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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!!
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
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’.
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Money Problems KS2
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The Twelve Days of Christmas - Money Problems KS2

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Visit the 'My True Love' cafe for the Twelve Days of Christmas to see what is on offer!!! These fun Christmas word problems challenge pupils to work out a range of money problems choosing the appropriate operation. Questions explore addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Pupils must use their knowledge of decimals and percentages to solve these tricky, tasty treats. Suitable for whole class, individual or homework.
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’.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Midnight Gang - David Walliams - English grammar test booklet.
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The Midnight Gang - David Walliams - English grammar test booklet.

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This resource has been designed to replicate a NC KS 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test. It is presented as a formal test booklet and follows 2016 guidance. However, to make the test more appealing to pupils – all questions are based on the events and characters from David Walliams brilliant novel; The Midnight Gang. This resource can be used in preparation for SATs and to identify how language is used in ‘real’ books.
DAVID WALLIAMS - Collection of Study Booklets, SPaG Booklet and Grammar Booklet
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DAVID WALLIAMS - Collection of Study Booklets, SPaG Booklet and Grammar Booklet

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This huge collection has been designed to use with seven of David Walliams popular books; Awful Auntie, Demon Dentist, Gangster Granny, Grandpa’s Great Escape, Ratburger, The Boy in the Dress and The Midnight Gang. The resources have been designed to be completed along-side the reading of the books. They can be used to develop a range of literacy skills through books that pupils find engaging. These resources help to improve and promote reading.
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.
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.
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
SUNFLOWERS - SCIENCE WORK UNIT
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SUNFLOWERS - SCIENCE WORK UNIT

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This unit of work covers all Science aspects of growing Sunflowers in school or at home. It contains a brief introductory Powerpoint presentation that then leads into a range of Science/Literacy based activities that cover instructional writing, observational diary keeping, poster making and a fun word search. This work has been designed to compliment the SUNFLOWERS - NUMERACY/ART WORK UNIT. The unit can be delivered in class or set as an extended homework activity.
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.
Christmas Themed Mathematics
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Christmas Themed Mathematics

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This bundle contains three collections of Christmas themed Maths activities. The 'True Love' Cafe is open for business and very busy during the festive period. Pupils are required to solve a range of Money, measuring and number activities. These attractive resources are suitable for class and home work. They would also be a great 'stand-alone' resource for cover teachers.
THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN – David Walliams PUZZLE BOOK
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THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN – David Walliams PUZZLE BOOK

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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.
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.
MONEY - Balancing and addition
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MONEY - Balancing and addition

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This game has inspired my SEN class to want to understand money and its value in order to 'buy&' sweets. You will need to cover a dice with coin pictures and this can be adapted to the ability/needs of your children. The sweets/objects you use can also differ in weight to ensure the more able children complete more challenging addition. The inclusion of balance scales helped with the visual learners. Have fun. PS. A healthier allternative can be substituted for sweets. PPS. There is a money dice template already on TES site.