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I have over 16 years full-time Primary school teaching experience in the UK, mostly in the North-West , I have advanced skills teacher status, 'Teachers TV' experience and write the odd article for Teacher magazines. I understand how time is precious so have shared a large amount of resources here, I hope it saves you some of your weekends!

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I have over 16 years full-time Primary school teaching experience in the UK, mostly in the North-West , I have advanced skills teacher status, 'Teachers TV' experience and write the odd article for Teacher magazines. I understand how time is precious so have shared a large amount of resources here, I hope it saves you some of your weekends!
Remembrance Day Activity Pack - Writing Poems & More - 2018 UPDATE
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Remembrance Day Activity Pack - Writing Poems & More - 2018 UPDATE

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Spend a full day or even more with all these resources based around Remembrance Day! I have included a Literacy unit plan including a Remembrance Day segment suitable for years 3-6 based on comments made, although this is designed to be a massive amount of resources to ‘dip into’ on the day. This includes… -A Powerpoint I made to introduce Remembrance day with included poems to read to the children so they can write their own. -Acrostic Poem Templates -Planning (please note this is under ‘Creating images weekly plan’) in the resources. This follows on from Bonfire night planning. -Comprehension , unique, questions and answers. A Fantastic Veterans Day Video -Information about Poppy Day -Poems -Information sheet about Poppies -Using a dictionary activity -Lots of additional activities -Newspaper articles uniquely writted designed to discuss England and the FIFA Poppy Ban from the England football match (two years ago.) NB: An EXCELLENT movie is 'The Piano' - this is absolutely perfect, emotional for the occasion and can be used in assemblies or the classroom to promote discussion.
Persuasive Texts - School Uniform for or Against?
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Persuasive Texts - School Uniform for or Against?

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A set of resources for children to decide whether they are for or against school uniform, I have included both viewpoints in separate documents and a document that discusses both sides of the argument as well as a few more resources to help.
Roald Dahl - The Twits
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Roald Dahl - The Twits

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The first few chapters printable, nicely presented and some great activities from ‘The Twits’ Suitable for Year 2, but easily adaptable if required.
Writing Match Reports
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Writing Match Reports

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LOTS of resources for writing match reports themed on quite a few of the Euro '16 football championship games. Easily adapted for other matches. Resources for writing a match report on the game on Thursday 16th June between Wales and England, and (unfortunately) the game on Monday 28th June against Iceland. I have also included a comprehension for this and some other activities. Example of match reports for both of these games, All the goals and highlights video from BOTH games (lots of the language here is easy to pick out eg. 'golden chance.') Report Template Tips for higher ability children on writing match reports I have also included some self-made resources for studying Iceland as a country. UPDATE JULY 13, more activities and videos added. Enjoy!
Number Pyramids - Puzzles Year 3/4
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Number Pyramids - Puzzles Year 3/4

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A set of differentiated worksheets I made where children have to add the two numbers below to get the pyramid step above. The harder worksheets require inverse operations. Fantastic for reinforcing and or teaching how add and take are related!
Understanding the role of the equals sign / Missing Number / Box Calculations
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Understanding the role of the equals sign / Missing Number / Box Calculations

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Massive update to my highly popular resource… Found these really hard to find so made my own resources up. I am unsure why they are so scarce as they often come up in SAT tests etc. As I like to call them 'missing box sums’ I have included differentiated worksheets and a smart notebook file to accompany the lesson worksheets. Great for years 3/4 possibly lower ability year 5. UPDATE: Feb 2018: due to the popularity of the previous version of this resource I have added a additional content similar in nature, for example, 'the role of the equals sign.' At this age it is important that children understand (leading onto later years and algebra etc) that ‘Equals’ doesn’t mean ‘the answer’ but is a BALANCE of two equations. There is a lesson plan included here as well I used for an observation during a Numeracy lesson on the topic.
Regular or Irregular Polygons - Year 5/6
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Regular or Irregular Polygons - Year 5/6

