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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.
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!)
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.)
Tutor Time Activities (sample)
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Tutor Time Activities (sample)

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Ideal for promoting group awareness group and co-operation skills. 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. This is a sample from our full resource which has 100 activities. 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. Supplied on a power point presentation and on a word document.
History word searches (example)
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History word searches (example)

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The always popular activity (even for adults!) This example document has three separate word searches each with answers provided. Each has a grid and 10 words to find. The full resource has over 110 different word searches on wide range of topics including: Medieval life, slavery and WW2. Ideal for use in a wide range of settings such as a last minute cover resource or basic homework task (good for getting students to organise their own time) Maybe even to help staff relax at lunchtime!!
Rebus Challenge
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Rebus Challenge

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A resource to get students thinking – maybe a bit differently! This example slide has 5 separate ‘phrases’ to work out. The objective is to encourage students to think in different ways -also good for staff! The resources supplied are a power point with 80 different phrases. Ideal for tutor time (how many can the staff work out?)
Welsh people and events
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Welsh people and events

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A selection of information on a range of 40 people or events associated with Wales. (for the full list see the free sample) There is a power point presentation with some information on each person/event. Please note these are taken from resources which have been provided as part of our Daily Tutor Time © subscription from 2012 to 2017.
Crosswords for History
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Crosswords for History

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An ideal resource for a cover lesson or a homework task; each crossword has 20 clues which will complete the grid. There 20 crosswords on a range of topics including: Battles, women and Germany. The answers are in a separate document so that the student’s version can be installed on a shared area. It comes with a free version that has the first letter of each answer as support.
A century of women- 100 significant females
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A century of women- 100 significant females

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An introduction to one hundred notable women with a connection to the 20th century -such as Billie Jean King and the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in 1973. The selection covers the well known (e.g. Mrs Thatcher) to the less well known (such as Rita Loza, first female No.1 chart artist) For each one there is a brief overview of their life/ impact (250-300 words). This is provided as a word document and as a powerpoint presentation (which has a picture of each woman). The women featured are: Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Barbara Cartland;;Barbara McClintock; Marie Curie ;Jennie Lee;Gertrude Ederle ;Grace Hopper ;Frida Kahlo ;Simone de Beauvoir ;Raymond de Laroche ;Elizabeth Arden ;Mildred Didrikson ;Julliete Gordon Low ;Emily Davison ;Hedy Lamarr ;Edith Cavell ;Lois Weber ;Jessica Mitford ;Marie Stopes ;Rosa Luxemburg ;Edith Burton Hughes ;Betty Wilson ;Helena Normanton ;Maria Callas ;Sue Ryder ;Laura Ashley ;Elisabeth Beresford ;Constance Markievicz ;Maya Angelou ;Margaret Bondfield ;Ellen Church ;Lilian Baylis ;Dorothy Day ;Fay Wray ;Leni Reifenstahl ;Lucy Duff-Gordon ;Diana Mitford ;Edith Wharton ;Ellen Sirleaf ;Jane Bolin; Hattie McDaniel ;Amy Johnson ;Anita Roddick ;Sophie Scholl ;Alice Walker ;Violet Szabo ;Mamie Smith ;Anne Frank; Donna Summer ;Mo Mowlam ;Grace Kelly ;Ethel Rosenberg ;Maria Montessori ;Lita Roza ;Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence ;Rosa Parks; Irene Curie ;;Dorothy L Sayers ;First female Peers ;Barbie ;Sirimavo Bandaranaike ;Grandma’ Moses ;Valentina Tereshkova ;Edith Piaf; Nancy Astor ;Stephanie Kwolek ;Indira Gandhi ;Alice Toklas ;Barbara Harrison ;Shirley Temple ;Betty Friedan ;Dorothy Fields ;Mary Peters ;Billie Jean King ;Virginia Apgar ;Margaret Thatcher ;Agatha Christie ;Virginia Wade ;Hannah Dadds ; Mary Pickford ;Bette Nesmith Graham ;Dame Mary Donaldson;Rachel Heyhoe-Flint ;Corrie Ten Boom ;Mary Warnock ;Gale Sondergaard ;Neerja Bhanot ;Diane Abbot; Elizabeth Lane ;Lucille Ball ;Eve Balfour ;Helen Sharman ;Betty Boothroyd ;Audrey Hepburn ;First female Priests ;Alison Hargreaves; Ella FitzGerald ;Mother Teresa ;Barbara Mandell ;Iris Murdoch
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.
Number puzzles
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Number puzzles

