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A big hello to teachers everywhere... I am an experienced teacher with a zest for learning, I have 3 Education Degrees; BA Hons with QTS, PGCE and a MA in Education. I have taught in a mix of Challenging and 'Outstanding' Primary and SEN schools and have gathered a range of experiences and skills. I love teaching Art and Reading [particularly fiction]. I also enjoy making creative resources and if you have a precicious spare second take a look - you might like what you see!!

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A big hello to teachers everywhere... I am an experienced teacher with a zest for learning, I have 3 Education Degrees; BA Hons with QTS, PGCE and a MA in Education. I have taught in a mix of Challenging and 'Outstanding' Primary and SEN schools and have gathered a range of experiences and skills. I love teaching Art and Reading [particularly fiction]. I also enjoy making creative resources and if you have a precicious spare second take a look - you might like what you see!!
The Midnight Gang = Resource Collection - David Walliams

The Midnight Gang = Resource Collection - David Walliams

This extensive collection of resources has been created to deepen the understanding and enjoyment of the book; The Midnight Gang. These resources offer challenges to a range of abilities and include; puzzles, games, reading/writing/drawing responses. There is a board game and a formal SPaG booklet test. Different aspects of the set can be used in whole-class, small-group, independent or set as homework. The book referred to is the Hardback cover - published; 2016.
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The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams Study Booklet

The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams Study Booklet

The Boy in the Dress resource is designed as a booklet aimed for KS 2 & KS 3 readers. It can be used independently as a guided reading/homework support or shared as a half-term whole class longer text focus. The booklet is illustrated throughout to help excite young readers and it follows the story in detailed chronological order. The subject presents a challenge to boy readers in particular as it explores the feelings and growing pains of a twelve year old boy. It explores the differences between individuals and asks the reader to reflect on his/her own points of view-challenging stereotyped characters. It is a useful resource for PHSE to discuss a range of current issues. There is also a set of ‘stand-alone’ worksheets. All illustrations used are by Openclipart.
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Demon Dentist - David Walliams - Study Booklet

Demon Dentist - David Walliams - Study Booklet

This booklet follows each chapter in chronological order and encourages its reader to consider and talk about the text, find answers to set questions and respond by completing a series of related tasks- including a dental hygiene poster and a safe-stranger poster. This in-depth resource can be used to support independent readers or used as a whole class half-termly unit of work. For teachers who do not want to follow the book so closely there is a collection of ‘stand alone’ worksheets that encourage the reader to respond in a variety of creative ways including; character profiles, list making, discussion, note taking, map drawing and much more… A useful homework resource. All illustrations are by ‘Open Clipart’.
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Demon Dentist - David Walliams - Study Booklet

Demon Dentist - David Walliams - Study Booklet

This booklet follows each chapter in chronological order and encourages its reader to consider and talk about the text, find answers to set questions and respond by completing a series of related tasks- including a dental hygiene poster and a safe-stranger poster. This in-depth resource can be used to support independent readers or used as a whole class half-termly unit of work. For teachers who do not want to follow the book so closely there is a collection of ‘stand alone’ worksheets that encourage the reader to respond in a variety of creative ways including; character profiles, list making, discussion, note taking, map drawing and much more… A useful homework resource. All illustrations are by ‘Open Clipart’.
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Awful Auntie - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Game Board & Poem

Awful Auntie - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Game Board & Poem

This unit of work has been designed to help developing readers engage and extend their understanding of the book 'Awful Auntie by David Walliams. The unit of work has been designed in the form of a booklet. Each chapter encourages the reader to explore the language, read the text, find answers to set questions and respond by completing a series of related tasks including character profiles, newspaper articles, witness statements, poetry, punctuation, writing of informal letters and a word search. An Illustrated Board Game is also included - using complimentary illustrations from Open Clipart. For teachers who do not want to work so in depth with the book there is a selection of 'stand alone' worksheets. This resource is useful for homework, independent work and classwork and SEN children. There is also included a poem about 'Mad Old Auntie Amy' - it is hoped that this can be used to encourage children to create their own aunty poems.
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TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN – STUDY BOOKLET – NOTES – RESOURCES

TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN – STUDY BOOKLET – NOTES – RESOURCES

TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN – STUDY BOOKLET – NOTES – RESOURCES provides everything a teacher needs to study this classic book in detail. It has been designed as a half-term unit of work where pupils read the notes first to place the book in time, then read the book in selected chapters before answering a range of questions, or participating in a variety of activities including writing; newspaper reports, poems, letters, list’s, notes, play scripts, thoughts[first person] and a traditional fairy-tale. The resources provided will help pupils retain the story and could be used to create a visually compelling display. This Unit of Work can be used as a whole class resource, independent/group work, or set individually as homework. The questions are clear and progress easily achieved. The book used is; Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce First published 31 December 1958 Oxford with illustrations by Susan Einzig. First Published in this edition 2015 ISBN: 978-0-19-273450-1
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The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams Study Booklet

The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams Study Booklet

The Boy in the Dress resource is designed as a booklet aimed for KS 2 & KS 3 readers. It can be used independently as a guided reading/homework support or shared as a half-term whole class longer text focus. The booklet is illustrated throughout to help excite young readers and it follows the story in detailed chronological order. The subject presents a challenge to boy readers in particular as it explores the feelings and growing pains of a twelve year old boy. It explores the differences between individuals and asks the reader to reflect on his/her own points of view-challenging stereotyped characters. It is a useful resource for PHSE to discuss a range of current issues. There is also a set of ‘stand-alone’ worksheets. All illustrations used are by Openclipart.
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Ratburger - David Walliams - Study Booklet

Ratburger - David Walliams - Study Booklet

This unit of work has been designed to encourage readers to further enjoy this story by engaging with and extending their comprehension of the book; Ratburger. There is an illustrated booklet which follows each chapter in chronological order and invites the reader to; read the book in close detail, explore the characters, consider the social aspects of life in a ‘run-down’ council estate and respond by completing a series of related tasks. Included are a range of SPaG questions that have been compiled to emulate a formal SPaG test to help pupils familiarize themselves with the format. Also included is a set of ‘stand-alone’ worksheets. All illustrations used are by ‘Clipart’.
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Gangsta Granny - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Poem

Gangsta Granny - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Poem

This unit of work is presented as an illustrated booklet that follows each chapter of David Walliams book - Gangsta Granny. It has been designed to help developing readers engage with and extend their comprehension of the story through a range of activities including; finding answers to set questions, word search, poetry, creative and report writing and drawing. It looks sensitively at the exploration of an eleven year old boy's emotions as he experiences the love and loss of a close relative. It also gives us a humorous glimpse into the shady realms of 'cat burglary'. It is one of a series of my David Walliams booklets. Good for guided reading and extended reading homework. Illustrations used are by 'Openclipart'. There is also an original poem about a child's Granny - can be used to encourage pupils to create their own.
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The Enormous Crocodile - Roald Dahl - Response Booklet

The Enormous Crocodile - Roald Dahl - Response Booklet

This booklet has been designed to help developing readers engage with and extend their understanding of Roald Dahl's - Enormous Crocodile. The booklet is arranged in three sections; beginning, middle, end. Each section encourages the reader to; read the text, find answer's to set questions and respond by drawing a series of related pictures. For teachers that do not want to follow the story so closely or for SEN children there is a set of adapted worksheets that encourages children to engage and respond to the story through art and drawing. It is a useful homework resource. All illustrations are by 'Open Clipart'. [Correction made to headings of sections - beginning/ middle/ end]
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Mr Stink - QUIZWORD BOOKLET - David Walliams

