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I am an Assistant Headteacher at an outstanding North London primary school. Throughout all my teaching career, I have strongly believed that we make the best learning happen when we inspire pupils. The resources I publish are therefore intended to do exactly that and to offer a challenging and engaging learning experience to pupils of all abilities. I hope you will find something here that inspires you!

I am an Assistant Headteacher at an outstanding North London primary school. Throughout all my teaching career, I have strongly believed that we make the best learning happen when we inspire pupils. The resources I publish are therefore intended to do exactly that and to offer a challenging and engaging learning experience to pupils of all abilities. I hope you will find something here that inspires you!
4 Digit Car Top Trumps (Comparing and Ordering 4 digit numbers)

4 Digit Car Top Trumps (Comparing and Ordering 4 digit numbers)

A set of 16 ‘top trumps’ cards with three sets of four-digit numbers describing the vital stats of a number of modern cars. Can be used in number of ways when learning about place value with 4-digit numbers: playing the traditional ‘top trumps’ game in pairs as a lesson starter, using one set of numbers (e.g ‘wheelbase’) to order the cards, comparing and ordering the numbers for one particular car, etc. The context is intended to engage those pupils who may not always see the relevance of mathematical concepts - hence the set includes plenty of luxury and sports cars as well as those more modest motors we teachers are likely to be spotted in!
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82 Literacy Starters - Over 300 differentiated activities!

82 Literacy Starters - Over 300 differentiated activities!

This powerpoint contains 82 literacy starters, each one differentiated three ways and most also including an extension challenge - a total of over 300 activities! With the exception of the ‘lipograms’, these activities are all ‘open-ended’, i.e, pupils do not ‘finish’ them. This makes them ideal for morning ‘welcome’ time (for schools that do this), where pupils arrive at different times. Equally, they can be used as regular lesson starters. Nothing needs printing for any of the activities, you literally just put the slide up on your smartboard and off you go! The file comprises the following challenges: Slides 2-18: ‘Word Chains’ (Y1-6) This can be good practice for pupils’ dictionary use skills - can they find a word that begins with the last letter(s) of the previous word? How long can they then make this word chain before they run out of words? Slide 19: ‘Alphabet Sentences’ (Y1-6) A great activity for assessing how well pupils grasp what constitutes a sentence, as well as extending their vocabulary. This activity challenges pupils to create sentences where the words start with consecutive letters of the alphabet. Slides 20-46: ‘Lipograms’ (Y4-6) Ideal for practice in using a thesaurus and extending pupils’ vocabulary, as well as assessing their sense of poetic rhythm and word choice. These activities provide a short poem with a particular theme (e.g ‘water’, ‘Spring’, ‘The Future’, etc.) and challenge pupils to re-write it with the rule that one letter is ‘forbidden’! Note: some of these are harder than others, so choose carefully when first introducing the idea! Slides 47-62: ‘Starts and Ends’ (Y2-6) A chance for pupils to build vocabulary and practice dictionary use, this time in a slightly more competitive way! The starting and ending letters of words are provided, pupils need to think of and write down the longest words they can find/think of with those starting and ending letters. Slides 63-74: ‘9 Letter Challenge’ (Y1-3) Useful for practicing phonics for spelling with simpler words. This activity challenges pupils to make as many words as they can using the provided letters. Note: These only have 2-way differentiation (plus an extension challenge) Slides 75-83: Christmas Specials! These are versions of the above challenges for the festive season, complete with suitably cheesy xmas graphics!
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Fractions of Amounts / Fractions of a Discreet Set of Objects

