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I am an English Teacher at Secondary education but have had numerous roles within Education ranging from SEND to unqualified teacher of Design Technology, Mathematics and ICT. My resources are eclectic, based on my many years of experience. Saying that, I am always keen on constructive criticism and improving my practice as well as helping other people.

I am an English Teacher at Secondary education but have had numerous roles within Education ranging from SEND to unqualified teacher of Design Technology, Mathematics and ICT. My resources are eclectic, based on my many years of experience. Saying that, I am always keen on constructive criticism and improving my practice as well as helping other people.
KS3 DT Health and Safety Passport for Engineering, Product Design and Electronics.
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KS3 DT Health and Safety Passport for Engineering, Product Design and Electronics.

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This is a PowerPoint which can be made in to a booklet for students to use as part of an introduction to health and safety in the workshop. It is designed to last a whole year, if not two/four years depending on the tools you want them to use and when you want them to use them. There is also a PowerPoint to use in class which explains hoe to use the book. I would use this alongside getting the students to create something which used lots of tools. It starts with a hazard symbol identification task; a fire escape route task; a task to identify the placement of machinery in the workshop/classroom space and a risk assessment for students to fill in for the workshop/classroom. The second half of the book has a space for students to draw the tools which they will use during their time in a DT workshop and for each tool there is an individual risk assessment that they fill in before using the tool. The vast majority of tools used in a typical school workshop are listed with space for the students to sketch them. The student then signs off the tool when they have used them. Once the teacher is happy with their use of the tool they can sign off (this is an excellent way to show assessment in a practical subject, one in which I gained high marks for when undertaking work scrutiny). It can be as detailed as you want as you make the decision based on what the students write. It is also an excellent booklet to gain peer and self assessment for practical as the students could assess each other on their use of the tool rather than on what is written. Then the self assessment can be the students assessing what they have written based on their practical experience. The desired outcome is for the students to show their practical skills as the task you could do alongside this could be a very practical task (such as hand craft an acrylic media player holder or a wooden decorative box/garden totem). It is also a way of you showing to the health and safety inspectors that the students do get a thorough health and safety SOW during their time in DT. You will need to add a suitable image to the first slide and slide 6. This can be made in to an A4 booklet or an A5 booklet. To make it in to an A5 booklet you need to print off the document as A4 and then use a photocopier to make a folded booklet using the appropriate settings on the industrial photocopier you are using.
NCFE Level 2 Award and Certificate in Enterprise student workbook
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NCFE Level 2 Award and Certificate in Enterprise student workbook

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This is a work book I created for students who are undertaking the NCFE Level 2 Award in Investigating Enterprise Skills (601/4144/X) and NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Developing Enterprise Skills (601/4146/3). The first half of the book completed means students achieve the Award. The whole book being completed should lead to the completion of the certificate. There is no specific format for doing the qualification so I created this resource to use with my secondary school students to give them a structure and tasks which they could do relatively independently. I have applied the questions outlined in the qualification specification to suitable tasks which can be completed using ICT or on paper. With some of the tasks where there is more writing required, I have added sentence starters which can be removed. This document can be easily modified for differentiation with the teacher giving examples in to each table, splitting tasks up and having students write word clouds/graffiti walls, etc to replace some of the tables. The three files are all of the same document but one is the new version of PowerPoint, the second is a conversion file of PowerPoint (97 - 2003) and the final one is a PDF version.
Independent learning DT tool risk assessment display and advice cards for basic tools HandS
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Independent learning DT tool risk assessment display and advice cards for basic tools HandS

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These are a set of cards for some basic tools used in DT (coping saw, vice, hand file, sanding belt and soldering iron). Use these for Health and Safety in DT. They are editable and easy to copy to make more specialist tools. On each card there is an image of the tool, a description of what the tool is, a step-by-step guide on how to use the tool and a handy hint. On the back of each card there is a risk assessment which informs students what they should be aware of, what they should be wearing and how they should be handling each tool. This resource was created to promote independent practice in the workshop. It also gives handy success criteria, both in how to use the tool and how to use the tool safely. This success criteria could be used as self/peer assessment and all they would need to do is highlight it and maybe make a note next to it to show communication in marking (as we all know how difficult it is sometimes to show marking in a practical subject). You could give students a copy of these each or have them as a classroom display. You could even hand them out as A5 group handouts to introduce independent thinking of health and safety in the workshop.
KS3 DT Electronics Audio Amplifier Project (kit bought online)
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KS3 DT Electronics Audio Amplifier Project (kit bought online)

