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Sustain the Student resources are the work of an experienced teacher, Head of English, educational consultant for a leading children's charity and parent.

Sustain the Student resources are the work of an experienced teacher, Head of English, educational consultant for a leading children's charity and parent.
Animals in fables
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Animals in fables

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This is an Aesop's fables writing and creative thinking exercise in which students are encouraged to think about animal characteristics in fables. Ideally used if students are studying Aesop's fables.
Around the World in 80 Days Activities
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Around the World in 80 Days Activities

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Maths and Geography investigations based on the book Around the World in 80 days. Students are encouraged to use the Internet to research distances, flight costs and durations.
World War 2 posters
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World War 2 posters

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I created this worksheet/ homework when teaching the unit: Child evacuees during World War 2. This can be used during, or as a follow-up to a lesson about World War 2 era posters. After having a discussion about how important information was shared with the population, and how propaganda was used, the students can use this activity to engage their thinking skills. These sheets show 12 wartime posters with the headings/ slogans blanked. The students are required to study the remaining image and suggest an appropriate title and theme for the poster's message.
Percy Fawcett Presentation
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Percy Fawcett Presentation

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This slideshow presentation details the life of famous British explorer Percy Fawcett. This can be used when teaching historical figures, explorers, rainforests and how real figures become the inspiration for fictional characters. I created this presentation for Book Week, Earth Day and Environment Week and taught about the adventurer Percy Fawcett in the Amazon jungle after reading the book The Great Kapook Tree.
Peer review guidance poster
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Peer review guidance poster

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Peer review is an excellent end of lesson plenary activity for writing lessons. In my class I have these posters doubled-sided-printed and laminated and readily available around the room as well as featuring on my English display board. The first two students to have adequately finished their work then peer review each others' by offering a compliment, suggestion and correction. Having completed the activity a couple of times the students really understand what makes constructive feedback (the guidance also helps with this). A great writing plenary.
Ancient Greece Unit of Work - resources and lesson plans
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Ancient Greece Unit of Work - resources and lesson plans

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5 complete lessons on the Ancient Greek civilization. 1. Locate Greece 2. Understand and order dates 3. City states and democracy 4. City state research 5. Retelling myths Lessons include: detailed lesson plan (introduction, activity, plenary, learning expectations, key vocabulary and questions, skills being taught and learning objectives) a PowerPoint presentation, activity resources, Greek myths. This unit of work was made to be taught following the guidelines of the UK National Curriculum for Geography and History. It can also be modified to suit other learning outcomes.
Tricky Atlas Scavenger Hunt
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Tricky Atlas Scavenger Hunt

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For use with National Geographic Kids Atlas. This fun atlas scavenger hunt worksheet can be easily amended for a variety atlases or online research. Students love to race against the clock and compete as individuals or in small teams against each other.
Reflections and Translations assessment
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Reflections and Translations assessment

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Reflections and Translations assessment is ideal for Key Stage 2 assessment of learning or reflection and translation SATS practise. Can also be used as an assessment for learning/ pre-assessment reflections and translations tool. This reflections and translations test paper comes with marking scheme and question objectives: Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left / right and up / down (+/- y/x) Identify and solve problems involving rotations, reflections and translations Identify the position of a shape following a reflection or translation Describe position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed Describe position using coordinates in all four quadrants Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes Predict missing coordinates of quadrilaterals by using the properties of shapes You may also like: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/numbers-colours-shapes-classroom-objects-flashcards-11477401 Key Stage 2 reflections and translations
Identify Animal skeletons
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Identify Animal skeletons

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Ideal when studying: skeletons, animal skeletons, animal biology and the body. Use this worksheet in the classroom or as homework to get your students thinking about science keywords and making visual observations. I created this worksheet for use during UK National Curriculum Science Units in Key Stage Two, Animal Skeletons. I used this as a homework to extend students' learning after lessons on the function and appearance of the human skeleton. This download contains 3 variants to provide suitable differentiation across the class. File exists in Word format so can also be easily altered to suit your teaching needs and expectations.
Spellings strategies - VAK
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Spellings strategies - VAK

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This information sheet (supplied as both pdf and Word in this download) suggests many ways in which a students can learn to spell words. Ideal for the students who struggle to learn words for their weekly spelling tests - can also be used to help learn spellings and material in other languages. Not every brain is the same, so not all students can learn through seeing and repeating. This information sheet lists contrasting methods that target the VAK - visual, audio and anesthetic (movement). This could be displayed as a poster in a bedroom, at a work desk or in a classroom. Could be used as part of spelling or handwriting lessons. Excellent for introducing when studying the Brainwaves unit of work. If you're trying to learn something then give some of these methods a try and you'll find the results speak for themselves.
Betsy Byars' Midnight Fox Book Study
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Betsy Byars' Midnight Fox Book Study

