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A teacher and tutor with more than thirty years' experience working in both mainstream and independent schools. I have an Honours degree in English Literature and Linguistics from UEA and have written a dissertation about encouraging children to write. I am a mother of three and interested in all things green. I am in the process of setting up my TES shop and hope to launch my "Spagbag" resources which are suitable for both Primary and Secondary aged pupils.

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A teacher and tutor with more than thirty years' experience working in both mainstream and independent schools. I have an Honours degree in English Literature and Linguistics from UEA and have written a dissertation about encouraging children to write. I am a mother of three and interested in all things green. I am in the process of setting up my TES shop and hope to launch my "Spagbag" resources which are suitable for both Primary and Secondary aged pupils.
Autumn Environmental Science Bundle

Autumn Environmental Science Bundle

I have bundled together eight resources which could be used throughout the Autumn term and range from poetry to prose as well as environmental issues. The resources will promote creative writing, independent research and scientific enquiry based on trees and their wider cultural significance in folklore. Many of these resources take a cross curricular approach and will compliment the study of the changing seasons. Suitable for ages 10+
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anger issues and mindfulness

anger issues and mindfulness

This power point explores anger issues and how being more mindful of our words and actions can be beneficial. A story is told of a young boy who is given a bag of nails by his father. Each time he says something hurtful to his family he has to hammer a nail into the tree at the bottom of the garden. As he discovers ways to control his temper, the nails are used less and less and eventually his father asks the boy to pull them out. The boy discovers that the nails have left holes in the tree trunk, just as his unkind words have left wounds in others that will take time to heal. Students are asked questions surrounding the story and asked to share strategies for dealing with anger. Suggestions are made at the end for using hand templates to pass round to friends to write kind words on and display ideas suggested. Talking therapies for dealing with mental health issues and mindfulness meditation are promoted as strategies for dealing with stress. This resource would be useful as an assembly or in tutor time and of particular importance around exam periods. It is suitable for ages 10+
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building confidence in spelling, punctuation and grammar 1

building confidence in spelling, punctuation and grammar 1

This bundle of Power Point resources aims to build confidence in spelling, punctuation and grammar. This bundle concentrates on statements, commands, questions and exclamations. A quiz tests knowledge of forming plurals, using commas, apostrophes and prefixes. Tricky spellings which include silent letters are also covered. Answers are included with presentations for ease of marking saving valuable teaching time. Suitable for ages 8+
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The Elizabethan World View : Shakespeare in context

The Elizabethan World View : Shakespeare in context

This animated Powerpoint presentation looks at the major influences and philosophies prevalent in Shakespeare's day, so that students come to a wider understanding of his work , his life and the society in which he lived. The Roman Catholic Church, Science and Astronomy, Voyages of Exploration,The Divine Right of Kings, Humanism and The Renaissance are covered here. The Great Chain of Being, the Zodiac, the Elements and Humours as well as the Wheel of Fortune all feature in this resource. This presentation could be used to provide information, putting Shakespeare into context before going on to examine his work in more detail. Similarly , it could be used to inspire students to go on and explore topics such as humanism in more depth. I include a worksheet which will provide a framework for pupils to do their own independent research about Elizabethan theatre. Suitable for ages 14+
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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Quiz 2018

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Quiz 2018

Start the New Year with another quiz to check understanding of plurals, tenses, prefixes,suffixes, homophones, alphabetical order and much more besides. Answers are provided. This is one of many similar quizzes to be found in my shop which can be used on a rotational basis when revising spelling and grammar. Suitable for ages 10+
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Bobby the unwanted dog comprehension

Bobby the unwanted dog comprehension

This power point tells the unfortunate story of Bobby, a mistreated mongrel. The story is told from Bobby's perspective and explains how he tries to overcome his difficult situation until , finally , he has the good fortune to find a new owner. Pupils are required to answer questions about the text and then are given two options to write about. The first is to apply for a job as a kennel maid, the second is to write an explanation of how to look after a dog properly. This resource will provide opportunities for discussion about the mistreatment of animals and how to be a responsible pet owner. I include a Homework task which includes mixed grammar revision and an opportunity to describe a favourite animal or pet. Suitable for ages7+
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Concrete and abstract nouns

