Inspiring 4-5 week English unit year 4/5 The Real Thief William Steig Shrek author

Inspiring 4-5 week English unit year 4/5 The Real Thief William Steig Shrek author

'The Real Thief' is one of my favourite children's books, here is an exciting unit I have created around this wonderfully engaging story about a loyal goose who is falsely accused of a crime and the emotions that surround this. The unit includes some drama to bring the story to life. It covers reading comprehension, poetry scripts, vocabulary development, shape poetry, persuasive writing and story writing in the first person. The key is not telling the children what happens next, so they do not know who the real thief is until you want them to.The language is exquisite. The second part of the story explores the real thief Derek (a mouse) and his changing emotions . Children learn to empathise when they think of how much they sometimes desire toys etc and can explore both sides of the story, learning that characters are more complex than good/bad.
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Inspiring 4-5 week English unit year 4/5 The Real Thief William Steig Shrek author

Inspiring 4-5 week English unit year 4/5 The Real Thief William Steig Shrek author

'The Real Thief' is one of my favourite children's books, here is an exciting unit I have created around this wonderfully engaging story about a loyal goose who is falsely accused of a crime and the emotions that surround this. The unit includes some drama to bring the story to life. It covers reading comprehension, poetry scripts, vocabulary development, shape poetry, persuasive writing and story writing in the first person. The key is not telling the children what happens next, so they do not know who the real thief is until you want them to.The language is exquisite. The second part of the story explores the real thief Derek (a mouse) and his changing emotions . Children learn to empathise when they think of how much they sometimes desire toys etc and can explore both sides of the story, learning that characters are more complex than good/bad.
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Big Spellings initial pupil assessment

Big Spellings initial pupil assessment

Use this to test the children to see which list they need to start on. THIS RESOURCE LINKS WITH MY OTHER BIG SPELLINGS RESOURCES which contains all the files and info you need to use 'Big spelling&' in your school (years 3 to 6) to improve spelling! PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! There is also a new file I have created which shows you how to link the new national curriculum statutory spelling lists into Big Spellings.
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dragon poetry comprehension Yr 5/6

dragon poetry comprehension Yr 5/6

This is a comprehension sheet about the dragon poem 'Troglodytic Owner-Occupier' by Nick Toczek. (The poem is on the sheet). It is suitable for year 5 and 6 but the HA one is definitely for Year 6. It focuses on alliteration, rhyme, repetition, rhythm, similes and personification. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!
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maths Compass Point question cards and answers KS2

maths Compass Point question cards and answers KS2

Photocopy and cut up the 18 questions on to card and place on each table. The children will need to know about compass points including NW, NE etc. This lesson helps them to understand quarter turns, half turns and three-quarter turns, compass points and anti-clockwise and clockwise. Practise with the children and see if they can follow instructions themselves, getting them to e.g. face North, turn a quarter turn anti-clockwise. The Smart board introduces the lesson and there is a quiz. The children can mark their work at the end.PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!
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Ancient Egypt instructions for mummification

Ancient Egypt instructions for mummification

Here are some detailed instructions, with pictures, to show how the Ancient Egyptians would have mummified a body. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!Use to help explain this process to children. You can chop up the instructions without numbers on and they can re order them. Pretend they are embalmers and do some drama where they imagine following these steps to mummify a body! They can do it in pairs! The children really enjoy this, especially pretending to put make up on the mummy!They could write their own instructions once they are familiar with the process.
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Why did World War I begin? Reading comp - KS2/3

Why did World War I begin? Reading comp - KS2/3

A simple concise Smartboard to introduce the build up to war and the causes. There is a video link to Horrible Histories. There are three levels of reading comprehension for the children. Most suitable for year 6+.PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!
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Making 3D Skeleton Shapes  Challenge Yr 2/3/4/5

Making 3D Skeleton Shapes Challenge Yr 2/3/4/5

The children are introduced to the activity on the smart board slides and have to try to guess what the task is about. This is challenging as they will have to think for themselves. You need drinking straws and blue tac. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! It helps the children to understand the vocabulary related to 3D shapes, such as shape names, 'edges' and &'vertices&'; and it aids their measuring skills too. There is a link on the slides to this activity which is taken from the nrich website. Take photos as you do the activity as the shapes are fragile.
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6 Philosophy Sessions for  years 1-4

6 Philosophy Sessions for years 1-4

If you have never tried philosophy before these lessons are a good starting point! The children really enjoy these discussions/debates! Based on ideas from Philosophy 4 children everything is explained in the lesson plans. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! The children sit in a circle and take turns to discuss what they think the answer to the question is-saying whether they agree or disagree with another child. They improve their listening, speaking and reasoning skills and learn that there is not always one right answer to a question.
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Humorous dragon poetry - comprehension Yr 5/6

Humorous dragon poetry - comprehension Yr 5/6

'The Day the dragons won the lottery&' by Nick Toczek. (The poem is on the sheet too) Suitable for Year 5 and 6.A comprehension asking the children to comment on the content and devices used in the poem, including alliteration, rhyme and repetition. Two levels of difficulty with answer sheets. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!
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PAST TENSE VERB BINGO Grammar KS2

