French Culture Cards for KS3 (Famous People)

Culture Cards for KS3 French (Famous People)

A unique, visually appealing learning resource for KS3!

Twelve ready-to-use ‘culture cards’ – each one a self-contained A3 worksheet based around a central theme with a range of fun, relevant activities. Four worksheets each for Years 7, 8 and 9, designed specifically to develop key language skills in a cultural context, and meet National Curriculum requirements:

  • Each ‘culture card’ designed to be completed within an hour – perfect for cover lessons
  • Fully write-on – no additional resources required!
  • With built-in differentiation, extension tasks and cross-curricular links
  • Full answers and teacher sheets provided
  • Interesting and accessible themes catch students’ interest
  • A3 format appeals to visual learners and helps students to engage with the content
  • Activities include vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, translation, research, role play, writing and more! Plus: ‘project’ tasks to be started in class and completed as homework

Year 7: Marie Antoinette, Marion Cotillard, Le Petit Prince, Jean-Paul Gaultier
Year 8: Thierry Henry, Mélanie Laurent, Marie Curie, Gad Emaleh
Year 9: Céline Dion, Victor Hugo, Christiane Taubira, Jacques Cousteau

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Shakespeare Close-reading Starters and Plenaries for KS3

Shakespeare Close-reading Starters and Plenaries for KS3

Generate excitement and focus amongst your students with imaginative and original starter activities!

  • Wide range of useful vocabulary for students to learn and relate to existing knowledge
  • Encourages students to think laterally about how words and phrases shape meaning
  • Fully cross-referenced to reading objectives of the KS3 national curriculum
  • All instructions and answers included
  • 25 activities for each text!


Activity Type Part 1: Recognition Games Part 2: Discussion Activities
Quote Hunt A quotation is revealed word by word. Students will aim to
identify the full quotation and which character it is spoken
Students explore the meaning of a key word from the quotation in terms of a) the whole play, and b) the quotation itself.
Fade Out Students try to memorise jumbled words from a quotation and put them in the right order. Students explore the meaning of a key word both in and
outside of the context of the quotation.
Tone of Voice Students identify the appropriate tone of voice for the quotation given. Students work in pairs speaking the lines aloud, thinking about tone of voice, body language and dramatic pauses.
Wipe Out Students identify which 6 out of 12 quotations are spoken by a particular character. Students explore and analyse one of the quotations in detail.
WordPics Students have to identify the missing word in a quotation
using one of three picture clues.
Students consider why the playwright chose the identified
word rather than another.

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Writing for Different Purposes and Audiences: Political Parties (Y9)

Writing for Different Purposes and Audiences: Political Parties (Y9)

Lively, student-friendly project packs with over 10 worksheets and handouts to use in class or as homework. Guide your class through an engaging scenario as they work towards creating their own meaningful independent writing.

A refreshingly fun Scheme of Learning for KS3
R Goulds, HoD & Independent Reviewer (Space Flight for Y8)

Assuming roles from astronaut to secret service official, students gain valuable experience in writing for a range of purposes and audiences across fiction and non-fiction. With a clear focus on the new 2014 National Curriculum, your class will be completely prepared for the writing demands of GCSE English.

Example writing tasks:

  • Letters
  • Newspaper articles
  • Travel writing
  • Speeches
  • Blog articles
  • … and many more!

Interlinking activities with a continuous theme

  • Appealing, relevant tasks based on modern media to captivate students
  • Ideal blend of independent, pair and group work
  • Heaps of extension tasks to challenge your high-fliers

Student support throughout

  • Confidence-building preparation questions to aid the all-important planning process
  • Activities to support every learner type – mind maps, presentations, role plays…
  • Packed with checklists to keep students on track – great for AFL and quick marking
  • Structured with example texts and sample activity answers for inspiration
  • Plus handy tips and essential guidance on SPaG

Planet Sapphire (for Year 7)
Embark on a mission to save planet Earth with a series of 12 entertaining creative writing tasks, including an instruction manual for aliens and an interview with expedition members. The writing form and skills used are signposted for each activity, so you can be sure every technique is covered. Includes full example answers and clear and accessible language analysis.
Scaling the Heights – Mountaineering (for Year 7)
Six varied units of work, each with five progressive activities, guide students through a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mount Everest. Creative writing, reading and spoken language exercises include interviewing Edmund Hillary and creating a holiday brochure for a trip to Nepal. The highly structured tasks, incorporating planning and self-assessment, allow all pupils to achieve their potential.
Space Flight (for Year 8)
Take your students on a realistic journey into space with 11 creative writing tasks including pre-flight diary entries, space rocket design briefs and recipes for space food. Suitable for all abilities – helpful writing frames and planning sheets for students looking for more support and 8 end-of-pack extension tasks for those aiming higher. Includes end-of-pack self-assessment – great for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Zombie Apocalypse! (for Year 9)
Escape from a zombie invasion while learning about different writing forms with 12 creative writing activities. Your students will love the action-packed, imaginative tasks – from creating a zombie apocalypse survival kit to planning a design brief for fortifications. Suitable for all: support with writing frames and examples, and stretch with ‘challenge’ and ‘extension’ tasks. Written in entertaining and student-friendly language, this resource will harness pupils’ creative potential, culminating in a varied portfolio of work.
Creating a Political Party (for Year 9)
Twelve engaging, debate-prompting activities guide students through the making of a political party from planning policy to selling it to voters. Writing and speaking skills are developed as pupils put forward their arguments. Activities include everything from logo design to manifesto writing and TV-style political debates!

