The Victorian Christmas as popularised by Dickens

The Victorian Christmas as popularised by Dickens

This power point presentation gives an overview of what a Victorian Christmas was like including customs of the day such as The Christmas Tree, Parlour Games and Festive Food. Particular emphasis is given on how Dickens' novels A Christmas Carol and The Pickwick Papers helped to make Christmas more popular with the general public than other festivals. This resource will prove useful when studying Dickens' novels and thinking about historical context. Suitable for ages 10+
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A Christmas Carol : the true meaning of Christmas

A Christmas Carol : the true meaning of Christmas

This Power- Point presentation takes Scrooge as its initial focus and then questions our notion of Christmas and how it has changed from the idyllic view of the Victorian era to the modern day commercial excesses. With reference to the migrant crisis and the quest to feed the world in challenging circumstances this presentation will make audiences think about the true meaning of Christmas and what issues should really be at the forefront of our minds at this time of year. This resource could be used as an assembly piece or to initiate a debate or discussion with the audience. This would be particularly useful for those students who are studying Dickens or other Victorian novelists.
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Victorian Novel Historical Context

Victorian Novel Historical Context

I have bundled four resources together which will provide valuable material when it comes to answering context questions when studying Victorian novelists such as Dickens. The resources include key themes of the Victorian novel, how Christmas was made so popular by Dickens' work and how Christmas has become so commercialised today and has lost its true meaning. Included also is a poetry analysis of No! which depicts an enveloping smog, so evocative of Victorian London.
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Christmas cat countdown and comprehension puzzle

Christmas cat countdown and comprehension puzzle

This animated Power Point features Scat Cat who is on a mission to solve some number puzzles. He is presented with a problem on each page and a choice of three trees displaying a range of numbers on their baubles. Only one of the trees is displaying the correct baubles. The animations will give the audience clues as to which tree to select if they observe closely. All answers are given at the end and the audience is asked to help Scat Cat countdown to Christmas Day by revising how many weeks in a year, days in a week etc. I include a word document which tells the story of Scat Cat's misadventure on Christmas Morning and has comprehension questions attached and a challenge to find some verbs in the text. This resource is ideal to use on the run up to Christmas and can be used to revise number and reading skills. The resource is easily adaptable to suit different levels of ability and ages.
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Christmas Feline Fun with cats

Christmas Feline Fun with cats

I have bundled together three resources show-casing both big and little cats. Two of the resources are Christmas themed, the third could be utilised throughout the year. The Christmas resources show trees with baubles on them which contain a number. These can easily be adapted to suit different abilities and ages. This resource is aimed at the 7-11 age range.
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Christmas Comprehension about doing your fair share

Christmas Comprehension about doing your fair share

This Power Point tells the story of Josh who has a dream about elves helping Santa in his workshop at the North Pole. One little elf is too busy on his elf-phone and watching elf-flix to notice the mess building up around him. Josh's dream helps him to realise that everyone must play a part in helping if Santa is going to get his sleigh loaded in time for Christmas Day. After reading the short story, the audience have some comprehension questions to answer related to the narrative and then have a choice of two written tasks. The first is to think of five ways in which they can help out at home over Christmas and the second is to design an elf-pad and apps appropriate for Santa's little helper.Some elf jokes are thrown in for good measure. A word document accompanies the Power Point . This resource is suitable for ages 7+
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Christmas word anagram puzzle

Christmas word anagram puzzle

This animated Power Point presents Scat Cat who has some puzzles to solve. On each page there are three Christmas trees and on each tree the baubles, when rearranged, will spell out a Christmas themed word. Only one of the words will solve the answer to each clue. The star at the top of the correct Christmas tree will revolve. All answers are given at the end. A word document for children to record their answers and other Christmas words accompanies the PowerPoint. Suitable for ages 7+
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comprehension about Christmas cat: action verbs

comprehension about Christmas cat: action verbs

This Powerpoint resource tells the story of Scat Cat who wakes up too early on Christmas morning and goes on an adventure. Fortunately for the Goulding family , a catastrophe is avoided and they find it within themselves to forgive their playful pet kitten. The audience will delight in the exploits of the kitten and , having read the story, will be able to locate the answers to the questions within the text. Pupils are asked to discuss a time when they have witnessed an animal or pet doing something amusing. They are asked to consider the verbs within the passage which are used to describe the cat's actions and to collect as many as they can. A word document is supplied to accompany the Powerpoint so that the pupils can examine the text more closely. All answers are provided. This resource will be particularly useful when revising verbs. Suitable for ages 7+
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Christmas Cat Bundle of Fun