Fractions of Amounts / Fractions of a Discreet Set of Objects

This resource is ideal for use when teaching lower KS2 pupils how to find fractions of a number. The ‘1chilli’ and ‘2 chillies’ activities are intended to be trimmed into three rectangles and stuck onto the template when completed. For example, a pupil may start with the ‘1 chilli - A’ activity, find they are ready to move onto harder work and so do the ‘two chillies - A’ activity next. The template has space for up to 3 activities. Additionally there are a pair of ‘chilli challenge’ cards that you could trim and laminate for use as an extension or to go in a ‘challenge area’ within your classroom. These challenges are ‘open-ended’ - there are a range of solutions and therefore should keep able Y3/4 pupils busy for some time!
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Y3/4 'Room-Cleaning Robot' Explanation Text Writing Lesson (Assessment Piece)

Y3/4 'Room-Cleaning Robot' Explanation Text Writing Lesson (Assessment Piece)

A complete lesson for Y3/4 in which pupils design a ‘room-cleaning robot’ and then use this as the context for an explanation text on how the robot functions. This can be done as an assessed piece in one extended lesson or the content could be split into separate planning and writing days. The resources comprise: an example text (WAGOLL), wordbank, design template, planning (‘flowchart’) template, L.O page header slips and a step-by-step powerpoint.
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Interpret Sources to Explain how the Anglo Saxons and (Romano) Britons Differed (Y3/4)

Interpret Sources to Explain how the Anglo Saxons and (Romano) Britons Differed (Y3/4)

A lesson for Y3/4 focussing on the skill of historical interpretation. This lesson provides primary and secondary sources (in picture format) that pupils interpret to explain the ways in which the Anglo Saxon invaders of the 6th century AD were different from the Roman-influenced Britons that they found living here. The resources comprise a powerpoint, a sheet with information on the sources (it is suggested you enlarge this to A3), images of the sources to cut and stick (if desired) and the worksheets themselves, differentiated 2 ways.
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Interpret Sources to Explain why the Roman Army was Effective (Y3/4)

Interpret Sources to Explain why the Roman Army was Effective (Y3/4)

A lesson for Y3/4 focussing on the skill of historical interpretation. This lesson provides primary and secondary sources (in picture format) that pupils interpret to decide why the Roman army was such a successful fighting force and why they enjoyed such success against the Celts when they invaded Britain. The resources comprise a powerpoint, a sheet with information on the sources (it is suggested you enlarge this to A3), images of the sources to cut and stick (if desired) and the worksheets themselves, differentiated 2 ways.
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Locate the Major Rivers of the UK (Y3/4 Rivers Topic)

Locate the Major Rivers of the UK (Y3/4 Rivers Topic)

A lesson on mapwork for Y3/4 in which pupils locate and name the major rivers of the UK and some of the major towns and cities that lie along their courses. 4 river/waterway maps are included but it is highly recommended you put out a class set of good quality atlases with detailed mapping of the UK in them. Pupils will need to use their skills of comparing features across different maps in order to label the major UK rivers and answer the questions below. The activity is differentiated three ways.
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Y3/4 Water Poetry: Metaphor and Personification

Y3/4 Water Poetry: Metaphor and Personification

A lesson for lower KS2 on poetic metaphor and personification, using poetry about water as the context. The powerpoint introduces the idea via the concept of similes (so pupils should understand similes before teaching this content). The differences and similarities between metaphor and personification are then explained. The lesson then gets pupils to discuss ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ examples of metaphors and uses this to draw out ‘success criteria’ (guidelines) for writing good metaphors. The main activities are then differentiated 3 ways.
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Y3/4 Reading Inference - Non-Fiction: Anglo Saxon Invasion (Newspaper Article)

Y3/4 Reading Inference - Non-Fiction: Anglo Saxon Invasion (Newspaper Article)

A complete lesson on reading inference for Y3/4 with a newspaper article on the invasion of Britain by the Anglo Saxons as the focus text. The powerpoint pre-teaches tricky vocab and outlines the strategy pupils should use. There is then an example question before the pupils answer the questions themselves. The questions are differentiated 3 ways but all are inference questions as this is the target skill.
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Y3/4 Water-Inspired Poetry: Kennings

