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Hi, I've been teaching throughout KS2 since 1997 and have always received outstanding feedback from Heads and SLTs, inspectors, colleagues and parents. Please have a look at my varied resources, and if you like them, please take a moment to leave me a good review. Thank you!

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Hi, I've been teaching throughout KS2 since 1997 and have always received outstanding feedback from Heads and SLTs, inspectors, colleagues and parents. Please have a look at my varied resources, and if you like them, please take a moment to leave me a good review. Thank you!
The Firework Makers Daughter Chapter 2 - set of 3 differentiated  comprehension questions
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The Firework Makers Daughter Chapter 2 - set of 3 differentiated comprehension questions

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This resource contains the full text of Chapter 2 of the Firework Makers Daughter by Philip Pullman as well as three sets of differentiated comprehension questions for HAPs, MAPs and LAPs (LAPs version based only on one page of the text. Suitable for children throughout KS2, can be used as an activity for guided reading groups or as a whole class comprehension lesson. Depending on time and thoroughness, it may well take children two sessions to fully answer all of the questions. If you find this resource useful, please take a moment to leave a review - thanks!
Box It Up activity using warning story Elf Road by Pie Corbett
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Box It Up activity using warning story Elf Road by Pie Corbett

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This short warning story by Pie Corbett called Elf Road is brilliant as a box-it-up activity for identifying the themes within the story. As well as including the short story text (which is freely available on the internet) I have included a worksheet I made for children to 'box up' the story. One side is for writing the underlying generic patterns within the story (e.g. Main Character finds a magic portal and enters) while on the other side children have to identify the actual examples of this specific to the Elf Road story (e.g. Billy finds a wooden door in Elf Road and goes through.) These are differentiated on three levels so that HAPs have to fill in the entire grid on both sides (I suggest after modelling a few examples first), the MAPs have to identify some of the underlying patterns and some of the specific details, and LAPs only have to find the specific examples with all of the underlying patterns being provided. Also included is a blank grid and (scroll this down) the 'answers' to the whole grid for teacher reference. It also provides a super clear framework from which to progress to adding a third column on the right for 'new ideas' - i.e. children collectively or individually vary the story details to include their own ideas following the underlying theme (e.g. my lovely class decided that main character Daisy would fall into a sewage pipe and end up in a new world...). I taught this with Y3/4 but I think could also be useful with upper KS2.
The Door Fabulous poem by Miroslav Holub Illustrated PPT with differentiated comprehensions sheets
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The Door Fabulous poem by Miroslav Holub Illustrated PPT with differentiated comprehensions sheets

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The Door is an amazing poem by Miroslav Holub. It provides powerful imagery within a very simple form, also offering a first understanding of metaphor in a very accessible way (i.e. opening the door can be seen as taking opportunities). The bundle includes a Word copy of this poem, an attractively illustrated PowerPoint presentation of it that can be shown to the whole class to engage them with it (e.g. as lesson starter, RIC session, stimulus for discussion etc. Also, a set of comprehension questions about the poem using different RIC styles of questioning and differentiated to three levels. Could be used for guided reading, class reading sessions, independent activity or even philosophy PSHE session discussions. Can be an introduction to metaphor or to give a wider range of poetry or as a stimulus for children’s creative poetry writing - this poem really lends itself to emulation, allowing children of all abilities to produce effective results. Suitable for all of KS2 and possibly lower KS3. If you like this resource, I have other similar resources; please take a look if interested. Thank you.
Magic Box by Kit Wright Illustrated PPT presentation and differentiated comprehension activity
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Magic Box by Kit Wright Illustrated PPT presentation and differentiated comprehension activity

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An attractively illustrated PowerPoint presentation showing the fantastic poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright, easy to show to the class to read together for reading sessions, lesson starters, discussion etc. Also a Word doc of the poem and comprehension activities differentiated three ways for children to think more deeply about the text and consider the different RIC aspects. Good for a pre-writing poetry activity - the poem is great for inspiring children with their own ideas. Suitable for KS2 and KS3. Please see my other resources if interested. Thank you.
Firework Maker's Daughter Philip Pullman comprehension Ch.1 differentiated 3 ways
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Firework Maker's Daughter Philip Pullman comprehension Ch.1 differentiated 3 ways

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A complete resource for a full reading session based around the excellent book by Philip Pullman: The Firework Maker's Daughter. Contains the full text of Chapter One, as well as a shortened version for SEN, and a range of questions differentiated on three different levels (2 based on the full text and 1 set relating to the shortened version). Could be used throughout KS2. I spend a lot of time and effort making these resources, so if you are pleased with it, please give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
Create a character planning sheets and Teacher examples
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Create a character planning sheets and Teacher examples

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In the build-up to writing stories it's useful to give children practise in writing character descriptions. These handy planning sheets (one with more structured prompts on and one more basic for HAPs) can help children to create their own image of a character to describe. The Teacher example and cheat sheet help to demonstrate how notes can be made and turned into a fuller description of a character.
Performance poetry unit of work -  Plans and complete resources
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Performance poetry unit of work - Plans and complete resources

