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Year 5 Comprehension Pack
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Year 5 Comprehension Pack

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Value your time, and smash your progress targets with our comprehension packs. With a range of text types, dedicated grammar and vocabulary tasks, textual analysis and comprehension questions, you will be all set for any reading block. And for those of you who need to track each child’s progress, our handy 5-page tracker will allow you to identify the reading skills taught and give you the evidence you need for your folder. Aimed at Year 5 (or Grade 4), these packs can be used for reading intervention students in Year 6. 10 texts with answers. *Please note, you will need to extract/unzip the files after downloading to ensure they all open correctly.
Sentence Types PowerPoint
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Sentence Types PowerPoint

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This resource can be used at the start of the year as a quick revision of the four different sentence types. Towards the end of the year use it to consolidate the year’s teaching.
Musical Easter Eggstravaganza Pack
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Musical Easter Eggstravaganza Pack

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This Easter themed pack is aimed at beginner musicians working at pre-grade 1 to grade 1 music theory level. It includes: 14 page Easter activity booklet covering note letters and lengths, rest lengths, time signatures, bar lines, dynamics and tempo. This comes in UK and US versions, plus answer booklets. Easter Note Name Matching Cards Easter Scramble: An Easter board game featuring note letters and lengths, and rest lengths Easter Words and Notes Mat
Poetry Bingo
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Poetry Bingo

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Challenge your pupils to recognise poetry themed definitions with this bingo game. There are 30 different boards; enough for every child in your class. Definitions: acrostic, alliteration, assonance, ballad, couplet, free verse, haiku, half-rhyme, internal rhyme, kenning, limerick, metaphor, narrative poem, onomatopoeia, personification, rap, repetition, riddle, rhyme, rhyme pattern, shape poem, simile, sonnet, syllable, stanza The set includes a definition answer sheet for the teacher. This resource is also available as part of the complete Poetry Pack at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/poetry-pack-11817993?theme=1
Reception to Year 6 Comprehension Sample Pack
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Reception to Year 6 Comprehension Sample Pack

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Value your time, and smash your progress targets with our comprehension packs. Download the sample pack for free. This contains examples of our comprehensions from Reception to Year 6. With a range of text types, dedicated grammar and vocabulary tasks, textual analysis and comprehension questions, you will be all set for any reading block. And for those of you who need to track each child’s progress, our handy 5 and 7-page trackers will allow you to identify the reading skills taught and give you the evidence you need for your folder.
Festive Morning Starters (Christmas) - Upper Key Stage 2
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Festive Morning Starters (Christmas) - Upper Key Stage 2

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As Christmas approaches, get your children into the festive spirit from the moment they enter the classroom. These festive morning starters, which can also be used as time fillers in other spare moments during the day, are closely aligned with the UK National Curriculum for Years 5 and 6. The PowerPoint features 19 English morning starters and 19 maths morning starters. Answers are included on the following slide so pupils can self-mark. This resource is also available as part of the Christmas Pack for Upper Key Stage 2.
Spelling Snakes and Ladders
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Spelling Snakes and Ladders

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Make your way to the top of the board without treading on any of those treacherous snakes. Land on a spell square for the chance to get ahead by proving your spelling knowledge. The game includes word sets for Years 1 to 6 based on the National Spelling Appendix with 40-54 words per year group.
Musical Snakes and Ladders (notes and rhythms)
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Musical Snakes and Ladders (notes and rhythms)

