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I wrote and co-wrote these resources for teaching literacy, numeracy, thinking skills/P4C and Outdoor Learning ideas. I own Thinking Child and we used to publish beautiful 'hard copy' resources for schools. These are a selection of those - some are free - some now sold at a bargain price - to make them as accessible as possible to teachers and children.

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I wrote and co-wrote these resources for teaching literacy, numeracy, thinking skills/P4C and Outdoor Learning ideas. I own Thinking Child and we used to publish beautiful 'hard copy' resources for schools. These are a selection of those - some are free - some now sold at a bargain price - to make them as accessible as possible to teachers and children.
Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy - KS1 and KS2
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Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy - KS1 and KS2

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All the ideas in this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. The activities are intended for teachers to incorporate into medium and short term planning cycles and will no doubt be added to over time. They are not just a means to just take ‘indoor learning outdoors’ but to enhance ways of delivering the maths curriculum as a whole. Any large space is suitable for many of these sessions, if weather is ever a real issue. The pack caters for KS1 and KS2 and is linked directly to the primary maths curriculum but, as the developmental stages of real children don’t always neatly match these, it might be necessary to use professional judgement: to change, adapt and experiment with the ideas to fit your own context.
Outdoor Numeracy Activity: Geometry, Position & Direction KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Numeracy Activity: Geometry, Position & Direction KS1 & KS2

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This activity comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Length, Perimeter, Area - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Length, Perimeter, Area - KS1 & KS2

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This activity, “Squash” comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Volume & Mass - Outdoor Numeracy Lesson ideas - Upper KS2
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Volume & Mass - Outdoor Numeracy Lesson ideas - Upper KS2

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This activity, “Logistics” comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Algebra - Outdoor Numeracy Lesson ideas - Year 6
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Algebra - Outdoor Numeracy Lesson ideas - Year 6

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This activity, “Pi” comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Standard English - Active Grammar Ideas
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Standard English - Active Grammar Ideas

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This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop More of the individual cards - are also in the shop - some free, some for just one pound each. Choose those you need - or buy the whole pack for your school.
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Talk Before Writing - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Talk Before Writing - KS1 & KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Join the Dots” An outdoor session to have thinking warm ups and talk Before Writing. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Paragraph cohesion - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2
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Paragraph cohesion - Active Grammar Lesson ideas - KS2

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A lesson to support children to plan and produce more coherent and longer pieces of writing. This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Venn diagrams - Upper KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Venn diagrams - Upper KS1 & KS2

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This activity, “Venn Diagrams” comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Instructional Writing - KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Instructional Writing - KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Playground Board Games” An outdoor session to develop a playful approach to instructional texts. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Text Structure & Organisation - KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Ideas - Text Structure & Organisation - KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Pass the Paragraph” An outdoor session to develop text structure / organization, using a range of connectives for cohesion. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Conjunction & Connectives - Active Grammar Lesson Idea - KS2
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Conjunction & Connectives - Active Grammar Lesson Idea - KS2

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An active grammar lesson dealing with conjunctions and connectives - playing with language This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Doubles & Halving - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Doubles & Halving - KS1 & KS2

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This activity, “Twins” comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Strategies for Spelling - 23 Activity Cards- Year 3 /4
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Strategies for Spelling - 23 Activity Cards- Year 3 /4

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This is a set of 23 cards with a wide variety of ideas , games and strategies for children to learn their spellings. Great for using in class as an independent group task, more focused with a TA or other adult - and easily then sent home for active homework. Uses physical, visual, auditory strategies - something for every child to help them be a more successful speller.
Active Grammar Ideas - Plurals of Nouns - KS2
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Active Grammar Ideas - Plurals of Nouns - KS2

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This activity is called 'When there’s more than one" and uses a team game format to reinforce the different endings for plural nouns. This is one activity sheet from a HUGE Grammar Pack that was formally sold by Thinking Child as a hard copy resource to schools . The full pack has 105 different ideas for teaching grammar in interesting and active ways. Aimed at Key Stage 2 It’s a Case of Grammar is for sale in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-12529601
Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Time - KS1 & KS2
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Outdoor Numeracy Lesson Ideas - Time - KS1 & KS2

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This activity, “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” comes from a book from Thinking Child : Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Numeracy.– a mixture for Key Stage 1 and 2 – and many opportunities for differentiation. All the ideas from this pack are written to make maths relevant and purposeful with many direct links to real-life situations. They have been found to be particularly useful for children who sometimes struggle with classroom-based maths, offering a fresh dimension through this active engagement with learning. In the full book – should you go on to purchase it from the Thinking Child shop provides an overview of the activities and they are alphabetically ordered and cross referenced to the specific areas of the curriculum, giving a quick overview of content and coverage. In this way you will be able to achieve a balance over time and more easily slot them into your planning as a whole. Enjoy this activity – maybe choose from other separate activities – or think about buying the whole book for your school? It is better value: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12529587
Outdoor Literacy Lesson Idea - questions, statements - KS1
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Outdoor Literacy Lesson Idea - questions, statements - KS1

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Asking me or Telling me?” An outdoor session to reinforce the differences between questions, statements and commands. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions… Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091
Outdoor Maths Trails - KS1 & KS2 pack of Ideas
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Outdoor Maths Trails - KS1 & KS2 pack of Ideas

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This booklet is to provide ideas for all teachers in Key Stages 1 & 2 to take their children outside to do a maths trail. THe first few pages have 20 generic ideas, covering a range of mathematical concepts and difficulties. The 2nd section has an Outdoor Maths Trail page per year group - (Year 1 - Year 6) . They are all adaptable to your school context and your children. A great starting point to get more children doing maths outdoors. There are many more Outdoor Numeracy Lesson ideas and resources in the Thinking Child shop.
Outdoor Literacy Ideas - Inferences - KS2
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Outdoor Literacy Ideas - Inferences - KS2

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Lesson idea to deliver English / Literacy outdoors - “Facts and Opinions” An outdoor session to support children to make logical inferences. Minimal resources in an outdoor setting which children love. This comes from a huge pack of ideas " Over 100 Ideas for Outdoor Literacy" which was once a hard copy pack bought by schools. The full pack is available in the Thinking Child shop but also all the lessons are separately available for a wide range of literacy objectives. Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 but also often very adaptable and extension suggestions. Available in the Thinking Child shop https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/resource-12501091