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Call me insane, but one thing I have always loved about teaching is designing and creating my own resources. I believe that the quality and attractiveness of the resources we use in the classroom have the ability to either deter or intrigue curious learners. There's over 10 years teaching experience embedded into all of my resources, and over the years I feel I have got a knack for what works and what doesn't. Explore my range of resources in my shop and be sure to let me know how you get on!

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Call me insane, but one thing I have always loved about teaching is designing and creating my own resources. I believe that the quality and attractiveness of the resources we use in the classroom have the ability to either deter or intrigue curious learners. There's over 10 years teaching experience embedded into all of my resources, and over the years I feel I have got a knack for what works and what doesn't. Explore my range of resources in my shop and be sure to let me know how you get on!
About Me: Get to Know Your Students (Worksheet)
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About Me: Get to Know Your Students (Worksheet)

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The start of the new academic year isn’t far away! Use this worksheet to give to your class on the first day and term to get to know who they are, there likes and dislikes. Research shows that students have a higher chance of success if lessons are personalized to their likes and dislikes. Getting to know your students is essential in developing a strong student-teacher rapport. Find more awesome resources for all the key stages and lots of FREE printables at www.theponderbox.com !
Theme
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Theme

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Teach your students about theme with this quick and easy Powerpoint and worksheet to go with it. Suitable for ks3 and lower ability.
Sensory Imagery in Holes KS3
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Sensory Imagery in Holes KS3

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KS2/KS3/SEND/Intervention English Resources Holes by Lois Sachar Resource Support your students in being able to identify various linguistic devices by exploring the use of sensory imagery in the novel Holes by Louis Sacher. Students can use this worksheet to identify sentences or phrases throughout the book and record them according to the sense that has been used. This is a great way to get students engaged with their own writing and understanding how they can make it more descriptive. Find more awesome Holes resources at www.theponderbox.com for all the key stages!
Women's Rights Day Lesson
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Women's Rights Day Lesson

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Celebrate Women’s Rights Day (8th March) by teaching your students about Women’s Rights. Contained in this powerpoint are key facts surrounding the current climate of Women’s Rights and why they’re important. Enjoy!
Literary Terms GCSE / A-Level Literature
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Literary Terms GCSE / A-Level Literature

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Literary Terms for iGCSE / GCSE / A-Level English Literature This PDF contains the most basic to advanced literary terms for students to use when responded to literary texts. Encourage students to use several new words / phrases from the list each time they write about / discuss a literary text. The PDF includes key literary terms, definitions and examples of their usage.
Online Learning Information for Parents
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Online Learning Information for Parents

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Online Learning Information for Parents This Powerpoint Presentation allows schools to share clear instructions and information regarding the move to online learning for both parents and students. If you are a school wondering how you can move to online learning, the presentation outlines what platforms you can use and how your school can move to online learning successfully.
International Week (IB/IMYC)
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International Week (IB/IMYC)

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Celebrate the world’s diverse beauty with this resource designed for teaching your students about International Week. Take your students on a trip through a different continent each day, ending on one special country on the last. This resource includes a detailed Powerpoint containing two lessons per day, combining taught content on social studies, the arts and global mindedness. Accompanied with the Powerpoint are a whole host of reosurces to use along side them. This is a minimal prep resource, all you have to do is print off the handouts to go with the lessons and you’re ready to go!
PSHE - Growth Mindeset Lesson
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PSHE - Growth Mindeset Lesson

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Teach your students about growth-mindset, what it is and why it’s important to work on developing a growth mind-set. By the end of this lesson, you’re students will know: What growth mind-set is The habits of people with a growth / fixed mindset Ideas on how to transform from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set Enjoy this 55 minute fully prepared PSHE lesson including group, individual and home learning activities!
What is the MoMo Challenge? IT Lesson (Understanding Fake News)
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What is the MoMo Challenge? IT Lesson (Understanding Fake News)

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If you’re a teacher, it’s likely that you will have heard your students talking about the MoMo Challenge with their peers or even asking you questions about the challenge. As parents and teachers we want to ensure that our students know how to stay safe online, and a huge part of staying safe is understanding how to identify fake news (like the MoMo challenge) from real news and how to act responsibly when we encounter content that can encourage harmful behaviour. This Powerpoint aims to highlight where the MoMo challenge came from, how it spread throughout the internet and reasons behind the attention it has received. The lesson aims to highlight how negative news attracts more attention than positive news, how images such as the Japanese sculpture are used as “click bait” to attract more clicks on websites to earn more money, and so on. This lesson has been designed to be completed in an IT lab where students have access to the internet in order to complete research tasks and the poster task at the end.
Holes - Lesson 1 (Inference and Predictions)
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Holes - Lesson 1 (Inference and Predictions)

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Introduce the book Holes by Louis Sachar to your pupils through an in depth cover analysis lesson. Students will explore what they think the book is about before even opening the first page. This resource includes a full, interactive Powerpoint for a full 60 minute lesson, plus 2 handouts that go with the lesson. This resource is all you need to get your students making inferences before you start reading. Enjoy! Skill development: inference / predictions Stretch and challenge: Making metaphors, writing to explain and compare and contrasting skills This resource is ideal for Key Stage 3
KS4 GCSE/iGCSE ENGLISH CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
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KS4 GCSE/iGCSE ENGLISH CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Novel Study This resource has been designed as the first in a series of novel study lessons for an iGCSE English class but can be easily adapted to GCSE. Simply replace the learning objectives to ones that apply! Ideal for Key Stage 4, ESL learners and struggling readers! This lesson includes the following resources: A Powerpoint presentation (full lesson activities) A student reading log (PDF and word doc) 4 Cover Analysis Handouts (PDFs and word docs) 1 KWLS worksheet (PDF and word doc) This lesson includes the following activities: Starter & Exit Tasks to evaluate learning (pre-assessment and post-assessment) KWLS to establish what students already know Inference and prediction tasks based on cover analysis - teaching students to identify FACTS! Thank you for purchasing this resource! Let me know how you got on in the feedback! For more resources like these, visit www.theponderbox.com
KS3 History of the English Language Y7/Y8 English / Social Studies / History
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KS3 History of the English Language Y7/Y8 English / Social Studies / History

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The History of the English Language Allow your students to gain an understanding of the origins of the English language and develop an understanding how the language has changed over time. In this lesson, students will complete a student led information scavenger hunt through the use of learning stages in order to find key facts relating to the development of the English language from the Anglos to modern day English. Student led activity excellent for kineasthetic learners This resource includes A Google slide (full lesson) A blank timeline document for students to fill in (PDF and Doc) The History of the English Language Document (5 pages) to place in your learning stations Let me know how you get on with this resource in the feedback section! Thank you for purchasing this resource!
What is FGM?
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What is FGM?

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With over 200 million women and young girls affected by FGM worldwide, learning about FGM is now more important than ever. This lesson has been especially designed for year 7+ students to learn all about what FGM is, reasons as to why it’s practiced and the effects left on girls after experiencing the traumatic event. dyslexic friendly resource with dyslexic friendly font and background whole PSHE lesson
Holes - KS3 How Does Stanley Feel? Mind Map
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Holes - KS3 How Does Stanley Feel? Mind Map

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Use this mind map early on in the book to get students to think about how Stanley feels about certain people and situations. This will encourage students to develop a strong understanding of who Stanley is and how he's being described by the narrator. This worksheet can be used as an independent exercise or as part of a group activity.