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Quirky Whiskers Lead English Teacher

I am an English Head of Department; part-time senior leader and examination marker. I am responsible for leading on the delivery of GCSE English and Step Up to English. I am in my third successful year of delivering AQA's Step Up to English qualifications. My resources are fully inclusive and have been developed to meet the needs of SEN students together with those who exhibit challenging behaviour as I lead in a pupil referral unit. Resources are inclusive, SEN friendly and challenging.

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I am an English Head of Department; part-time senior leader and examination marker. I am responsible for leading on the delivery of GCSE English and Step Up to English. I am in my third successful year of delivering AQA's Step Up to English qualifications. My resources are fully inclusive and have been developed to meet the needs of SEN students together with those who exhibit challenging behaviour as I lead in a pupil referral unit. Resources are inclusive, SEN friendly and challenging.
Baseline Assessment English Language KS3 KS4
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Baseline Assessment English Language KS3 KS4

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This English language baseline assessment has been designed to work flexibly across both KS3 and KS4. I developed it for my own school in order decide upon the best qualification pathway to place our students on: GCSE English lanaguage or Step Up to English. I created the assessment grid to match the GCSE 9-1 course. Files included: English Language Baseline Assessment for KS3 and KS4. English Language Baseline Assessment Mark Scheme. Assessment Marking Grid. Lesson duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes. Why purchase me? I am being used successfully in a pupil referral unit as I am highly engaging. I have been broken down into accessible steps whilst maintaining a high level of challenge. I am especially useful for informing decisions regarding the placement of students onto suitable English qualification pathways. Suggested general guide to pathways: less than or equal to 1, consider Step Up to English Silver pathway in order to build graduated steps to achievement. greater than 1 but less than 2, consider Step Up to English Gold pathway in order to build graduated steps to achievement and prepare for the demands at GCSE level. greater than 2, consider direct entry onto the GCSE English Language pathway.
AQA Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment SECRET SPIES theme
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AQA Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment SECRET SPIES theme

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Step Up to English - Secret Spies Theme Gold Level - Component 2 (creative reading and writing) A full practice assessment for AQA’s Step Up to English qualification at Gold Level (pre-GCSE). The assessment has been created around an engaging theme of ‘Secret Spies’. Text extracts are taken from ‘The Night Manager’ by John le Carre and ‘Scorpia’ by Antony Horowitz. This resource contains: A full practice assessment. A mark scheme to accompany the practice assessment. Why purchase me? My theme is highly engaging and I have been created to mirror the assessment criteria of the Step Up to English live assessments. A ‘Secret Spies’ fully resourced series of lessons, to support this assessment, is currently under development. Lesson duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Attribution of images used in assessment and mark scheme: Image 1 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/secret-agent-holding-gun-against-tunnel-131052221 Image 2 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/film-noir-concept-showing-detective-holding-1219782715?src=library Attribution of extracts used in the assessment and separate extracts: ‘The Night Manager’ by John le Carre ‘Scorpia’ by Anthony Horowitz
Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Literacy and Increasing Classroom Engagement FREE
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Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Literacy and Increasing Classroom Engagement FREE

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Strategies for Teaching Students with Low Literacy and Increasing Classroom Engagement - FREE I believe passionately in shaping a creative and inclusive English curriculum which nurtures young people emotionally so that they all can experience success. As part of this, I enjoy creating and promoting blended, differentiated and creative curricula. I have put together a few of my ideas for teaching literacy to low ability and disaffected students for sharing as a free download. I do hope that you will find some of my ideas useful; I will continue to add and update them.
GCSE Spoken Language Guidelines and Planning Frame with Cue Cards Templates
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GCSE Spoken Language Guidelines and Planning Frame with Cue Cards Templates

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GCSE Spoken Language Guidlelines | Planning Frame | Cue Cards. This resource has been developed to support the spoken language component of the reformed GCSE in English Language. This free resource includes: spoken language guidelines for student use; a marking grid is incorporated which details the criteria required to achieve: pass, merit or distinction grade. a planning frame for student use cue card templates for printing out onto card; my students find these especially helpful. Why download these? A tried and trusted resource. I developed these resources in order to support and prepare my own students for their spoken language presentation. They have proved extremely popular and are in regular use at my school. Attribution of images: Pixabay Shutterstock
English Language GCSE and Step Up assessment tracking grids
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English Language GCSE and Step Up assessment tracking grids

