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Hi! I am a teacher with over 20 years' experience at Primary level. I try to make my resources as challenging as possible with a large slice of fun, while cramming 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!

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Hi! I am a teacher with over 20 years' experience at Primary level. I try to make my resources as challenging as possible with a large slice of fun, while cramming 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!
Writing an original Greek Myth with Years 5 and 6
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Writing an original Greek Myth with Years 5 and 6

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I have created the first 3 parts to an original myth based on traditional Greek myths, which can be used to teach pupils how to develop their own myth. Lesson 1 - Creating the setting. Lesson 2 - Introducing the villain and setting out the problem. Lesson 3 - Introducing the hero and creating tension in the story. I have used this exemplar to teach children to write their own ‘myth’ over the course of a week, in stages, with time allowed for editing and improving. I have included the main features of a Greek myth, such as the use of magic, fantastic, hybrid creatures, and the Good vs Bad scenario. In the course of a lesson, these features will be emphasised as the teacher writes alongside the pupils, discussing the language and why it has been chosen. Characters will be developed with detailed descriptions and the plot will be discussed and used as a model for pupils’ own myths. I have not written the last parts of the story as this is where I would put the children fully in charge of the story - it is amazing the ideas they will devise for the hero to vanquish the evil villain Voltar and his terrifying creature, the Scorpidon! As the story is in Word, it can be adapted an lots of ways and also used to develop spelling, punctuation, cloze procedure and grammar activies. I have also included some Greek island images for use in pupils’ books, and an A4 feature list for myths. Enjoy!
Victorian Inventions & Inventors - Activities for Key Stage Two
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Victorian Inventions & Inventors - Activities for Key Stage Two

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Five worksheets about Victorian inventions and inventors for Key Stage Two. The first worksheet has 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. 2nd worksheet: Images of Victorian inventions 3rd and 4th worksheets: Comparing Victorian objects with modern 5th worksheet: Welcome to the Victorian Museum activity. For this activity you need to place obscure and interesting Victorian artefacts (or photos of them) on each table of classroom. Pupils go round to each table and try to figure out what each artefact is!
Firework - Maker's Daughter Literacy Pack for Years 5 and 6
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Firework - Maker's Daughter Literacy Pack for Years 5 and 6

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I have created a chapter - by - chapter set of comprehension exercises with linked SPAG activities and additional writing tasks. There are 12 comprehension / SPAG worksheets and 5 corresponding writing tasks Each comprehension activity has a variety of different questions, with 20 marks available (allowing for a % score to be made!). I have designed questions which allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Harder questions are signified by being awarded extra marks (up to 3 marks as in the SATs and key stage tests). Each reading task has a learning objective in line with Year 5/6 National Curriculum objectives and requires the reading of one full chapter or part of a chapter of the Firework - Maker’s Daughter. The worksheets are all A4 size, written in Word, and there are various ways to use the activity sheets, including: As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group. As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group. As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter as a Unit of Work / class book. As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment. As a useful teacher prompt/ discussion leader when doing a guided read. Alongside the comprehension task, each worksheet has a SPAG challenge based on the Year 5 and 6 English frameworks - for example: dictionary activities, synonyms, etc. These could be the focus of the lesson, serve as an extension task or be used as a stand alone / separate activity. As all worksheets are created on Microsoft Word they can be easily adapted to suit your needs. For example, in the past I have shrank the set questions to half-page size and photocopied them to stick in pupils’ books, ready for independent work. You could also add your own questions, objectives etc.
Teaching resources based on the poems of Allan Ahlberg
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Teaching resources based on the poems of Allan Ahlberg

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These resources are based on the following 3 poems by Allan Ahlberg: Parents’ Evening Please, Sir Mrs Brady. A large range of learning objectives and activities are covered, including: Cloze procedure Predicting rhymes Features of a poem Comprehension Creative writing Creating a whole class verse based on a verse of the ‘Please, Sir’ poem
Sheep-Pig Comprehension and Writing Pack for Years 3/4
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Sheep-Pig Comprehension and Writing Pack for Years 3/4

