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Wicked Smart

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.

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.
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!
7+ curriculum
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7+ curriculum

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An exhaustive list of skills that may be assessed in the 7 plus entrance exam. The curriculum is broken into the topics of: Interview techniques English Maths All of the skills have been written in child friendly language, so are ideal to use for target setting with children. The curriculum has been made through years of research of 7 plus sample papers, and has been verified by fellow tutors and parents whose children have been successful in the exam.
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!
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!
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 Written by experienced primary teachers and tutors Tried and tested by 7 + candidates Mimics real 7+ exam conditions Carefully leveled to boost confidence and banish anxiety!
7+ English comprehension and writing papers - Y2 assessment
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7+ English comprehension and writing papers - Y2 assessment

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Based on the 7+ exam, these papers have been used to successfully prepare children for entry to the top prep schools in the UK. With each new level, the paper increases in length and difficulty. This pack of 5 papers includes: Comprehension exercises Creative writing tasks A detailed marking scheme allowing teachers and parents to see exactly what assessors are looking for Written by experienced primary teachers and tutors Tried and tested by 7 + candidates Mimics real 7+ exam conditions 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.
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+ Comprehension and writing paper - Y2 assessment
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7+ 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!
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 Written by experienced primary teachers and tutors Tried and tested by 7 + candidates Mimics real 7+ exam conditions Carefully leveled to boost confidence and banish anxiety!
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
Handy reading strategies KS1
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Handy reading strategies KS1

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This handy resources (pun intended) is a great way to teach reading strategies to your pupils. Useful to have at hand (I can’t stop) during reading time, where you can choose one strategy to focus on, Strategies included: 1.”Robot talk” the tricky word – encourages speedy readers to slow down and chunk up tricky words.( It’s also quite amusing to have a classroom full of Daleks). 2.”Look at the picture for clues” – don’t rely on others to tell you the answer! This is a good strategy for encouraging independent reading. 3.”Slowly stretch out the tricky word” – again, encourages speedy readers to really slow down. Can also help teachers see if there are any phonics issues. 4.”Skip the word and try again at the end of the sentence” – it’s ok not to get it first time! Sometimes by reading to the end of the sentence, children will be able to have a solid guess at the meaning of the word based on the context of the story. “Does the word make sense?” – stop for breath. Take a minute. Does that word fit into the sentence/story?
One breath box - first 100 common words game
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One breath box - first 100 common words game

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A fantastic resource for children who need to brush up on their knowledge of the first 100 common words. Rules of the game: Cut the words into strips and place them in a box. One at a time children need to select a strip, take a HUGE deep breath and see how quickly they can read all of the words on the strip Why not link this game to Maths and ask children to work in pairs, one child reading while another another child times their partner using a stop watch. Easily adaptable for spelling words of the week and a simple and easy assessment tool.
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
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
Fraction game - halves, thirds, quarters, sixths and eighths
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Fraction game - halves, thirds, quarters, sixths and eighths

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This game has been differentiated three ways, making it ideal for all children in your class! Level 1 - halves and quarters Level 2 - halves, thirds, quarters, sixths Level 3 - halves, thirds, quarters, sixths and eighths Rules of the game: Take it in turns to roll the fraction dice (also included in the pack, but feel free to save the trees and use your own dice!) then use the tasting toppings to cover the correct fraction of pizza. The winner is the person who manages to ‘top’ all of their pizzas first.
KS1/2 Fronted adverbial game
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KS1/2 Fronted adverbial game

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Who doesn’t love a fronted adverbial? This game allows children to sort fronted adverbials into three groups: those that describe the where, when and how of the verb in each sentence. After sorting into groups, children can then add the most suitable fronted adverbial to the incomplete sentence strips. This makes for a spot of healthy debate as there is more than one correct answer, so swapping of adverbials is encouraged, or if working in teams, “steals” can be allowed to encourage class discussion.
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”.
Guided reading question dice
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Guided reading question dice

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These ‘chatterboxes’ provide a quick and handy way to encourage discussion before and after reading. Ideal for speedy assessment of comprehension skills Resource includes two dice; one for use before reading a book or chapter, and one for when the book or chapter has been read. The children take it in turns to roll the dice, read the question and answer - other children are free to chip in with their own opinions and ideas, too! Great for when you have a mind blank, these ready prepared questions will hopefully help reduce the literacy madness!