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A collection of a range of different number puzzles, suitable for use in a variety of settings. (They are taken from our Daily Tutor Time © resources). There are over 50 different challenges provided on both power point and in a word document. There are 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).
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.
Historical sourcework
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Historical sourcework

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Activities to help students develop their historical understanding and improve their ability to comprehend sources. A set of 20 source based activities – topics include castles, slavery & factory reform. (See below for full list of contents.) There is a range of different approaches including ‘4,3,2,1’; ‘Who/What/Where etc’; extracting key points;combining information from a range of sources and comparing different sources… Ideal for use as a cover lesson or a stand-alone homework. Topics covered: Why the Romans wanted an Empire; Viking attack; Domesday book; Castles; The killing of Wat Tyler; The murder of Thomas Becket; King John: A good or bad king?; The defeat of the Spanish Armada; The Divine Right of Kings; Why did the New Model Army win?; The trial of Charles I; Was Oliver Cromwell a good leader?; Child workers in cotton mills; Living in an industrial city; Capturing slaves; Changes in Britain c1750-c1900; Factory Reform; Why did some people emigrate from Britain?; Why did people support Hitler?; Who was to blame for WW2?
Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Britain before the Romans
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Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: Britain before the Romans

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A set of linked resources and activities to help students improve their understanding of the sequencing of events. This set covers Britain before the Romans, c4500BC-43AD 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 allows 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 four 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.
Scrambled quotes- Children’s films & Nursery rhymes
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Scrambled quotes- Children’s films & Nursery rhymes

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A double set of two stage challenge activities. In each there is a scrambled version of a well-known quote -in this case they are from children’s films & Nursery rhymes How quickly can you work out what the original quote was? Then can you identify the film or rhyme? Each set of 10 challenges is provided both in a word document (with answer separately) and on a power point slide this allows for both research and literacy challenges and is suitable for a range of settings including English and tutor time. Also ideal for a staff challenge or quiz night!
Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: 20th century Pt1: Britain in the 20th century
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Developing chronological knowledge and understanding: 20th century Pt1: Britain in the 20th century

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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 Britain between1909 and 1999 (social changes etc.) There is a specially designed power point presentation of 26 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 allows 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.
Hidden pictures – What is it?
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Hidden pictures – What is it?

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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 guess what the object is? Also available for Where is it? (Landmarks) and Who is it? (And as a bundle of all 3)
British Values ?
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British Values ?

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This resource challenges students to think about what being British means, including being critical of aspects such as how democratic is Britain? (updated following the December 2019 election) 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. For each aspect there is some information –including that which is critical of common perceptions of the nation (especially in the past but also today as with gender inequality). There is a range of activities some of which help develop greater knowledge and understanding of modern Britain and others which require a co-operative problem solving approach which involves listening to others ideas and accepting different approaches as well as reflecting on their own values. The free sample resources has examples from each category. Updated to reflect changes to the Cabinet, summer 2019.
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.
Visual memory challenge
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Visual memory challenge

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A memory challenge using images- based on ‘Kim’s game’. There is a set of slides each of which features 10 different pictures-that will disappear one by one so that after a minute all are gone. (there is a second slide with them all on to check after a chance to recall the images) How many can your students remember (or you??) ; can be done as a solo challenge or in groups (useful for encouraging team work –what’s a winning strategy?) – could also be used as a staff challenge! 30 separate challenges -all on power point.