After the Fall by Dan Santat is a beautifully illustrated story about what happened to Humpty Dumpty after his oh-so-famous fall. It is a tale of resilience and overcoming fear.
The book is aimed at younger readers, which makes it accessible to all abilities. There are three levels of challenge within the unit:
Consolidate: Focuses on coordinating conjunctions;
Core: Focuses on subordination;
Extend: Focuses on relative clauses.
The unit could be easily adapted for use from Year 2 to Year 6.
A unit of work based on developing drawing skills, linked with World War 1 and War Artists.
This unit would be suitable for LKS2 and UKS2 (Y3 - Y6).
Power Point with resources needed for each lesson;
Examples of famous American and UK War Artists’ work with opportunities for evaluation;
Drawing practice slides, resources and video link;
I am based on the Isle of Wight, so the historical focus is on the Isle of Wight Rifles - the regiment based there during WW1. You could use as is, or adapt to include the regiment in your location. The lower price reflects this.
A three or four week writing unit based around the books ‘Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World’ and ‘Fantastically Great Women who Saved the Planet’ by Kate Pankhurst.
The writing outcome is a Biography with a range of sentence structures and cohesive devices. The sentence structures are differentiated by ability group:
Consolidate: Coordinating conjunctions.
Extend: Relative clauses.
This unit was originally taught to Year 5 but it could easily be used from Year 2 - 6, due to the accessible nature of the original books and the grammar covered. We also used supporting material from ‘What Would she do? Real-life Stories of 25 Rebel Women’ by Kay Woodward and other books of a similar theme.
This is a brilliant unit that has so many opportunities for discussion about racial and gender equality and women’s rights.
A unit of work to to produce a persuasive advert for a pair of shoes that pupils design.
Expanded noun phrases;
Subordination using if, when, because, although.
Suitable for Years 3, 4 and 5.
Fully differentiated with visuals to support SEND.
WAGOLL (differentiated versions);
A magical poetry unit based on 'The Lost Words, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
To be taught over approximately 2 weeks (if English is taught every day), this fully resourced unit of work focuses on the following Learning Objectives:
Use a varied and rich vocabulary.
Use an increasing range of sentence length and structure.
There is a focus on reading and talk for writing, as well as figurative language like simile, personification and metaphor.
I have included lots of video and music links to create a highly engaging and visual learning journey.
This unit can be easily adapted for both LKS2 and UKS2.
**A fully planned and resourced 6 week unit on World War 1. Suitable for upper KS2 but easily adaptable for lower KS2. **
The unit follows a historical enquiry cycle, with key questions throughout.
Teaching strategies focus on visual tools and active learning, so that children have a constant frame of reference for these events that are almost out of living memory.
Each lesson can be kept ‘short and sweet’ or you have the option to ‘explore deeper’ with discussion about all the key concepts.
Covers the National Curriculum objective: ’ A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066’.
Now with SATs style reading questions!
This eight lesson reading unit uses the Marcia Williams version of Oliver Twist (although any suitable abridged version could be used instead, or indeed, the musical film).
The unit also focuses on the historical context of the book, enabling children to visualise what life was like in Victorian England and for those living in workhouses.
The life of Charles Dickens is also explored.
The reading objectives covered are from the Y5 curriculum, but this unit could easily be adapted for years 3 - 6.
All video links, text extracts and worksheets are included, so you’ll have everything you need, except the book itself.
Originally created for a Year 5 class but could be adapted for Year 4 - Year 6.
Power Point with examples and lesson teaching points, plus planning slides;
Self and teacher assessment sheet.
Success Criteria covered:
Identifying fact and opinion;
BRackets, dashes and commas for parenthesis.
A two-week writing unit on the text Archie’s War, by Marcia Williams. It links perfectly with my History unit on World War I but it can also stand alone.
There is a heavy focus on sentence structure in this unit, with three levels of differentiation - this makes it suitable for Years 3 - 6.
Unit of work on Journey to the River Sea - writing a diary entry.
Originally created for a Year 5 class but could easily be adapted for Y4 - 6.
Power Point with planning and lesson teaching points, plus loads of examples of the success criteria;
Self and teacher assessment sheet;
Activities on commas for LA (for alternative to main task).
Success criteria covers:
Using commas to avoid ambiguity;
Spell some words with silent letters.
**A fully planned and researched 6 week unit on The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. **
Suitable for Upper KS2 but easily adaptable for Lower KS2.
Covers the National Curriculum objective: ‘The achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China’.
Children love this unit! Originally for Year 5 but could be used in Year 6 as revision or adapted for use from Year 3.
It is based on a hilarious mockumentary (in the style of David Attenborough), which follows the journey of a plastic bag to its final resting place in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The resource includes:
Power Point with planning and lesson teaching points, examples of success criteria and worksheets;
A character activity;
A pupil/teacher assessment sheet.
Success criteria covered:
Settlement and Land-Use Unit for KS2 Geography.
Suitable for Y3, Y4, Y5 or Y6
Needs some adapting to focus on your local area but a good starting point.
Work on 6 Figure Grid References.
Collecting and interpreting geographical survey data.
Considering the viewpoint of different user groups.
Vocabulary associated with the topic.
Everything you could possibly need to teach a 3 week writing unit on space! Tried and tested on a Year 5 class but differentiation is spread between Y1 - Y5, so easily adaptable for all year groups. The writing outcome is a non-fiction report about the Solar System.
There are three levels of differentiation within this unit:
Consolidate: simple sentences, full stops and capital letters;
Extend: Relative Clauses
There is also a strong focus on spelling, with differentiated work on common exception words from Y2 - Y5
All worksheets are provided, as well as lesson slides to support teaching.
Links really well with the science topic: Earth and Beyond.
A one-stop-shop writing unit based around the book ‘Winter’s Child’ by Angela McAllister. All the resources you need are included in the download.
The writing outcome is a recount with a variety of sentence structures and expanded noun phrases. The sentence structures are differentiated by ability group:
SEND: Expanded noun phrases
Consolidate: Coordinating conjunctions.
Extend: Relative clauses.
This unit was originally taught to Year 5 but it could easily be used from Year 2 - 6, due to the accessible nature of the original book, incredible illustrations and the grammar covered.
Be ready for an Ofsted Deep Dive with this whole-school plan for Geography!
What you get:
A curriculum map, which shows a clear progression in place knowledge, process/feature knowledge, map work skills and fieldwork skills;
A progression in location map, which details specific case studies for each topic;
Planning/Assessment sheets for every Geography topic, from EYFS to Y6;
A leadership portfolio document to show to your HMI, before or during an inspection;
An action plan template.
All of these are editable, to make them easy to adapt for your school and for different case-study locations if you wish.
A unit of work covering everything you need to teach the forces objectives for Year 5, plus a range of ‘Working Scientifically’ objectives too.
All worksheets and recording frames are within the Power Point slides.
It also includes a lesson celebrating the work of Galileo.
Gears, pulleys and levers
KS1 and KS2 geographical question prompts.
Very useful for planning any unit.
Sparks guided discussion.
Encourages use of technical geographic language.
Talk for writing.
Human and physical.