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Sustain the Student

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earth Day bingo
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Earth Day bingo

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Your Earth Day/ Earth Week celebrations can be made more fun for your pupils with a game of Earth Day Bingo! This Earth Day activity is ideal for introducing, reinforcing or assessing your studentsā€™ knowledge of age appropriate geography and sustainability key words and concepts. 5 differentiated Earth Day bingo game activities for 5-18 years old. The difficulty of the games ranges from: the reading of key words and showing of flash card illustrations (KS1) through to the reading of scientific and geographic terminology and definitions (KS2 - KS3). 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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.