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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.
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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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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bundle of water based investigations

bundle of water based investigations

I have bundled together ten resources which investigate some of the wondrous creatures that inhabit the seas and oceans and use bioluminescence to their advantage. I include two quizzes about the properties of water which include inspiring quotes and poetry which will prompt further investigation into and discussion about the natural world. Other resources take inspiration from David Attenborough and focus on the problem of plastic waste within our seas and oceans. Suitable for ages 10+
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A bundle of Father's Day activiies

A bundle of Father's Day activiies

This bundle contains six resources which are all related to Dads and would be especially useful on the days leading up to Father’s Day, but could be used at other times as well. There are funny poems, quizzes and creative activities included which should provide inspiration when thinking about fathers and father figures. Suitable for ages 7 to 12 years.
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Father's Day Activities

Father's Day Activities

This resource is ideal for Father’s Day with funny poems about Dads , crosswords and spelling activities related to the need to buy Dad a present for his special day. Children are reminded about what an average Dad is expected to do and are asked to think of ways in which they could make this Father’s Day a pleasant one.
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Anxiety and mindfulness as a tool to build resilience.

Anxiety and mindfulness as a tool to build resilience.

This animated Power Point looks at anxiety issues facing young teenagers today and shares tips on how to cope. Mindfulness is one tool to cope with anxiety as are talking therapies and artistic pursuits . A poem called “the room inside” is displayed which could be used as a starting point to a discussion about mental health. Students are asked to consider volunteering and doing something positive with their time once exams are over. An extract from Eleanor Morgan’s book “Anxiety for Beginners” is given and six plot ideas are given which relate to anxiety. Pupils are asked to select one of these to write about. Lastly students are asked to think about the saying “every cloud has a silver lining” and to share strategies for developing resilience. Suitable for ages 12+
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Revision bundle Potter style

Revision bundle Potter style

I have bundled together ten resources which will assist with revision of reading and writing skills on the approach to assessment weeks. Each individual resource is inspired by J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and so will inspire further reading and investigation whilst fundamental skills are being honed. Prior knowledge of the Potter books is not necessary in order to complete the tasks and all answers are provided. The intention of this bundle is to make revision more appealing to Potter fans of all ages. Suitable for ages 10+
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SATS revision quiz bundle

SATS revision quiz bundle

I have bundled together ten resources which will help with the revision of spelling, punctuation and grammar in the weeks prior to assessments. Each individual resource has answers to each section of the quiz, which will allow for ease of marking. The sections can be easily tweaked to meet a specific need within the class. Pupils will come to identify with Joe who finds spelling difficult and who clearly needs advice on his approach to the exam season. Suitable for ages 10+
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Lions informative writing non chronological report and word search

Lions informative writing non chronological report and word search

This animated Power Point resource showcases the lion and informs students about a multitude of interesting facts surrounding this magnificent creature. The pupils learn about the symbolic significance of the lion as well as scientific details. They will discover lions in ancient art works, on national flags and displayed on coats of arms. They will learn the differences between male and female lions and some amazing statistics about these magnificent animals. Included in this resource are comprehension questions, a word search and further information about hybrids such as ligers and tigons. Students have the opportunity to think creatively and produce their own hybrids and draw scientific diagrams of their favourites. There is plenty here to promote further discussion and wider research. This resource would be useful when producing informative writing and non chronological reports. Alongside the Power Point is a word document which could be used independently as a homework task perhaps. All answers are included on the word document. Suitable for ages 10+
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Formal and informal letter writing bundle featuring Harry Potter

Formal and informal letter writing bundle featuring Harry Potter

I have bundled together seven resources which will be useful when revising skills needed for letter writing. The majority of these resources include extracts from the Harry Potter books and so will appeal to students familiar with the characters from the books or films. These resources will enable students to hone their letter writing skills but will also encourage further reading at the same time. Suitable for Potter fans of all ages.
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Adjectives and adverbs descriptive writing bundle

Adjectives and adverbs descriptive writing bundle

I have bundled together ten resources which will assist with the revision of adjectives and adverbs and descriptive writing. Each individual resource comes complete with answers and quiz content can be easily tweaked to address specific needs within the group. These resources could easily be dropped into revision sessions on the approach to assessment weeks. Longer writing tasks are suggested as extensions to each presentation. Suitable for ages 10+
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Revision quiz bundle : spelling, grammar and punctuation

