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All sorts of things that might be helpful to a KS2 teacher. Hopefully, giving you time 4 a life away from teaching!

All sorts of things that might be helpful to a KS2 teacher. Hopefully, giving you time 4 a life away from teaching!
Journey to Jo'burg Reading Comprehension (after chapter 7 - Mma)

Journey to Jo'burg Reading Comprehension (after chapter 7 - Mma)

Comprehension questions based on this excellent story which I read to my Year 4 children. It raised a lot of questions, as a good book should. This checked their understanding of the book so far and extended the more able, asking them to think about what is happening in the story. Word format for easy editing to your school style or for copying into another format.
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Presentation Guide for Books

Presentation Guide for Books

Start the year as you mean to go on by getting your class to stick this presentation guide into their books. 2 copies on an A4 sheet so it should fit in most books and it is easy to print. Publisher so easily editable to fit your needs. This should save you some time over the summer!
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Set up your classroom

Set up your classroom

Save time this summer with these 3 resources to help you set up your classroom. Space Shuttle themed name labels Presentation guide for books House Point and sanction charts
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Division - chunking method with scaffolding steps

Division - chunking method with scaffolding steps

Division beyond x tables and moving into more formal methods of recording. This sheet gives clear steps to guide children through the stages whilst giving them an understanding of the process - not just following a method blindly. I have used this sheet with a number of Y4 classes, particularly as a follow up for children who did not grasp the concept of division of larger numbers first time.
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Apostrophes for omission, possession and plural possession

Apostrophes for omission, possession and plural possession

A lesson I have put together for my Year 4 class (but could be used across KS2) for apostrophes. Includes: - Smart Notebook with an AfL task for the start of the lesson and brief input/revision for each of the 3 types of apostrophe. It also has copies of each part of the task and the answers. - Word document (for easy editing) with a main task which involves placing the missing apostrophes in a piece of text (also good as an editing task). Children are then asked to sort the words with apostrophes into a table to show omission, possession or plural possession. Finally there is a short extension/application task to continue the story. - A separate Word document with the answers to the main task and the sorting table. Lower ability children might just look for the apostrophes for omission at first then following some input look for the possessive apostrophes. Children who know one sort of apostrophe (omission) could just get the input on possessive apostrophes and then complete the task. Children who are able to complete the AfL task without any help would go straight onto the task and look to complete the application/extension - without support this will challenge them. Hope you like it!
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Volcano Poem Planning lesson

Volcano Poem Planning lesson

As part of our Y4 topic on natural disasters we looked at poetry and this was particularly looking at figurative language. This pack includes: Smart Notebook on the lesson including a starter, AfL activity, input for main activity then a page you might use on following day related to the other resources. Volcano worksheet (Publisher) with 2 versions, the harder version extends to personification. Worksheet based on a poem 'City Jungle' which asks the children to look for the key features using my thermometer system. Copies of the thermometer - I use this for self and peer assessment to see which of the features they have included in their work. (Thermometer is used as we go from cold to hot write). I used the main lesson for an observation which went well and the work was great quality.
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Using commas to clarify the meaning of sentences

Using commas to clarify the meaning of sentences

This pack includes a SMART Notebook file with big picture, objective and some input activities. Tasks include: A short starter task which I used as AfL A task aimed at identifying sentences with mistakes and adding commas to correct A task where children are trying to put commas in different places so the same sentence has 2 meanings. There is also an extension which asks the children to create sentences of their own with 2 meanings. Answers for the main 2 sheets are included, answers for the short task are on the Notebook. I used this with middle to more able Year 5's and the second part was a challenge.
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The Iron Man Comprehension Pack

The Iron Man Comprehension Pack

Aimed at upper KS2 this pack includes: full text for easy printing, chapter question sheet for 4 chapters, a powerful verb activity sheet, a prediction sheet and a SMART Notebook with some of these activities and a few others. A great starting point for a book study. As this is a 5 chapter book you could do an intensive study over a week. All files are Word for easy editing (LO/WALT can be changed to suit your school preference). This could also easily be edited into a homework revision pack.
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Worded Problems using multiplication and division with Red Herrings - Year 4 or 5

