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How to Train Your Dragon: Guided Reading
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How to Train Your Dragon: Guided Reading

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Hello fellow educator! I am sharing this guided reading resource with you in the hopes that it will save you some bit of time and enhance your guided reading lesson. I know I lose countless hours looking up resources, creating resources and copying resources myself, so if this helps you in any way, then I count that as a small victory for our educating community. Please note that I left this resource in Word so that you can edit it to how you see fit. Please leave a message here if there's any problem with the format. Please also note that AFs links are still OLD AFs. A little about me and this resource: I was the English Coordinator at a small school and I developed many guided reading resources and class novel resources for Key Stage Two. This particular resource for How to Train Your Dragon has a focus on vocabulary. It was a class novel for Year Four at the school and we had a student with very limited vocabulary therefore I wanted to have a vocabulary support sheet for her. it took FOREVER to go through the entire book, pick out challenging vocabulary and then create this resource to list synonyms to have appropriate language ready. I do hope it helps you. TIP: copy pages 14-20 doubled-sided on cardstock or laminate and give to students to support learning. Other resources available: Guided Reading: Sheep-Pig, Hodgeheg, Diary of a Killer Cat, Billy the Bird, Butterfly Lion, The Iron Man, James and the Giant Peach Upper KS2 Guided Reading: Reading Assessment Focus tasks linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy, Indian in the Cupboard, Wreck of the Zanzibar, Carrie’s War, Artemis Fowl Kind Regards, Kelli
11 Plus Vocabulary In Context
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11 Plus Vocabulary In Context

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Hello! I created this for a pupil I was tutoring for the 11 Plus exam. But it can easily be used with a class/exam prep group. There are 10 words per page, written in sentences to support students deciphering words in context (10 pages in all). Definitions for the words are mixed up to the right to choose from. I have found this an extremely helpful way to expose my student to more vocabulary, connect it in context and continually revisit the words. I also write the words on coloured lolly sticks to play Boom (explained in resource). OPTIONS: Give out sheets with sentences and definition choices. Pupils write the number of definition next to vocabulary word after reading sentences (drawing lines across gets messy). More challenging: Give the sheets without the definition choices. Pupils write a simple definition next to word above sentence. Give quiz at the end of the week and/or randomly over the next few weeks/months. ANSWERS INCLUDED for you or students to use for marking I hope it helps! I will be creating more that include crosswords, so look out for that in the future. Best, Kelli
Eleven Plus Vocabulary Lists
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Eleven Plus Vocabulary Lists

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I have thoroughly examined the Bond books for 9-11 year olds for difficult vocabulary words and put them into lists. It took a bit of time, so I do hope others can make use of this resource as well! I teach many Year Five and Six students that are prepping for the 11 Plus and last year I noticed that they needed more exposure to high level vocabulary for these exams. As many of these students are strong spellers, I decided to alternate weekly spelling lists with these vocabulary lists. They practise the words with activities from my spelling menu (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/spelling-menu-key-stage-two-11337779) as many of the activities do not solely focus on spelling. This is NOT for learning the spelling, but for learning meanings of words. You will need to think of another way to test students instead of the typical 'spelling test'. Includes 16 lists (2 lists per page, organised into groups of 8). UK/AU/CAN spellings Hope you find this resource useful! I know this has helped my students tremendously. UPDATE: go here for 16 more lists, including lists with a focus on roots. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/eleven-plus-vocabulary-lists-part-2-11740126
Eleven Plus Vocabulary Lists PART 2
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Eleven Plus Vocabulary Lists PART 2

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This is a follow-up resource to my most popular resource Eleven Plus Vocabulary Lists. (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/eleven-plus-vocabulary-lists-11370453) I teach many Year Five and Six students that are prepping for the 11 Plus and last year I noticed that they needed more exposure to high level vocabulary for these exams. As many of these students are strong spellers, I decided to alternate weekly spelling lists with these vocabulary lists. They practise the words with activities from my spelling menu (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/spelling-menu-key-stage-two-11337779) as many of the activities do not solely focus on spelling. This is NOT for learning the spelling, but for learning meanings of words. You will need to think of another way to test students instead of the typical 'spelling test'. I suggest giving them another printout of their lists for them to write definitions/synonyms for their words. Includes 16 lists (2 lists per page, organised into groups of 8, except list 25 which is a whole page). UK/AU/CAN spellings Slightly different from my last resource, there are 9 high-level vocabulary lists and 7 lists with a focus on roots. From what I understand, roots are included in a huge section of round one in the Surrey 11 Plus for Sutton/Wilson/Nonsuch exam. Roots covered are: -aqua/aque -fort -dict -geo -grad/gres -ject -hydr -port -log/logue -astr -rupt -therm -scrib/script -chron Hope this resource helps! Kelli x
Guided Reading: James and the Giant Peach
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Guided Reading: James and the Giant Peach

