Category Archives: Literacy

Tweetable links and goodies.

Have recently prepped a load of my (and @batttuk’s) more popular links into a ‘tweetable’ form. Lots of good stuff here – not all mine. Take a look.

My TMMidlands presentation – Ben’s Google Tools: Boogle #ukedchat

GTAUK: food for thought and stomach

#esafety poster idea (used in anti-bullying week) #ukedchat

Maths: layered learning – an Ofsted like. #ukedchat

#Y3 #tagrugby plans

Macbeth resources: a veritable hoard/horde #Y6 #shakespeare #ukedchat

Positive behaviour card #ukedchat

Circuit training cards with Action Man #ukedchat #pe

#Y6 spellings: a collection to use & abuse #ukedchat

Maths & writing marking policy – a step in the right direction? #ukedchat

Punctuation tally stickers – very useful. Levels 3,4 & 5 #ukedchat

ICT AUP – acceptable use policy #ukedchat

Level 6 grammar resources (not mine – just passing them on) #ukedchat

Alice in Numberland – a large problem-solving pack. Can be tailored to suit. #ukedchat

Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan? #shakespeare

Adverbial phrases homework #ukedchat

#esafety presentation to parents

Shoved-in-clauses: embedded clauses, a festive take…

Want 20gb of FREE cloud space? A couple of clicks and you’ll be there. COPY is fab.

Using twitter in education. @ianaddison @ideas_factory

Surviving an EBD school via @njthurly #ukedchat

Twitter Magic – guest post by @ICTMagic

#batttie by @johnmayo

#battt week guest posts – old but still great to read. #inspiration

10 ways to use twitter – a helpful guide. #ukedchat

Twittering Tweachers @sorrell_km #ukedchat

School Twitter Account @basttuk #ukedchat #bastt

Twitter Tips from @syded06 @mracolley #ukedchat #battt

What the # are hashtags? #ukedchat

The 10 stages of Twitter: stolen from @syded06 #ukedchat

Pimpin’ the profile – make yourself ‘followable’ #ukedchat #battt

Breaking out of the egg shell – show us who you are. #ukedchat #battt


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Macbeth – resources: a hoard/horde

horde [hawrd,hohrd] (noun) 

A large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.

hoard [hawrd,hohrd] (noun) 

Supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.

One of the joys of teaching year 6 is teaching Shakespeare – it can be taught earlier (I’ve taught the Witches’ Spell in Y3 along with meter and rhyming couplets) and I know that my secondary colleagues love to teach some of the meatier texts in real depth. The last time I was in six, I taught Shakespeare, and predominantly Macbeth, as an extended topic. I have included some of the resources and planning below. It’s always difficult using somebody else’s plans and templates but it may give you an idea.

As ever, use & abuse, just leave a comment if it’s been useful (or not).


The first 6 docs are planning sheets. The final 5 are PDFs which are available as Publisher docs if you want them. Check the links at the bottom too. 

05-02-13 poetry and reading test

07-01-13 dvd and summary

14-01-13 letter lady

21-01-13 instructions

25-02-13 & 04-03-13 death of duncan

28-01-13 battle on the heath

Battle Upon the Heath teacher version

Battle Upon The Heath titles

Caliban’s Cave

Jury sheet for death of duncan


Literacy outline ofsted 06-02-13

macbeth character bio

Macbeth Descriptive Writing

Macbeth Summary

Summary of Macbeth

witches’ brew instructions

witches ingredients

witches’ poem translated

witches’ poem

witches poems v2&3 editing

Caliban’s Cave

macbeth comic strips

macbeth masks

shakespeare cover

toptrumps cards

See also: Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan – a debate

Y6 blog – various

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Literacy, Thoughts & Musings


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THE FIN Now Available

Great short story inspired from a great film. A MUST read.

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Literacy, Social


The Waldram Dictionary

In case you ever wondered, it’s here: The Waldram Dictionary, in its entirety.

Please note, it’s not grammatically correct. If you use it in your work, children, or you use it in a job interview, it  will not go down well. It’s not correct… but it is well wix.

New words are creeping into our language all the time, none more so than from the blessed lips of Mr Waldram. You can purchase the brand new pocket edition of Waldram’s Oxford Dictionary from Amazon at a bargain price of £12.99 or you could just sample a few of his choice selections here.

All over it: (noun phrase) when you are definitely going to do something or indeed have tried something that you really like and therefore like it a lot. E.g. “W, are you enjoying putting embedded links into the blog?” “Yes, T, I am… I’m all over it!” (generated by Mr T)

Beauty Street: (noun/adjective) Beauty Street is the place to go for everything beautiful; also an adjective to describe something that is great. For example: “Puck, that acting was well Beauty Street.”

BOOM!: (adjective) when you have scored a direct hit; when you have had a real success with something. The 6BW had, like, a trillion hits last night – BOOM!

Checkit: (verb) to have a look for yourself at something truly amazing.

Cool beans/cool beanz: (noun) descriptive comment to express feeling; like no worries or job done.

Coolpoints: (noun) You may award coolpoints to people if they have done something particularly impressive. E.g. ‘Wow, I love your Hawaiian shirt – give yourself 10 #coolpoints’

Disasterful: (adjective) if it can go wrong, it will go wrong – the ultimate disaster. Problem City

Foolism: (nounjective) As discussed in our grammar groups, when something is so daft, it’s like – that’s so foolism.