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Make sight reading fun with Musical Snakes and Ladders! The game is great for young piano pupils to taking their first steps in rhythm and note sight reading. Move your counter to the top of the board to reach the final square. If you’re lucky you can climb up a piano ladder but watch out for those slippery snakes! Each time you land on a music square, correctly play or clap the tune or rhythm on the game card to earn yourself a bonus move forward. Level 1 – Quaver, crotchet and minim (Eighth, quarter and half note) rhythms with the words coffee, tea and cake written underneath as a guide. Level 2 – Quaver, crotchet and minim (Eighth, quarter and half note) rhythms without words Level 3 – Crotchets (quarter notes) with middle C, D and E in the treble clef Level 4 – Quavers, crotchets and minims (eighth notes, quarter notes and half notes) with middle C, D and E in the treble clef Level 5 – Quavers, crotchets and minims (eighth notes, quarter notes and half notes) with middle C, D, E, F and G in the treble clef Level 6 – Crotchets (quarter notes) with middle C, B, A, G and F in the bass clef Level 6 (alternative) – Crotchets (quarter notes) with 2nd space C up to 4th space G in the bass clef Level 7 – Quavers, crotchets and minims (eighth notes, quarter notes and half notes) with middle C, B, A, G and F in the bass clef Level 7 (alternative) – Quavers, crotchets and minims (eighth notes, quarter notes and half notes) with 2nd space C up to 4th space G in the bass clef This game is also available as part of the Young Beginners’ Piano Activity Pack: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/young-beginners-piano-activity-pack-11780863
Intervention Pack
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Intervention Pack

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Perfect for teachers and teaching assistants organising interventions, this pack will have your English interventions up and running in no time. Worth £30 but yours for just £20, the pack includes: -Spelling Snakes and Ladders – Make your way to the top of the board without treading on any of those treacherous snakes. Land on a spell square for the chance to get ahead by proving your spelling knowledge. The game includes word sets for Years 1 to 6 based on the National Spelling Appendix with 40-54 words per year group. -Homophone Dominoes – Help your students consolidate their homophone knowledge. With 30 domino cards, they will be homophone stars in no time. -Dictionary Conqueror – Master the dictionary, collect the most books and race to victory in this 2-6 player board game with four levels of difficulty. -Text Detectives – This is a fantastic 16 page resource that will enable pupils to master any text and develop their reading skills. It contains 8 full colour anchor charts as well as 8 skills cards that can be laminated for use with a range of texts. -Prefix Matching Cards – Match the prefix and root word cards. Includes an accompanying prefixes poster. Match the prefix and root word cards. Includes an accompanying prefixes poster. -An hour’s video tutorial explaining techniques to teach reading effectively.
Treble Clef Musical Note Word Searches
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Treble Clef Musical Note Word Searches

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Put your students’ note reading skills to the test with these fun Musical Note Word Searches. This pack contains 10 different word searches, each with four words to find. It features four 6×5 treble clef word searches and six 8×5 treble clef word searches. The words to find are given in normal English underneath the puzzle. Each word search square has a musical note on the stave (staff if you are in the US!). Pitch notation C4 to F5. Students need to find the words in the grid. They are written in simple horizontal or vertical directions. An answer sheet is included. You can buy the treble clef pack individually here or purchase the full treble and bass clef version at a discounted rate here.
Year 3 and 4 Comprehension Pack
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Year 3 and 4 Comprehension Pack

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Value your time, and smash your progress targets with our comprehension packs. With a range of text types, dedicated grammar and vocabulary tasks, textual analysis and comprehension questions, you will be all set for any reading block. And for those of you who need to track each child’s progress, our handy 5-page trackers will allow you to identify the reading skills taught and give you the evidence you need for your folder. Aimed at Year 3 and Year 4 (or Grade 2/3), these packs can be used for reading intervention students in Year 5 and 6. 20 texts with answers. *Please note, you will need to extract/unzip the files after downloading to ensure they all open correctly. Also available in the same format: Year 3: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-3-comprehension-pack-11756550 Year 4: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-4-comprehension-pack-11743575 Year 5: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-5-comprehension-pack-11744442 Year 6: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-6-comprehension-pack-11744450 Year 4 and 5: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-4-and-5-comprehension-pack-11744464 Year 5 and 6: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-5-and-6-comprehension-pack-11744465 Year 3 to 6: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-3-to-6-comprehension-pack-11756548
Year 3 to 6 Comprehension Pack
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Year 3 to 6 Comprehension Pack

