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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 - David Walliams - Puzzles and Resources
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The Midnight Gang - David Walliams - Puzzles and Resources

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This resource package contains an extensive set of differentiated resources to compliment the reading of The Midnight Gang. They encourage independent reading and thought provoking challenges as children work through the set. The puzzles help to deepen the understanding of the story, while developing spelling and word skills. These resources can be used as class work or homework activities and are great for bad-weather day playtimes. SEN children enjoy the illustrations and are able to comprehend the book at a slower pace.
Demon Dentist - David Walliams - Study Booklet
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Demon Dentist - David Walliams - Study Booklet

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

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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.
How I feel about School!
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How I feel about School!

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This unit of work has been designed to help teachers gain an understanding of the emotional well-being of pupils in their care and to gauge their attitudes towards school work. Pupils are asked to reflect upon their; school environment, relationships with peers and feelings towards Literacy, Numeracy and Science. This is achieved by data collection, drawing, written response and reflective discussions. All illustrations in this unit of work have been created by 'Openclipart.org' creative commons.
Ratburger - David Walliams - Study Booklet
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Ratburger - David Walliams - Study Booklet

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

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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
Festive 2D Shape Sorting
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Festive 2D Shape Sorting

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These worksheets are designed for the Christmas period. They encourage children to recognise, sort and classify 2D shapes and to record their findings on tally charts, bar diagrams, venn and carroll diagrams. Merry Christmas.
The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams Study Booklet
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The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams Study Booklet

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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.
The Iron Man - Ted Hughes
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The Iron Man - Ted Hughes

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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.
THE GARDEN DESIGN PROJECT
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THE GARDEN DESIGN PROJECT

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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.
CAVE PAINTINGS - Complete Unit of Work
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CAVE PAINTINGS - Complete Unit of Work

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING - CAVE PAINTINGS: This resource offers a complete unit of Art and Design ideas with cross curricular links that enables students to extend their knowledge of Cave Paintings and the people who created them. This project looks at three major cave painting systems; Chauvet Caves; located in France, Lascaux Caves; also located in France, and the Cave of Altamira; located in Spain. The resource bundle is extensive and enables the teacher to pick and choose which elements to use. Plenty of background information is included and a range of interesting Art making ideas that students will enjoy and will produce a lively, informative display. We begin by establishing a Base Line of students knowledge and then build on from here encouraging students to reappraise their knowledge as they learn. An 18-clip Power Point presentation has also been included that highlights interesting facts about the three cave systems. There is also a 22 page set of Illustrated Notes that covers the Power Point facts – with extended notes about the conservation of the caves. There is a resource that looks at the period of time when the Chauvet, Lascaux and Altamira cave paintings were produced. It places the paintings on a time line and touches on the development of Early man. There is a resource that looks at the coloured paints that have been found in the caves and how these colours were resourced and made. It then explains how the eye sees colour and how low light levels affect the colours we see. We then look at the way the tools that created the cave paintings were made. This complete unit of work with cross curriculum links to; HISTORY, ART & DESIGN, SCIENCE, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY & GEOGRAPHY. It is suitable for KS2 & KS3 students.
Awful Auntie - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Game Board & Poem
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Awful Auntie - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Game Board & Poem

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

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

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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
KS 2 MATHS REASONING BOOKLET - WINTER WONDERLAND THEME
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KS 2 MATHS REASONING BOOKLET - WINTER WONDERLAND THEME

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WINTER WONDERLAND – REASONING KS 2 is a festive book full of thought provoking maths questions. The booklet has been designed for pupils to ‘solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems’ with a festive theme. They are encouraged to ‘break down problems into a series of simpler steps’ in order to seek solutions. The Christmas theme inspires pupils to use what they know to solve everyday problems. To answer these questions, pupils will need to demonstrate flexibility in problem-solving and good levels of numeracy. Occasionally, pupils are encouraged to show methods of working, this supports their thinking and helps teachers understand their pupils thought process. Specifically, to understand if they can; define the question, translate it to mathematical formulation, complete the calculation, then provide an answer to the original question. This booklet can be given as a ‘whole’ for a full lesson of independent work, or individual pages can be given, as ‘introductions’ or as speedy ‘time-fillers’. It would also be useful as Homework.
The Enormous Crocodile - Roald Dahl - Response Booklet
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The Enormous Crocodile - Roald Dahl - Response Booklet

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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]
FRIDA KAHLO - Mid-Term Planning And RESOURCES
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FRIDA KAHLO - Mid-Term Planning And RESOURCES

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This collection includes a Mid-Term Planning resource that introduces the life and work of Mexican Artist; Frida Kahlo through the use of Portraiture. Pupils will be taught about her contribution to Mexican Art, while they improve their own mastery of portraits and art and design techniques, through drawing, painting, collage, and digital imagining. Pupils will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques to enhance their creativity, while being challenged to think critically about their own work and the work of others. There is also a Power Point presentation that illustrates her life and work and a Word document that can be laminated for use in the classroom. All illustrations are from creative commons. This resource is suitable for Upper KS 2 & KS 3 children studying the Art and Design curriculum.
THE ICE MONSTER – DAVID WALLIAMS – SATs STYLE – SPAG KS2
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THE ICE MONSTER – DAVID WALLIAMS – SATs STYLE – SPAG KS2

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THE ICE MONSTER – DAVID WALLIAMS – SATs STYLE – SPAG KS2 This is David Walliams biggest and most epic adventure yet! It was released in November and the Bookseller reports that it sold more than 110,000 copies in less than a week, making it the fastest-selling title since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So it is bound to be in many children’s Christmas Stockings this year. The Ice Monster is a story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth… When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more… A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic! Illustrated by Tony Ross. This resource is a great way to settle the children back into their routine after the holidays. It accompanies the characters on their icy adventure – SATs style. The comprehensive booklet is predominately arranged as a SAT paper with mainly SPAG style questions. So pupils can enjoy the quality of a popular ‘real’ book as they prepare for their SATs. It is also a useful revision/assessment tool. The book used for this resource was a Hardback copy. HB ISBN 978-0-00-816469-0 Published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children’s Books 2018
Gangsta Granny - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Poem
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Gangsta Granny - David Walliams - Study Booklet & Poem

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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.