Fridgepoints: (noun) (see coolpoints) Normally attributed to anything that looks extremely tasty stored in the fridge.

Geekpoints: (noun) Awarded for anything nerdy or geeky, knowing the school’s wireless code and proxy server off by heart; solving issues with Office without even looking at the laptop.

Hotpoints: (noun) Only a true master of the #points system may dish these out – you need to have a keen eye and a smooth tongue. E.g. ‘Well, hello… your ankles are certainly looking ravishing today.’ *raises eyebrows*

Living the Dream: (adjectival phrase) When something is so good, so perfect, you are literally living the dream. “Dude, I just caught an awesome wave back there – I was hanging ten, living the dream. Cowabunga!”

Living the Digital Dream: (adjectival phrase) Similar to the one above, however, this is electronic. The Blog, for example.

LOL beanz: (noun) very similar to cool beans but with added lol (generated by Clodagh)

LOLETH: (noun) when something is truly hilarious – Laugh Out Loud Everyone Together Happy (generated by Emily Fearn and Katrina Holmes)

Nesslyfull: (adjectivea mixture of 3 suffixes and it means extremely talented.

Pfft!: (exclamatory noun) If something is a load of rubbish or you just totally disagree with something and you have nothing to say, then Pfft! sums up your thoughts entirely.

Plezj: (noun) pronounced similarly to treasure – the shortened version of pleasure. For when life’s too frantic to say ‘It’s a pleasure.’ E.G. ‘Thanks for that report, it was very helpful.’ ‘Plezj.’

Plopadoppalus: (adjective) when something is well not gooder – like, proper worser!

Prawdziwa historia: (true story) Polish translation

Roods: (adjective) When something is so impolite and rude, it is considered roods. E.g. “Dude, when you dissed me the other day for wearing pink trainers, that was so roods, you’re just well jel.”

Sozmaloz: (noun) when you have doing something wrong and you want to apologise sincerely, totally and utterly – you are very, very sorry.

True Story: (noun) when something is an absolute fact; cannot be argued with. e.g. Sunday is the day after Saturday – true story or Mr Waldram is well more betterer at stuff than Mr T – true story.

True Storyville: (noun) place where everything is true – the home of all things honest.

Truman Show: (noun) when the truth is so blindingly obvious, it has to be clear to all: Truman Show.

Waldramising: (verb) to make something well more betterer.

Waldramisms: (noun) a collection of words or phrases coined by the wordmaster himself.

Well Good: (adjective) when something is like, literally, well good.

Well more betterer: (adjectival phrase) when something is a direct comparison to something else, e.g. Mr W is well more betterer at jelly drinking than Mr T.

Well more betterer: (adjectival phrase) when something has been Waldramised.

Well more super betterer: (adjectival phrase) when something is even more betterer than normal (generated by Liam Sharpe)

Well jel: (adjectival phrase) if a person is envious of someone or something, then well jel (pronounced well jel) is the perfect retort. “My skateboard is well more betterer than yours!” “Pfft, nah, mine’s well wix, you’re just well jel.”

Whoop! (noun – exclamation) when one simply cannot contain their excitement and all they can burst forth is the utterance of true joy: Whoop!

Whoop-da-loop😦noun) see Whoop! but with added Whoopishness.

Wix: (adjective) Exclamation of pure wickedness (in the good sense), if something is really great, it could also be wix. This has been used in some more urban areas as a cool and hip phrase, especially with boys. “Wix, innit.

Yummers: (noun) the sensation of something being extremely tasty, that Camel pie and chips I ate last night was truly Yummers!

Yupadeedoodah: (noun – exclamation) The acknowledgement of something correct. “Is 6BW well more betterer than 6NT?” “Yupadeedoodah”

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Literacy, Social


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Year 6 spellings

Used these for a few years – sometimes differentiated, sometimes not. Normally, specific children had KS3 spellings if they were more able or keywords if they weren’t.

As always, use, change, tweak. They are handy for a set of words for a particular string.


Copy of sats_spellings_list

Spelling Books Y6

spelling journal cover

spring 1 wk 1 -y

spring 1 wk 2 -f

spring 1 wk 3 -o

spring 1 wk 4 irregular plurals

spring 1 wk 5 ly

spring 1 wk 6 connectives

spring 2 wk 1 ing

spring 2 wk 2 ing

spring 2 wk 3 er & est

spring 2 wk 4 y & ful

spring 2 wk 5 HP

spring 2 wk 6 HP

Year Six Spellings

spring one

Year Six Spellings spring two


L phase 4 L&S assessment

phase 5 L&S assessment

spellings 5&6 04-11-09

spellings 5&6 ew and ing11-11-09

spellings5&6 ir and ing 20-11-09

Spellings Group 6

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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Literacy


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Maths & Writing marking policy

Ok, not the most exciting of posts but if you want to take a look at a maths and writing marking policy, I guess you would consider it gold.

This is the one that we used at my last school. It has the marking policy for literacy and numeracy.

Change, tweak, use.

Marking Policy Writing and Maths 21.05.13 – Word Doc

Marking Policy Writing and Maths 21.05.13 – PDF

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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Literacy, Numeracy


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Punctuation Tallies

Tried using these recently, photocopy the sheets onto Avery labels and stick them into your children’s books. Have only made levels 1-3. Very handy, saves time and gets the children to self-assess what punctuation they need to work on for the next piece of writing.

Punc tally L3

Punc tally L4

Punc tally L5

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Display, Literacy


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