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**Assessment Objectives Tracking Grids: GCSE and Step Up to English qualifications ** A set of tracking grids for the English Language 9-1 qualification which convert the legacy A-G grades into the new 9-1 grades. Included are tracking grids for both staff and student use. Ideal for converting the legacy grades into the new 9-1 numbering system and for sticking into student exercise books in order to track their progress. I developed them for use at my school and I use them constantly to track the progress of my students. This resource includes: AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: GCSE, Gold Step Up and Silver Step Up combined. AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: GCSE AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: Gold Step Up AO Tracking ladder STAFF tracker: Silver Step Up AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: GCSE, Gold Step Up and Silver Step Up combined. AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: GCSE AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: Gold Step Up AO Tracking ladder STUDENT tracker: Silver Step Up Why choose me? I am in constant use, liked by staff and students alike. I’m ideal for reporting student progress to SLT - what’s not to love?
GCSE English Language QUIZ and DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITIES ASSESSMENT
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GCSE English Language QUIZ and DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITIES ASSESSMENT

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GCSE English Language Quiz with Differentiated Activities An ideal KS4 activity for the start of a term. The individual activities work well as a starter or an entire lesson dependent upon student abilities. Activities include: word search (key words) word check (GCSE terms) quiz covering Paper 1 and Paper 2 ‘how many words can you create’ activity. This resource includes an answer sheet. The quiz covering Paper 1 and Paper 2 can be used as a simple, short standalone assessment. I use this resource with my own Year 11 students at the start of the autumn term as it encourages a working knowledge of the the layout of both GCSE English Language papers.
AQA Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment FIGHT FOR FREEDOM theme
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AQA Step Up to English Component 2 GOLD practice assessment FIGHT FOR FREEDOM theme

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Step Up to English -’ Fight for Freedom’ theme Gold Level - Component 2 (creative reading and writing) A full practice assessment for AQA’s Step Up to English qualification at Gold Level (pre-GCSE). The assessment has been created around an engaging theme of ‘Discrimination’. Text extracts are taken from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Coming to England by Floella Benjamin. This resource contains: • A full practice assessment. • A mark scheme to accompany the practice assessment. Why purchase me? My theme is highly engaging and I have been created to mirror the assessment criteria of the Step Up to English live assessments. A ‘Discrimination’ fully resourced medium term plan, to support this assessment, is currently under development. Lesson duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Attribution of images used in assessment and mark scheme: Image 1 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/handsome-5-year-old-chimney-sweep-684197668Image Image 2 https://pixabay.com/en/african-american-black-female-1296524/ Attribution of extracts used in the assessment: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Coming to England by Floella Benjamin.
AQA Step Up to English Gold AO2 LESSONS Component 2 Secret Spies
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AQA Step Up to English Gold AO2 LESSONS Component 2 Secret Spies

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AQA Step Up to English Gold AO2 Lessons Component 2 Secret Spies. Step Up to English - Gold Level. Fully resourced lessons for assessment objective AO2. Component 2 (creative reading and writing). Here is the second, series of lessons to complement the Secret Spies assessment at Gold level – Component 2. This unit of work aims to support the acquisition and development of the assessment objective AO2: • begin to show awareness of the writer’s craft • identify some features of the language used by the writer • begin to show awareness of structure. These lessons are based on extracts taken from the engaging text driver, ‘Farewell My Lovely’ written by Raymond Chandler – featuring the Los Angeles private eye, Philip Marlowe. The 1940s American setting is used to context set a suite of engaging exercises. I am a practising English teacher as well as a head of department and my resources are developed for use by my own students, a number of which have SEN and/or challenging behaviour. In order to meet their needs, I create resources which are SEN aware, engaging as well as academically challenging. My own students have responded extremely well to these resources; the resources are targeted to support progress and attainment towards the qualification. This resource comprises 12 engaging, short, sharp activities to support students who are working at pre-GCSE level and require support with the first of the assessment objectives – AO2. This high-quality resource contains: UNIT 2: AO2 lessons • Act 1 Visual Imagery • Act 1a What are your Thoughts • Act 2 Descriptive Words and Phrases • Act 3 Interesting Adjectives and Similes • Act 4 Word Check • Act 5 Farewell My Lovely extract • Act 6 Draw the Image • Act 7 Change the Adjectives and Simile • Act 8 Has the Visual Imagery Changed • Act 9 Figurative Language TARANTULA • Act 10 Figurative Language RAT • Act 11 Extract Visual Imagery • Act 12 What is Good about the Language • Act 13 Describe the Difference Attribution of images used in this resource: www.shutterstock.com www.pixabay.com Attribution of extracts used in this resource: ‘Farewell My Lovely’ by Raymond Chandler
AQA Step Up to English Gold AO1 LESSONS Component 2 Secret Spies
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AQA Step Up to English Gold AO1 LESSONS Component 2 Secret Spies