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This is a SoW for KS3 to build an audio amplifier (the kit was bought online as it is about teaching the soldering ability rather than creating their own at this stage). There is a PowerPoint which goes through soldering each component, a set of progress grids and a number of pictures which I took to use in my step-by-step guide. The guide is embedded in the PowerPoint but I did print it off and make it into a booklet when I taught this unit. The back slides of the PowerPoint focus on scientific principles linked to resistors and capacitors. The desired outcome is for students to gain a love of DT through electronics which is very current at the moment due to the huge push on computing. Electronics and computing go hand in hand. The progression for this unit would be for students to design their own circuits and program the chips to do what they like. This is becoming more possible with the introduction of things such as the BBC Microbit and the Raspberry Pi. The whole point of this is to create independent learners who are looking at how to improve the future, giving them the practical ability to complement the computing process. Please feel free to ask any questions about this resource.
Acrylic clock project in the style of De Stijl
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Acrylic clock project in the style of De Stijl

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Available to download is the PowerPoint for a project where the outcome is that students will have used CAD/CAM to create an acrylic clock. There are no handouts with this as I find they become cumbersome whilst doing practical in a workshop. However, I would highly recommend that you do print out the slides which are "your turn" tasks or ones which list success criteria for low ability so that they find it easier to follow. I found that allowing them to tick off tasks as they achieved them was best. There are moments where you might need to demonstrate things as a teacher (cutting skills for the cardboard model, using the 2D design software you use) my advice would be to film this when you are doing it - maybe get a student to do this in the class or get a number of students from different angles if you are able to access more than one camera/video camera. This could then be added to the PowerPoint for another time. The outcome is for the students to be more aware of CAD/CAM and for them to have used very high drawing skills. In this project I ask students to do an orthographic projection as well as an isometric drawing of a clock mechanism. The one you use may be different so it might be wise to let them have access to the mechanism so they can draw it from sight if you choose to do this. After the cardboard model students are expected to do a self and peer assessment. I have uploaded the documents I would use for this. For each table there is a second table which has line guides to hekp with students who find blank spaces difficult to write in.
KS3 DT Health and Safety Passport for the Kitchen (cooking)
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KS3 DT Health and Safety Passport for the Kitchen (cooking)

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This is a PowerPoint which can be made in to a booklet for students to use as part of an introduction to health and safety in the catering kitchen. It is designed to last a whole year, if not two/four years depending on the tools you want them to use and when you want them to use them. It starts with a hazard identification and risk assessment task; a fire escape route task and a risk assessment for students to fill in for the kitchen/classroom. The second half of the book has a space for students to draw the tools which they will use during their time in a schools catering kitchen and for each tool there is an individual risk assessment that they fill in before using the piece of equipment. The vast majority of kitchen equipment is listed with space for the students to sketch each one. This establishes a firm working knowledge of the tools. The student then signs off the tool/piece of equipment when they have used them. Once the teacher is happy with their use of the tool they can sign off (this is an excellent way to show assessment in a practical subject, one in which I gained high marks for when undertaking work scrutiny). It can be as detailed as you want as you make the decision based on what the students write. It is also an excellent booklet to gain peer and self assessment for practical as the students could assess each other on their use of the tool rather than on what is written. Then the self assessment can be the students assessing what they have written based on their practical experience. The desired outcome is for the students to show and assess their knowledge of the safe working practice of a school/industrial kitchen and prepare for practical skills as they would be using the tools in order to sign them off. It is also a way of you showing to the health and safety inspectors that the students do get a thorough health and safety SOW during their time in DT - no matter what the subject area. You will need to add a suitable image to slide 6 which is a floor plan showing your classroom so that they can draw the fire route. This can be made in to an A4 booklet or an A5 booklet. To make it in to an A5 booklet you need to print off the document as A4 and then use a photocopier to make a folded booklet using the appropriate settings on the industrial photocopier you are using. Could be used at KS2 and adjusted to be used at KS1 if students use a kitchen to cook as part of their curriculum.
Plenary wheel
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Plenary wheel

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This is an editable wheel made using PowerPoint which you can use for plenaries. It would also work as a starter. All you need to do is insert text where it tells you to put it and follow the instructions on the slide.
Reading dictionary - ideal for Accelerated reader lessons with spelling strategies on the back
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Reading dictionary - ideal for Accelerated reader lessons with spelling strategies on the back