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Value your time, and smash your progress targets with our comprehension packs. With a range of text types, dedicated grammar and vocabulary tasks, textual analysis and comprehension questions, you will be all set for any reading block. And for those of you who need to track each child’s progress, our handy 5 and 7-page trackers will allow you to identify the reading skills taught and give you the evidence you need for your folder. Aimed at Year 3 to Year 6 (or Grade 2 to Grade 5), these packs can be used for reading intervention students in higher years. 50 texts with answers. Purchasing each year group pack separately would cost £47. This complete KS2 pack costs only £20!
Grade 1 Music Theory Games and Quizzes
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Grade 1 Music Theory Games and Quizzes

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The Grade 1 Music Theory pack, which is based on the current ABRSM music theory syllabus (2020 onwards), contains 26 games and activities plus 10 music quizzes. The games have been designed to require minimal preparation. Board games can be played immediately after printing. Games cards have straight edges and are accurately lined up so that they can cut quickly.  The games take an average of five minutes to play, meaning they can easily be used within a weekly instrumental lesson. The music quizzes are based on typical exam papers but condensed into one A4 sheet each, making them quicker to complete than full papers and reducing printing costs. Both UK and US terminology has been used where required. Download a free sample quiz here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/grade-1-music-theory-sample-quiz-12301641 Contents: Accidentals Accidentals Quiz Flashcards Circle time. Accidentals board game. Clefs Treble or bass? A game of two clefs board game Treble or Bass Flashcards – single and double sided Intervals and degrees Intervals Matching Pairs Intervals Dominoes Degrees Matching Pairs Fish Frenzy board game: Degrees Key signatures Key Signatures Matching Puzzle Key words Key Words Flashcards Hexagon Takeover board game – key words Note and rest lengths Help sheet (UK/US) Two Paths board game – rests Jumpmania board game – note lengths (UK/US) The Lengthy Spiral board game (2 levels) Rests Dominoes (2 levels) Note pitches Two Paths board game – letters Drawing Showdown – writing notes Jumpmania board game – treble clef notes Jumpmania board game – bass clef notes Pitches Matching Pairs Time signatures and bar lines Time Signatures Brain Twister card game Time to Race board game – time signatures Tones and semitones Tone or Semitone? (Whole step or half step) Flashcards (UK/US single and double sided) Fish Frenzy board game - Counting semitones/half steps Ten Music Quizzes with answers Here’s what Tim Spoerer, founder of Jam-Bus, had to say about our Grade 1 and 2 Music Theory Packs: “Last year I ran my first Music Theory Class with Years 5 & 6. It was an enormous success with the vast majority achieving Distinction Grades. It was largely in thanks to Teaching with Ease’s excellent music games. I set up the “Music Theory Games Arcade” for them every lesson and they really loved it. It gave a really fun thing to look forward to in lessons. “Once the PDFs were downloaded, I could print them and laminate them meaning we can use them time and time again in the build up to their exams.”
Line Lord - Musical Note Recognition Game
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Line Lord - Musical Note Recognition Game

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Line Lord is a block based note recognition game that challenges players to work together to create the most completed lines on the board. Blocks of various shapes and sizes are randomly drawn, rotated to fit and placed on the grid of the game board. Each piece has a musical note on it and players must say the note’s letter name as they place the piece. Versions are included for: Treble clef lines and spaces Bass clef lines and spaces Alto clef lines and spaces Tenor clef lines and spaces Treble clef for five finger piano C4-G4 Bass clef for five finger piano F3-C4 Bass clef for five finger piano C4-G4 The pieces for more than one version can be combined if desired. There are 10 game boards to choose from; skyscraper, tree, rabbit, house and six patterns. Line Lord is played with a timer so you can select a length to fit your lesson perfectly. Five minutes is usually a good starting time.
Complete Beginners' Piano Pack for Children
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Complete Beginners' Piano Pack for Children

