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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.
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.)
On this day -information source
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On this day -information source

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This is a ready to use source of information ideal for use in tutor time, assembly, history etc. Each day of the year (including 29/2) has a separate power point slide with four events/births/deaths etc from that date in history and a simple image from one of them. There is also a word document for the year as well.
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.
Assembly & tutor time support pack (Prayer & bible verse)
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Assembly & tutor time support pack (Prayer & bible verse)

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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 slide with some introductory information and a ‘to think about’ slide (a question that students can think or talk about). There is also a related prayer and a bible quote. 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.
An international year
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An international year

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366 significant people and events from around the globe and throughout history. This is a power point resource to support learning about famous people and international history throughout the year. Every day has its own power point slide with an event or individual. There is a wide range of events/people including the well-known such as Nelson Mandela and the Battle of Marathon;There are also less famous ones such as Isaac Pitman and the SS Dunedin. For each slide there is a sentence about the person and a picture (for more information on each one there is our associated resource –A Global Year – which is a word document with short pen sketches (c250-300 words) about each person/event.
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.
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
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?
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.
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!)
Migration & British Isles -wordsearches/quizzes
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Migration & British Isles -wordsearches/quizzes

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A set of word searches and associated sorting activity to help develop knowledge of migration to the British Isles –both individuals born abroad and nationalities that have provided many migrants to Britain over the centuries. Has twenty of each of a range of individuals and nationalties… Word search and mini quiz combined A more challenging version of the always popular activity (even for adults!) There is a set of four different word searches – two on individuals , two on nationalities. However before finding the ten people or nationalities events you have to use the clue to work out who the person or nationality it is that you are searching for. Each word search & quiz comes in three different versions (the answers are the same each time); providing different levels of support/difficulty. Each quiz has the same clues but one has the first letter of the answer; one has the number of letters in the answer and one has both the first letter and number of letters. Ideal for use as a reinforcement activity or homework task -maybe even for a staffroom challenge! P.S There is also a set of ‘traditional’ word searches featuring the same people/nationalities Sorting challenge : This uses the same people/nationalities and clues as in the word searches. There is a set of printable ‘cards’ which can be used for sorting or matching tasks (such as the matching pairs game) – each person or event is on a separate ‘card’ from its clue (organised in sets of 10).
Personal finance: –income & spending  2022 (worksheets)
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Personal finance: –income & spending 2022 (worksheets)

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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!; Also available as a separate resource is a pair of power point presentations which go through the same information showing students how gross income is reduced and basic spending. Updated for 2022 tax and energy bill changes (including the Spring Statement changes to National Insurance)
Personal finance: An introduction –income and household expenses (powerpoints)
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Personal finance: An introduction –income and household expenses (powerpoints)

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Two power points that will help students prepare for the world of work and living away from home. The first presentation looks at income from employment –considering the main deductions that lead to net pay being less than gross pay. The slides take students though the process step by step, calculating the deductions from a national living wage job. The second presentation considers main household expenses such as rent, council tax and insurance. Again the slides take a methodical approach, allowing students to see how quickly their income will be spent. Ideal for use in PSHE; also available as a separate resource is a set of worksheets for students to do their own working out – these are ideal for functional maths –calculator required! Now updated for 2022 changes including Spring statement
Puzzles and riddles lateral/logical
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Puzzles and riddles lateral/logical

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A sample of the selection of riddles and puzzles ideal for use in tutor time etc. The twenty riddles are in the traditional ‘lateral thinking’ style, similar to ‘I have four fingers and a thumb but no skin or bones -what am I?’*; The twenty puzzles are more of the logic puzzle style -similar to ‘Anita promised to take her daughter shopping on the day before the third day after the day after tomorrow. If today is Saturday 2nd, then when will Anita take her daughter shopping?’** This means the collection caters for students who prefer different approaches – and can be used by staff as well! *A glove ** Wednesday 6th
Life boats and coastal rescue services –photo set
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Life boats and coastal rescue services –photo set

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A set of photographs of a range of lifeboats and associated rescue services-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 7 of lifeboats; 4 of helicopters/other vehicles; 10 of life belts/RNLI look out etc. 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.
Time to talk -prompts for discussion
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Time to talk -prompts for discussion

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A set of three different types of prompts to encourage discussion in a structured way and promoting tolerance of different views There are: 40 Discussion points with a citizenship related question that requires a group response ; 20 Moral dilemmas with a particular focus on reflecting on personal and social values 10 Top threes for a category so means consideration of criteria for decision making Resources are supplied on a power point and a word document
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
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.
Getting to know you (sample)
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Getting to know you (sample)

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A selection of activities to help tutor groups or classes get to know each other. The full version of this resource has 32 different activities on both power point and word document The power point has five different groups of activities: Sorting activities – getting children moving and engaging with each other; ‘Find someone who ‘ – needs the children talk to each other. They have to find someone who can do a particular task or who likes something particular or who has (done) something. Discussion points - a set of questions to get small groups talking about issues (we have tried to avoid any controversial topics) Dilemmas – a different type of question for groups to discuss their response to certain situation (again we have tried to avoid any controversial topics) Miscellaneous – a selection of 10 challenges including ‘think outside the box, number association and ‘tell the time’ The word document with the full resource contains the same activities- with sheets to fill in for the ‘Find someone who..’ challenges.