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I started as an Early Years teacher but now teach Year 1 and love it!! I enjoy making my lessons as fun and creative as I can whilst still having clear learning objectives. I hope you and your children enjoy my resources as much as the children in my class did.

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I started as an Early Years teacher but now teach Year 1 and love it!! I enjoy making my lessons as fun and creative as I can whilst still having clear learning objectives. I hope you and your children enjoy my resources as much as the children in my class did.
Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night Art Planning for EYFS/Foundation Stage 2/Reception
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Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night Art Planning for EYFS/Foundation Stage 2/Reception

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This is a set of 2 Art plans based around the famous painting ‘Starry Night’. The first plan focuses on the beautiful night sky in the painting, whilst the second looks at the buildings in the painting. Each plan has 3-4 creative activities which the children can rotate around. This could be done over 2 full days or a few weeks/half term. The art work the children create can be used to create a beautiful display. A simple powerpoint accompanies the planning to introduce the children to the painting and artist.
Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories English Planning for Years 3 and 4
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Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories English Planning for Years 3 and 4

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This resource includes 7 days of detailed English Planning and resources which begins with the children listening to some Aboriginal Dreamtime stories before working in groups to act out one of the stories. The rest of the planning focuses on children using Talk 4 Writing to story map one of the stories before innovating it/inventing their own Dreamtime story. To give the planning purpose, the children choose how to present their stories. The majority of my class chose to make picture books/comic strips so they could read their stories to the children in Foundation Stage. The children in my class thoroughly enjoyed listening to and writing their own Dreamtime stories. This planning was written for a mixed Year 3/4 class, but was also adapted for an able Year 2 class. I hope you enjoy it!
Year 1 English Planning based on John Lewis' The Bear and the Hare Christmas advert
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Year 1 English Planning based on John Lewis' The Bear and the Hare Christmas advert

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3 days of planning and resources based on the beautiful, inspirational John Lewis' The Bear and the Hare Christmas advert. Activities include exploring why Christmas is special to us, writing a letter to Bear describing why he should wake up for Christmas, and adding speech bubbles to scenes from the animation. Written for Year 1, this planning could easily be adapted for older children.
Year 1 Week's English Planning and resources based on the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
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Year 1 Week's English Planning and resources based on the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

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Weekly planning based on The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. On Day 1 children listen to and retell the story through story maps. On Day 2 children use adjectives to change the opening sentence of the story. On Day 3 they explore woodland creatures and introduce a new character into the story. On Day 4 children use adjectives to describe the Gruffalo. On Day 5 children create their own terrible creature and describe him/her. This planning could easily be adapted/extended, so that children write their own version of The Gruffalo.
Year 1  Week's English Planning and resources based around the story of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
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Year 1 Week's English Planning and resources based around the story of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

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Detailed English planning for Year 1 based on the story of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. Activities are differentiated as appropriate. There are plenty of opportunities for speaking and listening, along with peer work. Day 1 focuses on working together to make a list of different ways to use a stick. Day 2 encourages children to answer the question 'What is the most dangerous thing about being a stick man?' Children are invited to take on the point of view of Stick Man, arguing their view point and justifying their decision. Day 3 invites children to pretend they are Stick Man and recount the story to their family at dinner. Day 4 focuses on Stick Man's feelings and emotions throughout the story. Day 5 invites children to write postcards and letters from Stick Man’s point of view back to his family about one of his adventures.
Early Years Differentiated English/Literacy Planning based on the story Naughty Bus by Jan Oke
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Early Years Differentiated English/Literacy Planning based on the story Naughty Bus by Jan Oke

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This resource includes 12 days worth of English/Literacy planning based on the wonderful story Naughty Bus by Jan Oke. The activities are engaging and fun whilst promoting a love of writing and storytelling. Each day has a whole class input and 4 clearly differentiated activities. This plan was written for Early Years but could easily be adapted for Year 1. I have included a few resources, but mostly you'll just need a toy London bus and plenty of imagination! Have fun!
Dinosaurs Love Underpants Literacy/English Planning and Resources for Year 1/Grade 1
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Dinosaurs Love Underpants Literacy/English Planning and Resources for Year 1/Grade 1

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This planning is based on the story Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman. It includes a detailed weekly plan aimed at Year 1 children, but could easily be adapted for EYFS as it was written for children just moving into year 1. The main objectives of the plan focus on sentence work and adjectives, but also includes independent activities based on the story. Also included are resources to support the plan - underpants template, images from the story, dinosaur sentences with adjectives, writing frame, and colourful underpants with the letters of the alphabet.
Phonics Phase 2 and 3 Early Reading Comprehension Practice for young children
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Phonics Phase 2 and 3 Early Reading Comprehension Practice for young children

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I found it difficult to find any simple comprehension practice activities for my struggling readers, so I designed 5 very simple activities which involve children reading CVC words like pig, mop, bat and then colouring in the matching picture. The children then read a sentence, for example, The cat is in the red box. Finally, they answer 2 simple multiple choice questions, for example, What is in the box?
4 EYFS Lesson Plans and Resources Based on the story Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
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4 EYFS Lesson Plans and Resources Based on the story Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

