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'Your one stop shop for ENGAGING, AUTHENTIC ideas to keep your students busy, and schools wanting you to come back. Resources that are easy to use with links to some amazing websites and a host of free resources.' Teaching is one of the most creative jobs I know, even after 30 years of teaching I realise that every day is different. You may be teaching the same subjects and grades, but it's children that make teaching both the challenging and rewarding profession that I have known. Creating

'Your one stop shop for ENGAGING, AUTHENTIC ideas to keep your students busy, and schools wanting you to come back. Resources that are easy to use with links to some amazing websites and a host of free resources.' Teaching is one of the most creative jobs I know, even after 30 years of teaching I realise that every day is different. You may be teaching the same subjects and grades, but it's children that make teaching both the challenging and rewarding profession that I have known. Creating
Christmas Mandalas - Maths meets Art (Symmetry and Concentric Circles)
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Christmas Mandalas - Maths meets Art (Symmetry and Concentric Circles)

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This resource will be a winner over the Festive Season, I have used Mandalas and Geometry hand in hand with great success over the years. Experiment with shapes and mirrors and explore how a kaleidoscope actually works. I have included some fantastic links in this resource that will show you how to create a Mandala, how to divide your shape into concentric circles using a compass. The YouTube videos included will show your students how to create some exciting Mandalas of their own. This resource is designed to link mathematics, art and the theme of celebrations together in one neat activity. Discuss with your students the definition of symmetry and find examples of it in the classroom, every day life and in historical mosaics and art pieces. Concentric circles and geometry can be discussed within this activity, and students encouraged to use a compass to draw circles. This YouTube video may also be useful as a lead up activity or another lesson based on concentric circles You will receive a 70 page PDF which includes 53 pages of images and 2 sheets of colored shapes that you can print of and laminate for use with mirrors to explore symmetry. Exciting stuff!!!!
Animal Themed Cross Curricular Unit Year 2
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Animal Themed Cross Curricular Unit Year 2

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This resource booklet is a time saver for all primary teachers. Within the book are links and activities which will help keep a year 2 class busy for a week or more. There are links to units of work, videos, interactive games, fantastic apps and printable activities. Based around the theme of Animals, children will have opportunities to engage in some wonderful activities based on 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. All resources and sites that have been selected are free, or through subscription (with no fee) To get maximum benefit from this eBook you will need to really explore the links and contents to adapt and modify to the children you will be working with. The suggested timetable is linked to hundreds of ideas for CAPA and PDHPE. This booklet will save you hours of searching the internet for quality resources Comes with a free classroom management booklet
WRITING PROMPT Ideas -FREE
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WRITING PROMPT Ideas -FREE

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Use these quick writing starters to get the brain ticking over. These are best used as a timed activity with students given a short amount of time 10-15 minutes to work on their writing. No worrying about spelling, the focus of these tasks is to get the ideas flowing and down onto paper. Group sharing of ideas is an important and integral part of this process. Students may be encouraged to work further on one of these ideas. Use the dice template for a different variation of characters settings and problems with a multitude of combinations. Best printed on heavy card stock or laminated for durability.
GRAPHIC ORGANISERS Bundle- FREE
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GRAPHIC ORGANISERS Bundle- FREE

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A small sample of some of the great graphic organiser which are just a small part of the larger collection of printable resources in my 'Ultimate Relief teaching Survival Kit' Print these off to use to plan, summarise, brainstorm or use on the IWB with the smart ink tools to help work collaboratively with the students, so that they get the idea to fill in their own worksheets. Space has been left for you to fill in your own topic for each worksheet. The original book has over 570 pages, an incredibly thorough resource for any Substitute or relieving teacher. Enjoy this free version and I hope that they are a welcome addition to your teaching kit.
Dot Pattern Cards with Emoji Transitions - Subitising Extension
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Dot Pattern Cards with Emoji Transitions - Subitising Extension

