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Do you want a quality, fun and engaging resource? Look no further! I'm an SLE in English primary schools dedicated to making challenging resources that set high expectations for all pupils. The resources are outstanding, differntiated and suitable for the new curriculum. Many of the lessons provided have been taught with excellent progress within lessons. I hope it helps towards saving teacher Sundays. Enjoy!
Year 2 Maths Greater Depth Fluency TAF gaps

Year 2 Maths Greater Depth Fluency TAF gaps

This 25 page resource is excellent to bridge the gaps in children’s book to evidence the  maths arithmetic TAF statements. There are differentiated examples for children to work through to have sufficient evidence for areas like doubling, simplified expressions, place value, coordination, rounding and estimating, shape with reasoning, bridging to add and subtract and using inverse operations (e.g. I think of a number problems). There are 25 diffferentiatedpowerpoint slides to collect ample evidence. Can be used at the beginning of the year but essentially if you are getting moderated by your local authority. Suitable for the new year 2 maths curriculum. Enjoy developing maths fluency with this invaluable resource.
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Year 2 Estimating addition and subtraction calculations

Year 2 Estimating addition and subtraction calculations

Year 2 estimating calculations by rounding to the nearest multiple of 10 first. This resource has differentiated activities for children to solve an equation by rounding. They then write a reasoned answer about which answer is the closest. e.g is 12 + 9 closer to 20 or 30? children select 30 and write a sentence e.g 12 rounds down to 10 and 9 rounds up to 10 so 20 is the closest answers. children working at greater depth have further opportunities to round, reason and also use the > and < sign to select the appropriate answer. This is a challenging activity for all levels. Children will be able to develop fluency with estimating and rounding. They will need a pre-teach lesson about rules of rounding prior to this. Suitable for the new Year 2 curriculum and meeting ITAF standards.
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2d shapes Problem Solving and Reasoning Working In Greater Depth

2d shapes Problem Solving and Reasoning Working In Greater Depth

This is a fun, engaging and creative lesson with shape. The lesson has been successfully used to apply knowledge of shapes in a year 2 setting. Children can begin to think of problems systematically. They think of the best way to start, that there is more than one answer, that they can use number doubles and counting on to support them. Children are encouraged to find different ways to make a 9 sided shape family. They need to be secure with properties of simple 2d shapes previously such as sides of regular shapes. This activity can also be used in year 1 with children working in greater depth to demonstrate reasoning with shape in the measures unit. Work can be differentiated by giving children regular or irregular shapes. Very stimulating activity for all learners.
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Adding money amounts and using number line. Block E2

Adding money amounts and using number line. Block E2

This is fun and engaging way to work with money for young children. They can show reasoning with number and application of skills. In this problem solving task children are using money and showing a system. How many different ways can you make the amount using 2 coins. Differentiated for low ability with scaffolding provided and less amount of coins to use. Higher ability to use bigger amount and three coins. Additional money work consolidates number e.g. giving change from an amount using a number line to find the difference (and counting forward from the smallest number). Children working at the expected standard in the new maths curriculum can use a ruler as a substitute for a number line. Suitable for ks1.
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The Blue Balloon year 1 Stories with a familiar setting

The Blue Balloon year 1 Stories with a familiar setting

Great visual resources suitably differentiated for year 1. Read the Blue Balloon and sequence the pictures and use time connectives to retell. Write a list and captions using words to describe the balloon changing shape. Link to the new curriculum and used expanded noun phrases and or adjectives. Use phonics and sounds to match words to pictures. As creative starters to the unit -teachers can write a message on a helium balloon from each child and release in outdoor playground - ‘This balloon is indestructable. Please look after it!’ Wait and see if anyone replies to the message. Blow up a balloon and release in hall for inspiration to dance and movement in P.E. Also includes ideas for problem solving in maths using balloons as inspiration.
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Position and Direction and time block D3 year 1

Position and Direction and time block D3 year 1

Use Beebots to give directions on the road to different olympic venues. Can be used to introduce ordinal language for children working at the expected standard. Also available are time worksheets for Block D 3. And showing reasoning through questions. Suitable for year 1 and 2.
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Fractions of amount in a shape Mastery Level KS1

Fractions of amount in a shape Mastery Level KS1

Year 2 Shapes and Fractions- Finding different fractions including 1/2, 1/4, and 2/5, 2/3 within a shaped pattern. Children working at greater depth can answer questions like which one is more 2/4 or 2/8 of this chocolate bar. They can also solve problems in a fun and engaging way to find equivalent fractions. This work is suitable for Mastery level in year 2 and is adapted for the new maths curriculum. Children can be challenged to write the number sentences for working out different fractions they need to shade e.g 2/4 of 8 is ... 8 divided 4 x 2 (so they need to shade 4 out of 8 boxes). Differentiated activities also included for children working at and below Band 2.
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Look What I've Got Anthony Browne