Concrete and abstract nouns

This animated power point looks at the difference between concrete and abstract nouns and asks students to identify both kinds within sentences. Pupils are required to sort out abstract nouns into two groups: emotions and things we understand. They are invited to discuss why certain abstract nouns do not fall into either category. This resource will be useful when revising nouns of all sorts. I include a general spelling, punctuation and grammar quiz in which abstract nouns feature in one section. All answers included. Suitable for ages 10+
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Punctuate with Potter : address and letter writing

Punctuate with Potter : address and letter writing

This animated powerpoint examines extracts taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and asks pupils to provide the missing punctuation. The correct answers will magically appear! This resource tests knowledge of commas, apostrophes, question marks , colons, brackets , inverted commas, ellipsis and using capitals to add emphasis. One of the extracts requires pupils to set out an address correctly. Another extract is a heated dialogue and could be used as an example of using other words for said. At the end there is a quiz to test comprehension and other grammatical knowledge such as similes and alliteration. Pupils are asked to set out their own formal letter addressing it to Harry Potter himself. I include another resource which gives information about different breeds of dragon and affords pupils the opportunity to write a letter applying for a job as a dragon trainer. This resource will appeal to Potter fans of all ages.
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Poetry Analysis: No! by Thomas Hood and pathetic fallacy

Poetry Analysis: No! by Thomas Hood and pathetic fallacy

This powerpoint resource takes an in depth look at the poem No! and verse by verse looks at the language and structure of the poem and how the poet conveys a sense of the season and his own feelings about it. This resource would be useful when focusing on unseen poetry as an example of how to analyse methodically. It would sit well with other Victorian classics such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.I include a resource which asks students to identify pathetic fallacy in extracts from Woman in Black, A Monster Calls and Frankenstein. I also include background information about Hood and his friendship with Dickens as well as the impact smog was having on people’s lives through the Industrial Revolution and beyond. This resource would add depth of understanding as students struggle with placing literary works in context. This resource is suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16.
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spelling / punctuation and grammar revision quiz and informal letter writing

spelling / punctuation and grammar revision quiz and informal letter writing

This resource tests knowledge of apostrophes, proper nouns and prefixes. Students will need to apply their skills to decipher Joe's writing and correct his mistakes. This resource can be dropped into a revision session and can be easily tweaked. All answers are provided, so students can identify their own errors and address them. This is one of many quizzes to be found in my shop which, if used regularly, will improve standards of spelling and grammar. I include a worksheet encouraging informal letter writing. Suitable for ages 10+
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Building confidence in spelling, punctuation and grammar bundle 6

Building confidence in spelling, punctuation and grammar bundle 6

This bundle of Power Point presentations aims to build confidence in spelling, punctuation and grammar. It is one of a series of bundles to be found within my shop which focus on different aspects of English language learning. This bundle places emphasis on letter writing skills and gives opportunities for both informal and formal letter writing activities. The dragon breeds presentation takes its inspiration from J K Rowling and will appeal to Harry Potter fans in particular. Suitable for ages 8+
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spelling punctuation and grammar revision quiz for SATS

spelling punctuation and grammar revision quiz for SATS

This Power Point tests knowledge of plurals, the use of commas and apostrophes in contractions. It asks pupils to find the opposite by adding a prefix and alphabetical ordering. Students will meet Joe who loves football but hates homework and who needs a little help with his spelling. This resource is intended as a revision tool and is one of many that can be found in my shop. It can be dropped into a revision session on the run up to SATS or assessment weeks. All answers are provided at the end , so pupils can easily identify their own mistakes without taking up valuable teaching time. Suitable for ages 10+
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Spelling, punctuation and grammar revision quiz  for SATS

Spelling, punctuation and grammar revision quiz for SATS

This Power Point will test knowledge of plurals, capitals, prefixes, alphabetical ordering, apostrophes, verbs and adverbs, common spelling errors and much more. There are deliberate spelling mistakes to identify and correct as well as a weirdly worded passage to decipher featuring Joe who is busy revising for his egzams! This resource is intended for revision on the run up to SATS and assessment weeks and can be dropped into lessons intended for exam preparation in general. All answers are provided allowing pupils to quickly identify where extra revision is needed. I include a resource to promote informal letter writing. Suitable for ages 10+
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identifying sentence form and structure: statements, questions, commands and exclamations!

identifying sentence form and structure: statements, questions, commands and exclamations!

