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I am a fully qualified primary teacher who has experience of teaching in both the private and state sectors in Scotland, London and Tokyo. All of my resources have been tried and tested in classrooms, and I am passionate about making learning as enjoyable and engaging as possible for children.

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I am a fully qualified primary teacher who has experience of teaching in both the private and state sectors in Scotland, London and Tokyo. All of my resources have been tried and tested in classrooms, and I am passionate about making learning as enjoyable and engaging as possible for children.
Creative writing problems KS1/2
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Creative writing problems KS1/2

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For classrooms who are familiar with the Pie Corbett ‘story mountain’, this resource focuses on the ‘problem’ section of a creative story. This Powerpoint teaches children about three specific types of problem that they can use in their story: 1 versus 2: In at number 1 is the “1 versus 2” problem type. A “1 versus 2” problem is when one character creates a problem for another character. Perhaps one character hurts another character’s feelings or does something deliberately to upset the other. Arguing with your shadow: This type of problem is when the main character creates a problem for themselves. They may make a wrong or bad decision, or do something that affects their chances of success. Can’t be helped!: Last but not least, this type of problem occurs when an uncontrollable factor causes a problem for the characters in the story. A thunder storm ruining a picnic, a broken car resulting in a family party being missed or a nasty bug putting a dampener on a holiday – no one is to blame for this type of problem. The Powerpoint also includes: illustrations from popular children’s films, where children need to identify the type of problem that takes place an activity ideal for independent or group work, where children need to use pictures to discuss or write what is happening, followed by a problem based on one of the strategies they have learned.
KS2 English home learning pack
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KS2 English home learning pack

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A series of 5 lessons lasting approximately one hour each. Ideal for online learning or slides can be printed and used at home. This pack includes activities on: story writing comprehension (fiction and non-fiction) how to add a problem to your story speech marks setting descriptions similes Games included: weather simile game emoji emotion game emotions 4 in a row ‘guess my monster’ adjective game This pack also includes a story mountain visual aid and independent homework challenges.
7+ English comprehension and writing paper - Y2 assessment
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7+ English comprehension and writing paper - Y2 assessment

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Based on the 7+ exam, this resource has been used to successfully prepare children for entry to the top prep schools in the UK. This paper includes: Comprehension exercise Creative writing task Written by experienced primary teachers and tutors A detailed marking scheme allowing teachers and parents to see exactly what assessors are looking for Tried and tested by 7 + candidates Mimics real 7+ exam conditions Carefully leveled to boost confidence and banish anxiety!
How to write excellent character descriptions - Powerpoint
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How to write excellent character descriptions - Powerpoint

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A super resource encouraging children to use characters’ personality and appearance. This presentation includes: personality word bank appearance word bank popular children’s tv and film characters as examples practical activities for children to complete either as a class, in groups or independently sets an independent activity to help children apply their knowledge
KS1/2 Homeschool English pack
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KS1/2 Homeschool English pack

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A series of 7 English lessons ideal for children in KS1/2. These lessons can be used as a Powerpoint for online learning, or they can be printed and used for home schooling. Each lesson lasts for approximately 1 hour and this pack covers the following areas: Reading comprehension Story writing Character description Adjectives and adverbs Connectives Similes ‘wow’ words How to stretch a sentence Grammar - how to use commas The pack includes a number of games: Adjective ‘guess my monster’ game Said synonym matching game weather simile game The pack also includes some printable visual aids to help with independent learning: Story mountain Emotions vocabulary poster Stretch a sentence poster
SAD Story openers powerpoint (Setting, Action Description)
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SAD Story openers powerpoint (Setting, Action Description)

