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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!

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!
Box It Up activity using warning story Elf Road by Pie Corbett
lyndacatherine

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.
Two Sides To Every Story - class assembly playscript - traditional tales
lyndacatherine

Two Sides To Every Story - class assembly playscript - traditional tales

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A humorous and fully editable class assembly play script illustrating that there really are two sides to every story. Drama sketches include new insights into the most well-known traditional tales - Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff etc., and how these can be viewed from a different perspective. Good opportunities for drama. Written for a Y5 class but can be adapted. Fun to perform and got a fabulous reception from the audience!
50 fun and fabulous Maths starters, range of areas, differentiation built in, no resources required!
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50 fun and fabulous Maths starters, range of areas, differentiation built in, no resources required!

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This is a fantastic collection of 50 Maths activities that can be used as lesson starters, plenaries or fun one-off activities. Many could be extended as the basis for a full lesson, and most could be revisited as they are or adapted with very little effort to provide new challenges. This means a huge number of your Maths starters throughout the year are already taken care of! I have been a maths coordinator for several years and have a passion for finding/collecting/inventing easily implemented maths activities that really extend children's understanding. Challenges include number, length, weight, time, shape and many problem-solving tasks. Each slide includes notes for the teacher; these may explain the task, provide an answer to more challenging problems, or suggest easy ways to reduce or extend the level of challenge to suit more/less able mathematicians. With the slides you are good to go; although many of them could be further developed by using resources such as coins, dice etc., they are ready to use as they are with only whiteboards or jotters being needed for the children to write down answers on. This is a collection of quality resources that have taken me literally years to collect and days to put together here in this format. If you like it, please take the time to give me a 5-star review. Thank you!
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!
CODED X TABLES 4,5,6 and 9 times tables in algebraic codes to crack! Times tables fun.
lyndacatherine

CODED X TABLES 4,5,6 and 9 times tables in algebraic codes to crack! Times tables fun.

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Great activity for upper Key Stage 2 (or more able Y3/4) as a fun way to deepen knowledge of x tables. Includes coded versions of four of the multiplication tables (4,5,6 and 9x). Children have to use their knowledge of all of the times tables to crack the code! [Examples of 'clues' to look for: e.g. 5x table - last digit always ends in one of two letters - i.e. 0 or 5. Always look for answers that remain the same as the question - must be multiplying by 1. Check for one or two digits in the answers as a clue to what the x table might be. Identify zero by finding 10 x ? = ?0. Etc.] Solutions provided. If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
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!
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!
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.
Improving story writing by using connectives
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Improving story writing by using connectives

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A starter presentation on why connectives are useful for improving creative writing. Begins by showing a boring story passage with lots of repetition of openers and too many 'and's. Goes through ways of improving writing by adding different types of connectives. Finishes by improving the passage and comparing to the original.
Times table assessment - Includes both x and ÷ for 6,7,8,9,11 and 12 and answers
lyndacatherine

Times table assessment - Includes both x and ÷ for 6,7,8,9,11 and 12 and answers

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A 6-page assessment document for use with KS2 to assess knowledge of times tables x6, x7, x8, x9, x11 and x12 as well as the related division facts. Pages include: 1) a grid of times tables questions (in columns per x table but in random order down the column) for children to complete; 2) answers to that; 3) a grid of division questions for each of the above x tables (also in columns for each times table but in random order down the column); 4) answers to that; 5) a blank grid with question numbers and column headings in case you want to call out the x tables questions orally for children to write the answer; 6) a blank division facts grid for the same purpose.
Football match report with differentiated reading activity - speech marks
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Football match report with differentiated reading activity - speech marks

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This contains an actual football match report (Man City v. Huddersfield 26/11/17) adapted from the BBC website and differentiated into 3 ability levels. Although the match report can be used for a variety of purposes, I had a reading focus and the activity is connected to direct speech (which we have been studying along with our recounts, hence the reports). So the children need to find and separate all of the direct quotes from the two managers Wagner and Guardiola to rewrite them in the form of a speech bubble for each.
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!
Stephen Hawking comprehension lesson differentiated KS2
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Stephen Hawking comprehension lesson differentiated KS2

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This is intended for a lower KS2 reading session but could also be used with upper KS2. It includes a jpg starter activity about Prof Stephen Hawking as a stimulus, and three differentiated texts about Stephen Hawking to read, including differentiated questions and a lesson plan.
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.
Worksheet for solving division word problems where the remainder needs dealing with
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Worksheet for solving division word problems where the remainder needs dealing with

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Suitable for Y5/6, these three differentiated worksheets (complete with answers) give children opportunity to practise solving division word problems in real-life contexts where they then have to think about how to deal with the remainder - i.e. does it need rounding up? Rounding down? Can we have 2/3 of a child or 1/2 a tent? Etc. Great for getting children to remember that maths isn't just about sums and numbers. If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star review. Thank you!