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I'm a student teacher in my second year. A way of making a bit of money to help me with my studies and share the resources I take pride in making and using in my lessons. Thank-you for your time and any purchases you make. Reviews will be greatly appreciated.

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I'm a student teacher in my second year. A way of making a bit of money to help me with my studies and share the resources I take pride in making and using in my lessons. Thank-you for your time and any purchases you make. Reviews will be greatly appreciated.
Camel Report for Deconstruction: Non-chronological Reports.
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Camel Report for Deconstruction: Non-chronological Reports.

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This non-fiction report about camels is a great resource for the first lesson. It tells children exciting facts about camels that they can quickly remember and use in their own report writing. I used this report as the main activity too and cut up each sentence/fact and jumbled them up. It was the children's job to organise the facts into appropriate subheadings. This highlighted the fact that non-chronological reports don't have to be in the exact same order, as long as the subheadings and facts relate then it doesn't matter. This also helps identify the misconception of not having the intro/conclusion in the correct place and gives opportunities to explore these features. The mini plenary works well as a formative assessment.
Polar Bear Fact Find Resources: Non-chronological reports
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Polar Bear Fact Find Resources: Non-chronological reports

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Polar bear facts for non-chronological reports in english, or even for science lessons. This worked amazingly for my Y2 class. Print these fact sheets off and hide put them in various places of the playground/classroom and set the children on a mission to find as many facts as they can. A great, interactive activity for children to find information other than just being given the information. Facts include: Fur, skin, feet, paws, claws, size and weight, scientific name and location.
PHONICS: ai, ay, a-e sounds
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PHONICS: ai, ay, a-e sounds

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A worksheet to help children apply the different 'ay' sounds. Worked well with a mixed ability, whole class phonics session. Children simply write the word for the picture using the prompt at the top of the sheet to help them decide which phoneme to use.
Features of a Non-chronological Report CROSSWORD
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Features of a Non-chronological Report CROSSWORD

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This fun activity is aimed at year 5 but could be suitable for a Y4 challenge and even Y6 as a refresh task. Clues for the key features of a non-chronological report are listed clearly below the puzzle. Reinforces children's knowledge and can be used as a formative assessment to identify misconceptions and those who fully understand. Ideal for a starter activity or a plenary. Features include: Title, subheadings, caption, diagram, paragraphs, text-boxes, facts, questions, present tense, glossary, introduction and conclusion (two of the same per page; be sure to point out the answer 'present-tense' has the hyphen included on the crossword grid)
HOME SCHOOLING/ DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE ALL 5 SENSES
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HOME SCHOOLING/ DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE ALL 5 SENSES

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This resource covers descriptive language techniques for Y5/Y6/Y7 children. It includes many activities for an interactive and engaging lesson. The L/O is to recognise and use descriptive language techniques. I would recommend this lesson to children who are already slightly familiar with some of the techniques. This is because a great starter activity/prior learning activity could be to have the children read and recognise such techniques in their reading books or a short paragraph as a whole class and have them write these down into an organised table for each technique. I usually have my children write down “any really good descriptions” and then sort them into the techniques together, reinforcing each one and covering any misconceptions. For home schooling, it includes activities that are interactive an doable around your home or garden which helps your children describe different senses. I’ve taught this lesson many times and each time I have had a brilliant response from the children and they have gone on to write fantastic stories/chapters. This is differentiated as each child is able to work to their own ability and are then given opportunities to share their ideas for other children to ‘magpie’ ideas from. I hope you have as much joy as I do when following this lesson.
CREATIVE WRITING - DESCRIBING SOUND and other SENSES
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CREATIVE WRITING - DESCRIBING SOUND and other SENSES

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During creative writing, I realised my class were fantastic at describing what they could see. However, they tended not to describe other senses. I wrote a paragraph demonstrating what stage their work was currently at (just describing what they could see) and a paragraph which included descriptions of other senses. This fuelled the children's imaginations and all produced fantastic descriptions of all senses on their fictional planet. I reinforced the idea that a book is different from a film as we cannot hear the setting - only through the author's descriptions of all sense are we able to fully imagine what that fictional place is like. I used many techniques, such as similes and personification, which the children highlighted on the smart board to model and reinforce the different techniques they should also be using. I hope this helps boost creative writing skills in your class too! Reviews are greatly appreciated so please let me know how you found this resource. Thanks, A :)
LANGUAGE FEATURES: OPENERS, ADJECTIVES, EXCLAMATION AND QUESTION SENTENCES
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LANGUAGE FEATURES: OPENERS, ADJECTIVES, EXCLAMATION AND QUESTION SENTENCES

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OPENERS, ADJECTIVES, EXCLAMATION AND QUESTION SENTENCES Get your children to know, identify and use language features. A simple yet effective activity to help your children understand the different features and how to use them in their writing. This download includes two differentiated worksheets. You may wish to futher differentiate according to the range of abilities in your group. You can easily do this by setting challenges after they have commpleted the worksheet or simply add more language features such as adverbs. Please note this worksheet was made to help features used in non-chronological reports.
PUNCTUATION FAN - EXCELLENT AID TO LITERACY LESSONS
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PUNCTUATION FAN - EXCELLENT AID TO LITERACY LESSONS

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A twist on 'number fans' - punctuation fan includes fullstops, commas, exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes and ellipsis'. Simply print out the templates and assemble with split pins. I laminated mine and hole punched on the hole on the bottom of the fan pieces and assembled with a split pin. This meant they could be used over and over without becoming tatty. My children absolutely loved using these as it was a new resource which they hadn't come across before - the head teacher was highly impressed too. Start by asking them to show you a fullstop/question mark/ apostrophe etc to identify any misconceptions or children who are not sure - this also gives opportunity for immediate intervention to cover those weak areas. Then, write sentences on the board with the missing punctuation mark or marks, and ask the children to hold up what punctuation is missing. I found that all children participateed and were engaged in this activity - children even asked if they could do more questions! At the beginning of the lesson as the children were coming in from playtime, I used the fans as behaviour management by handing them out to the children who came in ready to listen. This also worked amzingly. I am super impressed with this resource I designed and would love to share it with other teachers and hear your feedback.
The Arctic and Antarctica - FACT FIND Posters and LESSON PLAN
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The Arctic and Antarctica - FACT FIND Posters and LESSON PLAN

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Simply print, laminate and hide around your school grounds! I used these posters as a fun and engaging way of gathering information for a non-chronological report for year fives. They went on a 'fact find' around the school grounds outside, armed with clipboards, pens and paper to record their findings. The posters include features of non-chronological reports too so the children are reminded of these. The lesson was observed and was graded overall as 'Outstanding' with high comments about the resources used. The children were fully engaged with these fact sheets - even other children at break-times were reading them! As I had laminated them, they will also be used in commencing lessons for children to refer to and find out extra information they may wish to add. A fun way of gathering facts and information for a non-chronological report.