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Aimed at young beginner pianists, this pack contains 21 games to help students take their first steps on their musical journey. The games take children from their first exploration of the sounds pianos make into understanding the concept of higher and lower pitches. They then focus on finding the different notes on the piano keyboard before moving on to reading their first notes on the staff. Note identification games use five-finger positions surrounding middle C (treble clef C4-G4 and bass clef F3-C4) and also from the C below middle C (bass clef C3-G3) so you can select the hand position on which your method book focuses. Note length games use crotchets, minims, dotted minims and semibreves (quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes and whole notes). The games have been designed to require minimal preparation and not to use excessive ink. Board games can be played immediately after printing. Games cards have straight edges and are accurately lined up so that they can be cut quickly. The games take an average of five minutes to play, meaning they can easily be used within a weekly instrumental lesson. . Contents: Exploring first sounds – Talking Animals – Sound Machine Higher and lower – Climb and Slide – Coin Flip – Firefighting – Honey Bee-licious Letters of the keys – Find That Note – Musical Notes Bingo – Snakes and Pianos – What the Unicorn Said Notes on the staff for five finger piano – Ah Hoy Pirates – Colour Me Crazy – Dominoes – Quack Quack Ducklings – Unicorns and Ogres Note lengths – Whatever The Weather! – Colour Me Crazy – Piggy Pairs – Sea Life Explorer – Colour Catcher – Floral Fantasy Plus a Notes Guide Sheet to remind students of the note letters and note lengths. (UK and US versions).
Unicorns Forever -  Time Signatures
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Unicorns Forever - Time Signatures

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Harness your unicorns and race them around the board in this magical time signature game. In Unicorns Forever, players are challenged to create matching sets of time signatures and bars using a variety of note and rest cards. The game uses the 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. Note and rest lengths included are semibreves (whole notes), dotted minims (dotted half notes), minims (half notes), dotted crotchets (dotted quarter notes), crotchets (quarter notes), dotted quavers (dotted eighth notes), quavers (eighth notes) and semiquavers (sixteenth notes). The rhythms have all been made up to whole beats so each note/rest card adds up to one, two, three or four beats. Players move their unicorn one step around the board for each set they create. For the non-unicorn lovers of the world, the game can also be played with just the cards, seeing who can create the most sets in five or 10 minutes.
Summer on the Sand: Identifying Musical Notes
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Summer on the Sand: Identifying Musical Notes

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Race to collect all the items for the perfect summer’s day at the beach. This seasonal board game challenges players to name the notes they see on the staff or to find the notes on the piano. All you need is the printed game board, a counter for each player (two players), a pencil and a dice. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to play. You can also set a timer and see who can collect the most objects in that time to ensure it fits perfectly into your lesson. This pack includes eight boards: – Treble clef lines and spaces – Bass clef lines and spaces – Alto clef lines and spaces – Tenor clef lines and spaces – Treble clef C4-G4 for five finger piano – Bass clef C3-G3 for five finger piano – Bass clef F3-C4 for five finger piano – Letters (for note finding on the piano or writing on a blank staff)
My First Hands Together Piano Sight Reading
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My First Hands Together Piano Sight Reading

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Some students find the transition from Grade 1 sight reading, where only one hand is played at a time, to Grade 2 sight reading, where the hands often play together, to be a sudden change. This book is born out of individual pages that I started writing for one of my students to introduce her very gradually to sight reading with both hands together as none of the books I could find had enough easy examples. Now a complete digital book of 185 sight reading examples that increase in difficulty very gradually, it is perfect for the students who need more time to build their confidence and ability. All of the examples are in five finger positions, the hands never having to move within the piece. I have followed the ABRSM Grade 2 sight parameters for sharps and flats, time signatures and note range. The rhythms have been kept simple. This book is the ideal precursor to working on Grade 2 standard pieces. Features: 185 sight reading examples. That’s more than enough to do three a week for an entire year! Simple pieces with the emphasis on a very slow, gradual increase in difficulty Examples with right hand and left hand melodies 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time Up to two sharps or two flats