Y3/4 Water-Inspired Poetry: Kennings

A lesson for Y3/4 on poetic kennings. The context for this lesson is water, but editable resources are included should you need to change this. The activities are differentiated two ways: lower achieving writers can use the word bank to write simple ‘adjective’+‘verb’ kennings, while other children can make their kennings more varied in structure (in your shared writing you can make these as simple or complex as you choose!)
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Y3/4 Reading Retrieval - Greek Myths: Athena, Poseidon and Athens Story

Y3/4 Reading Retrieval - Greek Myths: Athena, Poseidon and Athens Story

A complete lesson on reading retrieval for Y3/4 with a Greek myth as the text. The powerpoint introduces the characters, pre-teaches tricky vocab and outlines the strategy pupils should use. There is then an example question before the pupils answer the questions themselves. The questions are differentiated 3 ways but all are retrieval questions as this is the target skill.
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Y3/4 Reading Retrieval - Instructional Text: How to Get to Starlight City

Y3/4 Reading Retrieval - Instructional Text: How to Get to Starlight City

A complete lesson on reading retrieval for Y3/4 with instructions on how to get to a fairytale city as the text. The powerpoint pre-teaches tricky vocab and outlines the strategy pupils should use. There is then an example question before the pupils answer the questions themselves. The questions are differentiated 3 ways but all are retrieval questions as this is the target skill.
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Y3/4 Reading Inference - Fiction: Arctic Tale (Set in Canada)

Y3/4 Reading Inference - Fiction: Arctic Tale (Set in Canada)

A complete lesson on reading inference for Y3/4 with an Arctic-themed adventure story as the focus text. The powerpoint introduces the characters, pre-teaches tricky vocab and outlines the strategy pupils should use. There is then an example question before the pupils answer the questions themselves. The questions are differentiated 3 ways but all are inference questions as this is the target skill.
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Y3/4 Reading Inference - Fiction: Arctic Tale (Set in Canada) PART 2

Y3/4 Reading Inference - Fiction: Arctic Tale (Set in Canada) PART 2

Please see the first lesson in this series: www.tes.com/teaching-resource/y3-4-reading-inference-fiction-arctic-tale-set-in-canada-11917970 as this lesson is the follow-on. A complete lesson on reading inference for Y3/4 with the second part of an Arctic-themed adventure story as the focus text. The powerpoint pre-teaches new vocab and recaps the strategy pupils should use. There is then an example question before the pupils answer the questions themselves. The questions are differentiated 3 ways but all are inference questions as this is the target skill.
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Y3/4 Reading Inference - Non-Fiction: Arctic Oil Drilling (Information Text)

Y3/4 Reading Inference - Non-Fiction: Arctic Oil Drilling (Information Text)

A complete lesson on reading inference for Y3/4 with an information text on the dangers of Arctic oil drilling as the focus text. The powerpoint pre-teaches tricky vocab and outlines the strategy pupils should use. There is then an example question before the pupils answer the questions themselves. The questions are differentiated 3 ways but all are inference questions as this is the target skill.
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Writing Rhyming Couplets - Y3/4 Water Poetry

Writing Rhyming Couplets - Y3/4 Water Poetry

A complete lesson for Y3/4 on writing rhyming couplets, with water as the context for the poetry. The lesson involves plenty of partner talk and oracy so as to allow pupils to hear the effect of different rhyming structures, as well as the overall rhythms of poetry. The main activity is differentiated three ways with a word bank to support children working at all three levels of challenge.
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Y3/4 Water-Inspired Haikus Lesson

Y3/4 Water-Inspired Haikus Lesson

A complete lesson for Y3/4 on haikus. The context for the poetry here is water - perfect if your topic is ‘Rivers and the Water Cycle’ or similar. The lesson begins by introducing the concept of syllables, before explaining what haikus are and how they work. The activity is differentiated 3 ways with a word bank to support pupils at all 3 levels of challenge.
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Y3/4 Lesson on Syllables in Poetry/Poetic Rhythm