Worded Problems using multiplication and division with Red Herrings - Year 4 or 5

L.O: To use x and ÷ to solve worded problems *I can select the important information in a question **I can select the correct calculation ***I can apply multiplication and division skills Word Document with 9 worded problems which get progressively harder and all have 'red herring' information. Also includes answers for teacher or self checking stations. Smart Notebook with an example question for AfL, task setting slide and solutions to the example question. Perfect lesson to apply multiplication and division skills in the summer term.
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Story to play script writing activity

Story to play script writing activity

L.O: Convert a story into a play script *I can write speech in a script format **I can add stage directions using brackets ***I can use words from the story to create stage directions. A simple activity but one I couldn't find anywhere to download. Goes through the key features of writing a play script using a short narrative as a starting point. Includes: Activity sheet with 2 versions ( main and differentiated for lower ability to write in a template) on Word for easy editing. SMART Notebook presentation with AfL, video toolkit link, outline of the activity, large copy of the text to work on and a possible outcome example. I used this with year 4 but I think it could very easily be adapted for Year 4 - 6.
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Diversity Assembly - Interactive and thought provoking, perfect for an interview

Diversity Assembly - Interactive and thought provoking, perfect for an interview

Powerpoint Assembly looking at the difficult topic of diversity. This has 8 slides which have clicked entry for key pictures and statements. All slides have notes for ideas on how to present the assembly. Asks the children to think about what would happen if the school felt that those with a certain eye colour were better than everyone else. It uses 'evidence' to back this up. Then goes onto look at how real world examples of segregation have taken place in the past. Finally, it focuses on what diversity means and what the benefits of it are. I have used this as an observed assembly for KS2 with excellent feedback. Whilst it is a serious subject, the presentation is quite interactive and you can add quite a lot of humour if you are confident. Suitable for KS2 or KS3 (could be KS1 with a little bit of thought).
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Year 4 Maths Objective - Counting on and back in multiples

Year 4 Maths Objective - Counting on and back in multiples

Directly linked to the Year 4 Maths Objective. 3 Differentiated and progressive levels. L.O: To count on and back in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000 *I can count on using x tables to help **I can count on and back below 100 ***I can count on and back from any number Includes, 3 worksheets linked to the stars above (word so easily adapted), answers, Smart Notebook with a link to a YouTube video toolkit.
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Division from Inverse to chunking - 2 or 3 days worth of lessons Year 4 or 5

Division from Inverse to chunking - 2 or 3 days worth of lessons Year 4 or 5

A clearly structured set of resources to guide through from division as the inverse to chunking with remainders. Set up as 2 lessons but enough work for 3 and could easily be extended to 4 with the addition of some worded problems. Includes: SMART notebook covering both days (includes links to my YouTube video toolkits) Powerpoint model for division using a times able grid. 2 days worth of questions split into 3 stages with answers on the second page. These are in word format for easy editing. Publisher document with a visual grouping activity for lower ability children, these should be completed with adult support. My Year 4 class made great progress with these resources, I hope yours do to!
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British Museum Work Book - Ancient Egyptians & Ancient Greeks

British Museum Work Book - Ancient Egyptians & Ancient Greeks

A booklet I created for a Year 3/4 school trip. It includes a plan of the first and second floor. There are 3 sections, Ancient Egyptian Mummies, Ancient Egyptian Statues & Ancient Greeks. Each section has a list of rooms to visit and a double page of pictures which the children need to find. With each picture is an associated question. There are also a couple of sketching pages and a fact page. This is in publisher so you can edit/personalise and it prints as an A5 booklet, 3 double sided pieces of paper per booklet. It is Black & White to reduce printing costs. We found this a really useful starting point, forcing children to slow down and look. Whilst they did this they found lots of other things as well!
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Poetry Comprehension activities - good for guided reading groups.