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This Powerpoint presentation focuses on the ‘SAD’ strategy for story writing. The idea is, that children choose to open their stories using one of the following: S – a description of the setting A – describing the actions of the characters D – opening the story with dialogue between characters This resource uses scenes from children’s favourite films, and works towards putting ‘once up a time’ and weather description starters to bed! **Samples of Year 2 children’s writing when using this activity ** Using action to open Monsters Inc: “Hopping everywhere, Sully was bouncing, trying to get out as the miniature baby stood up, fascinated”. Using dialogue to open Moana: “Oink oink!” shouted the satisfied piglet. Moana was so fixed on the sea she could not move her eyes as Maoui shouted, “Land ahead!” Using setting to open “Up”: “The machine was pouring into tubes as she sucked up the medicine like a hoover. The flowers were fascinated at the movements the wife and her wrinkly husband made”. Using setting to open the BFG: “A pitch black sky swirled around like a cup of cappuccino. As the black sky lay on the clouds like a blanket, the 50 metre tall, towering, tremendous BFG stood as silently as a mouse”.
KS2 English home learning pack
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KS2 English home learning pack

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A series of 5 writing and comprehension lessons that can either be printed or used online. The lessons include: “Say it, don’t show it” emotions Cartoon strip story writing Guess the story setting Shades of meaning vocabulary Adverb game “Beat the teacher” story writing challenge Character personality and appearance
Simple story mountain
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Simple story mountain

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A simplified version of Pie Corbett’s story mountain, this poster focuses on three main paragraphs within a creative writing story: Beginning Problem Ending I have suggested to children that they should imagine their story taking place over the space of a day, the beginning of the story taking place in the morning, and the ending at night. Starting the story with the word “as” allows for an immediate simile and description and it seems to give children a starter for ten when faced with a blank sheet of paper. The mountain also mentions including senses to describe the setting, speech between characters and description of characters feelings.
Counting in 3s Powerpoint
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Counting in 3s Powerpoint

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Ideal for use in KS1, this interactive Powerpoint helps children to count in 3s from 0 - 30. Slides include: Counting forwards and backwards from a given number Finding the missing number in a sequence Ordering numbers correctly
7 times table rhyming flashcards
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7 times table rhyming flashcards

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The 7x table can be a real ‘tricky’ for children, so these rhyming flashcards were made to try and help the number facts to stick! These cards can be used as a visual aid or they could be cut into flashcards to create an ordering activity.
How to add speech marks to your writing
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How to add speech marks to your writing

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The perfect introduction into speech marks, this Powerpoint presentation includes: a definition of speech marks rules that apply when using speech marks opportunities for children to practice writing using speech marks challenge slides encouraging children to look for common mistakes that are made when speech marks are being used.
Guess my monster - adjective and description game
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Guess my monster - adjective and description game

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Guess my monster is an ideal game for children who need to build up a repertoire of adjectives and descriptive language. Ideal for children with English as an additional language. Rules of the game: Player 1 chooses a card and hides it from Player 2 (nobody likes a cheater!) Player 1 then gives 3 clues to Player 2, describing their monster in detail. (Although this is meant to be a game, it is of course “organised fun” and strict rules apply. It is not ok to say for example, “My monster has eyes”. No. The name of the game is to describe, so no description in the clue = lose a turn!) After 3 clues have been given, Player 1’s partner can finally take a guess as to which monster is being described.(As the clues are being given, crosses can be put through the monsters who are definitely not being described, according to the clues given) The players swap over and the fun continues!
Greater than less than poster and game - ideal for KS1 SATS
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Greater than less than poster and game - ideal for KS1 SATS

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This greater than less than poster and game is ideal for KS1 SATS revision! A handy rhyming poster to help children get to grips with the < > symbols How to play the game: Cut the numbers and symbols into flashcards and ask the children to make their own number sentences. Children can then read aloud their sentence to see if it makes sense. If correct, ‘feed’ them to the crocodile (normally the teacher!) and try a new number sentence
KS2 Maths home learning pack
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KS2 Maths home learning pack

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A series of 5 Maths lesson, each focusing on a different skill: Place value HTO Doubles Odd and even numbers HTO column addition Addition with carrying/word problems These lesson can be taught online using Powerpoint, completed at home on the computer or can be printed off. Each lesson has a teacher input section, interactive games and independent work.
Making inferences PPT - using Disney to teach comprehension
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Making inferences PPT - using Disney to teach comprehension

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An ideal resource for an introduction into making inferences, this resources includes: A definition of what inferential questions are A selection of scenes from classic Disney films, with comprehension questions that require children to make inferences about what they can see or what they already know about the characters, plot etc. A super introduction into reading comprehension Can be used as a whole class, group or individual activity
Letters and numbers phase 3 set 6 full phonics lessons
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Letters and numbers phase 3 set 6 full phonics lessons

