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Teacher based in Scotland, sharing what I can.

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Teacher based in Scotland, sharing what I can.
Class Charter
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Class Charter

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These slides are designed help your class understand how international initiatives like the UNCRC are enacted nationally, locally and then in their own school. Looking at Shannari and your own school values, the class should have lots of examples to draw upon when creating their own charter.
Encanto Day - Global Goals Lessons
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Encanto Day - Global Goals Lessons

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This is a whole day of Encanto learning, with 6 curricular areas being covered. Literacy: I would envision having learners use garageband to record their own podcast but you could even have them do so with the audio recorder that comes as standard on iPads. Alternatively, they could simply record a short interview or promotional video discussing the importance of representation. Maths: volume of cuboids and cubes (following a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach) Art: Origami butterfly and discussion of the symbolism Science: I would look to draw on an interactive whiteboard with the simulation however pupils could observe and jot on their own whiteboards or even create models with playdough? The dancing raisin experiment DOES NOT replicate the water cycle but it does show gases and liquids interacting and CAN be illuminating to understanding evaporation. Dance: Bachata isn’t originally a Colombian dance (it’s Dominican) but it is popular in the region and some of the dances in the movie use steps and elements from the genre.
Spiderman Day - Global Goals
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Spiderman Day - Global Goals

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A Spiderman themed day of learning all linked to the Global Goals. Easily adapted for most primary stages, pupils cover a wide spread of curricular areas (literacy, numeracy, HWB, science and STEM) Create a play sandbox and help spiderman save the day. Write a newspaper article. Calculate how much it cost to make the spidey suit. Workout with spiderman and consider what muscles you are exercising. Discover the incredible science behind spider silk and see how scientists continue to try and learn from nature. Finally, become a true group of Avengers and work as a team to create a web of string to save a bus from plunging into the sea.
2D Shape and Abstract Art - SDG3
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2D Shape and Abstract Art - SDG3

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This is a four lesson unit of work that explores 2D shape whilst exposing children to abstract art from a diverse group of artists around the world. Lesson one: Kandinsky and Circles - learning to use a compass and identifying properties of a circle Lesson two: Thomas and Circles - learning about Archimedes and how to calculate the circumference Lesson three: Malevich and regular/irregular shapes - lots of drawing and drilling down into the definitions of regular and irregular Lesson four: Ocampo and symmetry - opportunities to practice with partners and concrete materials and exploring what symmetry and mirroring are
Maths Money Lessons - Global Goals
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Maths Money Lessons - Global Goals

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This is a series of 4 money lessons that link to the Global Goals (SDG 1 No Poverty). It’s a pretty hard hitting topic and will definitely be pertinent to many of your pupils (1 in 4 children in Scotland currently growing up in poverty). Looking at coins with fun, open ended activities, the lessons centre around cost of the school day, uniform, wages, wealth inequality and budgets. I intend to take my class through taxes and government spending, as well as enterprise activities but will look to upload those slides at a later date!
Part 2 Money - Savings, Profit and Loss, Taxes - Global Goals
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Part 2 Money - Savings, Profit and Loss, Taxes - Global Goals

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This is the second part of my money lessons for upper primary. through a Global Goal lens of no poverty, your pupils can calculate profit and loss with a Social Bite carousel case study. They can also ponder the power of social enterprise. Looking at accurate wages for a variety of professions, pupils can calculate how easy/difficult it is to save money. they will also discuss why savings are important and factors that lead to inequality in our society. Finally, there is also a lesson on tax. It uses rounded figures and smaller amounts to make things easier for primary pupils. However, there is a great deal of maths involved for developing their working knowledge of money and the ultimate goal is to show them that tax operates in bands and not in flat rates applied to a full wage (eg someone earning over 80k is taxed at the higher rate on ALL their earnings)
Reading Tasks: Upper Primary
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Reading Tasks: Upper Primary

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This is a set of 10 reading lessons aimed at upper primary. All the tasks are designed for success criteria to be co-constructed. I have found these to be a great vehicle for pupils choosing their preferred reading style. A general lesson sees the class reading for 20 minutes in their chosen setting (independent, pair, small group, techer group) and with their own novel. We then all come together as a class to co-construct success criteria before moving to desks and jotters to complete the activities. I’ve found peer assessment and self assessment to work well with these tasks. I pause 10 minutes before the end of the lesson, the class assess and then they have 5/6 minutes to act upon the feedback.
Area and Perimeter SDG8
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Area and Perimeter SDG8

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This resource is designed for upper primary pupils but could be adapted for those either side. Exploring Area and Perimeter through a Global Goals lens of ‘Decent Work’ pupils can involve themselves in practical activities that link to a variety of trades involved in construction. There are 4 lessons in total in this mini sequence but the tasks could be easily extended to provide consolidation and further personalisation
Double Digit Multiplication SDG7 Clean Energy
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Double Digit Multiplication SDG7 Clean Energy

