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Roman technologyNew!
Children use the information in the PowerPoint on road construction  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Writing composition | Published: 30/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Instructions
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How did Rome begin?New!
The story of how Rome began based on the legend of Romulus and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Roman army
Read through the non-fiction text about the Roman army and complete  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Claudius' invasion
A comprehension based on Claudius' invasion of Britain. Read  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 16/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Romans | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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The Tin Forest guided reading
A guided reading pack based on the book The Tin Forest by Helen  … read more
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Y2  | Published: 02/09/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward
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Tim Berners-Lee biography and comprehension
A  biography and comprehension based on the life of Tim Berners-Lee,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Computing | Reading comprehension | Published: 27/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Communication | Famous people from the past | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Charles Macintosh – biography and comprehension
A differentiated biography and comprehension based on the life  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 19/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Famous people from the past | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Andy Goldsworthy comprehension
A differentiated comprehension based on the artist Andy Goldsworthy.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 12/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Sculpture | Techniques | Information retrieval – non-fiction
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Guided reading comprehension - Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo
Two comprehension tasks with teaching notes and a teacher reading  … read more
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Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 05/08/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Sculpture inspired creative writing
Use abstract sculpture as inspiration for imaginative writing.  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | General
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Guided reading comprehension - The Last Wolf by Michael Morpurgo
Four comprehension tasks with teaching notes and a teacher reading  … read more
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Y3 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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Rising Stars Read in to Writing: The Boy at the Back of the Class
Use these planning and teaching materials to explore the topic  … read more
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Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Inference and deduction
Rising Stars
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Cracking Comprehension - Crime Solvers
Develop key reading comprehension skills with step-by-step teaching  … read more
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Y5 | Reading comprehension | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
Rising Stars
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Rising Stars Achieve - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Help children achieve the expected standard with Achieve's three-step  … read more
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Y6 | Writing transcription | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 23/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Complex punctuation | Complex sentences | Prefixes and suffixes
Rising Stars
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Rising Stars Reading Planet home guidance: Bengali version
Share this handy guide with parents/carers to support them in  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Published: 18/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Rising Stars | Reading Planet
Rising Stars
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Making comparisons with Romeo and Juliet
Two pupil templates for children to compare Gnomeo and Juliet  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 15/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Macbeth predictions
Children are asked to think about the actions and motives of  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 15/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Character description
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Drama techniques display
Drama techniques explained including useful prompts to aid discussion.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Published: 08/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Drama and role play | Display | Behaviour management
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Romeo and Juliet - Prince Escalus's speech
A cloze procedure style activity based on Shakespeare's Romeo  … read more
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Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 08/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Arguments | Persuasive writing
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Past simple or past progressive?
A worksheet to consolidate understanding of the meaning, form  … read more
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Y2 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Verb tenses
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Modal verbs
A worksheet to consolidate learning on modal verbs.   … read more
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Y5 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammarPublished: 03/07/2019 | 
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Macbeth – a Scottish soldier's diary
Write a diary entry as a Scottish soldier following the initial  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Diaries
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I didn't do my homework because... writing guidance
A writing support sheet to accompany the resource 'I didn't do  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Published: 03/07/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Newspapers
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Macbeth letter
Success criteria for writing a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 | Writing composition | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Letter writing
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Retelling traditional tales
This resource guides children on how to rewrite a familiar tale,  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 24/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Traditional stories
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Weird Sisters similes and personification
A scaffolding resource for writing similes and using personification  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Character description | Features of writing
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Romeo and Juliet - a letter from Juliet
A cloze procedure activity based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Lady Macbeth's letter
A cloze procedure letter activity based on Shakespeare's Macbeth,  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 17/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Simple sentences | Word classes
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Newspaper report- I didn't do my homework because...
