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I will be posting imaginative, creative multi-media lessons using PowerPoint presentations and supported with Word based worksheets.

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I will be posting imaginative, creative multi-media lessons using PowerPoint presentations and supported with Word based worksheets.
Homophones - 8 worksheets
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Homophones - 8 worksheets

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These 8 pages of worksheets provide practice at the common homophones: - were, wear, where, we’re - to, two, too - there, their, they’re Plus 2 pages of misc. exercises covering a mixture of other homophones.
Computer Operating Systems
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Computer Operating Systems

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“The low-level software that supports a computer’s basic functions, such as scheduling tasks and controlling peripherals.” (dictionary definition) So, what is an Operating System - our computers, tablets, smartphones, etc all need one, but what do they actually do? This series of 5 one-hour lessons for absolute beginners looks at how computers worked before the Operating System the role of the Operating System managing things user interfaces examples of Operating Systems Each lesson comprises: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides loads of embedded videos (to extract, click here) worksheets and self-evaluation documents Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: computer os user interface memory process device manager punch cards windows unix linux apple ios tablet vui gui tui network file
Prepositions worksheets
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Prepositions worksheets

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A variety of exercises to give children practice at using prepositions. See Prepositions and Pronouns for a package on both Prepositions and Pronouns. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Search words: literacy, grammar, prepositions, pronouns, worksheets
Maths Starters - FREE Taster (PowerPoint with Answers)
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Maths Starters - FREE Taster (PowerPoint with Answers)

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A FREE sampler of my Maths Starters resources. There are a number of cost effective options for purchasing these resources: - a single PowerPoint (there are 6 in the series) - a bundle of 3 PowerPoints - a mega bundle of 6 PowerPoints This is part of a set of top rated, "turbo-charged" (just take a look), self-contained (what every teacher craves), stimulating (genuinely loved by students and also great for VERY high ability students) morning starters, each with a main task, plus an extension for those who solve the challenge more quickly (this should avoid the question... "I've finished... what should I do now?"). Each challenge is self-explanatory, and should take approx. 15 - 30 minutes to investigate/solve. The tasks are presented in a visually exciting PowerPoint (which I loved creating), with a logical progression of clues guiding students towards the solution. The slides are animated where appropriate to provide clearer explanations and are designed to encourage students to adopt a "mathematical brain" (no sledgehammers allowed! - a slogan my students now associate with me!). Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: math, numeracy, numbers, arithmetic, starters, challenge, brain, stimulate, problem, mental, thinking, abstract
1. What is the Internet  - Switched on Computing, Year 4 (FREE)
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1. What is the Internet - Switched on Computing, Year 4 (FREE)

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This is a series of 45-minute lessons designed to support the Switched On Computing unit 4, and has been written with year 4 pupils in mind, but is also very suitable for older pupils (year 5 - year 8, and beyond!!). Each lesson is presented through a fully animated, colourful and stimulating PowerPoint presentation, with clearly defined Learning Objectives and embedded videos and is fully supported with worksheets. The lesson objectives are: 1. understand what the Internet is (FREE) 2. understand how the Internet works 3. understand what the World Wide Web is 4-6. understand what a web page is, how HTML works, creating a web page using HTML, peer review and self assessment ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested", and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
Punctuation - a comprehensive set of worksheets
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Punctuation - a comprehensive set of worksheets