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This editable resource was created when a student asked me to produce something that they could write in when they came across words during their accelerated reader lessons which they were unsure of. Meet the reading dictionary. It is created using PowerPoint. You print the pages off then use the book making settings on a photocopier to turn it in to a book or you could use A4 binder strips or staple the pages together. I have been very successful with this and have referred to it during lessons outside of Accelerated Reader. It is a place where words can be written down, definitions can be given in the students own words and the teacher can make comments periodically. It automatically shows that you are monitoring progress during accelerated reader lessons with very little effort as the comments can be written as and when during the actual reading lesson. It is also a very efficient way of students writing those tricky words down and using it as a reference for when they come across said tricky word again. I have made several versions mostly aimed at ways of aiding dyslexia - if you print them out as draft or standard then the ink will not be too strong and it should work the same way as the books work. If the colour you wanted isn't there it isn't too difficult to change the colours either as I have used simple shapes which are easy to access. It is a good revision resource and can be used at any level as students struggle with words at all levels - I still do and my degree is in English! I have used guide lines to encourage neat writing and as a means of keeping the works organised.
Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice spinner revision interactive ICT tool
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Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice spinner revision interactive ICT tool

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This is a spinner for the characters in The Merchant of Venice. You can use it as a revision tool as a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task. You start the spinner in presentation mode by pressing the spin button. You press 1 to stop it and it will point to a characters name. You then press the button of that character and go to an activity page. It is all editable. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
Shakespeare Twelfth Night character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun differentiation
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Shakespeare Twelfth Night character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun differentiation

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This is a spinner for the characters of Twelfth Night. It is a revision tool that can be used as a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task if you have access to a computer. You start it as a presentation and press the spin button. You stop the spinner by pressing 1 and it will point at a characters name. You then need to press the button belonging to that character. This will take you to a slide with activities on it. The activities are Red, Amber and Green with the students choosing what they want to do then moving to the next task up. You press the back button to go to the spinner again and the process starts again. It is editable so you can change it to suit your needs.
Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun
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Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew character spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun

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This is an editable spinner to revise the characters in The Taming of the Shrew. You can adjust it by taking out some of the characters and doubling up on others. You can also change the activities on each of the slides to suit your needs. Basically, it spins when you press the button in presentation mode. You stop it by pressing 1 and press the button of the character indicated by the arrow. This takes you to a slide with activities on it. It could be a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task if you have access to computers. You could also adapt this to be themes instead of characters or a mix of themes and characters if you just focused on the key characters (you could do four characters and four themes - the names would just need changing on the wheel, the buttons and the appropriate slides).
Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiation tasks
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Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiation tasks

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This is a spinner for the characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is best used as a revision tool and could be a starter, plenary, whole lesson or independent task if you have access to computers. You start the presentation then press the spin button. To stop the spinner, you press 1. It will be pointing at a character. You press the button belonging to that character and it will take you to an activity page. This is editable so you can make it suit your needs. If you do buy it and use it in other ways, please feel free to message me and let me know what you did with it. I would be really interested. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
Christmas List spreadsheet to clarify Excel software ability
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Christmas List spreadsheet to clarify Excel software ability

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This is an editable spreadsheet which has been designed to test the knowledge of Excel or it could be used to teach Excel. There are two tasks: one is to make a family/friends Christmas shopping list and the other is for a Christmas family. The first two worksheets are teacher examples of how to make a basically formatted version of the two tasks. There are three budgets you can set: one for the list, one for the party and these total up to an overall budget. This way students can decide where they will save money from as they may overspend in the list but save on the party and so keep to the overall budget. It is perfect for ICT/Computing/ECDL practice before creating big flat file databases and moving in to relational databases. This can be used as an end of term/topic assessment for the following areas: IT, flat file databases, spreadsheets, software usage, ECDL - used leading up to the students taking the test or as a baseline assessment for years 8 and 9. Skills this document tests are: formatting (which is also useful for PowerPoint and Word), formulas, functions such as IF and VLOOKUP, data validation, budget handling, accounting and software usage. This is a fun activity which can be used leading up to Christmas holidays. You can adjust the "Items Available" list to have whatever you want in it so I would recommend locking that worksheet before you hand it to the students to work on. I have used this very successfully when I was running ECDL and got 95% of a year group through their Excel ECDL exam due to it. This is because it really can be used to thoroughly understand the whole of Excel at a moderately challenging standard (enough to sit the ECDL exam in that Software).
KS3 Electronic dice project (using a dice kit ordered online)
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KS3 Electronic dice project (using a dice kit ordered online)

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This pack contains a PowerPoint with resources for a progress grid and scientific principles question sheets. This is a whole SoW for creating an electronic dice (using a kit ordered online and then asking students for a contribution to costs which was successful). The PowerPoint goes through everything including good soldering technique, how to solder each individual component and what the scientific principles are behind creating your own circuit. Questions to test their understanding are on: resistor colour codes and tolerance; resistors in series; two resistors in parallel and three resistors in parallel (this is GCSE level so it definitely shows huge challenge when teaching it to KS3). It is a starting point in electronics - which is becoming more and more popular to students and to society. It would also be good as a link to computing. Some advice to make this more of an independent project - which I did do and it worked outstandingly well - was to print off the slides which show all of the components and explain how to solder them and make them in to a handy booklet. I also did this with the scientific principles which made them easier for the students to read. This is very current at the moment with the huge push on computing. I honestly believe that electronics should be as well thought of as computing because they do go hand in hand. Progression of this unit of work would be for students to start creating their own circuits and using computing knowledge to program the chips. Please feel free to ask any questions about these resources.
Logic Fortune teller for revision questioning plenary, starter differentiated fun and creative
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Logic Fortune teller for revision questioning plenary, starter differentiated fun and creative