‘Such a good concept, and really good activities. Engages students in both writing tasks in an interesting way, and also the PSHE elements of this kind of activity which ticks of the SMSC element of the lessons. There is plenty here, and it enables students to develop skills which will benefit them greatly in the non-fiction writing exam. I liked the variety of tasks. It engages students with the practical uses of language in this non-fiction context. This can be really dry, so giving students a competitive edge really helps. A pleasurable unit for both teachers and students.’ – K Chanter, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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KS3 Spanish Short Stories- Year 8 Gothic

KS3 Spanish Short Stories

Let your students have fun with language!

A pack of eight original, genre-based short stories, plays and poems designed to enthuse and enable students across KS3. With a wealth of differentiated pre- and post-reading activities, these imaginative and unique texts promise authentic reading material at the perfect level.

  • Fun, inventive and relatable texts to engage and motivate students – no dry textbook style!
  • For every text:
    • Pre-reading activities provide context and enable understanding
    • Post-reading activities break story down into bite-sized chunks and encourage students to exploit their new-found knowledge
    • Vocabulary builders, comprehension questions, translation practice, creative tasks and more!
  • Popular genres pique students’ interest
  • Fully differentiated – supports weaker students while stretching the most able
  • Includes full translations of texts and answers to all tasks

Fully geared towards the new National Curriculum, these texts introduce students to higher echelons of language while building on what they already know. Also great preparation for the new GCSE’s!

‘It presents students with a topic that is rarely found on textbooks, and that they find interesting, boosting their motivation. It also gives students a chance to consolidate and expand their vocabulary, and the opportunity to write their own stories, thus exercising their creative skills and giving them a chance to play with language. It can be used for self-study and in this way it helps developing students’ autonomy.’ – L A Garcia, Spaish teacher and Independent Reviewer

‘I have been looking for short graded readings in Spanish for a while. Unfortunately, I didn’t seem to find anything that would relate to the current KS3 curriculum. However, this resource has changed my luck! I am very pleased to have come across it since it provides an invaluable source of reading practice based on literary texts that students are bound to enjoy.I think this is a very good resource that any teacher should keep handy since it will provide endless moments of fun in the classroom while revising essential grammar and vocabulary, as well as being a source of inspiration and enhancing the pupils’ cultural awareness.’ – D Medina, Spanish Teacher and Independent Reviewer

‘I believe that it can be used to prepare students to face literary and authentic texts well in advance of their GCSE course in a relaxed manner and can be used to build up the base of their literary vocabulary, understanding and expectations.’ – M Vila, Spanish Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £49 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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KS3 French Grammar Activities

KS3 French Grammar Activities

24 essential KS3 grammar topics with simple, illustrated one-page explanations, each followed by two different, comprehensive worksheets to practise and assess learning.

  • Written specifically for KS3 students, in straightforward and accessible language.
  • Fun and fresh activities keep your students engaged and on-task.
  • Use the eye-catching, visually stimulating explanation sheets as handouts, posters or placemats!
  • Each task includes marks and full answers for use by teacher, peer or student – assessment doesn’t get easier than this!

Geared towards the new National Curriculum, this original pack will gently guide your students through the building blocks of French grammar.

  • All worksheets offer supported translation practice, preparing your students for the demands of the new GCSE.

‘This is a valuable resource, providing very thorough treatment of grammar that is encountered at Key Stage 3 and a strong foundation for GCSE.The need for grammar to be an essential building block is made clear through the sequencing of activities and should inspire confidence in written and spoken accuracy.’
– E Winter, Head of MFL

Price is £69 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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KS3 Teaching Pack – Population & Urbanisation

KS3 Teaching Pack - Population & Urbanisation

12-lesson schemes of work designed specifically for the new 2014 Curriculum topics.

Engaging and well-thought-out scheme, designed around specified learning objectives based on a pragmatic interpretation of the curriculum. Ease your planning and cultivate pupils’ love for Geography!

  • Varied activities including starters, mains, plenaries, homework and extension
  • Accessible worksheets with innovative activities to tackle each topic
  • Spiced up with maps, photographs and diagrams – ideal for KS3 and applying geographical skills throughout
  • Contemporary case studies, with emphasis on the focus regions – Africa, Asia, Middle East & Russia
  • AfL embedded to maximise pupils’ engagement and learning

Simplify your planning, preparation and marking: structured lesson plans, all resources and answers provided. Designed so you can deliver each topic in any year of Key Stage 3. There’s even a summative assessment in each resource to monitor all pupils’ progress.

“A well-thought-out resource that flows and links together well.”
– L Spalding, Geography Teacher & Independent Reviewer

Price is £79 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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Year 9 Music – Starters and Plenaries

Starters and Plenaries for Year 9 Music

Keep your class busy all year with this pack of over 50 ready-made activities. With Listening Skills, Music Technology, Music Making, and Theory & Notation all covered, you’ll find something for every lesson.

  • Comprehensive teacher notes contain everything you need:
    1. Suggested relevant topics, with clear learning objectives – for effective planning
    2. Timings and required resources – easy to prepare
    3. Detailed instructions and supporting resources – just pick up and teach!
    4. Differentiation ideas – adapt activities for your whole class
  • Attractive student worksheets make supervision and assessment simple.
  • Accompanying audio CD provides engaging aural stimulus for listening and composing activities.
  • Handy table summarises each activity, making it quick and easy to choose a task to fit your scheme of work.

“This is an absolutely brilliant resource! I love the ideas the author has come up with and I like the fact that activities mean that music and music making can take place from the very first minute of the lesson. The clear teacher guidance makes it an easy resource to use with very little planning required. I thought the different contexts of activities; listening, music technology, ensemble/composition and theory and notation is an inspiring idea! Fits the idea of the new curriculum extremely well. Moreover, I feel it serves as excellent progression to the new GCSE specifications. A first-class resource that every music teacher of Year 9 Music should have!” – N Booth, Head of Music and Independent Reviewer

Price is £69 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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