Poetry Comprehension activities - good for guided reading groups.

The main sheet contains the text to the TS Elliot poem Macavity (used in the musical Cats) and has some comprehension questions with it. The second sheet is a wanted poster which requires the child to use knowledge about the cat gained from the poem in the poster. Great poem and time saving resources - probably best for Y4 - Y6
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Direct Speech (inverted Commas) Notebook and Activity sheets

Direct Speech (inverted Commas) Notebook and Activity sheets

Lesson pack for Direct Speech L.O: To correctly punctuate direct speech *I can use inverted commas around the words spoken **I can use all the rules for punctuating speech ***I can apply the punctuation of direct speech in my own writing Contains: --Smart Notebook with AfL (Recap) task, input for all 3 levels and answers for each task. --AfL (Recap) task which can be printed for children to complete quickly --Task Word document (easy editing) with tasks for all 3 levels and mini tasks for the checkpoints/inputs. This worked really well with my Year 4 class who had input on speech earlier in the year. Hope it works for you - it would be great to hear feedback, thanks.
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BFG Newspaper Article

BFG Newspaper Article

My class wrote a newspaper article about the BFG but with a twist. We imagined that she managed to escape as The BFG ran out of the village. She did this by jumping from her blanket into the duck pond. We held a news conference (prompt sheet for role play included) which we filmed to aid the note taking process. We then planned and drafted the article following my model (part of the notebook). Finally, we edited and redrafted a final version. Files include: Smart Notebook with Learning Objectives and differentiated success criteria. It also has an example which can be shared, edited and improved. News conference notes for role play activity and reporter note taking sheet. Planning sheet. Write up sheet with a Lower ability version. Publisher and image version of my skills thermometer which we use to move writing from cold to hot during the editing process.
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Adding Lists of consecutive numbers - mini investigation

Adding Lists of consecutive numbers - mini investigation

L.O: Add a list of numbers mentally *Add a list of 4 single digit numbers **Add a list of 4 multiples of 10 or 100 ***Use addition patterns to make predictions Publisher so easily editable. Add a list of 4 consecutive numbers, look for patterns and apply. Moves on to adding 4 consecutive multiples of 10. Easily extended to 5 numbers and make predictions about the pattern. Could be used across KS2 with the right input.
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Simile poem activity for instant display.  Perfect for first week in September.

Simile poem activity for instant display. Perfect for first week in September.

L.O: Use simile in a poem *Write original similes about yourself **Write a poem following the style of the original ***Write a poem keeping the patterns of the original This activity is based on the poem 'The Writer of This Poem' by Roger McGough. It works through the process of what a simile is, how to create them, looking for patterns in the poem, writing a version of their own and then writing it up in best. The pack includes: Smart Notebook with learning objectives and 3 levels of success criteria, as above, and some teaching activities based on the poem and similes. Word - template for the children to draft their own version of the poem on just focusing on the similes - 2 levels (2 or 3 verses) Word - line guide to aid the children in setting out their poem when writing up in best for display. Publisher - Easily printable copies of the original poem for reading and annotation. Publisher - 1m long banner for display Publisher - display labels with the original poem and the learning objective Everything you need, I did this with Year 3/4 over 2 lessons. Be great to hear feedback, thanks
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House point and sanction charts - editable but look great

House point and sanction charts - editable but look great

The main resource is a really smart looking house point chart (Publisher) with 4 colour teams and a space for you to add team names if required. You could also change the title to personalise it to your class but it is a real time saver as it already looks great. Print on A3 and laminate for a wipe clean house point record. Also, I have included a matching sanction chart (Publisher), this is quite specific to my school as we use '3 rights' and 'sides of the triangle' but the styling etc are the same as the house point chart so I thought I would add it in. You could easily adapt it to a traffic light system. Again, print on A3 and laminate so you can make sure each day starts with a clean slate.
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