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This is an editable fortune teller template that allows you to question students in pairs. It is a tool for differentiation and an alternative way to have students interrogate each other. It is also quite fun so would be engaging. Get students to cut it out and build it themselves to develop their logic skills. They could also think of information they would add to it themselves to pass on and tests others with - there could be a competition for who could make the one that had the most challenging questions about that subject/topic. The green questions would be the easiest with the blue questions being the ones that require far more thinking to complete (the most challenging). Students have the freedom to choose their own level of questioning and. if you type the questions in to the fortune teller, they wont know what questions are going to be asked. You could make them very general or as specific as you needed. Alternatively, it could be a way of revising a topic with the answers being the reveal and the questions replacing the colours on first layer. It could also help with dexterity which in turn would aid handwriting.
Interactive reading display with book review and reading dictionary
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Interactive reading display with book review and reading dictionary

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This is an editable interactive reading display which allows a very hands on approach for students to get them more interested in reading and thinking about reading. It develops vocabulary skills as well as independence. It promotes having a growth mind-set about reading and students can have a feeling of ownership when using it as the display becomes theirs. It also comes with a book review which is quite detailed. There are two differentiated versions of the book review. One is to help with handwriting and the other is to help with handwriting and to reduce the amount of questions being asked. There is a reading tips section which allows students to be able to give advice, write down what works for them and generally have a positive collection of reading thoughts to help with growth mind-set. I suggest that students use Post-it notes but you can record thoughts in numerous ways so it doesn't have to be by using them. There are five questions which can help guide the students but I am sure other tips will be generated once those questions have been answered anyway. This can be as interactive as you want to make it and it certainly makes reading in to more of a growth mind-set within the classroom as it is all positive and there to help.
Survival guide cross-curricular independent learning tool
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Survival guide cross-curricular independent learning tool

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This is a handy guide that I have laminated and displayed on all of my tables for students as a quick reference of all of the places they can go to seek help if they need it. Lamination is only one option and I usually have enough for one per pair. I am very keen on promoting independent learning in the classroom. In this document there is the original survival guide and three dyslexia friendly versions in light blue, light pink and cream. The size of the font is also slightly larger on these. I have also used images, which I created myself, as they helped students who are EAL. There are seven steps laid out to encourage students to be more independent with their learning. The third step is for the students to seek guidance from a help desk - this may be something you don't do but the document can be edited and this would be easily removed. In my teaching, I tend to use help desks where there are different types of guides on display or help sheets which focus on general transferable skills help (how to create a sentence, synonyms for common words like said, etc) as well as specialist help sheets such as how to decode an unseen poem. Therefore, students would use the help desk as a port of call for if they are stuck.
Shakespeare Macbeth character spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiated
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Shakespeare Macbeth character spinner revision tool ICT interactive differentiated

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This is an editable spinner based on the characters of Macbeth which can be used as a revision tool. You start the presentation, press spin then press 1 to stop the spinner. You then press the button of the character that the arrow is pointing at and it takes you to a slide with activities on it for the students to do. The activities are coloured specifically to show difficulty of the task (RAG). You then press the button to go back and the spinner starts all over again. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.
Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Character Spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun IWB
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Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Character Spinner revision tool ICT interactive fun IWB

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This is a revision tool that can be used as a main revision lesson or as a plenary/starter to a lesson. It is a character spinner of the main characters in Romeo and Juliet. It is editable. You start the presentation, press spin then stop the spinner with 1. You press the button belonging to the character the arrow is pointing to. This takes you to a slide with some RAG activities on for students to complete. Once you have given them time to do it, you press the back button and the spinner starts again. You could even have this on a shared area for students to access and have the students use it as individual revision tools. The tasks are based on summing up the character, finding quotes about the character and drawing an outline of the character then explaining what you physically see compared to what is implied or what you see as an audience that the characters on stage wouldn't see. I have used it to consolidate information as well as an initial fact finding tool where students have had to go on the internet or look through the book for that character specifically. I think it is good to have some of the minor characters in the spinner too as it makes students think more about their role which makes them link it all more with the main characters. Alternatively, you could remove some of the characters names and replace them with themes. That way you test the students on their knowledge of the major characters and the major themes.