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WW2 Air raid shelter writing lesson
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WW2 Air raid shelter writing lesson

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Used with Year 5, but could be adapted for any class. The lesson plan details how the resources were used. The classroom was prepared with tables, blankets, battery candles, books, playing cards etc. The powerpoint should play a sound file, so while a warm up activity is being played in the classroom, after 5 minutes the sound file silence finishes and an air raid siren begins - this is the signal for the class to enter the ‘air raid sheters’ and to experience and record what it’s like inside the shelters. We made our classroom dark to add to the experience. This was one of our favourite lessons.
Warm fuzzies PSHE Circle time game
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Warm fuzzies PSHE Circle time game

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A pshe/circle time activity which encourages everyone to leave the classroom with a 'warm' and 'fuzzy' feeling inside. Comes with ideas for activities and a set of cards to cut and use. Cards contain positive sentences on hot water bottle pictures. This has been used with Year 1 and Year 5 successfully in different ways. There are many more possibilities for this resource, but here are ways that have worked well in the past. Year 5 Sit in a circle. Hand out the shuffled cards, one per pupil. They have some quiet time to think about what their card says and who is the most suitable person to give it to. Taking it in turns, they read out what their card says and places it in front of their chosen person. Year 1 As above but as they are handed out to the pupils, the teacher reads out the card, opening discussion as to what it means if necessary. Once they’ve used these a few times, they no longer ask for the meanings. To avoid any children feeling disappointed from not receiving a card, you could produce extra and hand these out yourself or give rules that pupils can’t hand their card to someone that already has one.
Story elements cake display
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Story elements cake display

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Story elements cake. Sponge layers for beginning, middle and end. Jam and cream problem and resolution. And finally extra toppings of adventure, characters and setting. When cut and laminated, can be put together to form the final cake! Includes recipe and image of the completed cake.
Mount Vesuvius recount, diary, video reconstruction
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Mount Vesuvius recount, diary, video reconstruction

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These resources were created to use alongside the linked video. They enabled the students to create notes during the video, and supporting their use of their senses to help describe what was happening during the volcanic eruption. I found it helped to darken the classroom and turn up the sound. Watching it several times meant they often spotted new things on each viewing. Screenshots from the video support the writing and can be cut and stuck alongside their writing. One of our favourite lessons.
Alternative Olympics - a spin on traditional Olympic activities
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Alternative Olympics - a spin on traditional Olympic activities

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This takes some of the more popular Olympic activities and put a spin on them to be used inside/outside, with any age and with whatever resources you can lay your hands on. Nothing special needed but can be adapted to suit. WARNING: might make you want to eat biscuits. Includes a score sheet. These were originally created for a youth group as a fun activity to provide a bit of end of term light relief and fun. They have also been adapted for use and tested by a group of adults during the London Olympics. Let me know any improvements and different activities to include.
Positive pupils Wanted posters
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Positive pupils Wanted posters

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Motivational posters with positive phrases and attributes as descriptions. Excellent for the start of the year when discussing classroom rules and school values. e.g. WANTED - risk takers willing to do their best, WANTED - considerate speakers who make kind comments
Ways to make spellings memorable
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Ways to make spellings memorable

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A powerpoint, which can be printed and used as posters, or as I did - print into a small flick book, to give suggestions for ways to learn spellings. Supports different learning styles and all ages.