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English consultant. Former Head of Faculty, and author of five texts for Pearson Education. Current examiner and team leader for two examination boards.
Famous Speeches (Years 9 and 10)
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Famous Speeches (Years 9 and 10)

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Students study a variety of speeches: (Braveheart's 'Freedom' speech; St Crispin's Day speech from Henry V; Churchill's 'Their Finest Hour' and 'Fight on the Beaches' speeches; Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, and Sojourner Truth's 'Ain't I A Woman?') Video clips of the speeches are accompanied by full texts. Materials for differentiation ensure that students of different abilities will be able to access the work. The classroom activity is accompanied by an integral VLE homework activity that reminds students of the main learning points of the scheme before setting a homework task. Contents: (Full 5-7 lesson scheme of work, resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations 7 page workbook Differentiation materials VLE presentation Homework resource booklet Lesson plans All images free to use commercially.
Adapting Fairy Stories (Years 9 and 10)
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Adapting Fairy Stories (Years 9 and 10)

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Students delve into the conventions of fairy stories, considering their structure and language. Having established the stylistic techniques, and engaged in short-burst writing activities in the 'traditional style', they then look at different adaptations of the tales before rewriting them from different viewpoints - like the witch's viewpoint in 'Hansel and Gretel', and the wolf's viewpoint in 'The Three Little Pigs'. They then have fun reading 'politically correct' fairy tales, and after oral rehearsal, pair work, group work and drama activities, write their own 'politically correct' stories. Two assessment tasks, a peer assessment activity and a homework VLE unit complete the package. Contents: (6-8 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations VLE Homework presentation 9 page workbook Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free to use commercially.
Writing Reports and Articles in the GCSE English Language Exam.
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Writing Reports and Articles in the GCSE English Language Exam.

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A comprehensive GCSE exam preparation package, focusing on the writing of reports and articles. The package contains exemplar responses, examination criteria, examiners' comments, etc. to help students to revise and develop their skills and knowledge. Opportunities are given for analysis and discussion, for short burst writing tasks and for full practice tasks. A VLE unit is included in the pack, to further embed your students' understanding. Full lesson plans included. All images are free for commercial use.
50 SPaG Settlers and Starters
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50 SPaG Settlers and Starters

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As the title suggests, this resource contains 50 activity sheets, each sheet containing four sections: Punctuation and Sentences Spelling Outburst Grammar Slammer Vocab Lab The 50 activity sheets are progressive, developing students' understanding and skills, and covering such topics as: Punctuation and Sentences - proper nouns, apostrophes, punctuation of speech, commas, sentence structure, main and subordinate clauses, embedded clauses, etc. Spelling Outburst - consonant digraphs, vowel / consonant digraphs, split digraphs, consonant doubling, common errors such as their/ there/ they're, prefixes and suffixes, homophones etc. Grammar Slammer - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, modal verbs, past tense and present tense, past progressive, present progressive etc. Vocab Lab - a new word for every lesson. Great for settling students down at the beginning of the lesson with focused, meaningful SPaG work, building the contexts for SPaG over a period of time. The resource also enables teachers to pick up any problems as the series progresses, and will ensure that there is a reference to clear accurate English at the beginning of every lesson. Provides sufficient 'settler and starter' activities for around 15 weeks. Answer sheets provided, so simply copy and you're ready to go! All images are free to use commercially.
Narrative Writing - Setting (Years 7 and 8)
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Narrative Writing - Setting (Years 7 and 8)

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This unit of work enables students to improve their skills in developing 'setting' in narrative writing. A homework unit for your school's VLE accompanies the classroom presentation, focusing on the use of ' the senses' in creating an effective setting. The unit concludes with an optional assessment activity and provides materials for peer assessment, fulfilling the OFSTED 'Outstanding' requirement that teachers demonstrate 'systematic approaches to marking, target setting and feedback'. Contents: (3-5 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations VLE Homework presentation 6 page workbook Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially.
Titanic Investigation: Deductions and Inferences (Y9 and 10)
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Titanic Investigation: Deductions and Inferences (Y9 and 10)