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I’m the English Coordinator at a small little school and I took on the task last year of developing a guided reading programme for KS2 as I noticed this was missing from the school. I have included: -the recording sheet I use (not entirely mine as I found this somewhere and made some changes) -a sheet of individual pupil questions that they glue into their Reading Response journals after reading a chapter with the teacher (again not entirely mine as I found some questions here and there). It will save lots of paper as I got 8 sets of questions per page. I am sharing this guided reading resource with you in the hopes that it will save you some bit of time and enhance your guided reading lesson. I know I lose countless hours looking up resources, creating resources and copying resources myself, so if this helps you in any way, then I count that as a small victory for our educating community. *August 2016* I added more vocabulary questions if you want that option.
Guided Reading: The Butterfly Lion
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Guided Reading: The Butterfly Lion

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I’m the English Coordinator at a small little school and I took on the task last year of developing a guided reading programme for KS2 as I noticed this was missing from the school. I have included: -the recording sheet I use with tricky vocabulary highlighted. -a sheet of individual pupil questions that they glue into their Reading Response journals after reading a chapter with the teacher. It will save lots of paper as I got 8 sets of questions per page. I am sharing this guided reading resource with you in the hopes that it will save you some bit of time and enhance your guided reading lesson. I know I lose countless hours looking up resources, creating resources and copying resources myself, so if this helps you in any way, then I count that as a small victory for our educating community. About this resource: I created this for a high ability guided reading group for Year 4. Please notice the pictures example I added at the end. Other resources available: Guided Reading: Sheep-Pig, Hodgeheg, Diary of a Killer Cat, Billy the Bird, Bill’s New Frock, The Iron Man, James and the Giant Peach Upper KS2 Guided Reading: Reading Assessment Focus tasks linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy, Indian in the Cupboard, Wreck of the Zanzibar, Carrie’s War, Artemis Fowl
Guided Reading: The Iron Man
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Guided Reading: The Iron Man

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I’m the English Coordinator at a small school and I took on the task last year of developing a guided reading programme for KS2 as I noticed this was missing from the school. I have included: -the recording sheet I use (not entirely mine as I found this somewhere and made some changes) -a sheet of individual pupil questions that they glue into their Reading Response journals after reading a chapter with the teacher (again not entirely mine as I found some questions here and there). It will save lots of paper as I got 8 sets of questions per page. I am sharing this guided reading resource with you in the hopes that it will save you some bit of time and enhance your guided reading lesson. I know I lose countless hours looking up resources, creating resources and copying resources myself, so if this helps you in any way, then I count that as a small victory for our educating community.
Guided Reading: Hodgeheg
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Guided Reading: Hodgeheg

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I’m the English Coordinator at a small school and I took on the task last year of developing a guided reading programme for KS2 as I noticed this was missing from the school. I have included: -the recording sheet I use (not entirely mine as I found this somewhere and made some changes) -a sheet of individual pupil questions that they glue into their Reading Response journals after reading a chapter with the teacher (again not entirely mine as I found some questions here and there). It will save lots of paper as I got 8 sets of questions per page. I am sharing this guided reading resource with you in the hopes that it will save you some bit of time and enhance your guided reading lesson. I know I lose countless hours looking up resources, creating resources and copying resources myself, so if this helps you in any way, then I count that as a small victory for our educating community.
Marking Ladders for Writing
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Marking Ladders for Writing

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These ‘marking ladders’ are an essential checklist tool to be glued into exercise books for writing (fiction or nonfiction). In addition, I created two levels of the checklists to differentiate for varying abilities. I have used laminated writing checklists before but it is just not as accessible and handy as these checklists that go directly into notebooks. These cut right to the necessities and also include a line for students to WRITE A PERSONAL GOAL for their writing piece. DETAILS: –for Years 5-7 UK –fiction & nonfiction –adventure –autobiography –balanced argument –biography –description –dialogue –diary –explanation –fable –fantasy –folk tale –instructions –journalistic recount –formal leaflet –legend –formal letter –myth –non-chronological report –origin/creation –persuasive advert –persuasive argument –play script –poetry –point of view –recount –science fiction
Spelling Menu- Key Stage Two
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Spelling Menu- Key Stage Two

