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Idea 289: FREE Class Set, 4-Way Differentiated Place Value Quiz-Quiz-Trade Cards for Year 3 and 4

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE I put a fair bit of time into making a whole-class set of 30 quiz-quiz-trade cards for place value, using a wide range of images and representations, so I thought I’d share it here. With the … Continue reading

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Year 2 ‘Poetry for Spelling’: FREE Complete Collection with Curriculum Links Included!

DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE COLLECTION HERE Success! I’ve finally finished writing a poem to match with all of the 30 statutory spelling requirements for Year 2 featured in the spelling appendix for the National Curriculum! All the poems are designed to … Continue reading

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Idea 288: FREE Poem Resource for Spelling ‘zh’ sound as ‘s’

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE A poem I wrote to teach Year 2 statutory requirement “The /ʒ/ sound spelt s”. Like poetry? Then consider buying a book of poetry by Michael Rosen,  Steve Turner or Allan Ahlberg to read to your … Continue reading

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Idea 287: FREE Poem Resource for ‘J’ at start of words before a,o and u.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE This is a poem I wrote to teach the Year 2 statutory requirement “The /dʒ/ sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words, and sometimes spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, … Continue reading

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Idea 286: FREE Resources and Input for Completing Multiplication Grid Task

DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES HERE DOWNLOAD THE PAIRED SHEET HERE Here’s some resources for an idea I shared a while back which I’ve just done again this year. I showed my class a multiplication grid, explained what it was and then … Continue reading

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Idea 285: FREE Poem Resource for Teaching ‘shun’ sound spelt ‘tion’.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE This is a poem I wrote to help teach the Year 2 statutory requirement of “words ending in -tion”. Like this? Then consider buying a book of poetry by Michael Rosen,  Steve Turner or Allan Ahlberg … Continue reading

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Idea 284: FREE Poem Resource for Teaching ‘ee’ sound spelt ‘ey’.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE This is a poem I wrote to teach the Year 2 statutory requirement “the /i:/ sound spelt –ey.” Like this? Then consider buying a book of poetry by Michael Rosen,  Steve Turner or Allan Ahlberg to … Continue reading

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My Top Dice Games and Tips for Year 2

I absolutely LOVE dice games in Maths! The children really enjoy them and get lots of practice in all-important quick mental maths. Below is a list of games that I’ve either seen elsewhere and used with great success or which … Continue reading

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Idea 283: FREE Poem Resource for Teaching ‘Or’ Sound Spelt as ‘a’ Before ‘l’ or ‘ll’, ‘Best Friends’

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE HERE This is a poem I wrote to teach the Year 2 statutory requirement regarding: “The / :/ ɔ sound spelt a before l and ll” where the guidance is “The / :/ɔ sound (‘or’) is usually … Continue reading

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My Top Primary Teacher Buys (Particularly Year 2!)

Stapleless Staplers I love these and they really seem to amaze other teachers! They make a great gift for teachers too. They work by punching a small hole and then folding paper back through itself to bind sheets together. Never … Continue reading

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