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This is a short unit of work on performance poetry including two weeks' plans (this includes a cold and hot performance and Friday sessions have a reading focus linked to the unit, i.e. poetry comprehension). This massive bundle includes a large number of poems that are brilliant for children of different abilities to perform. Both modern and classic poets are included and are credited. Worth buying the bundle just for this collection alone! This unit represents a lot of time and effort on my part. If you think they are of high quality then please leave me a 5-star rating. Thank you!
The Creakers Tom Fletcher Chapter 1 text, questions and activities
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The Creakers Tom Fletcher Chapter 1 text, questions and activities

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Included is the full text of Chapter One of The Creakers by Tom Fletcher, a set of comprehension questions to go with it, a set of extension questions for deeper study/more able, and a set of suggested activities based on the text. Also contains the full text of the prologue and questions for discussion/indep activity based on the prologue. Can be used with Key Stage 2 or 3, suitable for guided reading focus groups or independent activities, as well as whole class sessions. Enough material for several sessions. If you find this resource useful, please spare a moment to leave feedback - thanks!
Poetry using simile and metaphor - 1 week lesson plans & resources inc poems, ppt and formats
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Poetry using simile and metaphor - 1 week lesson plans & resources inc poems, ppt and formats

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A bundle of resources for teaching a short unit on poetry using similes and metaphors. There is a one-week plan although to be honest you could easily stretch it to two weeks as the children always produce good work with these poems. Pack includes 1 week lesson plan, PPT presentation on similes, various classic and modern poems that include similes and/or metaphors and a few format sheets for scaffolding children's poems. Also includes RIC reading questions linked to another metaphor poem for whole-class reading session.
Macavity The Mystery Cat Classic Poetry TS Eliot Illustrated PowerPoint for class reading/discussion
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Macavity The Mystery Cat Classic Poetry TS Eliot Illustrated PowerPoint for class reading/discussion

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An illustrated PowerPoint presentation of the classic TS Eliot poem Macavity: The Mystery Cat to show as a presentation lesson starter e.g. for RIC reading sessions, comprehension and discussion etc. Nice and clear to read together as a class, appealing illustrations to engage children. Please note that I have also created a differentiated set of comprehension questions for Upper KS2 and KS3 children; please take a look if interested. Thank you.
What is the genre? PPT presentation for lesson intro
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What is the genre? PPT presentation for lesson intro

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A Ppt presentation to start a lesson to teach children to identify different genres of writing. A very similar story is told in several versions including adventure, horror, instructional, diary, letter... The first give children the idea of what kind of 'clues' to look out for, e.g. personal pronouns, repetition, simple or informal style, etc., while the rest can be used for children to work through together and discuss. Finally children are given a short and simple activity to reinforce their understanding of the different genres shown.
Set of 5 RIC whole class reading sessions, stimuli include Jumanji PPT, info poster, poem, videos.
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Set of 5 RIC whole class reading sessions, stimuli include Jumanji PPT, info poster, poem, videos.

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This is a set of 5 stimuli and questions to be used for whole class reading sessions. We use RIC - ie retrieve, interpret and choice, so the questions include a range of these different styles. Different stimuli include an information poster, the complete adventure story of Jumanji on PPT, two short animated stories on YouTube and a poem by Pie Corbett. Can be used throughout KS2; sessions would last approx 30 mins. If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star rating. Thank you!
Collection of 8 RIC reading sessions with a variety of stimuli
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Collection of 8 RIC reading sessions with a variety of stimuli

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A collection of 8 RIC reading activities designed for use with the whole class, but could be used with a group. Each slide uses a different stimulus, including photograph, illustration, poster, song, video, and includes questions for each of the elements of RIC; retrieve/interpret/choice. Intended to be thought-provoking and to stimulate discussion, facilitated by the teacher. For KS2 but could also be used with lower KS3. Includes questions based around two Pixar short films, a page from the Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Chris van Allsburg), a poster on Internet safety, a photograph on flooding in San Jose, Something Inside So Strong by Labi Siffre, Please Mrs Butler poem by Allan Ahlberg, and a thought-provoking Facebook illustration by Pawel Kuczynski. I hope you find these RIC resources both enjoyable and time-saving. If so, please spare a few seconds to leave me a positive review. Thank you!
Maths Calculations Policy PPT for presentation to parents etc Y1-6; four operations
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Maths Calculations Policy PPT for presentation to parents etc Y1-6; four operations

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This is a powerpoint version of our school calculation policy for Maths. It goes through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division giving an overview of the development of recording methods from Y1 upto Y6 for each one, with examples shown. Includes mark making, number lines, multiplication grids and formal methods. This was used for a presentation to parents in a calculations workshop and was very well received. Obviously it would need tweaking to reflect your specific calculations policy but it might save a lot of time compared to starting from scratch. If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
Bundle of fun mental maths investigations to stretch and challenge!
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Bundle of fun mental maths investigations to stretch and challenge!

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Collection of 17 documents containing many ideas for mental maths investigations which may look simple at first glance but which will actually involve some deep thinking from even the brightest sparks in KS2! Great for lesson starters, homework challenges or extension tasks; also excellent for modelling strategies e.g. logical thinking and systematic recording approaches. Can easily be further adapted or extended i.e. ask children to devise similar styles of question!