Look What I've Got Anthony Browne

Non-fiction labels and captions or narrative text - familiar settings.Retell and sequence. Describe the main character Sam or Jeremy. Write a list of rules for the bully Jeremy to follow. Write a letter to Sam advising him how to behave if someone is mis treating you or bullying you inside school, in the playground, or out of school. Link the story to Anti bullying week. Make a rosette from Jeremy to Sam as a good will gesture. The main characters (jeremy, sam, old lady, park keeper) can be made into stick puppets to role play the story successfully.
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OLYMPICS Non Chronological Report - Non -Fiction

OLYMPICS Non Chronological Report - Non -Fiction

children to use secondary sources to research about Olympic Venues and the Torch relay. children can be given parts of the information to think of their own caption or headings if using to write a non-chronolgical report in literacy. Can also be used as part of Geography to find out about places outside near locality. Great for Olympics Theme 2012.
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adding money amounts year 1 and 2

adding money amounts year 1 and 2

Adding the value of money in context of shopping. Use two money amounts that add up to ten first. Children to apply previous knowledge learned about number bonds to ten. then to add extra number. Extend to children recording the coins they would use to make this value. Greater depth children can use the smallest amount of coins. Subtraction word problems. use jottings to record answer. For more able children to record subtraction as difference between. start on the smallest number and count up.
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Addition to 20 and  commutative adding  year 1 and eyfs

Addition to 20 and commutative adding year 1 and eyfs

This is an excellent resource to secure to addition to 20. The task is designed to encourage speaking in full sentences e.g. There are 2 red cars and 3 blues cars. There are 5 cars altogether. The children can be challenged to show understanding of addition as being commutative - (can be done in any order) - this can also be done by using visuals to represent number sentences where the equals sign is at the front e.g. 5= 3+ 2. Teachers can develop vocabulary by encouraging the use of star words in a full sentence. This is a good resources to use when moving from practical resources to pictorial representations. Excellent and most suitable for EAL and SEN learners. Suitable for Reception EYFS and year 1 working towards.
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Great Fire of London A play for year 2

Great Fire of London A play for year 2

An excellent, fun and imaginative play linked to the Great Fire of London. It is an end of year Play/Production or Assembly. This play script an be used as a finale to the history topic great fire of London taught in year 2. It is mainly about the historical event although there are other parts with gingerbread men (getting baked in the bakery and 3 little pigs) to give it a modern and contemporary twist (which links to traditional stories with a twist in year 2). The script includes a subtle twist and incorporates characters from fairy tales because traditional stories is also taught in year 2. However, it can be easily adapted if need be to make parts shorter or longer depending on the cohort. It was originally used to cater for a 4 form entry. There are at least 40 speaking parts and other parts for singers and dancers to allow for 120 parts. Again if you are a small school, then all the children can participate in the dances or singing as opposed to small groups. The play is designed so that it can be used in isolation even if you haven’t taught GFOL this year. The resource includes a play script, lyrics for home, links to songs, You tube links with songs, dancing list, costume list, stage directions. All you need to finish of the year after SATs. Enjoy.
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Solving Problems with money Year 2 TAF

Solving Problems with money Year 2 TAF

year 2 National Curriculum Teaching mastery of money comes with solving mixed operation word problems. In this resource you will find differentiated resources for children to solve problems e.g Find 2 coins with the value higher than double 3. Find 3 coins with the value of 63. Now find another way. Adam shares all the coins equally with a friend - how many do they get each? Adam thinks he has enough money to buy a spider plant worth 195p. Is he correct? Suitable for childen working ARE in the year 2 national maths curriculum. Great opportunties also for HAPs children to work with numbers beyond 100 and show greater depth mastery skills.
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Adding three numbers Year 2

Adding three numbers Year 2

Solving problems with addition to show application of skills. This is a differentiated resources to for children practice adding in different order. They will understand how to apply the skills they have learnt e.g. adding in any order and addition is commutative. Adding three numbers using bonds. Finding different possible answers. Thinking of own problems for a friend. They learn how to be resilient with maths, work in pairs or teams and think about problems and solutions. They understand that there is more than one possible answer and begin taking risks. A great application resources for maths to develop understanding of number. Suitable for the new Maths curriculum 2018.
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Year 2 Greater Depth Determine Remainders using known facts TAF

Year 2 Greater Depth Determine Remainders using known facts TAF

Greater Depth Maths - Year 2 TAF objective- Determine remainders using known facts. This is a greater depth standard, however, the objective has been differentiated so that all the class can access it at their level using visual and scaffolds. HA use known facts to solve remainders MA use multiplication facts of 2x table and division facts LA and SEN use numicon to solve how many 2 numicon can fit into a shape. The children master the objective by demonstrating reasoning and using known facts. 2x 7 = 14 and 2 x 8 = 16 (this is too high because I don’t have 16 socks). So the closest number of pairs is 7. 15 divided by 2 = 7 remainder 1 Suitable for the new maths curriculum. A necessary objective to meet the standards for greater depth and useful to consolidate multiplication and division for working at children. I hope you find it useful. Thank you for choosing this resource
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Guided Reading Poetry The Sound Collector Roger McGough Year 2

