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I originally trained and taught as a Primary school teacher in the UK for several years before moving to The Caribbean. I was given the opportunity to teach my favorite subject (Math) at a Secondary level (middle and high school; G7-11) and jumped at the chance. I aim to make resources which are: 1. Simple but effective - the most important aspect of a teaching resource is that it works. 2. Dynamic - I believe in changing it up! 3. Repetition - students need to regularly repeat key skills.

I originally trained and taught as a Primary school teacher in the UK for several years before moving to The Caribbean. I was given the opportunity to teach my favorite subject (Math) at a Secondary level (middle and high school; G7-11) and jumped at the chance. I aim to make resources which are: 1. Simple but effective - the most important aspect of a teaching resource is that it works. 2. Dynamic - I believe in changing it up! 3. Repetition - students need to regularly repeat key skills.
Year 6 SPaG Starters
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Year 6 SPaG Starters

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KS2 SATS Revision Slides This Powerpoint contains 30 SPaG starters and answers or example slides. It is suitable for pupils reviewing year 6 English. A great revision aid for KS2 SATS preparation. The Powerpoint includes over 60 slides based on the grammar and punctuation strands of the most recent National Curriculum (2014). The slides review: subjunctive form progressive, simple and perfect aspects active and passive form modal verbs subordinating and coordinating conjunctions nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, determiners, pronouns, prepositions semi-colons, parenthesis, dashes, commas, full stops, hyphens main, relative and subordinate clauses subject and object questions, statements and exclamations synonyms and antonyms. The video show a preview of the first 7 slides (first 3 starters). Check out these other great resources for SPaG review. SPaG Review Sheets: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12073134 Year 5 SPaG Starters: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12073134 Check out these other great resources for year 6. Year 6 Maths SATS Number Slides: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-11533604 Year 6 Maths Arithmetic Slides: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-11539931
Year 4 SPaG Starters
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Quick starters to help reinforce SPaG teaching. Starts with a recap of the year 3 National Curriculum grammar strands and then moves on to year 4. Includes over 60 slides. 30 Starters - with answers. Based on the National Curriculum punctuation and grammar strands. Includes: prefixes, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, simple tense, plural and possessive ‘s’ , plural possession, standard English, noun phrases, prepositional phrases, fronted adverbials, pronouns, inverted commas, determiners and possessive pronouns. The video shows the first 7 slides of the powerpoint.
Year 6 Maths SATS Number Starter or Review Slides
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Year 6 Maths SATS Number Starter or Review Slides

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Over 60 slides (31 question slides and 31 answer slides). Based on the new KS2 year 6 curriculum. Can be used for quick starters or for revision. Designed to cover all aspects of the year 6 number curriculum including place value (order, rounding, negative numbers), operations (long multiplication, long division, order of operations, common factors, common multiples, prime numbers, multi-step word problems, missing number problems, estimation), fractions (simplifying, comparing, add, subtract, multiply, divide, equivalents) and decimals (multiplication, rounding, equivalents). The video shows a preview of the first 7 slides. Includes questions in a similar style to both reasoning and arithmetic test papers.
SPaG revision sheets for  year 5/6
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SPaG revision sheets for year 5/6

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SPaG revision sheets designed to help students review learning for SATS. Includes 5 question sheets each with its own answer sheet. Perfect for grammar and punctuation revision in class or for homework. Includes questions on the following: parts of speech (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and determiners), verb tense (past, present and future - simple and progressive), modal verbs, the subjunctive form, antonyms, suffixes, active and passive tense, hyphens, semi-colons. speech marks and brackets.
Year 5 SPAG Starters
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Year 5 SPAG Starters

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25 Grammar and Punctuation Starters for Year 5 Quick starters to help reinforce grammar teaching. Starts with a recap of the year 4 national curriculum grammar subjects and then moves on to year 5. Covers: plural and possessive s, noun phrases, prepositional phrases, fronted adverbials, speech, apostrophes for possession, determiners, pronouns, possessive pronouns, converting nouns and adjectives to verbs, relative clauses, adverbs, modal verbs, cohesion, brackets, dashes and commas for parenthesis and commas for ambiguity. The video shows the first 7 slides. Check out these other great resources for SPaG review. SPaG Review Sheets: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12073134 Year 6 SPaG Starters: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-11512196
Generate and describe linear number sequences - KS2 algebra.
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Generate and describe linear number sequences - KS2 algebra.

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A series of 3 worksheets designed to teach linear sequences (algebra) to children in KS2. Each worksheet comes with a help sheet and answer sheet. Each sheet starts with a simple task before moving on to a more complex one. Designed primarily for year 6 but many parts will also be useful further down the school. Begins by recapping linear sequences and moves on to generation and description of sequences using algebra. The video shows a preview of the sheets.
Christmas grammar challenge for upper key stage 2
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Christmas grammar challenge for upper key stage 2

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A Christmas grammar challenge/quiz for upper key stage 2 (years 6). Great revision of some of the topics for the upper key stage 2 SPaG curriculum including nouns, determiners, pronouns, simple and progressive tense, active and passive form, main clauses, semicolons, verbs and subject. The quiz is two pages long and includes ten parts. There is also a two page answer sheet.
Arithmetic Starters for year 5
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Arithmetic Starters for year 5

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49 slides. Includes a question slide with 6 questions and an answer slide. Based on the National Curriculum - with SATs style arithmetic paper questions covering the year 5 content (also includes some year 4 revision). Includes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and powers. Good for reviewing taught content.
Collect Like Terms Task Cards
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Collect Like Terms Task Cards

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32 quiz cards/ task cards on collecting (adding and subtracting) like terms that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have questions on front and answers (simplified form) on the back. KS3 Algebra
Types of Number Task Cards
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Types of Number Task Cards

