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WiseArk Ltd which is a ‘micro-company specialising in supplying educational resources. We specialise in resources for use in tutor time -many of which are also suitable for use in citizenship/PSHE. We also have a range of resources to support learning in history. I was a teacher for over 20 years so know from first-hand experience how engaged students can be when given challenges and puzzles.

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WiseArk Ltd which is a ‘micro-company specialising in supplying educational resources. We specialise in resources for use in tutor time -many of which are also suitable for use in citizenship/PSHE. We also have a range of resources to support learning in history. I was a teacher for over 20 years so know from first-hand experience how engaged students can be when given challenges and puzzles.
Personal finance: –income & spending (2020)
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Personal finance: –income & spending (2020)

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Personal finance: An introduction –income and household expenses A set of worksheets that will help students prepare for the world of work and living away from home. The first sheet looks at income from employment –considering the main deductions that lead to net pay being less than gross pay. The worksheet takes students though the process step by step, calculating the deductions from a national living wage job. The second sheet considers main household expenses such as rent, council tax and insurance. Again the worksheet takes a methodical approach, allowing students to see how quickly their income will be spent. Ideal for use in PSHE and functional maths –calculator required! updated for 2020 budget
Christmas Activities -fun and educational
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Christmas Activities -fun and educational

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With the approach of Christmas most children are getting into the holiday spirit but they still need to be challenged. A selection of a range of Christmas themed activities and challenges. These include number, word and factual/knowledge based activities -all on the seasonal theme… For example matching up panto characters with their panto, spot the difference on an angel and two quizzes as well as word searches; anagrams; matching pairs and quizzes. They are supplied on a power point and word document with over 30 challenges.Most challenges are provided both on power point and in a word document – each with some extras: On the power point there are also two picture memory challenges; In the word document there are four word searches.
Assembly & tutor time support pack -sample
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Assembly & tutor time support pack -sample

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This is designed to provide tutors and assembly leaders with ready to use resources. The full resource has 46 featured people and events (influential men, women, events that helped create the UK and the modern world as well as examples of co-operation). For each person/event there is a reflection, slide with some introductory information and a ‘to think about’ slide (a question that students can think or talk about). The resources are taken from those used in Daily Tutor Time © so all ready to use and can be added to or used with other materials.
Crosswords for History (example)
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Crosswords for History (example)

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An example of an ideal resource for a cover lesson or a homework task; each crossword has 20 clues which will complete the grid. The full resource has 21 crosswords on a range of topics including: Battles, women and Germany. It comes with a free version that has the first letter of each answer as support.
Photo puzzles 1: Close up
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Photo puzzles 1: Close up

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A set of 50 photo puzzles; each one has a photo of an everyday object but taken from either close- up or an unusual angle. (All photos taken by myself) How quickly can you work out what the photo is of? Ideal for use in tutor time but also suitable for a range of settings – including a staff room quiz!
Greek Gods & Goddesses
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Greek Gods & Goddesses

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A set of resources to support teaching and learning about this topic. There is a power point with a clickable ‘family tree’ that has slides with a picture and sentence about the linked deity. The word document on the same deities has a range of challenges. These include comprehension tasks such as identifying a god’s area of influence and outline family tree to complete (different versions to provide varying levels of difficulty). There is also a series of word searches. These have questions to answer before finding the word in the grid – so reinforcing knowledge of events. (There are versions with the first letter of the answer or number of letters in the answer as well as one with no clues so that they cover a wide range of challenge.)
Emergency vehicles -photo set
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Emergency vehicles -photo set

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A set of photographs of a range of emergency service vehicles –police, fire and ambulance -without the need to search the internet for public domain images. There are over 20 images of different vehicles; the collection is designed for use as a store of images for staff/students to produce other work / activities / display etc. All images can be modified etc. by staff and students -they have been taken by and are copyright of Wise Ark Ltd/ its director so have a hopefully unobtrusive ©label on them . There are 4 different police cars; 3 vans, 1 bike; 2 fire engines; 1 fire rescue landrover; 3 ambulances ; 1 ambulance car (there is also a range of photos of aspects of the vehicles) They are in a power point presentation for ease of access but can be used in other formats or printed out etc.-the intention is to provide a set of images that staff and students can freely use in school without worrying about licensing issues linked to images accessed on the internet.
History and numeracy
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History and numeracy