Guided Reading Poetry The Sound Collector Roger McGough Year 2

Year 2 Greater Depth Guided Reading- poetry New English Curriculum This fabulous resources has an array of classic poetry with comprehensions. The sound collector has differentiated comprehension for higher ability (working at greater depth) and then differentiated down so that all the class can access and enjoy classic poetry. Children answer looking, inference and evaluative questions about the poem. After that , they spend a day creating their own verses using similar pattern structures. There are also other many fun and enjoyable poems to learn and perform by Roger McGough, Valerie Bloom- (The River), and other sound poems. Children can recite these, perform them and offer opinions about them. Children will learn how to identify rhyming words and generate their own. They will understand language techniques used by the poet e.g in the river to personify it. If this is too challenging they can clarify meanings of new words. This resource can also be used as a week on poetry during English main teaching. Enjoy reading and performing poetry everyone. Thank you in advance for choosing this resource.
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Guided Reading Bundle Year 2 Planning

Guided Reading Bundle Year 2 Planning

Whole years planning of Guided Reading for Year 2. You will need a pack of 6 of each book. Start with working at books and move your way to greater depth. Excellent resource for guaranteed success and progress of working at - at minimum. Many children will achieve working at greater depth in reading using these very quality resources, planning and question to test comprehension skills. Suitable for reciprocal reading approach and without. Matched to topics often taught in year 2.
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Fox by Margaret Wild SPAG Year 2 GrammarTAF

Fox by Margaret Wild SPAG Year 2 GrammarTAF

This resource has a re-written narrative of Fox written in the past tense. In it, there are specific grammar features to be targeted and taught to meet year 2 TAF. Homophones Compound words complex sentences- using subordination compound sentences - using coordination apostrophe for possession There are separate powerpoints or word documents in the zip.folder with suggested activities for each skill to be taught and practiced. All have sentences and grammar activities related tothe story Fox. This grammar resource can be used in isolation or if you are studying the book Fox by Margaret Wild (See other resources and planning in the shop linked to the book). This resources is excellent to embed grammar in context and teach children the skills, and meanings of grammar features. Suitable for the new English curriculum for Year 2. The expectations in here are high and the outcomes and progress made are too. Enjoy and please leave a comment. Thank you for choosing this resource.
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Guided Reading Into The Forest Year 2

Guided Reading Into The Forest Year 2

Into the Forest by Anthony Browne is a guided reading three week unit for children who are working at the expected level. This book is a great visual story to compliment any English journey linked to traditional stories or forest themes. There are clear planned questions that include literal, inference and evaluative questioning. There are also accompanying grammar and response activities included for all weeks to support a carousel activity format of teaching guided reading in class. This resources supports the new national curriculum for English and Reading in Year 2.
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Guided Reading Year 2 Squash and squeeze

Guided Reading Year 2 Squash and squeeze

This is a great resource to teach a year 2 three week guided reading unit. It starts with the book A squash and a squeeze by Julia Donaldson and then moves onto learning a classic poem about an old woman who swallowed a fly i week 3. The planning has looking (retrieval), clue (inference) and thinking(evaluative) style questions. Its a fun and engaging text to use for year 2 and can also be used for fluent readers in year 1. The planning has excellent ideas for the independent group work so that children can apply grammar skills, sequence text, make predictions, learn the poem from memory and even create their own simple poem. A must to promote reading for pleasure in your classes.
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Year 2 Puffer Fish Information text 3 week Unit

Year 2 Puffer Fish Information text 3 week Unit

Great news. Matching the new English curriculum objectives, this amazing bundle of Under the Sea unit has it all. It starts with imitating a puffer fish exemplar text and then moving on to inventing using turtles information. Suitable for talk 4 writing schools. There are differentiated text models for children working within and at greater depth in writing. Excellent visuals in the Power point support learning the text in the imitation stage for all EAL and SEN learners. There are 3 weeks of plans and supporting resources to show the journey from hook, imitation, innovation, invent and hot write. Grammar features relevant in the new curriculum are evident in the exemplar text for children to magpie and internalize language. This unit can also be used for science and animals, habitats or cross curricular writing. This unit is very suitable and engaging for boy writers because they can make choice about their own animal when they begin to invent. A visit to the sea-life center or the beach is highly recommended to further enthuse the children as a finale. Suitable for the new English curriculum 2018 TAF.
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Writing for an Audience and Purpose Year 2 TAF

Writing for an Audience and Purpose Year 2 TAF

Writing with a voice, with audience in mind and for a purpose is the most crucial change in the new English framework. See the document to know how to teach the difference between audience and purpose. Teachers have been given examples from the year 2 units of work in this document. It explains how to do a Tweak it Task to show the purpose of writing can change from entertainment, to inform, or to instruct. For example, here is a narrative of an adventure story- now change it to instructions on how to go on an adventure - (the purpose here has changed - and this will effect word choices, tone, structure of writing). Hope you find it useful to explain to the younger ones. Suitable class teachers and English Leaders for CPD writing across the school although examples given are from year 2. Thank you for choosing and reviewing this resource in advance.
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