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*** NEWLY UPDATED *** Punctuation covered: Capital letters and proper nouns Capital letters and full stops (periods)* - Punctuation - consolidation exercises Sentence endings: exclamation marks and question marks Commas* - Punctuation - consolidation exercises Apostrophes for contraction and omission* Apostrophes for possession Apostrophes - its and it’s Direct speech - sentences Direct speech - paragraphs Indirect speech - sentences Indirect speech - paragraphs Parentheses - brackets* Parentheses - dashes* - Punctuation - consolidation exercises Hyphens* Semi colons* Colons Comma splices - Punctuation - consolidation exercises *includes entertaining video files Having seen so, so many worksheets on punctuation, I finally decided to create this 25 page pack - based on cherry picking and then adapting the best ideas from countless text books and worksheets. It covers a range of the punctuation used up to Year 6 and provides succinct definitions and plenty of varied practice for each topic. Mastering punctuation is essentially practice, practice, practice… we all have able Year 6 children who simply forget basic capital letters and full stops (periods)! So these worksheets, a real labor of love, are designed to provide this essential practice. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Keywords: punctuation capital letters proper nouns periods exclamation marks question marks commas apostrophes contraction omission possession direct speech indirect speech parentheses brackets dashes hyphens semi-colon colon its it’s
Scratch V3 Tutorials
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Scratch V3 Tutorials

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*** NEW FOR SCRATCH V3*** In my series of Scratch projects, students are encouraged to learn through doing - creating projects that encourage learning. In this NEW series of lessons for the latest Scratch 3, I provide a more structured approach, looking in detail at Scratch programming tools. Each tool is explored through simple projects, and students then go on to further explore using guided project worksheets. What is Scratch v3 Events and Triggers Controls Motion and the Stage Data Variables Operators - number Operators - text Debugging The lessons comprise: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides, together with the project instructions a Word document with the PowerPoint project instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout for students to follow accompanying fully-working Scratch project files for students and teachers Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: scratch, computer, programming, coding, algorithm, debugging
A Structured Introduction to Scratch 3 Programming - 1 What is Scratch v3
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A Structured Introduction to Scratch 3 Programming - 1 What is Scratch v3

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WRITTEN FOR THE NEWLY RELEASED SCRATCH 3 In my series of Scratch projects, students are encouraged to learn through doing - creating projects that encourage learning. In this NEW series of lessons for Scratch 3, I provide a more structured approach, looking in detail at Scratch programming tools. Each tool is explored through simple projects, and students then go on to further explore using guided project worksheets. What is Scratch v3 The following lessons will be published as a package shortly - please Follow Me to be kept up to date with their publication. Events and Triggers Controls Motion and the Stage Data Variables Operations - number Operations - text The Graphics editor The lessons comprise: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides, together with the project instructions a Word document with the PowerPoint project instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout for students to follow accompanying fully-working Scratch3 project files for students and teachers Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: scratch, computer, programming, coding, algorithm
4-6. HTML and creating a web page - Switched on Computing, Year 4
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4-6. HTML and creating a web page - Switched on Computing, Year 4

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This is a series of 45-minute lessons designed to support the Switched On Computing unit 4, and has been written with year 4 pupils in mind, but is also very suitable for older pupils (year 5 - year 8, and beyond!!). Each lesson is presented through a fully animated, colourful and stimulating PowerPoint presentation, with clearly defined Learning Objectives and embedded videos and is fully supported with worksheets. The lesson objectives are: 1. understand what the Internet is (FREE) 2. understand how the Internet works 3. understand what the World Wide Web is 4-6. understand what a web page is, how HTML works, creating a web page using HTML, peer review and self assessment ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested", and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
3. The World Wide Web - Switched on Computing, Year 4
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3. The World Wide Web - Switched on Computing, Year 4

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This is a series of 45-minute lessons designed to support the Switched On Computing unit 4, and has been written with year 4 pupils in mind, but is also very suitable for older pupils (year 5 - year 8, and beyond!!). Each lesson is presented through a fully animated, colourful and stimulating PowerPoint presentation, with clearly defined Learning Objectives and embedded videos and is fully supported with worksheets. The lesson objectives are: 1. understand what the Internet is (FREE) 2. understand how the Internet works 3. understand what the World Wide Web is 4-6. understand what a web page is, how HTML works, creating a web page using HTML, peer review and self assessment ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested", and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
SCRATCH II - Design a Quiz
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SCRATCH II - Design a Quiz