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Students investigate the sinking of the Titanic by studying route charts, casualty figures, the lifeboat launch log, diagrams of the ship and testimonies of passengers, crew and expert witnesses. Opportunities are provided for drama activities and for group and class discussions, while developing skills in inference and deduction. A homework presentation and resource book is included for your school's VLE platform, and the pack also contains optional assessment and peer assessment materials and comprehensive teachers' notes. Contents: (6-8 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations 6 page workbook 12 page testimonies booklet Route chart Lifeboat launch log VLE homework presentation Homework resource Placemat Assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially
Deductions and Inferences (Years 7 and 8)
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Deductions and Inferences (Years 7 and 8)

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The first part of this unit uses a passage from 'Sherlock Holmes' to clarify the meaning of the terms 'inference' and 'deduction'. Student activities then focus on the language that students need to use to explain their deductions. The second part of the unit is devoted wholly to a group 'detective' activity, based on the Simon Armitage poem 'About His Person'. Finally, the unit concludes with an assessment opportunity, taking in a second Armitage poem, and a homework activity which uses learned skills to analyse a house advertisement. Contents: (4-6 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations 5 page workbook VLE homework presentation Homework resource Inference Placemat Prompts (differentiation) Writing frame Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially.
Getting It Right - Paragraphing Fiction
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Getting It Right - Paragraphing Fiction

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The 'Getting it Right' series is appropriate for both KS2 and KS3. Each unit comprises an interactive presentation that can be loaded onto your school network. The 'Paragraphing Fiction' unit is supported by a workbook of activities and a quiz package that reminds students of the key points of the lessons, before providing a quiz that stimulates focused discussion, enabling students to articulate and embed their learning. All images are free for use commercially. Contents: Teacher presentation Workbook Quiz presentation
The Writer's Language Choices (Years 7 and 8)
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The Writer's Language Choices (Years 7 and 8)

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The first part of the unit analyses how Roald Dahl develops tension through effective sentence structure in 'The Man from the South', while the second half of the unit explores the effect of Tim Bowler's choice of words and phrases in 'Storm Catchers'. Much oral work - discussion, dramatic readings, etc. ensure that students are active throughout the unit, which culminates in an assessed piece of work and dedicated peer assessment opportunity (linked to the VLE homework unit). Contents: (4-6 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations 8 page workbook VLE Homework presentation Homework resources Writing frames Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially.
Formal and Informal Letters for the GCSE English Language Exam
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Formal and Informal Letters for the GCSE English Language Exam

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A comprehensive GCSE exam preparation package, focusing on formal and informal letter writing. The package contains exemplar letters, examination criteria, examiners' comments, placemats, etc., to help students to revise and develop their skills and knowledge. Opportunities are given for analysis and discussion, for short burst writing tasks and for full practice tasks. A VLE unit is included in the pack, to further embed your students' understanding. Full lesson plans included. All images are free for commercial use.
Getting It Right - Using Capitals for Proper Nouns
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Getting It Right - Using Capitals for Proper Nouns

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The 'Getting it Right' series is appropriate for both KS2 and KS3. Each unit comprises an interactive presentation that can be loaded onto your school network. The 'Proper Nouns' unit is supported by a workbook of activities, an assessment activity to check students' understanding, and a quiz package, that reminds students of the key points of the lessons, before providing a quiz that stimulates focused discussion, enabling students to articulate and embed their learning. All images are free for use commercially. Contents: Teacher presentation Workbook, including assessment activity Quiz presentation
Getting It Right - Using Commas
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Getting It Right - Using Commas

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The 'Getting it Right' series is appropriate for both KS2 and KS3. Each unit comprises an interactive presentation that can be loaded onto your school network. The 'Using Commas' unit is supported by a workbook of activities, an assessment activity, and a quiz package that reminds students of the key points of the lessons, before providing a quiz that stimulates focused discussion, enabling students to articulate and embed their learning. All images are free for use commercially. Contents: Teacher presentation Workbook Quiz presentation
Narrative Writing - Character (Years 7 and 8)
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Narrative Writing - Character (Years 7 and 8)