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This will make spelling homework so EASY for you and your students! Children love the power of CHOICE, and that's exactly what the menu does for spelling homework. When I first came to my current school, the common practice was to write ten sentences with their spelling words each week. Yuck! They hated it, I hated marking it (I teach Year 5 and Year 6 English so that's twice the fun of reading all.those.sentences.week.after.week.) After seeing ideas for this concept of a spelling choice menu, I pulled the ideas I felt best fit the needs of my students and added some of my own. This menu is for one term (9-12 weeks, depending on your school). For American schools, you’ll have to decide how long you want the choice board to go for. I like the idea that students don’t have to do every single choice (especially if they don’t have access to a printer as some of the choices deal with a printer). Choice 1: I use these for Year 3 and 4 at my school (Second and Third Grade). There are 2 pages; I use one for a term, and then the other (slight variation of activities) for the next term and then back to the first one again for the third term. Choice 2: I use these for Year 5 and 6 at my school (Fourth and Fifth Grade). There are 2 pages; I use 1 for a term, and then the other (slight variation of activities) for the next term and then back to the first one again for the third term. I’ve also added a copy of each of the menus in a basic font so that you can edit it as well.
Word Mats: Key Stage Two English
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Word Mats: Key Stage Two English

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Sometimes our students need help with their stories. It could be what to write about, how to start or what words to use. My students LOVE these mats and I have seen a great improvement in their writing after using them. What worked best for me was to print these (double-sided) on coloured paper, then laminate. I also made additional copies to send home with students or you could keep copies in homework folders. These word mats can be used for numerous activities so I hope you find them useful! Included in the 11 pages: -Character appearance & personality -Character thoughts & feelings -Figurative language -Senses -Openers -Verbs & Adverbs -Setting choices, description and openers -Alternative Adjectives -Persuasion -Language for various genres If you like this, I also have a resource with an overview of narrative writing that you might find useful.
Genre Posters and Reading Challenge
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Genre Posters and Reading Challenge

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WHAT'S INCLUDED: -genre posters (large and mini) -reading rockets for reading challenge -reading record cards -library labels (two different options) -reading challenge labels (genre and planet names) -zip file for A4 (UK, AU) and zip file for US Letter (US) Posters include: Biography & Autobiography, Informational & Reference, Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Classic, Humour, Poetry and Traditional Tales. One of my goals this year was to encourage our students to discuss genre more frequently. I started the year with these posters to create a display board about genre and included some author info posters and photos of students holding books they enjoy, along with some written bits and pieces from pupils about books they recommend, books they want to read this year, etc. Later on, I moved these posters to my classroom and added mini-posters to our library door. Tip: print the questions/title (Which genre do you enjoy?) on coloured paper to stand out. In addition to the display boards, I organised a large portion of our library books into book baskets by genre and authors (with laminated labels). I also have my Year Five and Six pupils record books they read on a card where they have to write down what genre the books are. Additionally my Year Five reading challenge is centred around genres (rockets reading challenge: each planet represents a genre; read a book, write a book review and get genre ticked off on individual rocket). Hope you can use some/all of the resources! Kelli x *planet labels added August 2016*
The Worst Witch: Guided Reading
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The Worst Witch: Guided Reading

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Hello fellow educator! I am sharing this guided reading resource with you in the hopes that it will save you some bit of time and enhance your guided reading lesson. I know I lose countless hours looking up resources, creating resources and copying resources myself, so if this helps you in any way, then I count that as a small victory for our educating community. Please note that I left this resource in Word so that you can edit it to how you see fit. I hope nothing gets mixed up since I didn’t put it in PDF. If there’s a problem, please email me at kelli.groenewald@gmail.com. A little about me and this resource: I’m the English Coordinator at a little school and I took on the task last year of developing a guided reading programme for KS2 as I noticed this was missing from the school. I have included the record sheets I use (not entirely mine as I found this somewhere and made some changes) as well as the individual pupil questions that they glue into their Reading Response journals after reading a chapter with the teacher. About this resource: I created this for an average ability guided reading group for Year 3. Included -2 reading response options for each chapter: reading comprehension and usually parts of speech connection or writing connection (diary, letter, newspaper) -Guided Reading Record Sheet with old AFs and vocabulary for each chapter identified -IT’S IN WORD SO YOU CAN AMEND WHAT YOU WANT! Other resources available: Guided Reading: Sheep-Pig, Billy the Bird, Diary of a Killer Cat, Bill’s New Frock, Butterfly Lion, The Iron Man, James and the Giant Peach Upper KS2 Guided Reading: Reading Assessment Focus tasks linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy, Indian in the Cupboard, Wreck of the Zanzibar, Carrie’s War, Artemis Fowl, How to Train Your Dragon Kind Regards, Kelli
Spelling Board Games-Key Stage Two
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Spelling Board Games-Key Stage Two