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Click here for a full listing of all my Scratch Projects In this project, students create a question and answer quiz using different backdrops for each question. There are many sites offering Scratch Projects. However, many tend to be like recipes - students almost mechanically enter code and create “delicious cakes”, without learning a lot about Scratch. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, and at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. I use the following approach: - break the project into manageable chunks - present “pseudo-code” for each chunk - provide the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with instructions 2. a Word document with the instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch files for teachers that match each stage of the project ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested”, and continually updated. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so please provide constructive feedback.
SCRATCH VIII - Flappy Octopus
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SCRATCH VIII - Flappy Octopus

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Click here for a full listing of all my Scratch Projects In this project, based on Flappy Birds, the player has to navigate an octopus through waves of hungry sharks. There are many sites offering Scratch Projects. However, many tend to be like recipes - students almost mechanically enter code and create “delicious cakes”, without learning a lot about Scratch. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, and at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. I use the following approach: - break the project into manageable chunks - present “pseudo-code” for each chunk - provide the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with instructions 2. a Word document with the instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch files for teachers that match each stage of the project ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested”, and continually updated. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so please provide constructive feedback.
File Management and Storage Devices
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File Management and Storage Devices

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How often have your students (and often, colleagues) struggled to find their files? File Management is so critical to managing digital content, yet students (and adults) know so little about this. This short series of 3 one-hour lessons looks at digital files and storage devices opening and saving files from within applications like Word managing files and folders using File Explorer I repeat these lessons at the beginning of each school year with students in years 3 through to 7 (with slight modifications) so that they are better equipped to work with their files in applications such as Word and PowerPoint. The lessons comprise: a fully animated PowerPoint with explanatory slides worksheets and self-evaluation documents Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practising teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested” - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: storage device file folder memory icon extension cloud disk hdd ssd sdcard capacity save browse overwrite delete explorer autosave recycle
The Internet, the World Wide Web and HTML
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The Internet, the World Wide Web and HTML

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This is a series of 45-minute lessons designed to support the Switched On Computing unit 4, and has been written with year 4 pupils in mind, but is also very suitable for older pupils (year 5 - year 8, and beyond!!). Each lesson is presented through a fully animated, colourful and stimulating PowerPoint presentation, with clearly defined Learning Objectives and embedded videos and is fully supported with worksheets. The lesson objectives are: 1. understand what the Internet is (FREE) 2. understand how the Internet works 3. understand what the World Wide Web is 4-6. understand what a web page is, how HTML works, creating a web page using HTML, peer review and self assessment ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested", and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
Maths Starters 1 (Powerpoint with answers) ... get thinking mathematically!
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Maths Starters 1 (Powerpoint with answers) ... get thinking mathematically!

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There are a number of cost effective options for purchasing these resources: - a single PowerPoint (there are 6 in the series) - a bundle of 3 PowerPoints - Maths Starters Bundle - ALL 6 Powerpoints with answers This is part of a set of top rated, "turbo-charged" (just take a look), self-contained (what every teacher craves), stimulating (genuinely loved by students and also great for VERY high ability students) morning starters, each with a main task, plus an extension for those who solve the challenge more quickly (this should avoid the question... "I've finished... what should I do now?"). Each challenge is self-explanatory, and should take approx. 15 - 30 minutes to investigate/solve. The tasks are presented in a visually exciting PowerPoint (which I loved creating), with a logical progression of clues guiding students towards the solution. The slides are animated where appropriate to provide clearer explanations and are designed to encourage students to adopt a "mathematical brain" (no sledgehammers allowed! - a slogan my students now associate with me!). Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be). ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: math, numeracy, numbers, arithmetic, starters, challenge, brain, stimulate, problem, mental, thinking, abstract
Memory
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Memory