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AQA Step Up to English Gold AO1 Lessons Component 2 Secret Spies. Step Up to English - Gold Level. Fully resourced lessons for assessment objective AO1. Component 2 (creative reading and writing). Excitement here at Quirky Whiskers, I have developed the first, of an eagerly anticipated, series of lessons to complement the Secret Spies assessment at Gold level – Component 2. This unit of work aims to support the acquisition and development of the assessment objective AO1: • read and understand a range of texts • identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. These lessons are based on extracts taken from the engaging text driver, ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ written by Alexander McCall Smith. The African setting is used to context set a suite of engaging exercises. I am a practising English teacher as well as a head of department and my resources are developed for use by my own students, a number of which have SEN and/or challenging behaviour. In order to meet their needs, I create resources which are SEN aware, engaging as well as academically challenging. My own students have responded extremely well to these resources; the resources are targeted to support progress and attainment towards the qualification. This resource comprises 10 engaging, short, sharp activities to support students who are working at pre-GCSE level and require support with the first of the assessment objectives - AO1. This resource contains: UNIT 1: AO1 lessons L/O Identify explicit and implicit information using an image. L/O Interpret ideas at a literal level. L/O Expand upon ideas at a deeper level. L/O Compare and contrast the difference between explicit and implicit information. L/O Locate key points in a text. Establish the difference between fact and fiction. L/O Interpret texts at a deeper level by locating key points. L/O Read a text to locate key information. L/O Expand upon a text to obtain its meaning. L/O Read a text for meaning and understanding. L/O Assessment of Assessment Objective AO1 locate key points in texts - interpret texts at a literal level. Attribution of images used in this resource: www.shutterstock.com www.pixabay.com Attribution of extracts used in this resource: ‘The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith
GCSE Progress Task Tracker for Practice Papers and Learning Diary
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GCSE Progress Task Tracker for Practice Papers and Learning Diary

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GCSE Progress Task Tracker for Practice Papers and Learning Diary. This is a three-sheet progress task tracker which I created for my own students who are studying for the AQA GCSE English Language qualification. This free resource comprises: Sheet one: Explorations in creative reading and writing. This breaks down the questions into their respective assessment objectives. Sheet two: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. This breaks down the questions into their respective assessment objectives. Instructions: Teachers grade students against each assessment objective then the students self-assess their own progress using the monitoring grid. Sheet three: A task tracker/learning diary for staff and student use. Ideal for termly target setting and the sign posting of students to supporting activities and resources. Why download these? A tried and trusted resource. I developed this resource in order to support grading, target setting and the sign-posting of underpinning exercises to support skills development for GCSE in English Language. They have proved extremely popular with students and they are in regular use at my school.
Valentine’s Love Heart Sweets Poetry Activity
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Valentine’s Love Heart Sweets Poetry Activity

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Ideal for Valentine’s Day. A quirky, fun resource. The sweets provide the stimulus for discussion and the generation of ideas; it is a novel way to introduce a simple poetry writing exercise. Items needed: Several packs of Swizzels* love heart sweets or cardboard cut outs of the sweets if you prefer the healthier option; glue, sellotape or blu-tak. Instructions for creating the poems: • Request the students to empty the packets of ‘love heart’ sweets or cut outs onto their desks. • Students are then required to make a selection of the sweets that they wish to use. • Request the students to carefully stick the sweets onto a piece of paper, this can be in random order. • For each sweet students are to work alone or in pairs to create an ambitious sentence. • The teacher is to model linking these sentences together to create a simple poem. Duration: a starter activity or short lesson lasting approximately 20-30 minutes. Why download me? I am a tried and tested fun resource. I work well with tutor groups and English classes. I have also been known to make an appearance at staff CPD and development days in the guise of an ice-breaker activity. *other brands are available!