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A chapter - by - chapter (12 chapters in all) set of comprehension exercises with linked Spelling and Grammar activities. Each comprehension activity has at least 10 questions, which I have designed to allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Harder questions are signified by being awarded extra marks (up to 3 marks for a tricky question). Each reading task has a learning objective in and requires the reading of one full chapter of the Sheep-Pig. The worksheets are all A4 size and there are various ways to use the activity sheets, including: As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group. As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group. As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of The Sheep - Pig as a Unit of Work / class book. As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment. As a useful teacher prompt/ discussion leader when doing a guided read. Alongside the comprehension task, each worksheet has a Spelling or Grammar challenge - for example: fronted adverbials, dictionary activities, word classes, etc. These could be the focus of the lesson, serve as an extension task or be used as a stand alone / separate activity. All worksheets are created on Microsoft Word so can be easily adapted to suit your needs. For example, in the past I have shrank the 10 set questions to half-page size and photocopied them to stick in pupils’ books, ready for independent work. You could also add your own questions, objectives etc.
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler Comprehension Pack
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The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler Comprehension Pack

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I have created a set of 10 comprehension exercises which cover all 14 chapters (and postscript) of this classic book about life in a primary school. Also included are answer sheets which can be photocopied for pupils’ use or used on the whiteboard for all class marking. Each comprehension activity has 20 questions, designed to allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Being ‘out of 20’ also allows to find a quick percentage score for each pupil! The worksheets are all A4 size and there are various ways to use the activity sheets, including: As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group. As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group. As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler as a Unit of Work / class book. As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment. All worksheets are created on Microsoft Word so can be easily adapted to suit your needs. For example, in the past I have shrank the 20 set questions to half-page size and photocopied them to stick in pupils’ books, ready for independent work. You could also add your own questions, objectives etc.
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
The Enormous Crocodile Home Learning Literacy Pack for Years 3 / 4
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The Enormous Crocodile Home Learning Literacy Pack for Years 3 / 4

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The pack consists of 4 comprehension worksheets with additional SPAG activities, plus two combined 20 question comprehensions, all written in Word on A4 worksheets. Each of the 4 main worksheets contains 10 questions on the book. The comprehension questions cover the whole book in 4 worksheets. On each worksheet there is a comprehension and writing activity as follows: Worksheet 1 - Comprehension based on pages 8 to 18 - Dictionary Challenge Worksheet 2 - Comprehension based on pages 19 to 36 - Spelling Challenge Worksheet 3 - Comprehension based on pages 37 to 49 - Vibrant Verbs activity Worksheet 4 - Comprehension based on pages 50 to 60 -Sensational Similes activity Additionally, I have made two 20 question comprehension worksheets, scoring 24 and 26 respectively, giving a whole book score of 50. These could be used as an assessment resource or for pupils to work on independently. Lastly, I have combined the 4 writing activities on two A4 worksheets.
Matilda Class and Home Learning Literacy Pack for Years 5 and 6
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Matilda Class and Home Learning Literacy Pack for Years 5 and 6

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This is a literacy pack containing chapter- by - chapter activities relating to the first five chapters of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. For each of the five chapters there is a comprehension / guided reading activity and a SPaG activity, plus several additional vocabulary and writing tasks. Each A4 comprehension worksheet has a variety of questions worth 20 marks and could be used as an independent task, as part of a guided reading session, reading assessment or whole class teaching. Each SPaG worksheet is double A4 - sized, with space for pupils’ answers. It could be used as part of SATs practice as I have styled the questions in a similar vein. Similarly, pupils could do the worksheet as an independent task or as part of whole class revision for the SATs. There are 25 marks available - which again allows pupils to find their percentage score! At the end of the formal questions there is an extension spelling task on each sheet. There are two extra Vocabulary and spelling activities included for chapter one, plus a writing task. I have also included a landscape - version of the comprehension task with space on the worksheet for the pupils’ answers. All activities are created in Word so can be edited to your own designs. Answer sheets are included!
Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest - Geography and Literacy Resources for Years 4 and 5
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Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest - Geography and Literacy Resources for Years 4 and 5