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I needed a fun way to practise the National Curriculum spelling words with my booster groups. I created these games to expose children to the words, discuss the syllables, discuss spelling patterns and practise writing them. My students have enjoyed them and even asked to have their own so they could play at home! The games cover Key Stage 2 spellings and have directions within the resource. The other games my students like are memory match and a game I call SPLAT! (also known as BOOM!) which is writing the spelling words on lolly sticks, as well a 1-2 lolly sticks that say SPLAT! and putting them in a cup/basket. Students take turns selecting a random stick, covering it and then writing it. If they are correct, they keep the stick. If wrong, they put the stick back in. If they get SPLAT, they have to put ALL their sticks back in! They loooove this game. Hope I can save you some time with these board games. It took a long time to put together but was definitely worth it! Best, Kelli I also added general spelling rule spellings to the Race to the Top game boards as well.
Key Stage 2 Spelling Rules
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Key Stage 2 Spelling Rules

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Hello! I made this spelling rules reference for my students in my Year 4, 5 & 6 Booster Groups. I made several sets so that I have 2-3 sets for school, and a few sets to send home with students. The cards start with tricky sounds and move on to explaining spelling rules with examples (taken from National Curriculum spellings). There are 67 pages!! Additionally I have resources for Phases 2-5, National Curriculum Year 3, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 word list on TES. This is a bit time-consuming to make, but I feel that it is absolutely worth it. Through trial and error, I have fixed the document so that hopefully it is not as labour-intensive for you as it was for me initially. STEPS: 1. Decide how you will copy the word lists. I chose to copy the cover on a separate colour. NOTE: colour is a big deal. The children really like the colour! Then I copied each section on one colour, the next section on another colour, etc (there are 7 sections). I did this so that when students practise with their cards, they can break them up by colour (for example practising the yellow cards on Monday, the orange cards Tuesday, etc). For some of the sections there are many example cards-don’t feel you have to use all of them! Equally if I didn’t include specific sounds that you need for your students (as in the first section which has ‘r’ words, silent ‘e’, contractions etc, then you use the parent page as a template to create your own). 2. Laminate or print on cardstock. 3. Cut, hole punch and put on ring (as mentioned, this does take some time to assemble, but then the words are all in one place!) TIP: I told my students that this took a long time to put together and to really take care of it. I also told them to return it either when I ask or when they feel they have most of the rules mastered. It is not to keep forever! Since I made a point of telling them this, they seem to understand a bit more. I ask them frequently how it's going with their cards and what strategies they have for practising their cards (some say their parents test them, some practise in the car, etc). I’ve had many parents tell me that they didn’t know how to help their child with the spellings before and that the cards have helped greatly. Best, Kelli email: thesimplenotebook@gmail.com
Phonics Screener: Editable
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Phonics Screener: Editable

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I hope I can save you a bit of time with this phonics screener. I created this for my intervention students based on a former phonics screener I used. I didn’t like using the same words each time, so I created Forms A, B and C along with teacher recording sheets (13 page document). I've got basic letters & sounds right up to multi-syllabic words! Phonics screeners are vital for pinpointing phonics gaps for our students. I’ve left this format in Word so that you can make any changes you need for your students. I also added a writing screener because I wanted more information about my students’ writing. If you aren’t familiar with phonics screeners, they are “diagnostic assessments that quickly and accurately identifies individual students' strengths and instructional needs in phonics/decoding. This untimed assessment can be repeated periodically to monitor student progress in learning to decode.” (http://www.readnaturally.com) Hope it helps! Please leave feedback : ) Kelli Includes A4 and US Letter formats.
Word List for Year 5 & 6
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Word List for Year 5 & 6

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Hello! I recently made this key-ring word list reference for my students in my Year 5 & 6 Booster Group. I made a few sets so that I have 2-3 sets for school, and a few sets to send home with students. The words highlight special sounds and break words into syllables to help the children learn the words. The words are from the National Curriculum Year 5 & 6 word list. I have a similar resource for just Year 3 & 4 spellings. Additionally I have a resource for Phases 2-5 for a key-ring reference. This is a bit time-consuming to make, but I feel that it is absolutely worth it. Through trial and error, I have fixed the document so that hopefully it is not as labour-intensive for you as it was for me initially. STEPS: 1. Decide how you will copy the word lists. I chose to copy the cover (2 different options) on a separate colour. (NOTE: colour is a big deal. The children really like the colour!) Then I copied the first 8-9 pages on one colour, the next 8-9 pages on another colour, etc (there are 32 pages). I did this so that when students practise with their cards, they can break them up by colour (for example practising the yellow cards on Monday, the orange cards Tuesday, etc). 2. Laminate or print on cardstock. 3. Cut, hole punch and put on ring (as mentioned, this does take some time to assemble, but then the words are all in one place!) TIP: I told my students that this took a long time to put together and to really take care of it. I also told them to return it either when I ask or when they feel they have most of the words mastered. It is not to keep forever! Since I made a point of telling them this, they seem to understand a bit more. I ask them frequently how it's going with their cards and what strategies they have for practising their cards (some say their parents test them, some practise in the car, etc). *I also included an editable letter for parents* I hope you can use this resource in some way! Kelli email: kelli.groenewald@gmail.com
Word List for Year 3 & 4
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Word List for Year 3 & 4

