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

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

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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.
Victorian Inventions  Worksheet
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Victorian Inventions Worksheet

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Key Stage Two - Years 5 / 6 This is a worksheet with two activities: firstly, pupils will discuss and link Victorian inventors with their inventions; secondly, there are four questions to discuss and answer. The questions focus on the significance and impact of several inventions. The worksheet will work best when it follows on from discussion and looking at artifacts or photographs, where pupils will have thought about the relative merits of the inventions and asked whether they are relevant today.
Creating cohesion within a paragraph - Year 5/6 writers
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Creating cohesion within a paragraph - Year 5/6 writers

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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.
Victorian Toys - Y5/6 Text for independent or whole class reading and a Comprehension activity
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Victorian Toys - Y5/6 Text for independent or whole class reading and a Comprehension activity

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This is a 2 page text, with colourful illustrations and sub-titles, all about Victorian toys. Alongside this non-fiction text is a 20 - mark comprehension sheet. The reading text could be used as an independent reading activity, a whole class read or even used by pupils for research purposes. The comprehension questions are all based on the text and are of mixed difficulty, allowing all pupils to succeed, while stretching the higher ability readers. The comprehension question worksheet also contains 2 challenges for extension and differentiation purposes. I have also included a Questionnaire for pupils to do as homework. The task is to interview an older person to find out the differences between schooldays and childhood from now compared with the past.
Homework Spelling lists and activities for mixed Year 4 / 5 class
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Homework Spelling lists and activities for mixed Year 4 / 5 class

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

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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.
Abbreviations Worksheet for Y5
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Abbreviations Worksheet for Y5

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Suitable for Years 4-6 and helps to support the skill of note taking. Pupils love the latest text message abbreviations so will enjoy working in pairs to find all the abbreviations contained in this worksheet. It is a worksheet in 2 halves, the second activity is simpler and can be used to support pupils with SEN.
'Nothing To Do?' Poetry Lesson plans and activities to teach your Y4 / 5 pupils to write poetry!
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'Nothing To Do?' Poetry Lesson plans and activities to teach your Y4 / 5 pupils to write poetry!

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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
English activities based on Chapters 2 and 3 of 'A Victorian Diary' (Youtube resource)
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English activities based on Chapters 2 and 3 of 'A Victorian Diary' (Youtube resource)

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‘A Victorian Diary’ is a series of 15 minute videos showing life in Victorian times. Events are reported by fictional character Maggie Johnson and by other characters she meets, providing different perspectives. This series is brilliant just to watch and enjoy, but it can also be used to help develop literacy skills. These are resources based on chapters 2 and 3 and also include generic diary writing templates. The chapter 2 resource is a punctuation and proof reading exercise. Pupils have to read and correct a diary entry, written from Maggie’s perspective. It could also be used as an example of writing in diary style and lead to the pupils writing their own version. The main learning objective of the Chapter 3 worksheet is to develop pupils’ understanding of empathy, but there is activities on prediction skills and note - taking. Alongside the worksheet I have created some excerpts and images to cement the main learning objective.
Make a String Telephone  / Research about Alexander Graham Bell Activities as Homework
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Make a String Telephone / Research about Alexander Graham Bell Activities as Homework

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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.
Anti Bullying Week / Angel of Nitshill Road  - Unit of Work
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Anti Bullying Week / Angel of Nitshill Road - Unit of Work

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This is a unit of work for anyone planning an anti bullying week or anyone teaching anti bullying issues through literacy / drama / PSHE. It incorporates the excellent book for Upper Key Stage Two, 'The Angel of Nitshill Road', in particular using the first two chapters in exploring a range of bullying and peer pressure issues. Includes: *Full planning for anti bullying week, with 5 detailed lesson plans. *Drama activities incorporated into the literacy sessions. *Anti bullying Posters PP *Link to further activities for 'The Angel of Nitshill Road' *2 comprehension exercises
A Bundle of 4  Healthy Living Activities for Key Stage 2
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A Bundle of 4 Healthy Living Activities for Key Stage 2

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

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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
String Telephone Investigation
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String Telephone Investigation

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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
Whole Class Play based on the first voyage of ChristopherColumbus
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Whole Class Play based on the first voyage of ChristopherColumbus

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

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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.