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High-quality, well-researched and comprehensive resources for upper KS2. Geography specialist. Secret Anarchist.

High-quality, well-researched and comprehensive resources for upper KS2. Geography specialist. Secret Anarchist.
Tudor Age of Exploration
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Tudor Age of Exploration

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**A fully planned and resourced 6 or 7 week unit on the Tudor Age of Exploration. 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 this historical period. There are links to current issues around colonialism with an exploration of whether Columbus was a hero or a villain. 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’. Also covers the following Geography from the KS2 curriculum: ‘Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian’.
The Lost Words (Poetry): English Unit for Y5
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The Lost Words (Poetry): English Unit for Y5

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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.
Y5 Archie's War Writing Unit - Diary
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Y5 Archie's War Writing Unit - Diary

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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.
After the Fall (Six Week Writing Unit)
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After the Fall (Six Week Writing Unit)

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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.
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (Reading: Unit of Work)
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Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (Reading: Unit of Work)

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A unit of reading fluency-focused work based on ‘Fortunately, the Milk’ by Neil Gaiman. To be taught in short, 20 minute sessions alongside reading the book, this fully resourced unit of work contains up to 8 lessons. This unit can be easily adapted for both LKS2 and UKS2. The book itself is easily accessible - perfect for a first unit in September.
Oliver Twist Reading Unit
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Oliver Twist Reading Unit

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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.
Forces - Y5 Science - Unit of Work
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Forces - Y5 Science - Unit of Work

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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. Topics covered: -Gravity Galileo Air Resistance Water Resistance Friction Gears, pulleys and levers Creating graphs Analysing data.
World War 1 (6 week scheme of work)
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World War 1 (6 week scheme of work)

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**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’.
Fantastically Great Women Writing Unit
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Fantastically Great Women Writing Unit

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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. Core: Subordination. 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 Region in South America (Amazonia)
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A Region in South America (Amazonia)

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**A fully planned and resourced 6 week unit on ‘A Region in South America’, comparing it with a region in the UK (The Solent). Suitable for upper KS2 (Y5 and Y6) but easily adaptable for lower KS2. ** The unit follows a geographical enquiry cycle, with key questions throughout. Teaching strategies focus on visual tools and active learning, so that children ‘do geography’ rather than learning facts. 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: ’ Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America’.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Unit of Work)
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Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Unit of Work)

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**Your one-stop, earthquakes and volcanoes shop! A fully planned and resourced 7 week unit on ‘Earthquakes and Volcanoes’. Suitable for upper KS2 (Y5 and Y6) but easily adaptable for lower KS2. ** The unit follows a geographical enquiry cycle, with key questions throughout. Teaching strategies focus on visual tools and active learning, so that children ‘do geography’ rather than learning facts. Extensive video links make the learning highly visual. Up to date case studies include: Mount Etna 2020 eruptions, Volcan de Fuego 2018 eruption, Christchurch earthquake of 2011, Japanese Tsunami of 2011. 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: ’ Describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including: volcanoes and earthquakes’.
Winter's Child Writing Unit
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Winter's Child Writing Unit

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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. Core: Subordination. 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.
The Shang Dynasty (6 Week Unit)
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The Shang Dynasty (6 Week Unit)

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**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’.
Red Riding Hood Writing Unit
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Red Riding Hood Writing Unit

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An alternative to the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, this two-week (10 lesson) unit of work is based on the short animation ‘Red’. The themes in the animation are ‘never judge a book by its cover’ and ‘things aren’t always what they seem’. The writing outcome (a recount) focuses on consistency in sentence structure and the use of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. It was created to address some of the common errors in writing I often see at the start of Year 5, but this resource would be suitable for Year 3 - Year 6.
Heroes Writing Unit
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Heroes Writing Unit

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A writing unit based on the book ‘Heroes’ by David Long. Includes work on relative clauses and cohesive devices. Suitable for Year 5 or 6. Also links with World War I History (as the focus stories are about war dogs).
The Ultimate Whole-School Geography Curriculum
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The Ultimate Whole-School Geography Curriculum

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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.
Space Non-Fiction Report Writing Unit of Work
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Space Non-Fiction Report Writing Unit of Work

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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; Core: Subordination; 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.
Thermal/Electrical Conductors, Magnetic Properties Lessons
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Thermal/Electrical Conductors, Magnetic Properties Lessons

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A variety of resources to cover the Year 5 Science objective: I can compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties including their [hardness, solubility, transparency], conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Three, practical investigations to cover ‘Working Scientifically’ objectives: Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary; Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate; Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs; Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations; Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
Art_Printing_Unit of Work
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Art_Printing_Unit of Work

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A 6 week unit of work on the medium of printing. This unit would be suitable for years 3 - 6. Pupils will study a variety of contemporary artists working in print. Pupils will explore a range of printing techniques including printing with found objects, collagraph and foam board printing. The final outcome of the unit is a foam board print, based around your History, Geography or English topic.
A Range of Y5/6 Spelling Activities
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A Range of Y5/6 Spelling Activities

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A range of Y5/6 spelling activities based around: -cial or -tial word endings; -cious or -tious word endings; –ant and –ance –ancy word endings; –ent and –ence –ency word endings.