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How to use this resource Subitising is the ability to recognise patterns of dots instantly without having to count them. This is integrated into the Early Mathematical framework as a basis for building further strategic thinking after the Emergent Stage. Counting by ones can often be a strategy that can be a hard one to shift with some learners. Ongoing exposure to these regular patterns can be useful to lead on to more complex strategies. The following cards are an extension of this basic concept, the students look for those patterns within a larger group in order to get a notion of combining groups of patterns in order to ‘see’ a larger number without having to count. The following video is an excellent example of how to open discussions with your students and encourage them to explain their mathematical thinking. Simply click onto this link, or the image to watch the presentation. You can ask your students to ‘draw’ an image of what they see, or simply discuss this in pairs, groups, or a teacher led discussion. (Counting by one is not encouraged with this activity). You will get both a powerpoint and PDF presentation 65 pages in each
Lateral Thinking Puzzles
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Lateral Thinking Puzzles

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Lateral Thinking Puzzles are a great way to start a lesson or use as a brain break. Have them on Interactive Whiteboard displayed as a classroom entry activity. Give the students 5 minutes to solve the riddle or puzzles before revealing the answers. Great discussion starters as many of these may have more than one answer or explanation. These can also be used for fast finishers as problem solving tasks. Students really enjoy the Optical illusions included in this pack. Included is 1 PDF which can be easily saved on any storage device. A great addition to any relief teacher's bag of tricks. Suitable for middle primary to lower secondary students. Answers included where necessary.
A Survival Kit for Supply and Relief Teachers
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A Survival Kit for Supply and Relief Teachers

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Now includes additional resources....Behaviour management booklet and Attention Getters. Since first compiling this resource in 2010, the classroom of the 21st Century has changed rapidly. Collaboration amongst teachers has also evolved, whether it be through Facebook, Blogging, Weeblies , Wiki spaces, Livebinder, Symbaloo, Twitter, Pinterest etc. There is so much on the internet now that at times it can become consuming and slightly overwhelming. I have included more website links and included a description of each website and what you will find there which is new. The activities remain the same. I have been building up my Pinterest Boards, so have included links to them within the book. Hope that you enjoy the layout. After 30 years of teaching, I thought it was well overdue to start sharing all those gems that you use in your day to day teaching that help make learning more meaningful and fun. I began to build a resource kit for myself when I began casual teaching, and then I realised just how many ideas and activities I had been using over the years. I have spent many hours searching through websites, searching books for great ideas and activities. I have now collected and compiled my book of activities and hints for casual teachers ...... A survival Kit to take with you when the phone rings, and you aren't sure what to take with you. The eBook can be used with any storage, to access when you need a quick activity or weblink. Copyright is granted to print off 1 copy for personal classroom use. (Please respect copyright and do not share or attempt to sell PDF, or print hard multiple copies)
UNICORN Puzzles 1-10
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UNICORN Puzzles 1-10

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This is just one of the resources included in the larger bundle from the 'Ultimate Relief Teaching Survival Kit' or from the Numeracy Printables bundle. A sweet resource that can be laminated and cut up as puzzles and then used in numeracy rotations, or as an early finishing task. Perfect for re schoolers or Kindergarten aged students. Great graphics including number frames, the word cards, dice for subitising and matching numbers of unicorns. These would also make great laminated mats to use with whiteboard markers or with playdough to reinforce number concepts
Supply Starter Kit
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Supply Starter Kit

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This kit comprises Survival Kit for Casual Relief Teachers Easy Links Wonderful Websites Behaviour management resources and Printables A great starter kit for anyone who may be about the begin their role as a supply or casual relief teacher. This bundle will save you a massive Ten pounds
Year 5 Sea Themed Cross Curricular Unit
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Year 5 Sea Themed Cross Curricular Unit