Y3/4 Lesson on Syllables in Poetry/Poetic Rhythm

A lesson for Y3/4 all about rhythm in poetry and the syllables in words. The context is water-themed poems constructed with rhyming couplets. The activities are differentiated three ways with an extension challenge. Challenge 1 requires pupils to count the syllables in each line of a poem and then choose the best line to finish it off. Challenge 2 requires pupils to write their own additional lines, as does Challenge 3 but a syllabic limit is imposed for them to work within.
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Y3/4 Polar Environments - Locate the Coldest Places and Compare to Others

Y3/4 Polar Environments - Locate the Coldest Places and Compare to Others

This is a Y3/4 topic (geography) lesson on polar environments. The lesson teaches pupils how we measure temperature, how the celcius scale works and what temperatures you would typically expect to record in given scenarios. If your school has access to a class set of thermometers, you could add an extra section where pupils measure temperatures around the classroom/school premises. The main activity involves researching the winter and summer average highs/lows in different parts of the world, including one location each in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is intended that pupils work in mixed ability pairs and they will need an ipad and an atlas in each pair.
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Nature-Inspired Poems - Assessment Piece, Lower KS2

Nature-Inspired Poems - Assessment Piece, Lower KS2

A complete lesson for Y3/4 in which pupils complete an assessed written piece to either begin or end a unit on nature-inspired poetry. In this lesson, pupils complete a poem with a summer theme. The resources comprise: a basic wordbank, planning template and a step-by-step powerpoint.
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Rivers and the Water Cycle 'WOW'/'Launch'/Topic Introduction day Y3/4 - ENTIRE DAY'S RESOURCING!

Rivers and the Water Cycle 'WOW'/'Launch'/Topic Introduction day Y3/4 - ENTIRE DAY'S RESOURCING!

This is a topic introduction day (‘wow’ day/‘launch’ day) for a Y3 or 4 class about to start a topic on rivers and the water cycle. The morning involves lots of new learning - including an introduction to the key content of the topic. There are two practical experiments (obviously you will need to source the items for these beforehand) - one a simple evaporation/condensation demonstration and the other is the well-known ‘shaving foam cloud’ experiment! The afternoon is more art/music based, featuring a look at the inspiration French impressionists took from rivers/water and the inspiration many classical composers took from this topic. Finally, if you have a copy of Wind in the Willows to hand, this is an ideal topic-themed way to round the day off. Alternatively, look up the 1983 animated version on YouTube!
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Y3/4 Anglo Saxon Invasion Newspaper Article Writing Lesson (Assessment Piece)

Y3/4 Anglo Saxon Invasion Newspaper Article Writing Lesson (Assessment Piece)

A complete lesson for Y3/4 in which pupils complete an assessed written piece to either begin or end a unit on newspapers (with an Anglo Saxon topic theme!). In this lesson, pupils complete a newspaper article breaking the news to Romano Britons that the Anglo Saxons are about to invade their shores. The resources comprise: an example text (WAGOLL), wordbank, planning template, writing frame (pages 1 and 2, with newspaper-style columns) and a step-by-step powerpoint.
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Y3/4 Adventure Story Writing Assessment Piece Lesson (Arctic/Canada theme)

Y3/4 Adventure Story Writing Assessment Piece Lesson (Arctic/Canada theme)

A writing lesson for Y3/4 giving pupils an opportunity to write a section of an adventure story with a polar/Arctic/Canadian/Inuit theme. The pupils are challenged to write the ending to a story they are introduced to (‘Nukilik and the Bear’) about an Inuit boy and an orphaned polar bear. This lesson can be used as an assessment piece at the start or end of a unit on adventure story writing. The resources comprise: a planning template, wordbank, story introduction to follow on from and a step-by-step powerpoint.
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