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Hello! I recently made this key-ring word list reference for my students in my Year 4 Booster Group. I made a few sets so that I have 2-3 sets for school, and a few sets to send home with students. The words highlight special sounds and break words into syllables to help the children learn the words. The words are from the National Curriculum Year 3 & 4 word list. I have a similar resource for just Year Three spellings. Additionally I have a resource for Phases 2-5 for a key-ring reference. This is a bit time-consuming to make, but I feel that it is absolutely worth it. Through trial and error, I have fixed the document so that hopefully it is not as labour-intensive for you as it was for me initially. STEPS: 1. Decide how you will copy the word lists. I chose to copy the cover (2 different options) on a separate colour. (NOTE: colour is a big deal. The children really like the colour!) Then I copied the first 8-9 pages on one colour, the next 8-9 pages on another colour, etc (there are 37 pages). I did this so that when students practise with their cards, they can break them up by colour (for example practising the yellow cards on Monday, the orange cards Tuesday, etc). 2. Laminate or print on cardstock. 3. Cut, hole punch and put on ring (as mentioned, this does take some time to assemble, but then the words are all in one place!) TIP: I told my students that this took a long time to put together and to really take care of it. I also told them to return it either when I ask or when they feel they have most of the words mastered. It is not to keep forever! Since I made a point of telling them this, they seem to understand a bit more. I ask them frequently how it's going with their cards and what strategies they have for practising their cards (some say their parents test them, some practise in the car, etc). *I also included an editable letter for parents* I hope you can use this resource in some way! Kelli
Making Words
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Making Words

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Hello! These are some little titles I created for your students to make words into small journals. You can extend this by having students create sentences with the words, draw pictures, create other words with the rime, sort words by real words and nonsense words, ect. This works perfect for small journals for literacy centers, start of the day, ect. Students take the initial sound and match up with a rime and record if it makes a new word. I’ve made it for CVC words, blends and rimes with digraphs. If the horizontal format is too confusing, I’ve also included a vertical format. I hope you find this useful and that it saves you time and paper! A4 and US Letter versions available.
Year Six English Homework-part 2
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Year Six English Homework-part 2

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I was the English Coordinator at a small private school for several years, teaching both Year Five and Year Six English. I found that after Christmas (and most 11+ exams), my Year Six pupils were becoming bored and disinterested in the typical English homework they had been doing for years. I wanted to find something that they would enjoy and that was also a review (since at that point I had taught my students for four terms). I came across a brilliant ‘project’ type homework where tasks were interlinked across a half-term. I can’t find the link now, but the first two I used were a ‘Mystery’ unit (the students choose an item that goes missing, describe the item, do a writing piece for the investigation, etc) and creating a class trip (students decide what the class trip will be, create advert, create information leaflet, etc). THEY LOVED IT! Each week they came back, eager to read their homework to each other and were genuinely enthusiastic about it. I was shocked! I left these homework units in Word so that you can edit it to the needs of your class. Please let me know if there is any problem with the format, as I noticed the files are in very old Word, so I hope it works! I included a document with checklists of the genres so that if you want to change out a week that has a persuasive writing piece, but diary recounts would be better suited for that week/your students, you can just cut and paste! Additionally, I added reading comprehension tasks every other week, but if want to change that to spelling, grammar, additional writing, etc: just change it! DIRECTIONS: Copy the two pages double-sided. Students can illustrate the front cover (or you can add a picture before giving out). Edit front cover for success criteria and when homework will be set and returned. Give due dates and have children write these in. Give appropriate paper needed for assignments (unless completed into exercise book) INCLUDES: -genre checklists -‘Amazon Jungle’ homework tasks -‘Restaurant’ homework tasks -‘Survivor’ homework tasks -‘Titanic’ homework tasks (or any historical event) -‘New Fish’ homework tasks (or any new species) Click here for part 1 (FREE) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/year-six-english-homework-11738665