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32 flashcards on types of number that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have a number on the front the number type on the back. Includes natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers and real numbers.
Solve 2-Step Linear Equations Task Cards
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Solve 2-Step Linear Equations Task Cards

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32 quiz cards/ task cards on solving 2- step linear equations that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have questions on front and answers on the back. Designed to use minimal paper and printing - flashcards (with answers) are just 4 pages. Students can solve by rearranging the equation. i.e. Solve solve 2a + 4 = 10 You can get students to quiz each other and swap cards using cooperative learning. You can also use for a carousel. Students can time how many they can solve in a set time frame – always checking the answers on the back. National Curriculum strand - use algebraic methods to solve linear equations in one variable
Multiplications Game For 6, 7, 8, 9 Times Tables
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Multiplications Game For 6, 7, 8, 9 Times Tables

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This multiplication game involves building speed for the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables. Fun to play and adds variation to times tables learning. Repetitive play will allow students to build fluency in these multiplication tables. Students play in groups of 2 - 4. How to play Sort the cards into piles based on the shapes on the back. Each student gets a pile and shuffles their cards. On a start signal, students race to place their cards into the correct multiplication table mat. Students stop when the first person has gone through all their cards. Students then use the back of the mats to check all cards are in the correct place. They score 1 point for every card on the correct mat. They lose 2 points for a card on the wrong mat. Student with the most points wins. Teacher Instructions Print mats double sided and laminate. Print cards double sided and laminate. Print instructions for students or show on board. Game can be played in groups of 4 or less. Use as a whole class activity or for carousal activity.
Arithmetic Bundle For Upper KS2  and Lower KS3
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Arithmetic Bundle For Upper KS2 and Lower KS3

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4 x 32 task cards to practise key arithmetic number skills; Order of Operations (PEMDAS), operations with mixed numbers and fractions, operations with decimals and operations with negative numbers. Answers are included on the back of the cards. Great for cooperative learning - students quiz each other. Can also be used as an individual task such as during Maths centers. Print double-sided and laminate. Designed to save paper and printing.
Sets of Numbers Lesson
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Sets of Numbers Lesson

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This lesson contains whole class, individual and paired work. It includes a Powerpoint for whole class teaching and an individual task, as well as some flashcards or task cards for paired work. There is also some guidance for teachers on the notes section of the powerpoint. The lesson begins with the teacher explaining the different types of numbers, students then sort numbers into different sets as a whole class. After this student sort some numbers on their own and quiz each other on the number type of different numbers using task cards (the last two tasks can be done in any order). I estimate this lesson would take around 30 minutes. This lesson is aimed at CXC, 4th or 5th form students (equivalent t to year 10 and 11 GCSE) but can be used to teach any students about set of numbers. To see the slides in more detail you can watch the tutorial I created with the slides on my Tropical Classrooms Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvR9IROf5Y
Algebraic Notation Task Cards
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Algebraic Notation Task Cards

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32 quiz cards/ flash cards/ quiz cards on algebraic notation/terminology that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have questions on front and ‘answers’ on the back. Includes KS3 curriculum strand ‘use and interpret algebraic notation including: ab in place of a × b, 3y in place of y + y + y and 3 × y, a2 (squared) in place of a × a, b/a in place of a ÷ b, coefficients written as fractions rather than as decimals and brackets’.
Exponent (Powers or Indices) Rules Task Cards
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Exponent (Powers or Indices) Rules Task Cards

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32 flashcards on exponents that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have questions on front and answers (simplified form) on the back. Covers multiplying and dividing exponents (of the same base), power rule, exponents with fractional bases, exponents of 1 and 0 and 1 as a base.
Algebra Task Card Bundle
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Algebra Task Card Bundle

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Algebra Task Card Bundle These task cards are designed for KS3 algebra lessons (years 7-9). The bundle includes 32 task cards for 6 different algebra skills - there are 224 cards in total. These task cards allow students to practise the following skills: use and interpret algebraic notation, substitute numerical values into formulae and expressions simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions to maintain equivalence by: collecting like terms multiplying a single term over a bracket use algebraic methods to solve linear equations in one variable Also includes a bonus exponent rules task cards. Answers are included on the back of the cards. Great for cooperative learning - students quiz each other. Can also be used as an individual task such as during Maths centers. Print double-sided and laminate. Designed to save paper and printing. Check out this other great KS3 algebra resource: KS3 Algebra Review Sheets https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12612723
Solve 1-Step Linear Equations  Task Cards.
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Solve 1-Step Linear Equations Task Cards.

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These cards are designed for early algebra. 32 quiz cards/ task cards on solving 1- step linear equations that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have questions on front and answers on the back. Students can solve by rearranging the equation. i.e. Solve solve a + 4 = 10 You can get students to quiz each other and swap cards using cooperative learning. You can also use for a carousel. Students can time how many they can solve in a set time frame – always checking the answers on the back. National Curriculum strand - use algebraic methods to solve linear equations in one variable
Substitute Numerical Values into Expressions Task Cards
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Substitute Numerical Values into Expressions Task Cards

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Evaluate Algebraic Expressions Task Cards 32 quiz cards/ task cards on evaluating expressions/ substitution that are perfect for cooperative learning activities. Print (flip pages on long edge) and laminate/ stick together to have questions on front and answers on the back. Students find the value of the expression through substitution. i.e. find the value of the expression a + 3 when a = 4. 4 + 3 = 7. You can get students to quiz each other and swap cards using cooperative learning. You can also use for a carousel. Students can time how many they can solve in a set time frame – always checking the answers on the back. National Curriculum strand - substitute numerical values into formulae and expressions.