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The underwater theme is continued throughout this booklet, and the book chosen is "Turtle Bay"by Saviour Pirotta, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry. It is a based on a true story set in Japan, of a man who would spend his days at a certain time of the year, sweeping the beach. Taro, the young child in the story is fascinated by this, and in time he meets the beautiful turtles when they come onto the beach to lay their eggs. There are some fabulous links to websites in the thematic section of the booklet to support doing a mini unit of work on sea turtles. They are a fascinating animal, that is under pressure from human activity in the oceans. I am thrilled to be able to bring you some free resources from GoTeachThis and Ripper Reading Resources. The challenge with this booklet is to choose which of the wonderful resources you will use in your classroom. Over 30 pages and 80 links!! Save yourself valuable time searching the internet for resources, I have done all the hard work for you. This resource could be differentiated for use with year 4 or Year 6. To use this resource effectively you need to explore all of the links provided and tailor make the suggested activities to suit your teaching style and the learning needs of your student.s All of the hard work searching the internet for inspiration and resources has been done for you. The suggested timetable has interactive links to my Pinterest board, so that your resources will continue to grow as more pins are added. Within the book there are over 60 links to websites, and for those of you who follow my 'Surviving Casual Teaching' facebook group, you will know that I have a good working knowledge of helpful teaching resources. I recommend that you buy copies of the picture books for days when you may not have IWB capability.You can never have enough picture books in your life!!!
Subitising Dot Patterns - How Many Bubbles?
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Subitising Dot Patterns - How Many Bubbles?

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Subitising is the instant recognition of patterns of shapes to be able to determine a number. There are many different ways in which we all see these patterns and they are a lively discussion topic for any primary grade class to determine how we interpret these displays of dots. I encourage you to view this dot number talk by Jo Boaler in one of her many inspirational presentations https://vimeo.com/129139086 where she works through this concept with a middle primary group of students. This download comes with both a PowerPoint presentation and a PDF version with 27 slides/pages (including credits and terms of use). As the slides increase in difficulty the students transfer their knowledge from class discussions and can readily determine a quite complex display of dots on a page. The graphics are engaging and visually inviting for students with some wonderful clipart from Manny's Sketchpad . A useful addition to any Maths Teaching resource kit for primary school teaching.
The Ultimate Relief Teaching Kit- Printables Only
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The Ultimate Relief Teaching Kit- Printables Only

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over 300 pages of printable resources and templates to add to your teaching resource kit I am so excited to have collaborated with some respected and talented resource makers who have given permission for full versions of some of their resources to be included in this E Book. Please take the time to check out the other wonderful resources that they have available online to help build your Relief Teaching Kit to be the ULTIMATE ‘bag of tricks’, guaranteed to impress both schools and students alike. Printable resources are included in a single bundle for ease of printing (print on single side only if you are going to laminate)- over 300 items to print for your Ultimate Teaching bag of tricks! Animal picture cards, puzzles and suggested games to play with them. Available in PDF and in Power Point Place Value Cards Numeral cards and games Sight word cards Comic templates Writing genre scaffolds Feedback templates Blank Game boards Fast Finishing ideas and extension activities Activities for Numeracy Activities for Literacy Classroom management and organisation Planning Templates
Sea Themed Brain Breaks, Time Fillers or Extension Activities
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Sea Themed Brain Breaks, Time Fillers or Extension Activities

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A Selection of games for numeracy and literacy to use as warm ups, brain breaks or extension activities for fast finishers. Sea Themed, with BLM that can printed off and coloured in to keep them busy. Boggle Game Number of the day Categories worksheet and game What are your spelling words worth? A handy resource for casual teachers, includes a blank so that you can make up your own games.
Ask Me Tags....Classroom management tool
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Ask Me Tags....Classroom management tool

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These little tags are designed as a classroom management strategy to help support students if they become ‘stuck’ on a classroom activity. Each day, 3 students are nominated to be the ASK 3 TEAM, and these tags are designed to be laminated and worn on the end of lanyards to identify them in the classroom. Fantastic for classroom teachers to have in their teaching kit to leave with the names of 3 responsible students if they are going to be absent. A helpful resource and strategy for Relief teachers to have in their resource kits. Look for responsible students and allow them to be your assistant teachers for the day.
Math Bundle for Early Grades
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Math Bundle for Early Grades

