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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.
Tutor Time Resource Pack
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Tutor Time Resource Pack

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A selection of resources based on Daily Tutor Time (from Wise Ark Ltd) which covers a range of challenges and activities etc. (Most resources are supplied as power point and word document files ‘On this Day’: For each day there are four events whose anniversary is on that date (each day includes one birth and one death) Discussion points (Vol 1): A resource to encourage purposeful talk by giving a focus for a discussion, a set of 80 different stimuli. Knowledge challenges – links, lists and odd one out. A collection of three different types of factual challenges (40 in all) which require students (or adults!) to: Work out the link between people/places/events etc. and work out the next in the sequence; List the contents of a specific category (such as police ranks); Decide which is the odd one out of a group of people/events etc. and justify their choice Knowledge challenges – matching pairs: A set of 20 factual challenges) to match up the correct pairs. Knowledge challenges – sorting: A set of 20 factual challenges to sort a series of events or people into the correct order. Letter and number puzzles: A test of (general) knowledge with a numerical focus -each question (100) in all is about a fact that contains a number. For example ‘5 V in the A’ is 5 vowels in the alphabet. Memory test: Each slide (of thirty) shows ten (related) pictures which students have to memorise and then recall. Number puzzles: A collection of a range of different number puzzles, There are over 50 different challenges of four main types – calculation conundrums, calculations to follow mentally, basic algebra (again suitable for working out mentally) and number sequences. There is also an assortment of other challenges including number grids (like a micro Sudoku). Observation challenges – odd one out & spot the differences: A set of 40 observation challenges which require careful study of images. 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. Observation challenges – what is it: A set of 40 observation challenges which require careful study of images. There are twenty images which have been digitally distorted and twenty which have been ‘cut up’ into pieces.
Tutor Time Activities (sample)
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Tutor Time Activities (sample)

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A sample from our full resource which has 100 activities. A selection of a range of different challenges to help: Students to learn more about each other; Work as a team solving puzzles or challenges; Develop speaking and listening skills; Think in a variety of ways; Reflect on their values and opinions. The full resource also comes with a word document with the activities (and printable sheets for the 'find someone' tasks There are 10 categories of activity including: Find someone who can / who likes… Letter stairways. Sorting the group by… Argue your case… Decision time… Who can design the best… Think outside the box
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 1) discuss and so develop oral skills; 2) reflect on their values
British Values (selected sample)
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British Values (selected sample)

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The information and activities challenge students (and staff) to think about what being British means –and this includes being critical of aspects such as how democratic is Britain? In particular the resources help consideration of: Democracy and the rule of law Providing information on the development of democracy and the rule of law; Working co-operatively to solve puzzles and challenges is a method of developing team working and listening skills which supports democratic methods. Individual liberty and personal and social responsibility Reflecting on these topics and learning about how they have come about. Respect and tolerance Having opportunities to learn about how Britain has become a more tolerant and welcoming nation. Many activities require a co-operative problem solving approach which requires listening to others ideas and accepting different approaches. The sample power point presentation has 25 slides of information or activities; the full version has 115 slides; The sample word document has 2 pages of activities; the full version has 51 pages. This includes those from the power point but also others such as 6 word searches and 9 ‘time-charts’.
Moral Dilemmas
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Moral Dilemmas

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A resource to encourage purposeful talk and students to reflect on their values. The objectives are to encourage students to 1) discuss and so develop oral skills; 2) reflect on their values The resources supplied are a power point with 40 different dilemmas which are also supplied in a word document.
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.
Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Tudors
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Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Tudors

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A set of linked resources and activities to help students improve their understanding of the sequencing of events. This set is about the Tudors. There is a specially designed power point presentation of 25 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 selection of events is not meant to be definitive for the study of that period (it’s a selection not a comprehensive timeline!) – this would allow for an extra activity/challenge of students deciding what is missing/what could be left out. The same events are on a word document with a classifying task -to help students identify links within a period. Some of these events 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 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 single sequence of 10 events.
Photo puzzles 2: Digitally altered
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Photo puzzles 2: Digitally altered

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A set of 50 photo puzzles; each one has a photo of an everyday object but the image has then been digitally altered. (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!
Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Stuarts
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Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Stuarts

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A set of linked resources and activities to help students improve their understanding of the sequencing of events. This set is for the Stuarts (in England/Britain). There is a specially designed power point presentation of 25 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 selection of events is not meant to be definitive for the study of that period (it’s a selection not a comprehensive timeline!) – this would allow for an extra activity/challenge of students deciding what is missing/what could be left out. The same events are on a word document with a classifying task -to help students identify links within a period. Some of these events 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 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 single sequence of 10 events.
Getting to know you
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Getting to know you

