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Hi there! I'm both an English and Geography teacher in London. I am currently working in an Outstanding school which is my second Outstanding school of my career in London after teaching in both Ireland and the Middle East. My resources are both English & Geography resources where I like to give the student an active role in their learning. It is done by many activities such as Q&A sessions, exercises, group/pair-work and many others.

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Hi there! I'm both an English and Geography teacher in London. I am currently working in an Outstanding school which is my second Outstanding school of my career in London after teaching in both Ireland and the Middle East. My resources are both English & Geography resources where I like to give the student an active role in their learning. It is done by many activities such as Q&A sessions, exercises, group/pair-work and many others.
Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney
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Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

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A PowerPoint resource for Seamus Heaney's Blackberry-Picking. The poem is broken into small pieces and explained with key words underlined with several questions posed to students. The meaning of certain phrases in the poem is also explored for example Heaney's personification of the blackberries.
Lennie and Curley Fight in Of Mice and Men
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Lennie and Curley Fight in Of Mice and Men

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This lesson focuses on the fight scene between Curley and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. The emphasis is on how Steinbeck uses language to describe both men and why this is an important moment in the text. The lesson is structured in such a way whereby students start with a ‘Do Now’ and have an opportunity to give their points across through classroom discussion and think-pair-share. There are also main tasks to consolidate the learning and ending with a plenary. This is lesson 17 from a 24 lesson scheme of work that I have created and is available as a bundle. Included is a 40 page SoW that goes through each lesson.
Dharavi Article
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Dharavi Article

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An article on Dharavi’s redevelopment project with questions that follow.
Advertising
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Advertising

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Advertising PowerPoint for Year 7's to give them an insight into some of the techniques used within advertising. The lesson includes going trough the basics such as terminology and also embedded YouTube clips embedded showing certain TV advertisements which can be used for Q&A sessions. You can choose your own logo's for the final pair exercise depending on your class.
First Day Back Poem (Summer Goes Poem)
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First Day Back Poem (Summer Goes Poem)

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This lesson is perfect for an English class on their first day back at school for KS3. The studied poem is ‘Summer Goes’ by Russell Hoban. The lesson primarily focuses on how the students in your class can relate to the speaker in the poem after summer ends. The resource has a PowerPoint and a copy of the poem included.
Redeveloping Dharavi
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Redeveloping Dharavi

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PowerPoint on how to redevelp Dharavi by giving them the task of being the Mayor of Dharavi. Students must use critical thinking in order to come up with solutions to the problem. It comes with a information sheet on Dharavi’s redevelopment.
Dharavi Slum Growth
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Dharavi Slum Growth

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This PowerPoint starts with a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ task. It then has various exercises from gap-fill to an exam question with the aid of a fact sheet of Dharavi. These are all printable resources within the PowerPoint. The resource also includes 6 accounts of peoples own experience of Dharavi which can lead to open discussion or for students to write the positives and negatives of living in Dharavi.
Love in Romeo and Juliet
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Love in Romeo and Juliet

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This lesson explores the marriage of Romeo and Juliet at the end of Act 2 Scene 2. There is an extract exercise included where students explorer the connotations and Juliet’s view on love. Also a paired exercise for Romeo’s and Friar’s contrasting attitudes in Act 2 Scene 3.
Of Mice and Men Full Scheme of Work-SOW and Lessons
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Of Mice and Men Full Scheme of Work-SOW and Lessons

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This is a full scheme of work unit I created for ‘Of Mice and Men’. The bundle includes everything you need including a 40 page SOW and also 20 PowerPoint lessons. Each lessons have a structure of a ‘Do Now’, Think-Pair-Share, Information, Main Task and Plenary along with others. The 40 page SOW is a detailed description of each lesson and can be used as a guide. By buying as a bundle it saves you over £30!! The bundle only allows 20 resources. The other 4 resources are close marking exams and feedback sessions which are found on my page for free. These are templates but you can edit them to your needs.
Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney
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Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney

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An interview lesson for a mixed ability group of year 7 students introducing them to the poem. The lesson opens by tapping into students’ initial thoughts of what things they do during Half Term Break (Mid Term Break). This, similar to the poem allows the students to empathise with Heaney through analysis of the poem through Q&A discussion and a main exercise which asks students to find poetic techniques.
AFOREST Room 101 Persuasive Writing
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AFOREST Room 101 Persuasive Writing

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This PowerPoint is a general introduction to AFOREST and how it can be used in Room 101. This lesson can be easily changed for remote learning as it has elements of both remote and classroom learning. The structure is based on a ‘Do Now’ followed by a ‘Think-Pair-Share’ activity. It then allows the teacher to teach AFOREST in the way they wish depending on the groups ability. The PowerPoint then has a quiz that can be altered adhering to the school and a sample paragraph where students are to highlight/underline AFOREST techniques. The lesson ends with an individual writing task, followed by a plenary.
The Early Purges Seamus Heaney
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The Early Purges Seamus Heaney

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A PowerPoint presentation of Seamus Heaney's 'The Early Purges'. The PowerPoint starts with aims and goes on to analyse the poem throughout with questions throughout. It also has activities such as 'Think-Pair-Share' and a diary entry at the end for homework.
Great Expectations: Fagin  Extract Analysis
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Great Expectations: Fagin Extract Analysis

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This resource is part of a lesson I had for an inspection where we focused on Dickens’ portrayal of Fagin. This extracts focuses on Fagin’s final scene. This exercise can be done in pairs or individually. It is also differentiated to higher and lower to allow all students to access it. Students first read the extract and then answer the questions on the sheet.
Development Revision
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Development Revision

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This PowerPoint is an exam revision PowerPoint for development. It goes through important definitions within development and also has some exercises for students.
Friendship in War Horse
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Friendship in War Horse

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In this bundle you will receive a PowerPoint and also a lesson plan. Both were used in an observation. There are a range of different activities in this lesson including a PEEL model and think-pair-share.
Benjamin Zephaniah Good Hope Inspection Lesson
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Benjamin Zephaniah Good Hope Inspection Lesson

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Before studying Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem ‘Good Hope’, it is important to get a sense of what the students believe in. In the poem, Zephaniah repeats the phrase ‘I believe’ and this lesson is an opportunity for students to think about what they strongly believe in. This can be part of a wider writing project or as a way of getting students prepared for some of the topics in Zephaniah’s poem. The PowerPoint asks students questions to give them more ideas before they write on a planning sheet for what they believe in entitled ‘I Believe’. This resource includes the PowerPoint, Planning Sheet and Lesson Plan.
Boy by Roald Dahl Revision
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Boy by Roald Dahl Revision

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A summary of Roald Dahls short story ‘First Day’. This have been used with a mixed ability Year 7 group after we worked on an a piece of writing about their first day in seconday school.