Tag Archives: Planning

Key English terms

16 Sep


Here’s a useful resource for students that can be adapted for whatever specialist subject/topic they are studying to assist in remembering key terms, words and phrases to include spellings.

For this sample I have included English terms courtesy of Georgina Hooper from Grimsby Institute which supports students to learn the terms used in the Functional English curriculum and exam papers.

Please feel free to adapt and share, tailoring it to your own curriculum. It really works as students have a reference instead of asking the tutor/teacher first and encourages independence.


Free text summariser

14 Aug


A useful little tool for summarising large chunks of text and may be handy for creating reading texts at varying levels using the same piece of text.

All you need to do is copy and paste the text into the blank text box then select how many sentences you would like it reduced to and click on the ‘summarize now’ button.  The text will them appear below in the selected amount of sentences in a condensed form which you can cut and paste onto your documents/resources.   I’m going to use this for reading handouts to accompany research projects at different levels.

Source: http://freesummarizer.com/

Free font to support Dyslexic students

9 Aug


Help yourself to free fonts for supporting Dyslexic students when designing resources. Below is information from the site, just download and use for free.

OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles, and 2 typefaces: OpenDyslexic, and OpenDyslexic-Alta. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic outside of attribution. For attribution, a simple mention of the URL, and linkback where applicable is sufficient. For example: http://dyslexicfonts.com. This is to assist in others being able to find and download it.

OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.

Source: http://opendyslexic.org

Frame for persuasive writing

7 Aug


A really clear supportive frame for students to plan their writing in a visual mind map style. This resource is particularly useful as a point of reference and to keep the students on track with research and their aims for writing an essay or assignment.


Source: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/printouts/persuasion%20map.pdf

The 5 minute lesson plan

17 Jul


If you haven’t heard of the 5 minute lesson plan from teachertoolkit that all educators are raging about then you must give it a try. It’s refreshing to clear the decks and plan using simple terms and really gets you to focus on what’s important during the lesson. I particularly like the simple format and focus on learning as opposed to teaching with the bonus being that it should only take 5 minutes to complete.

Click on the links below to access the resources and read more about its Ofsted recognition.

#Ofsted recognition of The #5MinPlan.




Class standards activities

16 Jul


There’s some good ideas here for using to set class standards at the start of the year including using smiley faces (all students love these regardless of age) to determine good/bad behaviours in class.

I can’t recommend or place emphasis enough on setting agreed standards at the start of classes to ensure everyone knows where they stand with boundaries firmly in place.  Just click on the link below to view the ideas from Jo Budden.

Source: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/language-assistant/teaching-tips/establishing-ground-rules

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

No 7. Create a Curriculum Wheel

15 Jun

A good idea to ensure that students have a visual representation of what they will be doing during the year and when. I usually provide the students with a list of everything being covered but I can see that this is a much better idea and is visually appealing.

Classrooms and Staffrooms

Curriculum Wheels

I had noticed these being used by other schools and decided to create my own for the Humanities Faculty at my school. They are a great way to visually and quickly see what topics are being taught and when by different subjects and departments. They are a useful way to show long term planning, and this is particularly useful as this is required for ISI inspections! They can be used within a department to compare the topics taught at Key Stage 3 from Year 7 to 9 for example, as well as across departments and different key stages. They could be displayed on your school’s website for parents and pupils to see what their programme of study will be for each academic year. The beauty is in their simplicity.


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