy's Bullying' takes the form of a boy's noticeboard, where he pins his occasional thoughts to it, showing the development of his bullying story. Becoming increasingly desperate, the boy's situation becomes ever more fragile as he begins to lose sleep, lose weight and lose his family. Guaranteed to provoke quality discussion, this resource comes with a lesson plan and some extension activities.
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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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