Age 10/11 Column Multiplication Lesson

The lesson’s focus is to use column multiplication to solve a problem. We concentrate on the steps and stages in the column method and support is provided to teach for understanding. Differentiation is provided with LA concentrating on multiplication times tables or TU x U.

The lesson is aimed at children at an age 10/11 level (Year 6 in England and Wales).

The lesson’s context revolves around a mission to Mars where we are marooned and have to struggle for survival. Pre-lesson preparation is provided with three animations from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she travels and lands on Mars, making the lesson come alive for the children (see the animations here). Two further animations set the context of being marooned on Mars and having to calculate how many calories are needed to survive (see the animations here).

PowerPoints provide structure, modelling, examples and explanation. Optional IT links are provided as well as an optional investigation activity for an ability group.

There is a lesson plan which includes:

  • suggested links to the Welsh, English, Northern Irish, Republic of Ireland and Australian curriculums;
  • notes to provide background information;
  • optional pre lesson preparation;
  • starter, main, groups and plenary sections with suggested timings (please change depending on your class);
  • sections of the lesson are linked to Blooms taxonomy (see for more info.);
  • Talk time suggestions;
  • PowerPoint presentations to support teaching;
  • differentiated group activities with extra ideas for early finishers;
  • consideration of, and reference to, different learning styles and
  • independent activities that are planned to aim to allow the teacher to support or extend an assessment group within the lesson

We aim to provide detailed and thorough planning, so there will be more information, examples and differentiation in the planning than are needed, and changes may need to be made depending on your class.

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Created: Dec 5, 2019

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