This animated Power Point comprises twelve slides and analyses statements, questions, commands and exclamations. pupils are asked to consider how these kinds of sentence are used in articles, reports, reviews and persuasive texts. Examples are given of how authors might vary the length of their sentences to convey the passing of time or because they are trying to appeal to different audiences. Pupils are shown how , by rearranging the order of words in a sentence, greater emphasis can be placed on a particular phrase. They are reminded to not only identify such techniques but also to analyse and explain the effect on the reader.Students are required to discuss two texts; one extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the other is an advertisement for a Lunchtime Laughter Club. I include a resource in which the onset of an anxiety attack is described in detail and the situation escalates to feeling out of control. Suggestions for a longer written task are given where pupils are required to describe a difficult situation such as the first day at a new school, or the moment you realise something embarrassing is circulating on social media. Suitable for ages 12+
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Albatrosses, Attenborough and the problem of plastic waste

Albatrosses, Attenborough and the problem of plastic waste

This animated Powerpoint presents pupils with information about the wandering albatross and the problems it faces with fishing boats and plastic waste. Pupils will learn about this endangered bird with its enormous wing span and how it glides across the Southern Ocean for huge distances in search of food. Pupils are asked to consider the challenges this creature faces in its quest for food and hear David Attenborough's warning about pollution in our seas and oceans as brought to our attention in the Blue Planet series. Students are asked to create their own eye catching poster and to use their persuasive writing skills in order to redress the problem of plastic waste. I include a puzzle entitled Planet Patrol concerning conservation issues as an added extra. All answers are provided.A word document is also included concerning the problem of plastic waste and includes some advice from Greenpeace. Pupils are asked to contribute their own ideas by adding to the list. These resources are intended to promote discussion and will encourage independent research and further investigation. Suitable for ages 8+
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anger issues and mindfulness

anger issues and mindfulness

This power point explores anger issues and how being more mindful of our words and actions can be beneficial. A story is told of a young boy who is given a bag of nails by his father. Each time he says something hurtful to his family he has to hammer a nail into the tree at the bottom of the garden. As he discovers ways to control his temper, the nails are used less and less and eventually his father asks the boy to pull them out. The boy discovers that the nails have left holes in the tree trunk, just as his unkind words have left wounds in others that will take time to heal. Students are asked questions surrounding the story and asked to share strategies for dealing with anger. Suggestions are made at the end for using hand templates to pass round to friends to write kind words on and display ideas suggested. Talking therapies for dealing with mental health issues and mindfulness meditation are promoted as strategies for dealing with stress. This resource would be useful as an assembly or in tutor time and of particular importance around exam periods. It is suitable for ages 10+
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informative writing on the dangers of global warming

informative writing on the dangers of global warming

This Power Point uses persuasive writing techniques to inform us of the dangers of global warming. Pupils are asked to retrieve information and identify specific techniques from the text in a series of related questions. They are asked to design a poster outlining four simple things we could do to slow down global warming. Anagrams of key words from the text need to be solved. Useful links are given to promote further investigation. This resource will support research about pollution, global warming and climate change. Ideal for promoting discussion and independent research.I include a word document about polar bears and how they are adapted to the Arctic environment. Pupils are asked to consider the dangers polar bears face and to question whether global warming is the only issue. Is there more we could do to help them?Moreover, I include a Planet Patrol puzzle which contains over twenty interlocked words concerning conservation issues which could be easily differentiated according to ability. All answers provided. Suitable for ages 10+
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Descriptive Writing

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Descriptive Writing

This animated Power Point resource presents itself in the format of an Examination straight out of Hogwarts. Students read the descriptions of fantastic creatures such as the Hippogriff, the Basilisk and even the humble Puffskein and then answer questions about the information they have read. Students are required to draw detailed diagrams from the information they have acquired and are asked to compile their own entry to the latest edition of Fantastic Creatures concerning a new breed of werewolf. Answers and feedback are provided in a humorous manner. This resource is ideal to use in any exam period as a means of encouraging descriptive and informative writing whilst also inspiring students to read more widely from the pages of J.K.Rowling. Suitable for Potter fans of all ages.
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Writing to argue : are you in favour of animal testing?