PAST TENSE VERB BINGO Grammar KS2

This is fun and quick to play. The simple instructions are on the bingo sheet. They can all have the same sheet. They have to highlight 5 of the verbs but they have to take care as I have included some nouns! I hope they enjoy it! PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK!
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Maths Money Maze Using and Applying KS2

Maths Money Maze Using and Applying KS2

This is a Smart Board resource I have made to go with the activity from the nrich website. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! There is a link here to find the other resources/sheets you will need from the website. I have also made a recording sheet and a plenary sheet. The main aim of the lesson is to get the children to record their work as they go along, but they are also practising adding and subtraction skills. I have allowed calculators to be used but this could be made more challenging by not allowing them!
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Year 3 /4  Art Patch Work Project

Year 3 /4 Art Patch Work Project

The children really enjoy creating a beautiful symmetrical piece of patch work which can be hung together all year as a lovely colourful display. I am proud of my original idea, inspired by a book on Amish patchwork. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! No sowing involved! I used fabric glue instead! A great project for the autumn term. The Smart board slides show examples of what the patch work piece might look like but the slides and lesson plans take them step by step through creating their own unique piece. There is an overview of the project with learning objectives.
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Egyptian Adventure Story on Smartboard

Egyptian Adventure Story on Smartboard

In the style of Pie Corbett I have created a simple story, in five paragraphs, for the children to learn off by heart by adding their own actions. Create a picture map to help remember it (There is an example on the Smartboard of one). Then the children 'hug&' the text by using the story from the sheet to write their own version by changing names and key words (the words to change are underlined and there are gaps for them to add their own words.) I have created a separate resource where they write their own adventure story from scratch, which follows on from this.
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Big Spellings spelling lists   elementary school

Big Spellings spelling lists elementary school

These are differentiated spelling lists for a first or middle school, and there is a file here which explains exactly how it could work in your school. It means each child has exactly the right spelling list for them regardless of age. This was a very popular resource with over 100 ratings and 5 stars. Lots of schools have adopted it and I've had very positive feedback from teachers, but took me all summer to make and so I thought I'd start to charge for it. It encourages independence as the children test each other at the end of the week. There are enough spelling lists on one A4 sheet to last a term. The lists start with cvc words and phonic sounds, progressing to very challenging words. They also contain all the High Frequency Words. There are free assessment sheets in another resource to work out which sheet each child starts at. Also hold Spelling Bees! (see my free resources for this!)
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Different Nets of Cubes Challenge Year 2/3/4/5

Different Nets of Cubes Challenge Year 2/3/4/5

PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! The children are given a net of a cube separated in two parts and they have to work out the different ways to stick the two parts together so that the two pieces make a cube when folded. It works well when the children work in pairs. There is another activity in case any of them solve it quickly, but it look them longer than I thought so you might not need the second activity. There is a link of the smart board slides to the activity and the sheets you will need, which are from the nrich maths website. Please leave feedback!
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Smartboard Volcanic Poetry Pompeii KS2 Romans sequence of lessons

Smartboard Volcanic Poetry Pompeii KS2 Romans sequence of lessons

The children spend time collecting interesting and adventurous vocabulary linked to the Pompeii disaster when Mount Vesuvius erupted. They then do some drama linked to this to explore further how it might have felt to be a civilian in Pompeii. The children will create a interesting poem using the vocabulary and their own ideas. All instructions for how to teach this and how to structure the poem are on the Smartboard. There is a link to a great video, which will bring this tragedy to life. Please leave feedback once you have completed these lessons. It could take up to a week.
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Maths Using and Applying Sweet Shop Money Problem

Maths Using and Applying Sweet Shop Money Problem

This is from the nrich website and is called 'The Puzzling sweetshop&'. The children have to work out which sweets the characters can buy with 10p, 20p and 50p. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! The children have to answer the questions, trying to work out which sweets were bought. I have made a Smart Board resource and worksheet to go with this and hints and teachers&'; notes can be found on the website.
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Year 2/3  'Good to be me' Singing Topic

Year 2/3 'Good to be me' Singing Topic

There are 5 lessons which involve learning songs to help children to feel good about themselves, inspired by the SEAL topic! PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! The main song they learn is from the Sing Up website 'Good to be me' which they can perform to the rest of the school. Please leave feedback! There are actions to learn too. There are detailed lesson plans and Smart board slides to support this. Other songs in this topic that the children learn to sing are &'This little light of mine&'; and 'Life is a wonderful thing&'. There are hyper links to all the songs-all on the Sing Up website.
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Big Write Pie Corbett Poetry Smart Board lesson

Big Write Pie Corbett Poetry Smart Board lesson

Please leave feedback!This is a poetry idea by the excellent Pie Corbett, to use with Key Stage 2, which I have made into easy to follow smart board slides to use with the class. I did this in Big Write and it was my most successful poetry lesson this year. Enjoy!
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