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This sequence of three lessons allows pupils in upper primary to consolidate their double digit multiplication skills with grid, vertical multiplication and arrays. Through the lens of Clean Energy pupils can explore the benefits of clean energy whilst also considering the challenges involved in rolling sustainable power out across the world.
Equations: SDG 15
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Equations: SDG 15

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This is a 4 lesson unit of work that explores equations and algebra tiles through the Global Goal lens of ‘Life on Land’. The unit exposes pupils to endangered species in Scotland whilst also allowing them to learn facts about the animals through solving equations. Very much designed to follow a CPA approach to numeracy, algebra tiles are highly recommended (if you don’t have them, just chop up lots of yellow and green paper - it’s what I have done!)
Bus Timetables - 4 Lesson Unit SDG11
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Bus Timetables - 4 Lesson Unit SDG11

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Building on previous unit of time work linked to Global Goals 11, this is 4 lesson unit looking at buses. Lesson 1 Pros and Cons of buses and navigating bus timetables Lesson 2 Create a bus route and calculate how much money a bus can make Lesson 3 Create a bus timetable from specific arrival times Lesson 4 Calculate charging times for electric buses
TEAR Scenario Slides
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TEAR Scenario Slides

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These slides follow the TEAR framework as advocated by Action Jackson. The idea being that your Thoughts can change your Emotions and ultimately your Actions - which will always end with a Result. This framework is a really useful structure for children to reflect upon when things go wrong (and when they go right too). I find myself talking with children about the emotion part - once they feel an emotion such as anger or frustration, what strategies do they have to try and take a moment, can we work together to find a strategy that might work etc
What's your why?
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What's your why?

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A handy activity for the start of the year, presenting pupils with the opportunity to explore their reasons for coming to school. Some short case studies of athletes who have used their platform to affect social change is followed by a discussion and reflective activity for the class to complete.
12 Reading Lessons
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12 Reading Lessons

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This is a selection of 12 reading lessons - 5 of them short ones for when you only have 20 minutes and the rest longer response activities that children can really dig their teeth into. Many are designed to have the pupils read the example and co-construct the success criteria with you the teacher - I usually just write this up on the slide with numbers (“What is the purpose of paragraph 1?”) Most importantly, these are all tried and tested activities that a whole class can work on together YET still be reading their own unique stories. I have 33 pupils all reading their own stories and doing these tasks together, peer assessing one anothers work and producing great jotter work.
Global Goal Scene Creators
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Global Goal Scene Creators

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Folding a square piece of paper into four and chopping on line to the centre, you can create small backdrops for peg dolls or other characters. Using the scene descriptors included in this pack (which all link to the Global Goals) pupils can scan for key information, before drawing onto their paper to create a vivid scene.
Digital Literacy Progressions (P1-P7)
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Digital Literacy Progressions (P1-P7)

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This is a digital literacy progression for any school using iPads. All outcomes are linked to the benchmarks and it is designed to allow for a great deal of flexibility and teacher autonomy. 4 core apps that come pre loaded with any iPad are used to furnish children with choice and core skills in how they are able to present their learning (video, poster, presentation, document) Plenty and ideas and links to other areas of the curriculum included. Each stage is provided with two tracking sheets, one which is quite prescriptive for teachers who lack confidence with tech and another that gives a lot more choice and scope for teachers to use other apps to achieve the same benchmarks.
Writing Workshop
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Writing Workshop

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Starting with a verb Setting the scene Sentence length Word Choice and Vocab building This is a four part writing workshop sequence that could be used in either a one-off carousel style lesson or split into 4 separate lessons with a mini assessment at the end. I’ve used it previously over the course of three days. Split my class into 4 mixed ability groups. Day One I had each group attend to two activities. The next day, they got involved with the final two stations and then on the third day they composed a piece of descriptive writing and I was able to see if they were using the techniques they had explored the previous days.
Crisp Calculations and Other Active Math Lessons
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Crisp Calculations and Other Active Math Lessons

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These resources are aimed at creating playful learning experiences in primary. The direction of the learning can be led by the pupils, with the teacher using the sheets to guide and nudge towards desired teaching points. Pupils could flexibly work individually, in a pair or in a small group.
Fractions and Percentage Sequence - SDG6 focus
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Fractions and Percentage Sequence - SDG6 focus

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This is a four part sequence, with quick recall/check-in activities included, aimed at upper primary. Through the lens of Global Goal Number 6, clean water & sanitation, pupils will considered in some depth the challenges faced globally in accessing safe and clean water whilst also learning to identify, calculate and convert fractions and percentages. Many of the activities are designed for pupils to lead their learning, co-constructing SC and deciding upon the ‘how’ when it comes to most methods of calculating and converting. The lessons all follow a CPA approach.