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I am a Primary School teacher, currently working in Year 3 and about to complete my NQT year (which has flown by and been absolutely brilliant!) following completion of my PGCE at the University of Cambridge. As this is my first year of teaching, the majority of my resources are aimed at Year 3 students though I have a number of children with SEN so activities are differentiated many ways. Usually they follow a 'mild, medium, spicy' format with further differentiation for additional needs.

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I am a Primary School teacher, currently working in Year 3 and about to complete my NQT year (which has flown by and been absolutely brilliant!) following completion of my PGCE at the University of Cambridge. As this is my first year of teaching, the majority of my resources are aimed at Year 3 students though I have a number of children with SEN so activities are differentiated many ways. Usually they follow a 'mild, medium, spicy' format with further differentiation for additional needs.
Introduction to inverted commas through comic strips
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Introduction to inverted commas through comic strips

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Designed for a year 3 class, a notebook showing a text without inverted commas to stimulate the discussion of their importance. This is followed by an activity (differentiated three ways: mild, medium and spicy) where students write out a comic strip implementing inverted commas accurately.
Explanation text: How mummies are made
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Explanation text: How mummies are made

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An explanation text explaning the process of making a mummy to support Ancient Egypt topic. Included are various activities relating to the one text: cloze procedure, identifying key features, putting it in the right area, a text with no causal conjunctions. Some sheets are differentiated mild and medium.
Column Addition Year 3
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Column Addition Year 3

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Designed for Year 3 students. A series of documents (5) including questions for repeated practice and activities to deepen understanding and show mastery of column addition, for example spotting errors in calculations. Also included: a notebook with some examples of wrong calculations to discuss as a whole class.
4 sentence types - Year 3
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4 sentence types - Year 3

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A notebook giving a clear explanation and examples of statement, question, command and exclamation and opportunity to practice writing them. The document with lists of sentences was used in a group sorting activity where they sorted them in to the 4 groups. Also included is an individual task differentiated 3 ways: mild = ticking the sentence type, medium = colour coding the sentences and spicy = writing examples of each.
Causal conjunctions for explanation texts
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Causal conjunctions for explanation texts

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A simple introduction to causal conjunctions and their purpose, aimed at a year 3 class. The supporting notebook explains what they are/do and gives some examples. It also has an explanation text about mummification to highlight the causal conjunctions and input them later in the lesson to show progression. Worksheets are also provided (differentiated 3 ways) for children to demonstrate their understanding of causal conjunctions through some sentence work.
Year 3 Science: Diet and Nutrition
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Year 3 Science: Diet and Nutrition

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Covers national curriculum strands about understanding nutrition and diet. Looks at the different food groups with meal planning activities, making a healthy plate and sorting foods. This was really practical and engaging. We had some deep discussions about food types and the children were confident taking healthy eating beyond 'healthy and unhealthy' into carbohydrates, fats, proteins, sugars etc.
Labelling parts of a plant - Science
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Labelling parts of a plant - Science

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Labelling activity differentiated 3 ways (mild, medium, spicy) using a real picture of a plant not a drawing (more realstic to children!). Extension questions for early finishers, lesson plan with link to useful video and a 'concept cartoon'. Concept cartoons are discussion areas for the beginning and end of lessons. They are a simple idea where pupils can imagine themselves being someone in the picture, asking questions, to make it more meaningful for them.
Adding suffix '-ous-
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Adding suffix '-ous-

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Series of short activities looking at the spelling rules for adding -ous and some exceptions to the rules
Aladdin Reading Comprehension
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Aladdin Reading Comprehension

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6 week reading comprehension unit based on Philip Pullman’s Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. Aimed at year 3 reading skills. Supporting notebook with colour coded slides to fit with each session.
Tennis Unit - Year 3
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Tennis Unit - Year 3

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A medium term plan for a 6 week unit of tennis, aimed at year 3. Each week looks at a different focus: reactions, grip, returns, under-arm serves, aim and game application. Differentiation is provided (extending in green, supporting in blue). Designed without reliance on another supporting adult but can easily be adapted to add a supporting adult in with focus groups/assessments. Each lesson has a focus, a warm up, skill development, skill application and assessment section.
STOMP music planning - Unit of Work
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STOMP music planning - Unit of Work

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Designed for year 3 but can easily be adapted and used with any age group. 6 lessons looking at understanding rhythms and incorporating that in to a STOMP musical style performance.
Introduction to word families Year 3
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Introduction to word families Year 3

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Investigating words that are linked through a root word and the addition of suffixes and prefixes. A series of activities to be delivered over a few days in short 10-15 minute sessions (Teach, Practice, Apply - coloured backgrounds on the notebook). There is also a word bank of prefixes and suffixes pupils should know by the end of year 4
Year 3 adding fractions
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Year 3 adding fractions

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An introduction to adding fractions using physical apparatus and pictoral representations. There are worksheets differentiated 3 ways (mild, medium and spicy) and a notebook to guide you through the initial lesson. It includes discussion points, key questions and visual aids. Loop cards for adding AND subtracting fractions with the same denominator. Cut along the red and the blue lines. Enough for 1 card each in a class of 30. Fractions board game, themed around star wars. Roll the dice, move on that number, the star you land on you have to say what you would need to reach one whole e.g. if you land on three quarters, say one quarter. If you get it wrong you miss a turn next time.
Adding 1, 10, 100 reasoning word problems
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Adding 1, 10, 100 reasoning word problems

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Differentiated three ways, a series of questions to help children apply the inverse to worded problems for adding 1, 10, 100. Used as a stepping stone towards longer, multistep word problems expected in Year 3 Mastery of adding 1, 10, 100 with reasoning.
Adding and subtracting lengths on a farm/perimeter
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Adding and subtracting lengths on a farm/perimeter

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An own-design farmyard with lengths of fencing and a series of word problems (differentiated 3 ways) to encourage addition and subtraction of lengths. You can cover up the title of the farm when you photocopy it and make it your own!
Year 3/4 Spelling Rule flashcards
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Year 3/4 Spelling Rule flashcards

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Clearly structured cards that explain spelling rules including suffixes, prefixes, exceptions and curriculum spellings. Covers a large range of spelling rules such as ed, ing, er/est, y as I, ou as an u, ly, able or ible. Though a comprehensive set, more will come over the year as we cover more rules. They are great to chop up and laminate and have on the tables for children to check and correct their spellings against.
Light module aimed at Year 3
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Light module aimed at Year 3

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Lessons plans and resources for: what is light? reflections, shadows and sunlight. Differentiated three ways: mild, medium and spicy. Includes experiment write up sheets as this was a very practical topic!