Revision quiz bundle : spelling, grammar and punctuation

I have bundled together ten resources which will prove useful in the approach to assessments. Each quiz is complete with answers for ease of marking. The sections to each quiz can be easily tweaked in order to meet a specific problem within the group. When used on a regular basis, students will come to empathize with the character of Joe who struggles with spelling and who is in desperate need of advice as exams appear on the horizon. Suitable for ages 10+
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chocolate treat activities for Easter

chocolate treat activities for Easter

This resource is ideal to use on the run up to Easter. It contains a crossword where all the answers are the names of well known chocolate bars. When the answers are placed correctly onto the grid the highlighted letters, when rearranged will spell out the name of a famous Roald Dahl character. Pupils are required to think about a place to go where their family would enjoy a special day out and also design their own chocolate bar thinking about the ingredients contained within it as well as the packaging. Suitable for ages 10+ All answers provided.
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Revision (homophones)

Revision (homophones)

This animated Power Point provides pupils with 56 sets of homophones and varied opportunities to test their knowledge of the meaning of these words in different contexts. Passages are given containing multiple homophones and pupils are asked to put their own creative writing skills to the test. This resource has an element of fun to it, including Spring related puns and would be ideal to use as a revision tool at this time of year. I include another word document which could be used alongside the Power Point , or separate from it , which includes a revision mix featuring homophones. This document can be utilised for differing abilities within the class or as a homework task.
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Free range eggs for Easter comprehension and crossword

Free range eggs for Easter comprehension and crossword

This animated Power Point tells an amusing story about a strange hen . Students read the story and answer questions related to the text. They are encouraged to think about how eggs have become associated with Easter and also to find out information about free range eggs. They are presented with ten egg facts which could be used to make a poster or alternatively students could write an article for a magazine explaining the benefits of buying free range. This resource is ideal to use on the run up to Easter and is intended to encourage further research as well as creative skills. I include another resource which is a crossword activity where all the answers are the names of chocolate bars. When placed correctly on the grid, the highlighted letters will spell out the name of a famous Roald Dahl character. The students are requested to describe a place where they would like to take their family to as a special treat and to design their own chocolate bar, thinking carefully about the ingredients as well as the packaging. Ideal for Easter. Answers provided. Suitable for ages 8+
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Poetry analysis Poppies Jane Weir Edexcel Conflict

Poetry analysis Poppies Jane Weir Edexcel Conflict

This animated Power Point gives background information to Jane Weir’s poem “Poppies” from collection B of the Edexcel “Conflict” poetry anthology. We discover something of the poet’s own life events which inspired her to write this poem. It stands out because it is written very much from the woman’s perspective trying to hold things together, whilst her son is “Intoxicated” by the excitement of going to war. Students see the poem laid out and are offered an interpretation of its language and form. They are invited to comment further and engage in debate about some of the symbols within the poem. A poetry puzzle is included which will enhance revision of poetic devices and references other poets within the conflict anthology. Answers are provided to the puzzle which is provided in word format as well as a separate Power Point. Suitable for 14 years+
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Revision mix powerful verbs, homophones and punctuation

Revision mix powerful verbs, homophones and punctuation

This resource contains three differentiated worksheets which will prove useful when revising many aspects of grammar and punctuation. Students are given simple sentences which they have to make more interesting. They are given short passages to correct which contain no capital letters or punctuation marks.They have paragraphs where they will need to substitute more powerful verbs. They have colour synonyms to group and have homophones to select. They have to show case their descriptive writing skills describing a friend/ animal and bedroom. There is a further challenge to write a lengthy paragraph show-casing their knowledge of homophones. These resources could be used for homework purposes and for revision on the approach to more formal exams. Suitable for ages 8+
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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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Endangered animals and conservation issues

Endangered animals and conservation issues

I have bundled together ten resources which focus on endangered animals and conservation issues . Polar bears, sea turtles and albatrosses all face particular problems in our seas and oceans. These resources take a look at these creatures and how they are adapted to their natural environment and what steps we must take in order for them to survive in greater numbers. The problem of plastic waste is a recurring theme in several of these resources. This bundle includes quizzes, comprehensions , poetry and puzzles which will engage pupils and inspire them to do their own independent research. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards.
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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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Polar bears in Peril information, comprehension and poetry

Polar bears in Peril information, comprehension and poetry

This animated Powerpoint explains how polar bears are adapted to their Arctic environment in several ways. Pupils are presented with the information and then given questions to answer concerning the text. They have two poems about polar bears to analyse and to compare, considering which one they prefurr (pun intended). Finally, pupils are asked to think about the problems polar bears are facing and to contemplate the bigger picture concerning global warming. I include word documents which complement the Powerpoint which could be used as a homework activity or for further research into endangered animals. The word search has over twenty interlinked words to find concerning conservation and global warming issues and could be easily differentiated to suit differing abilities. Answers are included. Further resources can be found in my shop regarding other endangered animals. This resource is 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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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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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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