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Hi! I am a teacher with over 20 years' experience at Primary level. Since working on the on the Every Child a Writer project as a lead teacher I have tried to make my resources as challenging as possible with a large slice of fun! I try to cram in as much detail as possible into the guided reading / writing activities, plays, worksheets and comprehension exercises that I produce. Any feedback and suggestions welcome!

Hi! I am a teacher with over 20 years' experience at Primary level. Since working on the on the Every Child a Writer project as a lead teacher I have tried to make my resources as challenging as possible with a large slice of fun! I try to cram in as much detail as possible into the guided reading / writing activities, plays, worksheets and comprehension exercises that I produce. Any feedback and suggestions welcome!
String Telephone Investigation

String Telephone Investigation

This is a fun activity where the children will use the string telephones they have made to investigate how sound travels through solids. The main activity is best suited to be done outdoors, in pairs or threes. The children are firstly encouraged to make predictions on whether sound can travel through a number of solids and liquids. This part of the lesson can be done by teacher demonstration while the children discuss and predict what will happen. This leads to a practical investigation to find out how, (and if ), a string telephone works! Encourages prediction, discussion and observation skills
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Make a String Telephone  / Research about Alexander Graham Bell Activities as Homework

Make a String Telephone / Research about Alexander Graham Bell Activities as Homework

Essentially, here are two really useful 2 homework activities. Activity 1 details how to make a string telephone at home. Secondly, the pupils are asked to research about Alexander Graham Bell. I like to give this homework for the half term before we start the ‘Sounds’ topic in order to enthuse the children and get them started on the topic. It is also useful to have the string telephones for display and use in later investigations.
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Sounds Review / Assessment Activity Y5/6

Sounds Review / Assessment Activity Y5/6

This is a Y5/6 science assessment on the key facts learnt in the ‘Sounds’ topic. It could be given at the end of a unit, as assessment; at the start of a unit as a pre - learning task or as a whole class teaching activity.
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Victorian Toys and Games Comprehension Y5/6

Victorian Toys and Games Comprehension Y5/6

This is an engaging comprehension exercise for Years 5 and 6. It consists of 3 pages of text on the topic of Victorian Toys and Games and one A4 Question Worksheet. The text is non - fiction and the main learning objective is to retrieve information from a non - fiction text. The writing is clear but challenging, with the writing neatly sectioned using subheadings, for ease of use. There is also a vocabulary word hunt to really challenge your most gifted readers. The total score for the comprehension questions and vocabulary word hunt is 20, meaning you can record as a percentage score easily. It can be used purely as a reading assessment activity or as part of whole class teaching of reading. The historical element means it is great for showing cross curricular links.
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Tudor Explorers Bundle of over10 resources including whole class Christopher Columbus Play.

Tudor Explorers Bundle of over10 resources including whole class Christopher Columbus Play.

KS2 Years 4 and 5 This includes over 10 resources: Two cloze procedure comprehensions on sailors’ conditions Text and comprehension worksheet on Francis Drake Brief biographies of 6 major explorers Two power points Galleon drawing with lines for written work Maths problems worksheet problem solving Wordsearch Original Christopher Columbus play - could be for the whole class or done as a guided read. Schooldays in the Past questionnaire - homework activity.
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Set of  literacy resources based on the  Amazon Rainforest / Conservation Issues for Years 5 / 6

Set of literacy resources based on the Amazon Rainforest / Conservation Issues for Years 5 / 6

These resources focus on exploring rainforests through literacy and give lots of scope for follow up writing activities! They're also useful in the study of conservation issues. As some of the language is tricky the comprehensions are mainly suitable for Year 5 and above, but could be a challenge for a bright Year 4 class! Comprehension 1 - consists of a detailed A4 sized text on the Amazon rainforest, including conservation issues. The question sheet is designed to stick in the pupils' books and includes lesson objectives and 2 differentiated dictionary challenges. Comprehension 2 - an A4 - sized cloze procedure exercise called 'What is a Rainforest?' Map of world rainforests with space for written tasks. Seven pages of rainforest images which are useful for initiating and inspiring a rainforest art project.
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Homework Spelling lists and activities for mixed Year 4 / 5 class

Homework Spelling lists and activities for mixed Year 4 / 5 class

These are weekly 15-word spelling lists and LSCWC practice based on the Regular Spelling and Common Exception spellings for both year 4 and year 5. I have a mixed class this year so I have devised separate lists for the two year groups. Each worksheet contains a list of the weekly spellings alongside a table where the children practise the words 4 times using Look-Say-Cover-Write-Check. I usually let the children start off on a Monday morning, then take the sheet home to practise for a test on Friday. There is 5 week's work included, alongside templates to make further lists of your own and displays of the weekly spellings for your literacy board.
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Why is Britain Great? Bundle of Geography / Literacy  resources

Why is Britain Great? Bundle of Geography / Literacy resources

Key Stage 2 - can be used and adapted for years 3-6 Includes: 2 detailed lesson plans including writing / SPAG activities Several UK and GB maps 'Images of GB' resource - 2 sides of A4 Landmark Pics. (Stonehenge, Blackpool Tower, Buckingham Palace etc.) for use with writing / art activities Union Jack image Comprehension activity to be used with Collins atlases Uk facts sheet
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Brazil Unit of Work - resources for Years 4 - 6.

Brazil Unit of Work - resources for Years 4 - 6.