A newspaper article including a brief reading comprehension to  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Newspapers
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The Beast Within comprehension
An original narrative set in a primary school where a mysterious,  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 10/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Dragon Machine – create your own fantasy vehicle
Inspired by The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward, children design  … read more
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Y2  | Published: 03/06/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward
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Relative clauses
A set of tasks on using relative clauses within the context of  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 28/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Complex sentences
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The Dragon Machine – materials investigation
A set of science investigations into the properties of materials  … read more
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Y2  | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward
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The Iron Man is coming
A short writing task for year 3 children. Plan a route using  … read more
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Y3 | Writing composition | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Mapping skills and fieldwork | The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
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Comprehension questions on 'The Selfish Giant' by Oscar Wilde
Comprehension questions based on the opening of the short story  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 20/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction | Information retrieval – narrative
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The Tin Forest – exploring materials
A science investigation of materials linked to the book The Tin  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Published: 14/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Books by Helen Ward | Everyday materials
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Wizard me!
Create your own wizard profile with this Harry Potter themed  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 13/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
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'If you were a sailboat' and metaphor
Introduce children to metaphor in a sensory way through the song  … read more
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Y5 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 13/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Poetry - creating images
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A new grandma for George
Using Chapter 1 of George's Marvellous Medicine, this activity  … read more
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Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 07/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Word classes
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Macbeth role on the wall
A scaffolded sheet for a role on the wall type activity based  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 07/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | Works by Shakespeare
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The London Skyline - The Coca-Cola London Eye resource
A journey through the human and physical geography of London.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 03/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Merlin | Human geography | Physical geography | Arguments | Persuasive writing
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Media and Fake News - A Madame Tussauds London resource
An exploration of the media, fake news, and celebrity culture.  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Spoken language | Writing composition | Published: 03/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Merlin | General | Newspapers | Persuasive writing
Merlin
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Building Stories - a DreamWorks Tours: Shrek's Adventure! London resource
Step into story construction! Students will discover the tools  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Writing composition | Published: 03/05/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Merlin | Character description | Different genres – mystery, ghost, fantasy | Fables | Settings | Traditional stories
Merlin
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Independent reading activities
Independent reading activities suitable for UKS2 and beyond.  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 29/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Transition
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Food themed word and sentence work
A collection of differentiated literacy activities with a foody  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Reading word levelPublished: 23/04/2019 | 
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Reading bingo challenge
A handy resource to encourage children in UKS2 to read widely.  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehensionPublished: 16/04/2019 | 
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The pet factor
A KS1 literacy resource related to the topic of pets. Activities  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading word levelPublished: 15/04/2019 | 
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How writers create atmosphere
This PowerPoint analyses an extract taken from The Woman in White  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 15/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Inference and deduction
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Split digraphs challenge
A year 1 resource to support understanding of split digraphs.  … read more
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Y1  | Published: 08/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): a-e | e-e | i-e | o-e | u-e | Phase 5
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On the farm activities
Reading, spelling and writing activities with a farm theme! Suitable  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Writing transcription | Writing composition | Published: 08/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Alphabet | Poems on a theme | Spelling for beginners
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Verb Challenge
This worksheet is the perfect accompaniment to the Oxford Primary  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 01/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Verb tenses
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Grammar Challenge
This worksheet is the perfect accompaniment to the Oxford Primary  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 01/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Word classes
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Good Writing Challenge
This worksheet is the perfect accompaniment to the Oxford Primary  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 01/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Oxford Dictionaries | Oxford University Press | Complex sentences | Conjunctions and connectives
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On the farm – comprehension
A simple comprehension based on a visit to a farm. Ideal for  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Reading comprehension | Published: 01/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – narrative
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Letter ideas and templates
A collection of letter templates to enable children to write  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Writing composition | Published: 01/04/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Letter writing
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Ordering sentences
Children read and correctly reorder the jumbled up sentences.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 20/03/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Simple sentences
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Odd word out
A reading and comprehension task for years 1 and 2. Children  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading comprehension | Writing transcription | Published: 20/03/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Alphabet | Spelling for beginners
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The Bug Chant – a poetry activity
An original poem to share with Y2 linked to the topic of bugs.  … read more
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Y2 | Writing composition | Published: 20/03/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Poems on a theme | Poetry - exploring rhythm and rhyming
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Prefix and suffix revision
A revision worksheet on common prefixes and suffixes including  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Writing transcription | Published: 11/03/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Prefixes and suffixes
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – reading comprehension
A narrative poem and short narrative (story) with comprehension  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Reading comprehension | Published: 11/03/2019 | From the resource collection(s): Bookshelf | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | Inference and deduction
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