Writing to argue : are you in favour of animal testing?

This Power Point contains ten slides reminding pupils how to write an argumentative response. The use of rhetorical questions, statistics, emotive language and logical structure are encouraged amongst other techniques. Finally students are required to produce either a leaflet arguing against animal testing or a letter supporting testing cancer drugs on rats. I include a resource which includes mixed grammar revision and an opportunity to describe a favourite animal or pet. This resource is suitable for pupils aged 12+
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Save the sea turtles informative writing and the problem of plastic waste.

Save the sea turtles informative writing and the problem of plastic waste.

This animated Powerpoint presents pupils with information about the endangered leatherback sea turtle and highlights the problems faced by this creature as its numbers decline. One of the problems it faces is plastic pollution which is all too prevalent in our seas and oceans. Plastic bags are mistaken for the jelly-fish that the turtles love to eat. Worrying statistics are given about the growing problem of plastic in the ocean environment and a quote from Sir David Attenborough is displayed to highlight the need to act with some urgency before it is too late. The resource will prove useful alongside clips from the Blue Planet series and should inspire further research, provocative posters and persuasive writing. I include information in a word document which could be easily used as a homework task or for further research on sea turtles. The planet patrol wordsearch contains over twenty interlocked words in a grid concerning conservation issues and could be easily differentiated to suit different abilities. All answers provided. Included is a word document about the problem with plastic waste and includes some advice from Greenpeace. Students are invited to contribute ideas of their own and to design a poster conveying this problem in our marine environments. Suitable for ages 8+
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water quiz and the problem of plastic waste in seas and oceans

water quiz and the problem of plastic waste in seas and oceans

This animated Power Point has twenty questions all to do with water and its properties. The questions test scientific and geographical knowledge. This resource includes a poem about the sea which is told rather like a riddle. This quiz can be dropped into any lesson concerning water and could be used as a resource for revision or to kick start further investigation and independent research. I include a word document about the problem of plastic waste in our seas and oceans which includes some advice from Greenpeace. Students are invited to contribute ideas of their own to help solve this growing problem and they are encouraged to design a poster outlining the issue. Suitable for ages 8+
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Dragon breeds similarities and differences information text

Dragon breeds similarities and differences information text

This animated Powerpoint resource bases its information on Newt Scamander's special edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and compares and contrasts three pure bred breeds of dragon namely the Antipodean Opaleye, the Ukrainian Ironbelly and the Hungarian Horntail. Pupils are given a series of questions to answer based on this information and asked to compile an eye-witness report for The Ukrainian Daily Herald of an Ironbelly swooping over the Black Sea with disastrous consequences for the occupants of an unsuspecting sailing ship. All answers are provided together with orders of merit upon completion of the task.Students are given reminders about how to organise their information effectively. Fun activity for Harry Potter fans revising comprehension skills , report writing and independent reading.Students also get to devise their own dragon names! Suitable for ages 8+
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Persuasive writing techniques

Persuasive writing techniques

This animated Power point showcases the features of persuasive writing and then provides advice on how to use the powers of persuasion to win an audience over. The features are recorded in a way which will make the techniques memorable. The students are asked to put their writing skills to the test by choosing to write a leaflet about the dangers of smoking or, alternatively, writing a speech about taking up a new hobby which does not involve a screen. I include a resource which explains how to build a speech rather like building a sandwich and has an activity where students need to identify rhetorical devices within a short passage; ideal for homework or revision purposes. This resource is suitable for pupils aged between 11 and 16.
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