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These lessons were planned for a series of 4 EYFS English lessons, but could easily be adapted for Year 1 children. The first lesson focuses on introducing the story and the children talking and writing about their own bedtime routines. The second lesson encourages children to retell the story using words and actions before sequencing the story using pictures and sentences. The third lesson takes the children outdoors as they change the setting of the story to Mr Bear trying to get to sleep in his tent in the woods. Children go on a sound walk to identify sounds which might keep Mr Bear awake. The final lesson encourages children to write their own simple story of Peace at Last with the new setting of the 'the woods'. If you do not have access to woodland, other outdoor areas could be used. All activities are differentiated and engaging. Hope your children enjoy them as much as mine. The sequencing pictures have been taken from the story Peace at Last by Jill Murphy.
New Year Activity - My Favourite Christmas Present Literacy Lesson for Early Years
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New Year Activity - My Favourite Christmas Present Literacy Lesson for Early Years

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This is an ideal activity for the first week back to school after the Christmas holidays. It includes a detailed lesson plan and resources. The lesson starts with that all important time for children to talk about their favourite Christmas presents. This is followed up by differentiated writing activities using templates. The activities include drawing favourite Christmas presents and labelling; drawing favourite Christmas presents and writing simple sentences to go with the pictures; and 3 differentiated thank you letter templates so children can send a special thank you for their special gift. This gives children a real purpose for writing and letters can be posted/given to friends, relatives or Santa himself!
Guess How Much I Love You Valentines Day Literacy Planning for EYFS
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Guess How Much I Love You Valentines Day Literacy Planning for EYFS

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This is 2 days Literacy planning based on the beautiful story 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney, and would be particularly suitable for days running up to, and including, Valentines Day. Planning could be adapted for Year 1 children. Activities include differentiated guided reading and writing activities, along with a Valentines card idea, and a TA intervention/booster activity based on reading and spelling words from the story. Enjoy!
Months of the Year
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Months of the Year

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This resource has been designed for Key Stage 1. There are 3 different activities. The first one involves children putting the months of the year in order. In the second, the children answer questions about which month comes before/after. Finally, children are asked to write the dates, for example, change 5.4.15 to 5th April, 2015. All activities are ready to print and go for your convenience.
Stepping into Year 1 Back to School English Plan
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Stepping into Year 1 Back to School English Plan

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A 2 day English plan to start off a new year. Written for Year 1, the plan introduces the idea of lists and captions through getting to know the children and the children getting to know their new classroom. Includes a template for 'Where did my shoes take me this summer?'.
Year 1 Grammar Singular to Plural Nouns - s and es
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Year 1 Grammar Singular to Plural Nouns - s and es

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Simple activity for introducing plurals. Cut out the 10 cards and laminate. Children spend time adding the correct ending to make the noun plural to match the pictures using e or es (5 of each). Children can then record the singular word and plural word on the recording sheet next to the corresponding picture.
Phase 3 Phonics Early Reading Comprehension Practice  Activities for young children
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Phase 3 Phonics Early Reading Comprehension Practice Activities for young children

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I have struggled to find simple comprehension activities which allow children to read a sentence independently and respond by answering simple questions. I feel this is important as many Year 1 children are now required to complete comprehension tests, so it is important they have experience of this as early as possible. Here are 6 simple comprehension activities which are suitable for children who are working within phase 3 phonics. Each activity involves reading a sentence, drawing a picture, and answering 2 simple questions related to the question. An example of a sentence is 'It is fun to go to the zoo'. An example of a question is 'Where is it fun to go?'
Grade 1 Week's English Planning and resources based on the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
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Grade 1 Week's English Planning and resources based on the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

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Weekly planning based on The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. On Day 1 children listen to and retell the story through story maps. On Day 2 children use adjectives to change the opening sentence of the story. On Day 3 they explore woodland creatures and introduce a new character into the story. On Day 4 children use adjectives to describe the Gruffalo. On Day 5 children create their own terrible creature and describe him/her. This planning could easily be adapted/extended, so that children write their own version of The Gruffalo. Please note this planning has been written using the English National Curriculum objectives.
The Three Ninja Pigs Fractured Fairy Tales English Planning and Resources for Year 1
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The Three Ninja Pigs Fractured Fairy Tales English Planning and Resources for Year 1

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This planning is based on the story The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz. The planning is for one day and includes sharing the beginning of the story, talking about the setting and characters. The children then become the authors as you stop reading just as the wolf arrives at the first little pig's house. What will happen next? Children encouraged to share their ideas before planning their own middle and ending to the story. The extension activity would be to use the story plan to write their own fractured fairy tale middle and ending. This planning is adaptable for Year 2 and can easily be extended to last longer than one session. Fantastic story for all children - boys love the ninja theme, and girls love the fact that the girl pig is the hero of the story!
Ladybird Missing Number Addition Cards to encourage Counting On using Number Bonds to 5
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Ladybird Missing Number Addition Cards to encourage Counting On using Number Bonds to 5

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6 activity cards to encourage children to count on and find missing numbers in addition number sentences, using number bonds to 5. Each card has an addition number sentence and a ladybird to use to solve the problem. You could laminate the cards and use them with whiteboard pens, unifix cubes, counters or Play Dough. Children add additional dots using a pen, unifix cubes, counters or roll Play Dough balls and then count on to help them find the missing number. Butterfly and Caterpillar activity cards are available in my shop. These encourage counting on using number bonds to 10 and 20.