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The unit aims to enable students to improve their skills in developing 'character' in narrative writing. Students analyse 'good' and 'bad' models of writing, before moving through short burst writing activities towards sustained, independent writing. Two homework units for your school's VLE accompany the classroom presentation, focusing on using adjectives and 'working verbs'. The unit concludes with an optional assessment activity, and provides materials for peer assessment, fulfilling the OFSTED 'Outstanding' requirement that teachers demonstrate 'systematic approaches to marking, target setting and feedback'. Contents (4-6 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations 6 page workbook 2 VLE homework presentations Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially.
The Writer's Purpose - Car Advertisements (Years 7 and 8)
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The Writer's Purpose - Car Advertisements (Years 7 and 8)

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In this unit, students analyse a series of car advertisements (remember the Skoda cake advert?), and learn how to explain their ideas with clarity and precision. The advertisements are very different in terms of their target audience, their appeal, etc. Students engage in a range of linked activities, which encourage discussion, group work and individual work. The unit culminates in an optional assessment and peer assessment activity. Oh, and it's good fun as well! Contents: (4-6 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations VLE homework presentation 7 page workbook Links to TV car advertisements Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially
Effective Argument and Persuasion for the GCSE English Writing Exam.
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Effective Argument and Persuasion for the GCSE English Writing Exam.

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A comprehensive GCSE exam preparation package, focusing on argumentative and persuasive writing. The package contains exemplar responses, examination criteria, examiners' comments, placemats, etc., to help students to revise and develop their skills and knowledge. Opportunities are given for analysis and discussion, for short burst writing tasks and for full practice tasks. Two VLE units are included in the pack, to further embed your students' understanding. Full lesson plans included. All images are free for commercial use.
Never a Crossed Word (Verbs)
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Never a Crossed Word (Verbs)

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‘Never a Crossed Word’ is a fun package for all ages. It is said that if students can’t say it, they can’t write it, and this resource focuses on developing students’ speaking and listening skills, giving them opportunities to describe and explain in a highly structured, fast paced game format. The pictures are not mere decoration. They give students clues and ‘entrances’ to the word that they are trying to describe, and as such, are integral to the game. The resource can be used as a lesson starter, as an end of term activity, or as a literacy activity for tutor groups etc., allowing those students who may be reluctant to express themselves the opportunity to do so in a fun way. This resource provides sixty games (sixty slides – two levels of difficulty), all focused on verbs, and contains a built in timer to enhance the excitement of the game! Contents: PowerPoint games Rules of the game All images are free to use commercially.
The Iceman Investigation - Paragraphing and Cohesion: (Years 9 and 10)
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The Iceman Investigation - Paragraphing and Cohesion: (Years 9 and 10)

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A resource based on the discovery of a 5,000 year old corpse in the Otzal Alps in 1991. By considering the available scientific and forensic evidence, students investigate how 'The Iceman' lived, when he died and the circumstances of his death. In completing the activities, students learn how to control, shape and organise their writing. Packed with a selection of materials for differentiation, the resource comes complete with optional assessment and peer assessment materials and a linked homework presentation for your school's VLE. Contents: ( 6-8 lesson scheme of work, resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations VLE Homework presentation Sorting activity Sequencing activity Fact finders (classwork and homework) Writing frames (classwork and homework) Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially.
The Big SPaG Bundle
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The Big SPaG Bundle

