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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.
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.
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.
EYFS Differentiated English/Literacy Planning based on the story Naughty Bus by Jan Oke
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EYFS 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 EYFS (F2) 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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Butterfly and Caterpillar Missing Number Addition Cards using Number Bonds to 10 and 20
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Butterfly and Caterpillar Missing Number Addition Cards using Number Bonds to 10 and 20

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Activity 1 - Butterfly Cards 11 activity cards to encourage children to count on and find missing numbers in addition number sentences, using number bonds to 10. Each card has an addition number sentence and a butterfly 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. Activity 2 - Caterpillar Cards 21 activity cards to encourage children to count on and find missing numbers in addition number sentences, using number bonds to 20. Each card has an addition number sentence and a caterpillar 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. Note - Preview image shows missing number box is overlapping, but it is fine when downloaded.
The Magic Door Creative English Plan linked to Traditional Tales/Fairy Tales Topic
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The Magic Door Creative English Plan linked to Traditional Tales/Fairy Tales Topic

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This lesson was written for a creative writing day, but could be used over 2-3 days instead. You need to start by creating a magic door in your classroom. I decorated my stock room door with paper, made a letter box, key hole, window, hinges, had a vine running up it, and flowers. The idea is that it looks like a door from a traditional tale home. The children will firstly spend time thinking of questions about who/what is behind the magic door. Suddenly, a letter magically appears in the letter box. It asks the children to look for clues to help them imagine who/what is behind the magic door. The children find the clues and then use their senses to imagine they are entering the magic door - what do they smell, hear, feel, touch, taste? Who do they see? Is it a giant? a fairy? a witch? Written for Year 1, but easily adapted for other age groups.
Year 1 Enchanted Wood Creative English Planning for Outdoor Learning/Forest Schools
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Year 1 Enchanted Wood Creative English Planning for Outdoor Learning/Forest Schools

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My children loved these activities. Ideally, you will need access to a woodland area. We began by visiting the 'Wise Tree' in the wood. The children sat around the tree and waited for it to whisper their names. They approached the tree and chose a name from each bag. This became their woodland name, for example Creeping Blackberry or Misty Willow. The children loved these names and we ended up using them in our daily register! The children then used their senses to describe the woods. On Day 2, the children wrote a description of the woods using their senses and exciting adjectives. On Day 3 we began to question whether or not the wood is enchanted! The children looked for clues in the woods before making their decision. For example, is it just a flower or is it a fairy's umbrella? On Day 4 the children wrote a description of what they found. For example, Walking in the enchanted wood I see an icy, frozen troll's tear. This can then be made into a shape poem on Day 5. This was a wonderful week of activities, loved by boys and girls alike. Enjoy!!
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.
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.
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?'
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.
 Little Red and Honestly, Little Red Riding Hood was Rotten! Writing own Little Red Superhero story
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Little Red and Honestly, Little Red Riding Hood was Rotten! Writing own Little Red Superhero story

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This is a 5 day detailed English plan with differentiated activities written for Year 1, but easily adaptable for Year 2. The children start the week by comparing the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood with Honestly, Little Red Riding Hood was Rotten! using a Venn diagram and story statements. They then move on to thinking about writing their own version of Little Red Riding Hood where Little Red is actually a superhero and has all kinds of superhero gadgets in her basket. She is the hero of the story and needs to save Grandma from the wolf. Can the children think of any superhero gadgets she may have and how they could be used to save Grandma? They will decide on the best gadget, draw it in their basket and describe it. They will then use this idea to make a picture story plan before writing their own story of Little Red Riding Hood’s Superhero Basket. Perfect plan for Traditional Tales or Superhero topic.
Mini Unit EYFS/Year 1 Witches' Brew English Lesson Plans and Resources
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Mini Unit EYFS/Year 1 Witches' Brew English Lesson Plans and Resources

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A 3 day unit with a follow up idea for a 4th day. Resources include 3 days of planning written for Year 1, but adaptable for EYFS and Year 2. Also included are 3 differentiated recipe resource sheets for children to sequence the Witches Brew made on day 1 (4 ingredient simple recipe included); a powerpoint of ideas to help children think of their own ingredient ideas - with a focus on adjectives; and cute differentiated mini cauldron pages for children to write their own recipes for Witches Brew and make into a book.
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!
Year 1 Superhero/Lego Movie Weekly English Planning based on Describing Characters and Settings
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Year 1 Superhero/Lego Movie Weekly English Planning based on Describing Characters and Settings

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Full week's English planning for Year 1. Children start the week by describing their favourite superhero and then go on to discuss whether Emmet from The Lego Movie is a superhero. The children describe Emmet and then go on to create Bricksburg or Cloud Cuckoo Land out of lego/collage materials. They finish the week by describing one of these settings using their senses. AWESOME week of activites which particularly inspired the boys in my class.
Little Red Riding Hood and Lon Po Po - 3 Days Planning and Activities for a Comparative Book Study
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Little Red Riding Hood and Lon Po Po - 3 Days Planning and Activities for a Comparative Book Study

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This was written for a Year 1 class, but could easily be adapted for Year 2. It is 3 days worth of English planning and resources. Children write facts about the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and then compare it to the Chinese story of Lon Po Po (stories from different cultures) written by Ed Young. Resources include 3 days of differentiated planning; differentiated fairy tale facts sheets for Little Red Riding Hood and Lon Po Po (pictures are also included for BA group); and a Venn Diagram collaborative activity which should ideally be enlarged to A3, along with statements to sort. Children could go on to write their own version of Little Red Riding Hood by changing the character, setting and so on.