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We all ask and expect our students to learn things, and this requires MEMORY. Memory IS learning. Without memory, there can be no learning. BUT - do we ever give our students an understanding of what memory is, and more importantly, strategies for improving their memory? "Learn your multiplication tables"... sure, but HOW? This series of lessons is designed with this in mind. Session 1&2: Introduction to memory part 1 (incl 3 videos) and part 2 (incl 3 videos) Session 3: Types of memory - short and long term memory (incl 5 videos) Session 4: Strategies 1 - linking and stories (incl 2 videos) Session 5: Strategies 2 - mnemonics (incl 6 videos) Session 6: Strategies 3 - names and faces (incl 4 videos) Session 7: Strategies 4 - lists (incl 1 video) Session 8: Strategies 5 - numbers (incl 3 videos) Session 9: Strategies 6 - using routes and locations (incl 4 videos) Session 10: Strategies 7 - misc. (incl 2 videos) Session 11: Memory IS us - the consequences of losing short and long term memory (incl 5 videos) Each download contains: - a self-contained PowerPoint lesson packed with thought provoking material, individual and class activities, and accompanying video references - all the video clips referenced in the PowerPoint so that you'll have the videos available to play and will not be subject to any internet concerns ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness - but there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: Barrie James, games, challenge, memory, strategies, brain, numbers, linking, mnemonic, neuron
Memory: Introduction to memory sessions 1 and 2
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Memory: Introduction to memory sessions 1 and 2

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We all ask and expect our students to learn things, and this requires MEMORY. Memory IS learning. Without memory, there can be no learning. BUT - do we ever give our students an understanding of what memory is, and more importantly, strategies for improving their memory? "Learn your multiplication tables"... sure, but HOW? This series of lessons is designed with this in mind. Session 1&2: Introduction to memory part 1 (incl 3 videos) and part 2 (incl 3 videos) Session 3: Types of memory - short and long term memory (incl 5 videos) Session 4: Strategies 1 - linking and stories (incl 2 videos) Session 5: Strategies 2 - mnemonics (incl 6 videos) Session 6: Strategies 3 - names and faces (incl 4 videos) Session 7: Strategies 4 - lists (incl 1 video) Session 8: Strategies 5 - numbers (incl 3 videos) Session 9: Strategies 6 - using routes and locations (incl 4 videos) Session 10: Strategies 7 - misc. (incl 2 videos) Session 11: Memory IS us - the consequences of losing short and long term memory (incl 5 videos) Each download contains: - a self-contained PowerPoint lesson packed with thought provoking material, individual and class activities, and accompanying video references - all the video clips referenced in the PowerPoint so that you'll have the videos available to play and will not be subject to any internet concerns ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximize their effectiveness - but there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback. Teacher/Author: Barrie James Search words: Barrie James, games, challenge, memory, strategies, brain, numbers, linking, mnemonic, neuron
SCRATCH VII - Base Attack
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SCRATCH VII - Base Attack

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Click here for a full listing of all my Scratch Projects In this project, waves of cloned alien spacecraft appear at any edge of the screen and attack the base. The player must defend their base as long as possible and destroy the aliens. Enhancements allow, for example, attack craft to appear when energy levels reach a threshold. There are many sites offering Scratch Projects. However, many tend to be like recipes - students almost mechanically enter code and create “delicious cakes”, without learning a lot about Scratch. My goal is to get students to create a fun project, and at the same time learn how the instructions work and fit together. I use the following approach: - break the project into manageable chunks - present “pseudo-code” for each chunk - provide the Scratch commands to implement the pseudo-code, but jumbled up In this way, students learn about pseudo-code (an important part of coding), and have to understand the Scratch instructions in order to sequence them correctly to match the pseudo-code. The lessons comprise: 1. a PowerPoint with instructions 2. a Word document with the instruction slides printed 2 to a page as a handout 3. accompanying Scratch files for teachers that match each stage of the project ALL my postings are FULLY “classroom-tested”, and continually updated. But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so please provide constructive feedback.