A useful Curriculum Plan and lots of activities / worksheets / PPs / Pics on the geography of Brazil. Activities include: A factfile containing some basic facts about the country A cloze procedure activity on Brazilian landscapes and the Amazon, A mindmap task. A research activity to help learn the basic facts about Brazil - where it is located in the world, population figures etc. This could be used alongside Activity 1 or as a research lesson to use when beginning the topic. An investigating Brazil worksheet for pupils to use when researching using books and internet sources. PP on the landscapes of Brazil.
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A Large Range of Engaging  Comprehension Activities for Y4 / 5 / 6

A Large Range of Engaging Comprehension Activities for Y4 / 5 / 6

Over 10 sets of comprehension resources altogether! They are suitable for Years 4 to 6 and can be easily tweaked to suit your class. The following topics are included: Electricity, Sound, Tudors, Rainforests, Brazil, Great Britain, Victorian Toys and Games, Street Child by Berlie Doherty, Victorian Inventions and Penguins. There are also plenty of other activities included to work alongside the comprehension activities, such as adjectives worksheets, vocabulary challenges, powerpoints, various sorting activities and research challenges.
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A Bundle of 4  Healthy Living Activities for Key Stage 2

A Bundle of 4 Healthy Living Activities for Key Stage 2

3 worksheets and a wordsearch to teach about the different food groups / healthy living. There are questions on the pyramid and a fun activity where the pupils will talk about what sort of foods are represented by cartoon pictures, then list each food under the 5 main food group headings. As a challenge, the pupils then add other foods to the lists to even them up!
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Creating cohesion within a paragraph - Year 5/6 writers

Creating cohesion within a paragraph - Year 5/6 writers

A worksheet designed to teach about trickier connectives such as: However Therefore In addition Consequently etc . . . to help build cohesion within a paragraph. After discussion, pupils will redraft a paragraph about keeping fit. A simple but effective resource.
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'Nothing To Do?' Poetry Lesson plans and activities to teach your Y4 / 5 pupils to write poetry!

'Nothing To Do?' Poetry Lesson plans and activities to teach your Y4 / 5 pupils to write poetry!

Based on two poems from the ‘English Alive’ series of literacy books for Key Stage Two. Contains two detailed lesson plans written in simple language, giving step by step instructions to make your lessons go smoothly (!) - plus scope for follow up lessons in reading and writing poetry. The lessons teach use of verbs, similes and poem structure in fun activities where pupils write and perform their own poems based on the two poems read. Pupils will play interactive starter games, read and discuss poems and write and perform their own poems based on the models provided. The accent is on fun!!! Theme: Feelings Objectives include: 1) Compare and contrast poems on a similar theme. 2) Recognise and begin to use similes. 3) Use rhythm and rhyming couplets
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Bundle of Literacy resources about Penguins for teaching non fiction comprehension and vocabulary.

Bundle of Literacy resources about Penguins for teaching non fiction comprehension and vocabulary.

This is a bundle of 4 activities based on a 21 page powerpoint presentation and a non fiction text called, 'Why don't penguins feel the cold?' The PP could be used as a starter or discussion activity or as a stand alone activity. The other activities include: * Cloze procedure - 10 missing words * Dictionary Challenge * Cartoon picture - invent a caption There are also lots of opportunities, within this pack, for pupils to practise their non fiction writing .
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Set of 6 Sound Investigations plus Powerpoint, Review worksheet and Wordsearch for Key Stage 2

Set of 6 Sound Investigations plus Powerpoint, Review worksheet and Wordsearch for Key Stage 2

The review worksheet is useful for discussing and reviewing what the children know about the 'Sound' topic at the start of teaching the unit. There are six investigations for the pupils to try! The Investigation sheets are written in simple language to allow pupils to read and follow independently. Sheets could be laminated and allocated to different groups. They can then be tackled as a 'circuit' of activities, with groups of 5/6 children spending 20 minutes on each, then circulating.This would represent a full afternoon's session. Alternatively, 3 activities could be tackled in an hour session, with two sessions required to complete the whole six investigations! Preparation is the key to the success of these investigations; you will need various materials such as string telephones, balloons, a nailboard, paper straws and glass bottles filled with various amounts of water! Recording of the investigations should be instant and simple; pupils can expand on their findings in a follow up lesson, where their initial ideas can be discussed and improved.
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Mix of 11 Wonderful Wordsearch Puzzles for  Key Stage 2!!!

Mix of 11 Wonderful Wordsearch Puzzles for Key Stage 2!!!

11 wordsearch puzzles - some based on Key Stage 2 units, some just for fun! Superheroes and Superheroines Rainforests Greek Myths Fronted Adverbials Sounds Solar System Tudor Explorers Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler Firework-Maker's Daughter Adjectives Healthy Living
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Whole Class Play based on the first voyage of ChristopherColumbus

Whole Class Play based on the first voyage of ChristopherColumbus

This is a 30 - 40 minute play with 10 separate scenes. There are 6 main parts, 21 speaking parts altogether and other singing and dancing roles that will easily accommodate a class of 30. It can be practised and performed as a whole class or, as part of drama activities, in groups. Pupils will learn all about the conditions for sailors in Tudor times, the reasons why the voyage was so important and the story of why Columbus became known for discovering 'The New World'. However, the accent in this play is most definitely FUN!!! There are jokes, an S-Factor scene (giving opportunities for pupils talents to be showcased), magicians, singing, dancing and slots where you can insert your own class's ideas!!! If performed as a whole class play, it would take two or more weeks of rehearsals and learning the parts before delivering a performance. Alternatively, it can be used as a group reader for a group of 6 children, with the pupils switching roles and playing the roles of more than one character.
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