Mr Stink - QUIZWORD BOOKLET - David Walliams

Mr Stink – David Walliams QUIZWORD BOOKLET This resource has been created to help pupils improve their spelling, increase their word knowledge, develop their comprehension skills and increase their scanning techniques. Pupils are encouraged to read a chapter and then complete the relevant Quizword puzzle. Each question ensures the pupil is 'reading for meaning’ as each answer is located within the text[page numbers have been included to help pupils locate answers]. There is also an answer booklet included so pupils can check/mark their own puzzles. Pupil’s gain a great deal of satisfaction from correctly completing these puzzle’s and it encourages further reading. This resource is suitable for class or homework activities. Pupils will need a copy of David Walliams ‘Mr Stink’ – paperback 2013 production ISBN 978-0-00-793578-9
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME - STUDY BOOKLET

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME - STUDY BOOKLET

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. Haddon and The Curious Incident won the Whitbread Book Awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Unusually, it was published simultaneously in separate editions for adults and children. This STUDY BOOKLET had been designed to challenge the grammatical knowledge and punctuation skills of year 7/8 pupils. It has a clear format and has been created to compliment the shared reading of the book. Also included are some NUMBER PUZZLES that feature in the book. This work can be presented as individual, group, whole-class or homework assignments. The Study Booklet can be used as a ‘Stand Alone’ resource as the book is not needed to complete it.
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Grandpa's Great Escape - David Walliams - SPaG booklet, board game and activities

Grandpa's Great Escape - David Walliams - SPaG booklet, board game and activities

This compendium of work has been created to help developing readers engage with and extend their understanding of the book Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams. HB: ISBN 978-0-00-749401-9 pub 2015. Pupils are invited to; complete a SPaG booklet [level 3-5] with questions presented as SAT papers. Learn more about Britain's entry into the War and discover 'Ten of the Best' British and German planes. They will use this knowledge to develop their strategic thinking skills by playing a board game; 'Battle for the Skies'. They will respond to Walliams' comic writing by completing a humorous playscript based on the dialogue between Detectives Beef and Bone and have fun acting it out. They will play a board game of chance with 'Escape of 'Twilight Towers' and then try to outwit Reverend Hogg in the a borad game of 'Charge of the Old Brigade'in which they will revisit the narrative from this chapter. They can have fun inventing a new moustache for a young Grandpa and finally they are asked to write a narrative poem based on Grandpa's life story. This work is suitable for use as; whole class independent work, differentiation/extension activities in class or as a half-term homework project. It can also compliment the study of WW II History by its further investigations into the RAF and the Luftwaffe. All illustrations used are by open clipart.
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L. S. Lowry Life and Work

L. S. Lowry Life and Work

This unit of work explores the life and work of L.S. Lowry as an important English Artist. The pupils are aked to consider his unhappy life and this can be used in PHSE sessions. It is an interactive scheme that looks at the Industrial Landscape of Manchester and invites pupils to respond to chosen work using a range of materials and techniques. It also encourages discussion of non-fiction text and pupils independent use of ICT.
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The Iron Man - Ted Hughes

The Iron Man - Ted Hughes

This planning and range of activities is designed to enable MLD and ASD children to access the classic Iron Man novel by Ted Hughes in an exciting and imaginative way [Literacy Extended stories]. The activities are structured around PHSE themes that encourage the children to consider their own and others emotional development.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

This unit of work has been designed to encourage pupils [particularly boys] to engage with and access comprehension activities of a Classic Story. The version used is a 'strip-cartoon&' adaptation by Chris Mould. The pupils take on the role of &';secret sleuth' and develop &'detective skills&'; as they work through the 'training handbook&'. The work brings the narrative into the realms of a modern &';incident room' and encourages drama and speaking and listening. Differentiated worksheets have been added to encourage the less abled and some time solving problems to bring the story alive in numeracy.
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THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN – David Walliams PUZZLE BOOK

THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN – David Walliams PUZZLE BOOK

THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN – David Walliams PUZZLE BOOK All of the puzzle’s in this book have been designed around the chapter’s in DAVID WALLIAMS book; ‘The World’s Worst Children’. They help pupils improve their spelling, increase their word knowledge, develop their comprehension skills and increase their scanning techniques. Each puzzle has been created to support pupil’s developing word knowledge and grammatical understanding. Areas covered are; Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs and Onomatopoeia’s. The puzzles are clearly laid-out and fun to do. The activities are easily differentiated by the amount of clues that are given. Pupils are encouraged to read a chapter and then complete the relevant puzzle. There is also an answer booklet included so pupils can check/mark their own puzzles. Pupil’s gain a great deal of satisfaction from correctly completing these puzzle’s and it encourages further reading. This resource is suitable for paired, independent or homework activities.
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The Midnight Gang = Resource Collection - David Walliams

The Midnight Gang = Resource Collection - David Walliams

This extensive collection of resources has been created to deepen the understanding and enjoyment of the book; The Midnight Gang. These resources offer challenges to a range of abilities and include; puzzles, games, reading/writing/drawing responses. There is a board game and a formal SPaG booklet test. Different aspects of the set can be used in whole-class, small-group, independent or set as homework. The book referred to is the Hardback cover - published; 2016.
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How to Catch a Star - Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a Star - Oliver Jeffers

This bundle of activities have been created to reinforce the telling of the ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers. They include a range of handwriting, colouring sheets, fine-motor skill development activities and simple number work. The worksheets are clear and the illustrations by ‘Openclipart’ compliment the story. A useful resource for independent work, extending the discussion of the story and homework. These activities can be used with the very young and SEN children.
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THE GARDEN DESIGN PROJECT

THE GARDEN DESIGN PROJECT

The Garden Design Project has been created as an integrated unit of work that incorporates and develops creativity, design, research and money handling skills. During this unit pupils will refine their understanding of area with complex tasks that require them to imagine and forward plan. They imagine they have successfully completed a garden design qualification and are much sought after by a range of eager clientele. They must decide which clients to work for and design a garden within a budget of £15,000. This clearly presented ‘Garden Project’ leads pupils step by step through the world of design, planning, site analysis, costing and keeping to a budget. This work is suitable for class work or extended homework.
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MOUSE BIRD SNAKE WOLF – [Almond & McKean] Graphic Novel STUDY BOOKLET & RESOURCES

MOUSE BIRD SNAKE WOLF – [Almond & McKean] Graphic Novel STUDY BOOKLET & RESOURCES

MOUSE BIRD SNAKE WOLF – STUDY BOOKLET – RESOURCES provides everything a teacher needs to share this highly acclaimed graphic novel in detail – SHORTLISTED for the CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2014. The study booklet has been designed as a short unit of work where pupils consider the structure of ‘Creation Stories’ through the genre of a graphic novel [no specific religions are explored in this study]. The book is read to pupils [in two parts] before the graphics are revealed and explored, then pupils are required to answer a range of related questions through written and oral responses. The resources provided will help pupils understand and retain the story, while developing their knowledge to create their own graphic novel [extension activity]. This Unit of Work can be used as a whole class resource, independent/group work, or set individually as homework. The questions are clear and progress is easily achieved. The book used is; Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond and Dave McKean. First published 2013. This edition published 2014 - Walker Books Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-4063-4599-5
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The Magic-Finger Roald Dahl - Response Booklet

The Magic-Finger Roald Dahl - Response Booklet

This resource has been designed as a response to The Magic- Finger to help developing and SEN readers extend their understanding of the story. It encourages thought provoking interaction by the reader by asking him/her to empathize with the main character's feelings. The reader is asked to; consider the text and the language used, find answers to set questions and to respond by drawing a series of related pictures. This booklet can be used as a whole class, individual or homework resource. For teachers of SEN children and those that do not want to follow the story so closely there are a set of adapted worksheet's that encourages the struggling reader to engage with the story through drawing.
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Lost and Found - Oliver Jeffers

Lost and Found - Oliver Jeffers

This collection of worksheets have been created to encourage young readers to engage with and extend their understanding of the book; Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. They follow the story and help develop fine and gross motor skills through a range of practical activities; art, dance and song. They also encourage social development by the making and wearing of a penguin mask and the playing of a 'sad penguin' board game. These colourful worksheets could be used to develop independent working and for homework, they would also suit SEN children. The illustrations used are by 'Openclipart'.
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