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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 cut and colour 'I can...' statements
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Earth Day cut and colour 'I can...' statements

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These Earth Day Cut and Color I can... statements are a great resource for using with young students who are learning to become sustainable students. Simply cut and color the statements after an Earth Week activity and paste onto the I can... poster. The students take pride in completing an activity and being able to complete the 'I can...' statement. The poster adds a visual/ non-formal assessment element to the learning. The statements provided include the familiar: I can recycle, I can re-use, I can reduce; the interesting: I can repair, I can rot; the exciting: I can walk or cycle, I can make a compost. In total there are 14 statements and blank templates to make your own. Also included is an A3-sized poster template for the pupils to attach up to 12 of their statements during the Earth Day/ Earth Week celebrations. This resource develops the standard '3 Rs' of sustainability by introducing the students to the '6 Rs' and more concepts for looking after 'Mother' Earth.
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.
Reflection and translation
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Reflection and translation

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This National Curriculum KS2 Maths 4-lesson unit of unit reinforces the pupils' understanding of reflection, introduces translation and then combines the two concepts. Each lesson contains warm-up exercises and resources - everything is ready for print and learning! The original file is a flip chart, and I have also created a PDF version which is also located in this download. Do you want to assess your students' understanding of reflection and translation? This reflection and translation assessment was created to directly follow this unit of work: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/reflections-and-translations-assessment-11534928
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.
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.
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
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. 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 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 Book Week lesson plan. Book Week activities. Kensuke’s Kingdom activities. Kensuke’s Kingdom lesson plan.
25 reading comprehension and inferential activities
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25 reading comprehension and inferential activities

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I created this resource when I realised that several of my students struggled to infer when reading. This is an independent activity in my Guided Reading carousel. Some minor input from me on the difference between comprehending and inferring was all the children needed before getting started. I encourage the students to find more ‘infer’ answers than ‘comprehended’ answers. What I love about this activity is that it has allowed my students to develop their inferential skills when reading worded texts, as well as analysing pictures. The absence of words means it is ideal for numerous reading abilities. This reading inferential resource contains 25 activities. This is great as part of a Guided Reading session or carousel of activities, it could also be used as a lesson starter, morning activity or library session activity.
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.
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.