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5 complete, interactive lessons for Letters and sounds phase 3 set 6. The animated Powerpoint includes lessons covering: j , v, w, x and a revision of all phase 2 tricky words. The lessons follow the Letters and sound structure: Revisit and review Segmenting and blending Teach Practise Apply A ‘grab and go’ resource, this resource covers all the sounds that children need to know in set 6. Perfect for EYFS stages and ideal for whole class use.
7+ English comprehension and writing paper - Y2 assessment
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7+ English comprehension and writing paper - Y2 assessment

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Based on the 7+ exam, this resource has been used to successfully prepare children for entry to the top prep schools in the UK. This paper includes: Comprehension exercise Creative writing task A detailed marking scheme allowing teachers and parents to see exactly what assessors are looking for Tried and tested by 7 + candidates Mimics real 7+ exam conditions Written by experienced primary teachers and tutors Carefully leveled to boost confidence and banish anxiety!
Spelling games pack - ideal for KS1 and 2
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Spelling games pack - ideal for KS1 and 2

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This pack contains three games that are focused around the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling list. The list includes 107 words, but we recommend focusing on 20 at a time with your child before moving on to the next set. Games included: • ZAP! – Cut the spelling words into flashcards, including the ZAP! cards, and place them into a container. Take turns to select a word from the container and either spell it aloud or write it down on paper or a whiteboard. If, however you pull out a ZAP! card, all of your cards must go back into the container. Use a 10-minute timer and whoever has the most cards at the end is the winner! • Race and write – Before playing this game, we re commend popping the race and write sheet into a poly pocket and your child can write their spelling words using a whiteboard pen. Fo r each round, they will then rub off the words to start wi th a clean sheet. Using the spelling flashcards, choose one word from the top of the pile, read it carefully then turn it over. The race is now on to spell the word correctly, writing it on the windshields of all the cars on the page. Whoever finishes first (and has accurately spelled the word!) is the winner. As a further incentive, the children can remove the poly pocket and colour in their cars as a reward for completing the game. • Roll and write – using the spelling flashcards, choose a word then roll the dice. Each number corresponds to a different method of spelling the world. An exciting game with a multisensory approach.
Reading comprehension/guided reading  bumper pack
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Reading comprehension/guided reading bumper pack

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A big old download full of resources for teaching reading comprehension! The resources follow the “reciprocal reading” method. Contents includes: Question description cards: Meet the comprehension super heroes who each tackle their own individual question type. Together they will help children to: Predict Clarify Summarise Visualize Answer literal questions Answer inferential questions Question badges: Use the badges for group work, where each child is in charge of writing or answering a specific question type. If anything, the badges are an excuse for a trip to Ryman (not so guilty pleasure) for lanyards, plastic covers and so on! Comprehension template: Allows children to record their predictions before reading, write their questions during reading and summarise the text after reading. The summary box is deliberately tiny to stop any budding authors from rewriting the entire text. Sorting activity: A selection of questions to be sorted according to their question type (literal or inferential). I used these the other day without laminating and when asked to ‘tidy up’ my lovely student proceeded to crumple the entire pack of questions into a ball. I was fine about it. Just half an ink cartridge, 20 minutes of cutting before the lesson and a completely ruined resource. Totally. Fine. Question spinner: Heavily ‘Twister’ inspired, this wheel can be used during reading time to help children practice asking and answering different types of questions. Note – you will lose the pointer to the wheel. Like socks in a washing machine, it’s just life.
Maths vocabulary flashcards KS1/2
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Maths vocabulary flashcards KS1/2

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Maths vocabulary cards that can be separated into four categories: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Ideal for children who are confident in simple ‘question and answer’ situations, but struggle with questions in a word problem format. These flashcards allow for sorting activities to take place, offering a more hands on approach than a poster on the wall. Once flashcards have been sorted into piles, children could create their own word problems. These flashcards can also be used as a quick warm up activity, where children need to call out which operation each flashcard matches to.