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Betsy Byars' Midnight Fox Book Study is ideal as a unit of work when the students are reading the fantastic book and as a Book Week case study. The pages of this presentation are dedicated to chapters of the book so you can have visuals on the board as the students read along, followed by clear thinking exercises and instructions for writing, drawing and group work activities. The download includes both Active Inspire and PDF versions. Each version contains 15 activities over 29 pages.
The Tudors lesson plans and resources
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The Tudors lesson plans and resources

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This comprehensive 5-week unit of study focuses on the Tudor monarchy’s reign of England. Each lesson follows the criteria set out by the UK National Curriculum. Students generate and ask questions, this forms a part of the opportunities for assessment that each lesson provides. PPT slideshows become animated to stimulate the students and work is respectfully challenging and target-achieving. All the resources required to teach these lessons are included in the download. Each lesson plan states the UK National Curriculum learning objectives covered, the learning outcomes, skills being taught, and learning attributes that the students will take from each lesson (e.g. risk-taking, confidence, collaborators). Lesson plans also include teaching activity, key questions that the teacher should try to elicit from the students, key vocabulary that may need introducing to the students beforehand and criteria for assessing student attainment (can be adopted as either AfL or AoL depending on your policy towards assessing in Humanities/ History) Lesson 1 (ppt, lesson plan, activity worksheet): Tudor Introduction. Students are encouraged to think about what they know about history. They are shown how events can be illustrated on visual representations and this allows them to see how one event is often the starter for another event. At this point a class timeline can be displayed. Students are introduced to the Tudor’s history with the story of the battle of Bosworth and are set an activity to visually log the key dates and events of the Tudor family. Lesson 2 (ppt, lesson plan, wives portraits): Wives and family. The second lesson begins with a reminder about the previous lesson. Students are encouraged to think about marriage and how Henry VIII is famous for his wives. An animated family tree is shown and the students are challenged to independently research a character from the studied timeline. Extension material is provided for this lesson. Lesson 3 (ppt, lesson plan, Henry VIII profile, website list): Compare Henrys. Starts with a review of the previous lesson and the students are reminded about Henry VII and Henry VIII. From there the students are required to research Henry VIII using a variety of resources and present their findings to the class. The plenary exercise explores the differences between some aspects that the students would have discovered. Finally a link is provided to a well-known television rendition of Henry VIII’s life. Lesson 4 (ppt, lesson plan, Mary facts): Queen Mary I. From the previous lesson ‘refresher’ the students are reminded about the Tudor timeline and family tree and find the place of Mary I. Students are encouraged to generate and record questions as part of this fun, student-led lesson’s activity. Lesson 5 (ppt, lesson plan): Tudor Exploration. Review of previous lesson.
Kensuke's Kingdom book study
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Kensuke's Kingdom book study

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Ideal for Book Week or when reading Kensuke's Kingdom as a class. Resource is provided in 3 file types: Word, PDF and flipchart. This comprehensive book study contains more than 15 activities and dozens of comprehension questions. Also provides students with the opportunity to stop at intervals to discuss and think about the text so far. Activities include: newspaper article writing, poetry, group discussion, illustration work, persuasive writing and information writing among many others. This resource will work in English class as a lesson strand or as a stand alone book study. Book Week lesson plan. Book Week activities. Kensuke's Kingdom activities. Kensuke's Kingdom lesson plan.
Christmas dot to dot activity
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Christmas dot to dot activity

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Nice and simple 4-page dot to dots Christmas themed activities. Two differentiated Christmas trees, a reindeer and Christmas stocking. Ideal quick and easy Christmas festive filler for the students on the build-up to the holidays.
Join the Roman army
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Join the Roman army

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I created this worksheet/ homework when teaching about Ancient Rome and the Roman army. After a discussion of the good and bad factors about being in the Roman army, the children are then required to log their understanding. The character is contemplating joining the army, the students must complete his thoughts.
Animals in fables
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Animals in fables

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Ideal for students who are studying Aesop's fables or animals in fables (The Dog and the Bone, The Ant and the Grasshopper, the Hare and the Tortoise). Students are encouraged to think about animals' characteristics in stories, legends and fables and develop critical thinking skills by applying their own understanding and ideas.
Draw map of the river Yangtze
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Draw map of the river Yangtze

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This worksheet fits into Geography units of work about rivers and water. This river Yangtze worksheet allows the student to investigate one of the world's biggest and most important rivers. Use Google Earth or a similar interactive map to trace the river to its source and locate areas of interest such as the Three Gorges Dam, Tibetan Plateau and Shanghai. Excellent activity for a river case study.
Robin Hood character sketch
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Robin Hood character sketch

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Creative thinking and character assessment of Robin Hood worksheet. User is required to complete speech for Robin Hood and Prince John. Ideal if studying Robin Hood or different perspectives. Can be used as Robin Hood activity or Robin Hood homework.
Mars: God of War
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Mars: God of War

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This Mars: Roman God of War worksheet allows the student to explore and write about one of ancient Rome's most famous and influential Gods. This Roman Gods worksheet is ideal for homework or classwork when studying the Roman Empire.