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50 Settlers and Starters A pack of 50 progressive activity sheets, developing students' understanding and skills, and covering such topics as: Punctuation and Sentences - proper nouns, apostrophes, punctuation of speech, commas, sentence structure, main and subordinate clauses, embedded clauses, etc. Spelling Outburst - consonant digraphs, vowel / consonant digraphs, split digraphs, consonant doubling, common errors such as their/ there/ they're, prefixes and suffixes, homophones etc. Grammar Slammer - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, modal verbs, past tense and present tense, past progressive, present progressive etc. Vocab Lab - a new word for every lesson. Great for settling students down at the beginning of the lesson with focused, meaningful SPaG work, building the contexts for SPaG over a period of time. The resource also enables teachers to pick up any problems as the series progresses, and will ensure that there is a reference to clear accurate English at the beginning of every lesson. Avoiding Common Errors A series of twelve starter activities covering some of the most common errors that we, as teachers, see in our students' writing. Each starter begins with an 'error' slide, where students are asked to spot the error that the slide illustrates. There follows an explanation of the error and how to correct it, the penultimate slide in each starter unit being designed so that it can be laminated for permanent classroom display. Each presentation is supported by activities in the accompanying workbook, for individual, pair or group work. Sentence Power A series of fifteen starter activities designed to give students opportunities in experimenting with a variety of sentence forms in a variety of contexts. For instance, students may be asked to begin sentences with adverbs, participles, imperative verbs or abstract nouns; they may be asked to use rhetorical questions, repetition or rule of three within their sentences; they may be required to write a sentence in 15-20 words, or only five words, or end the sentence with an exclamation. Crucially though, students are asked to experiment with their sentence types in the context of different pieces of writing, such as an extract from a thriller, from a romantic novel, or a horror story; other contexts offered are advertisements, letters of complaint, diaries, reviews, instructions, etc. Spellpics 1 and 2 This comprises 20 spelling activities that are great fun, while at the same time providing a learning structure to enable students to develop their understanding of spelling strategies. Each activity provides 5 PowerPoint game slides - sixteen pictures linked to sixteen words focusing on different spelling rules, such as the 'i before e' rule, split digraph rule, 'tion' suffix rule, etc. Each game is supported by an extension activity to underline and embed the learning strategy, and the final slide of each game displays the key learning points of the game, that can be laminated for classroom display.
Planning for Writing (Years 7 and 8)
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Planning for Writing (Years 7 and 8)

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In this unit, students work on planning and delivering a report on 'The School Play', while the school magazine's editor drops in various suggestions, leading students to reconsider their plans as the unit progresses. The unit offers two assessment tasks and a peer assessment activity, while a writing frame offers organisational support when required. In the homework unit for your school's VLE, students are confronted by the mysteries of the famous 'Roswell' alien landing incident. Contents: (4-6 lesson scheme of work, full resources and lesson plans) Classroom presentations 4 page workbook VLE Homework presentation Writing frame Peer assessment resource Full lesson plans Note: All images are free for use commercially.
The Big Non-Fiction Reading Bundle
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The Big Non-Fiction Reading Bundle

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The 'Big Non-Fiction Reading Bundle' contains four full schemes of work for 20-23 hours of classroom activities! The four units of work contain everything you need: professionally produced PowerPoint presentations, student worksheets, materials for effective differentiation, peer assessment materials, and of course, detailed teachers' notes. Not only this, but each unit also contains a supportive homework presentation for you to place on your school's VLE, or to use as further extension activities in class. The 'Titanic' package develops students' ability to integrate information presented in different media formats, cite evidence to support analysis, and distinguish claims supported by reason from those that are not. They investigate the sinking of the Titanic by studying route charts, casualty figures, the lifeboat launch log, diagrams of the ship and testimonies of passengers, crew and expert witnesses. The 'Deduction and Inference' unit provides material to develop students' ability to draw inferences from a text, to determine figurative and connotative meaning and analyze the impact of specific word choice. In the centrepiece of the unit , students investigate the death of a man by drawing inferences from what they find 'about his person'. In the third unit of the bundle, students explore the world of travel writing, reflecting on and evaluating brochures, rough guides, newspaper reports and television clips. There is much group work and discussion, and an extended activity in which students form groups to make a presentation to either promote their home town, or to give a 'rough guide' presentation - warts and all! The final resource in the bundle offers students the opportunity to study famous speeches to consider figurative and connotative meaning, and analyze the impact of imagery, repetition etc in the texts. Students study a variety of speeches: (Braveheart's 'Freedom' speech; St Crispin's Day speech from Henry V; Churchill's 'Their Finest Hour' and 'Fight on the Beaches' speeches; Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, and Sojourner Truth's 'Ain't I A Woman?') Video clips of the speeches are accompanied by full texts. Materials for differentiation ensure that students of different abilities will be able to access the work. Separately, the units of work would cost £20, so at £12, the bundle is great value for money as well. I hope it proves to be a really useful addition to your classroom resources. Total Pages / Slides 231