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A resource which uses graphs, data and ‘shopping’ activities to help develop both historical and mathematical knowledge and understanding. There is a range of 20 topics including the transatlantic slave trade, Britain in 1851, The Great Powers before WW1. (See below for full list of contents.) Helps students develop their historical understanding and use of relevant skills, especially gathering information from sources that are not just written. Activities include: Using information to complete charts; Extracting information from tables; basic accounts and shopping activities; completing data tables by using calculations. Ideal for use as a cover lesson or a stand-alone homework. Topics covered: Roman Numerals; England in the Middle Ages; Martyrs in the English Reformation; James I & VI- problems with money; Emigrating to the American Colonies -getting supplies; England in c1688; Making money from the slave trade; The French Revolution: The Terror; Britain from c1750 to c1900; The growth of Middlesbrough in the 19th century; Food, diet and prices in the 1840s; Britain in 1851; Empires; Britain in the 20th century; How well off were people in the 20th century?; The Great Powers before WW1; Casualties in WW1; Food prices in WW2; Population, life expectancy and infant mortality; Battles and casualties.
Germany 1919-1939: Developing chronological knowledge and understanding
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Germany 1919-1939: Developing chronological knowledge and understanding

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An overview of some of the key events in German history between the Wars. Ideal for use in revision either at school or printable for home use; this version is especially suited to the EDEXCEL specification. The selection of events is not meant to be definitive for the study of that period (it’s a selection not a comprehensive timeline!) – this allows for an extra activity/challenge of students deciding what is missing/what could be left out. For the full list of events as well as examples of each activity please see the free sample There are three separate sets of resources (each of which is in the same format). These split the period into: Germany before the Nazis (1919-1933) Hitler secures power (1933-1934) Germany under the Nazis (1934-1939) Each set features a specially designed power point presentation of a range of selected events. This is designed to convey a sense of the passage of time by having the transition between slides vary in length depending on how many years actually passed between events. Each slide has a date, event and appropriate illustration. (Each event slide is on show for five seconds and the whole presentation lasts for approximately five minutes). As a bonus there is also a ‘click through’ version of the slide show. The same events are on a word document and are also used for a set of sorting challenges : The first involves sorting set of five different events into the correct order – available on power point and word document. The second is a set of printable ‘cards’ which can be used for sorting or matching tasks (such as the matching pairs game) – each event is on a separate ‘card’ from its date (organised in sets of 10). The third is a set of ‘domino cards’ where each card has an event and a date that links to another event -so making a sequence of events
Industry, empire and slavery searches & quiz combined
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Industry, empire and slavery searches & quiz combined

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A more challenging version of the always popular activity (even for adults!) There are 10 different word searches on themes such as the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire, each has a grid and 10 words to find. However first you need to use the slightly cryptic clue to work out what word you are searching for. Each word search & quiz comes in three different versions (the answers are the same each time); Each has the same clues but one also has the first letter of the answer; one has the number of numbers in the answer and one has both the first letter and number of letters. (The free medieval and 20th century samples show the format used) Ideal for use in a wide range of settings such as a last-minute cover resource or homework task (good for getting students to organise their own time) Maybe even to help staff relax at lunchtime!!
Observation challenges – odd one out & spot the differences
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Observation challenges – odd one out & spot the differences

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A set of 40 observation challenges which require students (or adults!) to study images carefully. There are twenty sets of three pictures -work out which is the odd one out- and twenty sets of two pictures to spot the differences between. They are suitable for use in a variety of settings -such as cover tasks, time fillers or in tutor time. (They are taken from our Daily Tutor Time © resources). They are provided both on power point and in word document format.
Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Periods in British history
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Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Periods in British history