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A useful Curriculum Plan and lots of activities / worksheets / PPs / Pics / Posters on the geography of Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest. List of Resources: 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. Three posters which can be used as part of a display for your Brazil topic and also for comprehension / reading activities. Each poster is factual, with key geographical words highlighted, and uses illustrations. The three posters are: Brazilian History People and Culture Wildlife Two comprehension exercises based on the Amazon rainforest: 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. 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. Also included are three posters which can be used as part of a display for your Brazil topic and also for comprehension / reading activities. Each poster is factual, with key geographical words highlighted, and uses illustrations. The three posters are: Brazilian History / People and Culture / Wildlife
George's Marvellous Medicine comprehension pack, plus SPAG activities, for Years 3 and 4
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George's Marvellous Medicine comprehension pack, plus SPAG activities, for Years 3 and 4

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The pack contains a set of comprehension exercises covering all 15 chapters of the book. The activities are presented in two different formats: the first format consists of handy A4 worksheets which the pupils work on. Each A4 worksheet includes a reading challenge extension task. The second format requires the pupils to write the answers in their exercise books, and as there are 2 question sheets per A4 sheet this means the question sheets can be easily cut in half and stuck into the pupils’ books if required. Each comprehension worksheet has a range of different questions, with 20 marks available (allowing for a % score to be made too!). I have tried to design questions which allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Harder questions are signified by being awarded extra marks (up to 3 marks as in the SATs and key stage tests). Each comprehension has a learning objective in line with Year 3/4 National Curriculum objectives and requires the reading of one, two or three chapters of the book (most chapters are small). The worksheets are are all written in Word, so can be easily adapted - for instance you could also add your own questions, objectives etc. There are various ways to use this resource, including As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group. As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group. As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of George’s Marvellous Medicine as a Unit of Work / class book. As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment. As a useful teacher prompt/ discussion leader when doing a guided read. SPAG ACTIVITIES I have also included 5 SPAG activities which are based on the first 6 chapters. They include practice in proof reading, verb tenses, spelling and questions based on SATS format.
The Witches by Roald Dahl - 2 comprehension exercises  based on chapter one
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The Witches by Roald Dahl - 2 comprehension exercises based on chapter one

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The main comprehension is A4 sized and contains 19 questions, giving a total of 25 marks (could be turned into a percentage score!), plus a dictionary challenge. The comprehension could be used as an independent task for Y5/6 children or to use in a guided reading session. The second comprehension task is shorter, containing 10 questions to answer, for a total of 16 marks, plus a reading challenge based on a paragraph from chapter one. Could also be used as an independent activity or as part of a group reading. it is half A4 sized, so I have put two comprehensions on one A4 worksheet.
The Angel of Nitshill Road Comprehension Pack for Years 4 and 5
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The Angel of Nitshill Road Comprehension Pack for Years 4 and 5

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The pack contains a set of comprehension exercises covering all 10 chapters of the book. The activities are presented on A4 worksheets which the pupils work on. Each A4 worksheet includes a reading challenge extension task. Each comprehension worksheet has a range of different questions, with 20 marks available (allowing for a % score to be made too!). I have tried to design questions which allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Harder questions are signified by being awarded extra marks (up to 3 marks as in the SATs and key stage tests). Each reading comprehension requires the reading of one chapter of the book (except for chapters 9 and 10, which I have combined into one comprehension sheet as the chapters are small). The worksheets are are all written in Microsoft Word, so can be easily adapted - for instance you could also add your own questions, objectives etc. There are various ways to use this resource, including: As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group. As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group. As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of The Angel of Nitshill Road as a Unit of Work / class book. As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment. As a useful teacher prompt/ discussion leader when doing a guided read.
Make a String Telephone  / Research on Alexander Graham Bell Activities as Homework
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Make a String Telephone / Research on 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.
Creating suspense / empathy - the loneliness of being trapped in a room - Year 5 / 6 writers.
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Creating suspense / empathy - the loneliness of being trapped in a room - Year 5 / 6 writers.

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Thomas is trapped in a room but we don’t know why or how he has got there . . . This resource can be used in a number of ways: as a story starter for a suspense / mystery story; for an example of creating empathy for a character; for a stimulus for a cold / independent write, etc. I have used it as part of a wider drama scenario, whereby Tom has been arrested (wrongly) for shoplifting and is awaiting his mum whilst locked in the manager’s drab office, all alone with his mind racing . . .
Penguins Literacy resources for Years 4 and 5
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Penguins Literacy resources for Years 4 and 5

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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 .
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.