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This bundle is a great starter kit for anyone who is looking to build their resources for younger grades. These are suitable for children aged between 5-7 with plenty of activities to reinforce concepts of trading, number facts and subitising. The ipad screens are a great way for students to record their findings. Easily wiped if there is an error!! Save 50% on the total price of these resources in this bundle
Science Posters- The Periodic Table-Gingham (black and white checked)
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Science Posters- The Periodic Table-Gingham (black and white checked)

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These posters are perfect for your classroom display showing the full set of 118 elements including the element symbol, full name, atomic number, mass number and correct electron configuration. Bring some brightness and life into your science lab or classroom with this black and white gingham inspired Decor! These are also great for your science focus wall and bulletin boards. Short on classroom/display space? Why not Print your images 2 to a page? Simply select "fit to size", frame image if you prefer that look.... and you will get save on ink, laminate without compromising them as a valuable display. Flashcards? Look no further......simply select 4 to a page when you print, and you have the perfect size flashcard for your students. You will receive 118 jpeg files plus Terms of use, acknowledgements and store information You will receive 118 jpeg files plus Terms of use, acknowledgements and store information These were made using FLAPJACK FACTORY templates, if you would like to make your own classroom decor simply use this link to join.
Emotions and Feelings-Play mats and discussion cards
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Emotions and Feelings-Play mats and discussion cards

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This set of cards and teacher notes contains 24 Scenario cards with blank multicultural faces on them. They can be used laminated as playdough mats or to draw on with whiteboard markers. Googly eyes also work really well with this activity and a lot of fun (eye not included) You can use them as discussion starters shown on the whiteboard and discuss how each character would be feeling What would their faces look like? How would their eyes look? Would they have wrinkles on their forehead? Why or why not? How would their mouth look? I have included smaller versions of the cards so that students could use these in barrier games where one child makes a face, and then has to describe to a partner what their face looks like (there is a book or screen between them) This is a wonderful activity for talking and listening. Barrier games are a great way to encourage expressive and receptive language skills Scenarios include My best friend won’t play with me (male and female versions) My dog is sick I have a new baby sister I have a new baby brother I found $20 I am going to a birthday party I lost a tooth I won a race I lost a race My teacher gave me a sticker (male and female versions) I fell over in the playground I have no lunch I made a new friend (male and female versions) I missed the bus (male and female versions) I have a new friend I found a baby bird I fell off the monkey bars We are having pizza for tea I am getting a kitten
Year 3 Sea Themed Cross Curricular Unit
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Year 3 Sea Themed Cross Curricular Unit

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This 30 page PDF, comes with a Behaviour management PDF with plenty of ideas for your relief teaching ideas. View the short powerpoint above to get an idea of what is contained within the booklet. The focus book chosen is "The Snail and the Whale", enjoy a beautifully read youtube video of the story. It is a wonderful picture book to have in your personal library. The activities are linked to all KLA's and I am thrilled to have collaborated with Adrian Bruce goteachthis.com and Kylie Elizabeth from Ripper Reading Resources who have generously given their permission to include one of their fantastic resources. Two fantastic games to add to your Survival Teaching Kit. This resource could be differentiated for use with year 2 or Year 4. To use this resource effectively you need to explore all of the links provided and tailor make the suggested activities to suit your teaching style and the learning needs of your student.s All of the hard work searching the internet for inspiration and resources has been done for you. The suggested timetable has interactive links to my Pinterest board, so that your resources will continue to grow as more pins are added. Within the book there are over 60 links to websites, and for those of you who follow my 'Surviving Casual Teaching' Facebook group, you will know that I have a good working knowledge of helpful teaching resources. I recommend that you buy copies of the picture books for days when you may not have IWB capability.You can never have enough picture books in your life!!!
Easter Themed Brain Breaks, Time fillers or Extension Activities
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Easter Themed Brain Breaks, Time fillers or Extension Activities

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A Selection of games for numeracy and literacy to use as warm ups, brain breaks or extension activities for fast finishers. Easter themed with BLM that can printed off and coloured in to keep them busy. Boggle Game Number of the day Categories worksheet and game What are your spelling words worth? A handy resource for casual teachers, includes a blank so that you can make up your own games.