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A set of linked resources and activities to help students improve their understanding of the sequencing of events. This set has an overview of British history from c4500BC to 1997AD. There are two specially designed power point presentations of different periods such as Iron Age, Medieval etc. One has just 9 major periods; the other has 22 (so for example Tudors and Stuarts is split into one for the Tudors and one for the Stuarts. These presentations are designed to convey a sense of the passage of time by having the transition between slides vary in length depending on how many years each period lasted (approximately for some) . Each slide has a time period and appropriate illustration. (each whole presentation lasts for approximately five minutes). As a bonus there are also ‘click through’ versions of the slide shows. These periods are also used for a set of sorting challenges (by focussing on the same set of events in different ways it will help boost students’ knowledge). The first involves sorting set of four different periods into the correct order – available on power point and word document. The second is a set of printable ‘cards’ which can be used for sorting or matching tasks (such as the matching pairs game) – each period is on a separate ‘card’ from its dates (organised in sets of 10). The third is a set of ‘domino cards’ where each card has a period and a set of dates that links to another period -so making a single sequence of 10 periods.
Moral Dilemmas (example)
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Moral Dilemmas (example)

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A resource to encourage purposeful talk and students to reflect on their values. This example slide has 5 separate ‘questions’ to stimulate discussion and reflection. The objectives are to encourage students to discuss and so develop oral skills; reflect on their values
Women of Note - famous and important females
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Women of Note - famous and important females

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Information and activities about a range of notable women to help promote knowledge and understanding of the important part they have played in creating the modern world… The set contains: Two power point presentations each featuring a range of forty famous and/or significant women. They are organised alphabetically: A-J (from Aethelflaed to Amy Johnson) and K-W (Frida Kahlo to Virginia Woolf) and all women have their own picture slide and a slide with five key information points. A power point with over 30 factual challenges such as ‘What’s the link?’ and ‘Matching pairs’. (these are also supplied in a word document). These all help promote awareness of the importance of the role of women in the past. A power point with 15 different discussion points to promote structured talk. There is also a power point with slides which are ready to print as a mini poster with pictures of the featured women. Finally there is a set of four word searches with a range of names. These resources are ready to use and are suitable for a variety of settings. They provide information that could be used in assembly as well as citizenship lessons or tutor time. The activities will help develop knowledge and understanding as well as being able to promote team working and discussion skills.
Twenty Black Women of Note
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Twenty Black Women of Note

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A useful source of information especially for citizenship or assemblies; Features twenty different Black women who have made a significant contribution to society -some through their actions (such as Rosa Parks) others through their pioneering role (e.g. Linda Dobbs). For each woman there is a slide with their picture and role/dates as well as slide with a short overview of their life/work/significance (c 250-300 words each) (this information is also available in a word document). They are taken from the Daily Tutor Time resources supplied to schools around the country which are designed for use in tutorial time or supporting assemblies.
Word Ladders
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Word Ladders

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A set of over 50 of the popular vocabulary-based challenge. Each ladder has a four-letter word at the top and a different four-letter one at the bottom. Simply change the top word into the bottom one by altering one letter at a time (so creating three new words to fit in the empty ‘rungs’) Supplied on power point (1 ladder per slide) and in a word document (with answers separately) Ideal for use in tutor time or as a starter/time-filler.(or even as a staffroom challenge!)
Hidden pictures
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Hidden pictures

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How quickly can you identify the hidden picture? There are three different sets of picture puzzles: What is it, Where is it and Who is it? In each there is a set of 20 pictures that are hidden behind a numbered grid. Click on one square at a time to reveal part of the picture -how quickly can you work out what/where/who the object is?
Moral Dilemmas talking about values
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Moral Dilemmas talking about values

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A resource to encourage purposeful talk and for students to reflect on their values. Each Moral Dilemmas provides a situation (such as finding money in the street) and asks student’s how they would respond –individually or as a group. Moral dilemmas are part of life and so their discussion fit into many areas of school life ; ideal for use in tutor time -especially in encouraging purposeful talk and helping tutors learn more about their group; Suitable also for use in PSHE/Citizenship and RE –saving the need to devise suitable scenarios. The objectives are to encourage students to discuss and so develop speaking and listening skills; reflect on their values and treat others with respect The resources supplied are a power point with 40 different dilemmas which are also supplied in a word document.
Assembly & tutor time support pack
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Assembly & tutor time support pack

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This is designed to provide tutors and assembly leaders with ready to use resources. There are 46 featured people and events (influential men, women, events that helped create the UK and the modern world as well as examples of co-operation). For each person/event there is a reflection, slide with some introductory information and a ‘to think about’ slide (a question that students can think or talk about). The resources are taken from those used in Daily Tutor Time © so all ready to use and can be added to or used with other materials.