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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.

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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.
Earth Day activity bundle
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Earth Day activity bundle

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Ideal for both KS1 and KS2 (the Thinking Activities are also useful KS3 study aids and exam preparation material) the Earth Day activity bundle provides you with everything you with resources for a whole week's worth of fun and learning. This Earth Day bundle includes: 'I can...' statements (14 cards 'I can...' cards with printable wall chart, additional editable templates so you can add/ change your own ideas) - suitable for KS1 & KS2 Sustainable student activities (Thinking Cards and Self-Organised Learning) - suitable for upper KS2 & KS3 Earth Day Bingo (The difficulty of the games ranges from: the reading of key words and showing of flash card illustrations (younger students) through to the reading of scientific and geographic terminology and definitions (older students). Bingo game cards range for 9 boxes to 16 boxes. For the older students to requirements of the game can be: recognition of key words from definition (easier game) or recognition of definitions from key words (harder game)) - suitable all age groups Earth Day Bookmarks - suitable all age groups Earth Day Pledge (encourage your pupils to set personal goals and make pledges during the week) - suitable all age groups Earth Week Daily Targets (setting targets is a great way to start the week with your class or form) - suitable all age groups Forward Thinking 5 Activities - suitable upper KS2 & KS3 Gardening Activities x6 - suitable KS1 & KS2 Acrostic Poems - suitable KS1 & KS2 Earth Day Wordsearch (x4 differentiated) - levels of difficulty appropriate for KS1, 2 & 3 Earth Day Certificates (in ppt format for easy edit) - suitable all age groups Earth Week Diary - suitable all age groups This comprehensive Earth Day/ Earth Week activity pack comprises of 11 beautifully presented and thought-provoking sustainable-themed activities and an editable set of class Earth Day certificates. The differentiated activities mean this bundle is a suitable Earth Day activity for all age ranges.
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. Similar book study resources: The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-iron-man-ted-hughes-book-study-12232610 Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/kensuke-s-kingdom-book-study-11187992 Midnight Fox (Betsy Byars) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/betsy-byars-midnight-fox-book-study-11475685 Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne) Maths and Geography Activities https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/around-the-world-in-80-days-activities-11187960
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. Similar book study resources: The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-iron-man-ted-hughes-book-study-12232610 Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/kensuke-s-kingdom-book-study-11187992 Midnight Fox (Betsy Byars) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/betsy-byars-midnight-fox-book-study-11475685 Percy Fawcett presentation (used after The Lost World and The Great Kapok Tree book studies) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/percy-fawcett-presentation-11477430
Billionaire Boy Book Study
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Billionaire Boy Book Study

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Billionaire Boy Book Study This David Walliams’ book is great to use for group reading, guided reading, book study sessions. 124 pages of almost 100 reading comprehension activities. Inspired in the classroom, I created this PowerPoint to provide my students with opportunities to explore every chapter. Each chapter’s activities includes vocabulary and summarising activities, as well as a range of predicting, inferring, retrieving, creative writing and short drama activities. I have also updated a PDF version of the slides in this file.
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. Similar book study resources: The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-iron-man-ted-hughes-book-study-12232610 Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/kensuke-s-kingdom-book-study-11187992 Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne) Maths and Geography Activities https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/around-the-world-in-80-days-activities-11187960 Percy Fawcett presentation (used after The Lost World and The Great Kapok Tree book studies) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/percy-fawcett-presentation-11477430
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.
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.
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.
How are rivers used for water?
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How are rivers used for water?

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River worksheet that encourages the student to investigate the negative effects of using river water in unsustainable ways. A great resource when teaching about rivers, water, sustainability and environment issues. Ideal as a class or homework sheet.
The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) Book Study
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The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) Book Study

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An excellent multi-skilled approached to studying a classic children’s text, this book study provides activities for the exploration and development of key and supplementary reading skills: Predicting Comprehending Inferring Summarising Creative Writing Drawing Drama Ideal as a book week book study. Slides can be followed as a book study lesson plan. This book study contains over 30 activities in pdf and Powerpoint formats - allowing for easy amendment to the activities. Ideal as a Iron Man Key Stage 2 book study - I have used this resource with Year 3, 4 and 5 students/ 7, 8, 9 and 10-year olds. Similar book study resources: Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/kensuke-s-kingdom-book-study-11187992 Midnight Fox (Betsy Byars) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/betsy-byars-midnight-fox-book-study-11475685 Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne) Maths and Geography Activities https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/around-the-world-in-80-days-activities-11187960 Percy Fawcett presentation (used after The Lost World and The Great Kapok Tree book studies) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/percy-fawcett-presentation-11477430
Toro! Toro! Book Study - Michael Morpurgo
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Toro! Toro! Book Study - Michael Morpurgo

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Book study activities for ‘Toro! Toro!’ by Michael Morpurgo. This comprehensive book study contains more than 20 creative writing, drama, visible thinking and discussion activities. Ideal for an English class book study or Book Week activities. This book study has also been delivered during online learning as guided reading lessons. The teacher can divide the slides/ chapters into required lessons and send to students or present via live learning platform. The book study comes in both ppt and pdf files. Similar book study resources: The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-iron-man-ted-hughes-book-study-12232610 Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/kensuke-s-kingdom-book-study-11187992 Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne) Maths and Geography Activities https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/around-the-world-in-80-days-activities-11187960 Percy Fawcett presentation (used after The Lost World and The Great Kapok Tree book studies) https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/percy-fawcett-presentation-11477430
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.
Earth Day gardening activities
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Earth Day gardening activities

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Looking for some green-fingered activities for Earth Day? This download contains six easy to run gardening activities. Ideal for an Earth Day or Earth Week activity. Let your pupils get green fingers and become young gardeners during your Earth Day celebrations. Mini themes can include: learning about the growth of seeds, the role insects play in our environment and farming, and how household materials can be re-used in the garden. My young gardener's club, who were 5-6 years old, loved these activities. Older students will also appreciate the opportunity to get their hands dirty and seek out bugs on the school grounds.
Earth Day pledge
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Earth Day pledge

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Start the fun on Earth Day/ Week by having your pupils make a pledge. This Earth Day activity allows your pupils to take ownership of their targets for the week and become responsible global citizens. This colorful and exciting pledge can be used as a place mat or displayed on the wall during Earth Week. Two variants include Earth Day and Earth Week for whichever event you are celebrating this year.
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.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

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Ideal for online learning and teaching/ distance learning and teaching. Online/ distance reading and guided reading lessons. The teacher can divide the slides/ chapters into required lessons and send to students or present via live learning platform. Ideal for Book Week or when reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr as a class. This comprehensive book study contains more than 20 creative writing, drama, poetry, drawing and discussion activities. 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. Similar book study resources: Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/kensuke-s-kingdom-book-study-11187992 Billionaire Boy (David Walliams) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/billionaire-boy-book-study-12323752 The Iron Man (Ted Hughes) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-iron-man-ted-hughes-book-study-12232610 Midnight Fox (Betsy Byars) book study https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/betsy-byars-midnight-fox-book-study-11475685
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.