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BBC Skillswise: silent letters - information sheet

This is a single-screen information sheet about nine silent letters - silent n, g, b, k, t, h, w, l and u. The information sheet includes a definition of silent letters and an explanation of their origin and how some came to be silent when in earlier periods they were pronounced. It provides three examples for each silent ...

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BBC Skillswise: identifying words with double letters - worksheet

This is a single-screen worksheet about spelling words with double letters. It contains 15 examples and explains how mnemonics can help to remember double letter words. It explains that mnemonics are phrases or sentences that can help jog your memory. Students are asked to create their own mnemonics to help them remember ...

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BBC Skillswise: practising '-tion', '-cian' and '-sion' endings - worksheet

This is a single-screen information and worksheet about the spelling of words that end in a sound like 'shun'. It provides three generalisations about when the sound is spelt using the '-tion', '-cian', or '-sion' endings. It includes a worksheet with an exercise for students to practise choosing the right word ending and ...

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BBC Skillswise: words that sound the same - worksheet

This is a single-screen worksheet about the homophones hear-here, knew-new, piece-peace, allowed-aloud and weak-week. It contains a table with missing sections to be completed when printed. For the first of each pair of homophones the table gives a clue to the meaning; for the second it uses the word in a sentence. Students ...

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BBC Skillswise: using 'c-' or 's-' - worksheet

This is a single-screen worksheet about when to use 'c-' or 's-' for words that begin with the 's' sound. It provides 27 words and a table that students print and populate with the words. The completed table enables them to deduce the spelling rules and generalisations that apply. An answer sheet is available and it explains ...

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BBC Skillswise: choosing '-able' or '-ible' endings - information sheet

This is a single-screen information sheet about the '-ible' and '-able' word endings for adjectives. It provides information and hints to help students choose the right ending. The information sheet gives examples of common 'ible' and 'able' words and explains that the '-able' ending is much more common.

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BBC Skillswise: using '-el' or '-le' endings - worksheet

This is a single-screen worksheet about knowing when to use the '-el' or '-le' word endings. The worksheet provides two activities. In the first, students choose the word with the correct spelling from a pair, for example 'simple', 'simpel', to complete a sentence correctly. In the second activity they unjumble letters ...

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BBC Skillswise: using '-able' or '-ible' endings - worksheet

This is a single-screen worksheet about adding the correct '-able' or '-ible' word ending to common adjectives. The worksheet contains three passages of text that can be printed for students to add the correct ending to incomplete adjectives. Students can check their answers against an onscreen answer sheet.

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Mummification in Bronze Age Britain

This resource is about the discovery of two Bronze Age mummies in Britain. It describes the discovery by a team of archaeologists of the bodies of a male and a female under the floor of a prehistoric house on the Hebridean Island of South Uist. It presents the evidence for mummification following investigations using archaeological ...

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Rome's pivotal emperors

This resource is about the Roman emperors who greatly influenced the empire's structure and direction. It introduces six of the most important emperors: Augustus, Vespasian, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimus Severus and Constantine. Images of the emperors link to descriptive text about their lives and pivotal aspects of ...

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Rome's greatest enemies gallery

This resource is about the greatest enemies of Rome between 247 BC and 453 AD. It includes six images of some of Rome's most feared adversaries: Alaric, leader of the Visigoths; Arminius, ruler of the Cheruscans; Attila, king of the Huns; Hannibal, Carthaginian general; Mithridates VI Eupator, king of Pontos; and King Shapur ...

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Social pecking order in the Roman world

This interactive resource is about the social structure of Ancient Rome. It includes detailed information about the stratification of Roman society and how this affected people's lives. The topics covered are: Legal status; Citizen and non-citizen - which includes information about the imperial hierarchy, the Senate and ...

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Vindolanda

This resource is about the Roman garrison established at Vindolanda. It includes extracts from the Vindolanda tablets dating from the period AD 97-103, which documented details of everyday life for a Roman soldier on the north-west frontier of Roman Britain. The resource describes the discovery of the tablets and their ...

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Roman religion: gallery

This resource is about Roman religion. It consists of nine images that link to text about the different practices and beliefs that existed in ancient Rome. It includes information on the state-recognised worship of traditional gods and about some of the diverse religions that were tolerated in ancient Rome as long as they ...

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Roman women: following the clues

This resource is about Roman women. It examines sources of evidence about the lives of women in ancient Rome, given that there is little written material describing their lives. Sources include examples from literature, state inscriptions, tombstones and the bases of statues, Roman paintings and sculpture, all of which ...

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Gladiators: heroes of the Roman amphitheatre

This resource is about Roman gladiators and their role in Roman society. It covers the origins of the gladiatorial system as a funerary practice to honour the dead, which gradually became entertainment. Topic headings in the resource include: Conscripts and volunteers; Rules and regulations; Fighting-styles; Barrack life; ...

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Pompeii art and architecture gallery

This resource is about the art and architecture of the city of Pompeii. It consists of nine coloured images of some of the surviving art and architecture of the city: the garden of the House of the Vettii; an amphitheatre; a thermopolium; a bakery; the Forum; a wall-painting; a mosaic of Alexander the Great; a lararium, ...

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Eric Bloodaxe

This resource is about Eric Bloodaxe, a Viking legend and the last Viking king of Northumbria. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under six topic headings: What's in a name?; Exile to England; Invader or guest?; Conquest and reconquest; The end of the story; and Find out more. The images are interposed ...

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Loot and land

This resource is about Viking conquests in the British Isles. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under seven topic headings: Terror from the sea; Lindisfarne sacked; Who were the Vikings?; Ships and navigation; A fair wind for raiding; The need for more land; and Find out more. The images are interposed ...

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How do we know about the Vikings?

This resource is about the Viking people and how we know about them. It describes all the known sources for the Vikings including physical evidence such as runestones and coins, and written evidence such as sagas, skaldic verses, monastic chronicles and letters. Place-names, language and DNA analysis are other sources of ...