Christmas Cat Bundle of Fun

I have bundled together four resources which feature Scat Cat, an action cat who gets into mischief on Christmas morning. This bundle includes the story of Scat Cat , a comprehension and activity to collect verbs associated with the cat's movements. Also included are resources which involve Scat Cat solving clues and unscrambling anagrams related to Christmas and words which have a cat hiding within them. I also include a more general resource about verbs and tenses. The puzzles vary in difficulty , but are aimed at audiences between 7-11 years or cat lovers of any age...
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Christmas cat anagram puzzle power point

Christmas cat anagram puzzle power point

This animated Power Point has ten clues to solve. On each page three Christmas trees are displayed with baubles containing a letter on them . When you unscramble the baubles a word is formed containing the word cat ( catastrophe, catalogue, certificate etc). Only one of the trees contains the correct baubles to solve the clue. The star at the top of the tree will revolve to reveal the correct answer. All answers are given at the end. The audience is invited to think of other words which contain a cat within them somewhere... A word document is included which could be used alongside the Power point to record answers and explore further possibilities. This resource is intended to enhance spelling strategies (especially looking for smaller words within trickier spellings) and will be particularly appropriate to use on the run up to Christmas. Suitable for ages 10+
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Trees: our Autumn environment

Trees: our Autumn environment

This animated Power Point asks the audience to consider ways in which trees are important to us. Pupils are asked to consider the changes that are happening in trees during Autumn and why we see such beautiful colours in the environment during this season. Poetry about Autumn is introduced where pupils count the syllables and spot patterns in the lines and then a descriptive paragraph about Autumn is displayed and the audience is asked to contrast how the author feels about the approach of Winter. Pupils are shown a poem about the wind and are invited to discuss how the wind is personified. Finally they are invited to write a sensory description about their favourite season. I include word documents which support the PowerPoint which could be used for homework or further investigations/creative writing. Suitable for ages 8+
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Descriptive writing: adding adjectives and colour synonyms.

Descriptive writing: adding adjectives and colour synonyms.

This animated Powerpoint asks pupils to improve sentences by adding adjectives. They are asked to identify adjectives within a paragraph and then to alter the tone of the paragraph by supplying different adjectives to the ones given in the original version. Colour synonyms need to be sorted into those associated with red, blue, yellow and green and pupils are then given objects and scenarios to describe using these more unusual words.Two poems are showcased one about the changing colours of the sea and one about the colour red. Lastly an extract taken from J.K.Rowling's The Prisoner of Azkaban is displayed and pupils are asked to consider how she appeals to different senses through her descriptive techniques. A worksheet is included in word format to accompany the Powerpoint and to explore further creative writing activities. Suitable for ages 8+
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Quiz and design task based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Quiz and design task based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

This animated PowerPoint presents a short quiz based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The audience is presented with three possible answers to each question. The correct answer will magically reveal itself. Pupils are required to make as many Muggle words as possible out of the letters contained within the Hogwarts' house names. Finally students are presented with information texts describing two different breeds of dragon. Their task is either to design a meal which will tantalise the taste-buds of a Peruvian Vipertooth or else design a matching shield and gauntlets set made from the skin of the Swedish short snout... This resource will appeal to Potter fans of all ages. Prior knowledge of the text is not vital.
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Spelling activities including homophones with Harry Potter

Spelling activities including homophones with Harry Potter

This animated Powerpoint exhibits passages from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which have deliberate spelling mistakes in them. Pupils are required to read the passages carefully to see if they can identify the mistakes. The corrected passages will magically appear. Homophones are introduced and students are set the challenge of writing interesting sentences of their own which demonstrate their understanding of such words as which and witch etc. Another spelling game is introduced where the audience have to make up as many muggle (ordinary) words as they can out of Potter's fabulous incantations. This is intended as a fun way to practise spelling whilst also encouraging careful reading at the same time. Ideal for Halloween week and beyond. Suitable for Potter fans of all ages.
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Spelling and grammar quiz with punctuation pyramid practice.

Spelling and grammar quiz with punctuation pyramid practice.

This Powerpoint quiz revises plurals, commas, apostrophes for contractions, adverbs and also allows pupils to demonstrate their knowledge of a variety of punctuation marks. There is a passage for the audience to decipher which has lots of deliberate spelling mistakes in it. This is just one in a series of similar quizzes which can be found in my shop and which , when used on a regular basis , will help to raise levels of achievement. I include a word document which could be used as a homework task where pupils are asked to demonstrate their use of a variety of punctuation marks. All answers are provided for ease of marking.
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Spelling, grammar and punctuation practice for SATS