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Ideal for the start of the school year with new tutor groups etc. A range of activities that can be used to help students learn to work with each other and solve challenges as well as reflect on their values etc. Getting to know you: includes Sorting activities – getting students moving and engaging with each other; ‘Find someone who ‘ – needs the students talk to each other. They have to find someone who can do a particular task or who likes something etc. Discussion points - a set of questions to get small groups talking about issues Dilemmas – a different type of question for groups to discuss their response to certain situation Miscellaneous – a selection of 10 challenges including ‘think outside the box, number association and ‘tell the time’ (without a watch or phone !!) Supplied with a word document which contains most of the same activities- with sheets to fill in for the ‘Find someone who…’ challenges. Mini Puzzle Collection: A set of a range of puzzles/challenges: Letter/word based (e.g. anagrams, longest word maker); number based (e.g. conundrum, practical maths problems); factual based (e.g. Can you list…, matching pairs) Memory test: Each slide (of thirty) shows ten (related) pictures which students have to memorise and then recall.
It's good to talk
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It's good to talk

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A bundle of resources to promote student talking and listening in a range of structured ways. They help students reflect on their values and are also ideal for promoting discussion and tolerance of different views. Discussion points (Vols 1 &2): Two resources to encourage purposeful talk by giving a focus for a discussion. Each set has 80 different stimuli and is a power point and a word document. Moral dilemmas: A resource to encourage purposeful talk and help students to reflect on their values. A power point with 40 different dilemmas which are also supplied in a word document. ‘Top 3’s’: A deceptively simple focus for discussion. Students are given a category such as tennis players and, in their group, have to come up a top three. Not only does this boost discussion and team work but it makes them think about judgements- what criteria are they going to use? Find someone who: Requires the students talk to each other. They have to find someone who can do a particular task or who likes something etc
Knowledge challenges – sorting
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Knowledge challenges – sorting

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A set of 20 factual challenges which require students (or adults!) to sort a series of events or people into the correct order. They are suitable for use in a variety of settings -such as cover tasks, research challenge, quizzes 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.
Knowledge challenges – links, lists and odd one out.
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Knowledge challenges – links, lists and odd one out.

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A collection of three different factual challenges which require students (or adults!) to: Work out the link between people/places/events etc. and work out the next in the sequence; List the contents of a specific category (such as police ranks); Decide which is the odd one out of a group of people/events etc. and justify their choice/ In all there are 40 different challenges on power point and in word document. They are suitable for use in a variety of settings -such as cover tasks, research challenge, quizzes or in tutor time. (They are taken from our Daily Tutor Time © resources).
Black History Month  (an eclectic selection)
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Black History Month (an eclectic selection)

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A selection of information and activities on a range of 30 people or events /places associated with Black History – in the UK or USA or Africa. Ideal for use in Black History Month -or at any point during the year in history, citizenship, assembly, PSHE or tutor time. There is a power point presentation with some information on each person/event as well as a challenge such as sorting events into order and ‘what’s the link’. The accompanying word document has all the challenges. There is also a version with just the pictures that is easily printable or can be shown as a run through presentation. These are taken from resources which have been provided as part of our Daily Tutor Time © resource; as such they are all ready to use.
Chronology
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Chronology

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A range of timeline based tasks on a variety of 20 topics (e.g. Ancient Civilisations, British Empire & WW2)-See free sample for full list of contents. Ideal for use as a cover lesson or a stand-alone homework. Helps students develop their historical understanding and use of relevant skills Activities include: Sorting information into order to enter into a time chart; Using comprehension skills to complete a time chart timeline; categorising information in a completed time chart.
Knowledge challenges – matching pairs
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Knowledge challenges – matching pairs

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A set of 20 factual challenges which require students (or adults!) to match up the correct pairs. They are suitable for use in a variety of settings -such as cover tasks, research challenge, quizzes 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.
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 free sample for full list of contents.) Ideal for use as a cover lesson or a stand-alone homework. (Answers provided) Helps students develop their historical understanding and use of relevant skills. Activities include: Using information to complete charts; Extracting information from tables; basic accounts and shopping activities; completing data tables by using calculations.
Evidence
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Evidence

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A set of 20 source based activities – topics include castles, slavery & factory reform. (See free sample for full list of contents.) Ideal for use as a cover lesson or a stand-alone homework. Helps students develop their historical understanding and use of relevant skills. A range of tasks including ‘4,3,2,1’, combining information from a range of sources and comparing different sources.
Combining information
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Combining information

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Using a picture and a text on a topic to identify key features of a person or event and produce a piece of related work. There are 20 topics including the 1st flight and Elizabeth I. (See free sample for full list of contents.) Ideal for use as a cover lesson or a stand-alone homework. Helps students develop their historical understanding and use of relevant skills -particularly extracting relevant information and making use of more than one source to produce a more balanced piece of work.