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An extensive set of resources used for an observation lesson on whether a Polygon is Regular or Irregular. Used in a Year 5 class and includes plan, differentiated resources and presentation that are easily adaptable. (Please note I have also included this presentation in MAC Keynote format as well as Powerpoint format for apple users. )
Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - Sept 2018 Update
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Poems that create images - Similes / Metaphors - Sept 2018 Update

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A bumper set of resources initially used in the year 4 topic of: Creating Images with Poetry, Similes and Metaphors. Due to the popularity of this resource I have included a Powerpoint I used for a very successful observation lesson by Ofsted involving describing a beach setting with similes and metaphors. I recently adapted this in this for a year 6 class I took. There is also quite a few poems I have written using Similes and Metaphors in them to create images and a few more resources too including a soothing soundtrack and background to play on your IW on loop. I have continually updated this resource due to its popularity. Please check my other resources out here… https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt
Personality of a Character: Gollum /  The Hobbit / Character Description
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Personality of a Character: Gollum / The Hobbit / Character Description

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LO: Understand how writers portray character personality through writing. This is a lesson based on exploring the techniques a writer uses to show a characters personality and requires pupils to use the evidence from the text extract I have included from the book 'The Hobbit' it is an excellent extract featuring the character 'Gollum.' The Powerpoint I have made goes through the process of... S (speech) A (actions) D (description) Children can then annotate their text accordingly and / or draw the character with annotations. Highly adaptable for many ages. The 1970's version of the hobbit features a similar conversation on YouTube. BONUS I have included a snippet of the text from 'The Hobbit' an activity for children to highlight all the parts of the text that describe the hobbit / wizard and the house. They then draw a picture to match their highlights. The results can be compared to the artists impression I have included.
Understanding the role of the equals sign
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Understanding the role of the equals sign

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I couldn't find any materials on this when I needed to teach my year 3 class what the equals sign REALLY meant. I have included the lesson plan I used, the 3 differentiated worksheets and a Powerpoint I made. Also have included a homework set of resource sheets (could alternatively be used in class as a reinforcement at a later date.) UPDATE: I have added a more challenging resource for year 3/4
Back to the Future Activities / Futuristic/  Newspapers / Comprehension / Robots
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Back to the Future Activities / Futuristic/ Newspapers / Comprehension / Robots

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2017 UPDATE 2015 was the year that in the Back to the Future films they visiteed the 'future'. October was the month of 'Back to the Future Day.' I have designed a unique set of resources designed to engage children in Literacy. Also excellent for a futuristic topic. Please note this is a set of unique resources, not a unit plan. It is designed for teachers to use as they wish or even as part of a whole school topic. But tonnes of material to do so as I have used myself. Took many hours to assemble. The resources could be used as part of a thematic unit or within other units of the curriculum. Excellent for Newspapers and Non-Fiction writing opportunities in particular. Included in this resource pack is - Multiple sets of Newspaper articles (edited by myself and made highly visual in worksheet form) Including comprehension and activity worksheets I made for them. -Additional extension activities fitting the articles including Pepsi commercial (October 2015.) -Punctuation activity -Original movie poster -Original trailer -The stuff the film got wrong! -Punctuation activity -Activities I designed to fit the trailers and poster -Ideas for a Back to the Future week / day. -Display materials -Movie clips 'making of' -Hover Chase Video ...and much more! Due to the popularity of this resources I have added some futuristic robot activities which tie in well with the topic! An up to the minute and current set of resources that children will love, especially boys and a brilliant way to encourage creative writing / comprehension skills as well as looking at the features of Newspapers. Designed for KS2 but could be easily differentiated for lower KS3. Please check my other resources out here... https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/dave_orritt
Ancient Egypt -  Mummification presentations, worksheets and lesson plan.
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Ancient Egypt - Mummification presentations, worksheets and lesson plan.

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2018 Update. These resources were originally based on a specific lesson observation, I have since included a massive amount of extras. I have included a presentation file in BOTH Mac and Windows format which gained ‘outstanding’ in an observation. UPDATE: I have re-uploaded the ‘mummification pictures’ in pdf format as well as the original microsoft word format due to review comments, photos are now viewable in several formats :-)