Spelling, grammar and punctuation practice for SATS

This Powerpoint is one in a series of quizzes which helps students get to grips with grammar. This one looks at apostrophes, speech marks, tenses,using prefixes to form opposites and homophones. There is a passage including deliberate spelling mistakes which students can attempt to correct themselves.All answers are provided for ease of marking and sections can be easily modified for differing abilities. I include a further resource where students can display their knowledge of punctuation marks. Suitable for ages 10+
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Letters and the Gunpowder Plot

Letters and the Gunpowder Plot

I have bundled together three resources which will be useful for the study of letter writing and in particular how a letter saved the day when we look at the intrigues surrounding the Gunpowder Plot. This resource has more relevance today because of the new drama series entitled Gunpowder which stars Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame who plays Robert Catesby, the brains behind the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Here Harington reveals he is a direct ancestor of Catesby.
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book review

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book review

This animated PowerPoint consists of 25 slides and is intended to accompany the reading of Patrick Ness' novel, A Monster Calls. Students are asked to consider what constitutes a nightmare and how our senses can feed into our subconscious mind. They are required to consider elements of a Gothic novel and how atmosphere is created both in terms of the words and the illustrations here. What is the significance of the ancient yew tree and how does this relate to modern day cancer treatments? Pupils are asked to list what they can glean about the major characters and to examine where their own sympathies lie. Finally they are required to write their own review of this memorable novel and are invited to do their own independent research about Herne the Hunter and the techniques the illustrator used to ensure this novel became a multi-award winning one. I include other word documents which include information about the mythology of the Green Man and a poem which is a call to the Green Man, which will be useful when discussing wider symbolism and environmental issues.There are worksheets on which pupils can record character sketches for both major and minor characters within the book, as well as explore Conor's emotional struggle in graphic detail. Suitable for ages 12+
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Hurricane creative writing

Hurricane creative writing

This animated Power Point collates several pieces of writing about hurricanes. There are informative texts, diagrams, eye-witness reports as well as poems about hurricanes. There are before and after descriptions as well as a transcript of a public radio announcement broadcast before a hurricane strike. Having absorbed and discussed the varied texts, students are then given the option of writing either a news report, an appeal leaflet or a poem inspired by this fascinating phenomenon. I include a resource about wild wind which would be useful when discussing poetry and the senses. Suitable for ages 10+
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Halloween Spagbag Special with Potter

Halloween Spagbag Special with Potter

I have bundled together four resources which will prove useful on the approach to Halloween. Powers of comprehension will be tested, punctuation will be practised and letters will be written. Potter fans will be encouraged to widen their reading as they explore the history of broomstick games through the ages... Suitable for ages 10+
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quiz including homophones, pronouns and semi-colons

quiz including homophones, pronouns and semi-colons

This is one in a series of similar quizzes testing various aspects of grammar, punctuation and spelling to be found in my shop. In this one students need to decide between homophones to complete sentences, to choose between I and me, to insert semi-colons and to form opposites by adding a prefix. They will encounter Joe whose spelling needs a little more attention in order for his words to make sense. All answers are provided . Used on a regular basis, these quizzes will help to identify and eliminate those errors which need addressing. Suitable for ages 10+ I include an extra resource to enable students to display their knowledge of punctuation.
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Halloween Trick or Treat

Halloween Trick or Treat

I have bundled together four resources which I think will be useful on the approach to Halloween. One asks students to use adjectives and adverbs to create a spooky atmosphere; another explains how to build a story paragraph by paragraph about a walk through the woods; another is a tongue twister in the style of Dr Seuss about a cat and a hat and one is a comprehension in which we discover that bats are not such scary creatures after all... Suitable for ages 7+
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space week Saturn and Cassini mission comprehension and descriptive writing

space week Saturn and Cassini mission comprehension and descriptive writing

This animated Power point showcases data about Saturn and the Cassini mission to discover more about the planet. Pupils are then presented with fourteen questions to test their powers of comprehension about what they have read. Links are provided to enable further independent research. Answers are provided to the comprehension for ease of marking.Finally pupils are presented with a short poem about space exploration and are asked to produce some descriptive writing of their own about visiting a planet of their own choosing. This resource would complement studies during Space Week and also poetry linked to space exploration. Suitable for ages 8+
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Improve your spelling years 9-11

Improve your spelling years 9-11

This Powerpoint resource is intended to be used to improve spelling throughout years 9 to 11. It includes 60 words most commonly misspelt by students and various tips on how to learn them such as look, say, cover, write and check. Students are encouraged to look for smaller words within the longest spellings and to break them down into parts as well as other tips for specific words. Exercises are given where students have to complete sentences, solve anagrams and invent their own sentences using three given words from the set. A word document containing the words split into five sets of twelve words can be used to enable ease of learning and repeated practice. This resource is intended for use by students aged 12+
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