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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!
The Iron Man Comprehension Pack
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The Iron Man Comprehension Pack

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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.
Apostrophes for omission, possession and plural possession
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Apostrophes for omission, possession and plural possession

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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!
Volcano Poem Planning lesson
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Volcano Poem Planning lesson

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

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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).
Using commas to clarify the meaning of sentences
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Using commas to clarify the meaning of sentences

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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.
British Museum Work Book - Ancient Egyptians & Ancient Greeks
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British Museum Work Book - Ancient Egyptians & Ancient Greeks

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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!
Triangles - a presentation and 2 activities related to triangles suitable for KS2
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Triangles - a presentation and 2 activities related to triangles suitable for KS2

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Great interactive Powerpoint which gives the properties of the different types of triangle. Publisher document with a starter activity or investigation to find the different triangles in a line drawing - this could be extended to look at the different types of triangles. (3 on a sheet for easy printing) Work sheet (Word so easily edited) asking children to apply knowledge from the presentation and find the different types of triangle - could be used as homework.
House point and sanction charts - editable but look great
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House point and sanction charts - editable but look great

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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.
Story to play script writing activity
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Story to play script writing activity

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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.
Direct Speech (inverted Commas) Notebook and Activity sheets
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Direct Speech (inverted Commas) Notebook and Activity sheets

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

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

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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.
Historical Story Writing Pack - Visual Literacy - Free Film (5mins) linked KS2
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Historical Story Writing Pack - Visual Literacy - Free Film (5mins) linked KS2

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The Pyramid is a short animation set in 1920's Egypt. A man and a camel make an amazing discovery. I used this with Year 4 but easily appropriate for any year group in KS2 with appropriate focus and emphasis. I did it as a 3 week unit with some other skills activities. It could easily be condensed into 2 or even 1 week if you wanted to. The film has no speech so it is great as a writing task. Pack includes a SMART Notebook file with all the pictures and activities on (includes the hyperlink to the film website). A storyboard picture sorting activity. Paragraph by paragraph worksheets if you want to use them but you could also just print key pictures. Assessment thermometer - I use this as we use a cold/hot write system. A booklet for children to write the story up in and an example which is on the SMART Notebook and in a booklet which can be used as a 'What A Good One Looks Like'. Most files are on publisher so easily editable and manoeuvrable. I really enjoyed this unit and we produced some of the best writing I have seen from Year 4's. You will obviously need to add your own content for SPAG and other areas of focus specific to your class/individuals.
Adding Lists of consecutive numbers - mini investigation
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Adding Lists of consecutive numbers - mini investigation

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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.
Early Algebra task - spotting patterns and generalising
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Early Algebra task - spotting patterns and generalising

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A resource that I used for an interview in Y6 but it could be used for younger children with a bit more time. It asks children to spot a pattern related to the number of planks of wood needed to build a fence. They are then required to generalise about this pattern and apply it to find higher values. Finally they have to find the cost of a fence. It could also work well as a follow up to perimeter work. L.O: Identify, continue and describe number sequences *I can identify a number sequence and find the next value **I can generalise about a number sequence and use this to find higher values ***I can express a number sequence algebraically EXT: I can solve a problem using an algebraic expression Includes: --Smart Notebook with all the information on, an extension task and some of the answers towards the end --Publisher (easy to edit) worksheet with three tasks which build on each other and will show progress if the children follow them through. I hope this is helpful, it would be great to hear feedback, thanks.
Shape problem - recording findings in a systematic way to solve a problem
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Shape problem - recording findings in a systematic way to solve a problem

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L.O: Record findings in a systematic way in order to solve a mathematical problem. *I can identify 2 identical shapes which make up a square. **I can identify all possible combinations of identical shapes that make a square. ***I can check that I have found all possibilities through systematic recording. This is a good activity for developing problem solving skills, based on something called 4x4 where you have a 4x4 grid of equal squares, 8 of each colour. Then you need to work out the different possibilities of organising the squares within the grid into 2 identical shapes. Includes: Smart Notebook with a starter activity, task setting, interactive practice grids, extension, solutions and some key questions Publisher starter activity Publisher worksheet, first page for recording the main activity, 2nd page for the extension. I hope this is useful, let me know in the feedback, thanks.
Multiplying by 10 and 100 structured worksheet with scaffolding at first.
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Multiplying by 10 and 100 structured worksheet with scaffolding at first.

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I can consistently x by 10 and 100 Worksheet starts with numbers in a place value grid to assist children with multiplying by 10 and 100. Moves on to a list of questions but children can still look at the grid for help. Questions become progressively harder, including 0 and up to 3 digit numbers (but no decimals yet). Suitable for Year 2, 3 or 4. I have used as an independent revision activity for children who couldn't multiply by 10 or 100 in my AfL at the start of the lesson. Publisher so easy editing, 2 per sheet so easy printing
Adding lists of numbers mini investigation - looking for patterns and making predictions
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Adding lists of numbers mini investigation - looking for patterns and making predictions

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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 A simple mini investigation which you could use for a mastery activity for an addition session. I have used with Year 4 but this could be used across KS2 and even with KS1 if adult support was available. Asks children to add lists of 4 consecutive numbers, look for a pattern, make a prediction and then test the prediction. Then moves on to test this pattern with consecutive multiples of 10. Publisher so easy editing, 2 per sheet so easy printing.
Simile poem activity for instant display.  Perfect for first week in September.
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Simile poem activity for instant display. Perfect for first week in September.

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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