Age 10/11 Procedural and Reasoning Questions Related to Unit Learning- Two Lessons

Two lessons to answer and evaluate procedural and reasoning questions based on learning from the “Mars- The Red Planet” maths unit. Questions are aligned to national testing to support preparation. Main topics covered in the unit are ordering and finding the difference between negative numbers, column addition/subtraction, column multiplication, the short method of division, area/perimeter, volume and 3D shapes.

Prior lessons in the unit are available here here. These lessons have a context which revolves around a mission to Mars where they are marooned and have to struggle for survival. Animations from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she battles for survival are available for free. To take part in trialling any resources for free please e-mail enquiries@

The lessons consist of:

  1. Revision of the strategies in answering 12 procedural and reasoning questions before a set assessment time and evaluation. Revision of column addition and subtraction is provided for LA children if suitable.
  2. Children work in mixed ability groups to answer 15 questions in a quiz type format. They attempt to answer differentiated questions using multiple choice/ask the audience/phone a friend/ 5050 lifelines for support.

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

PowerPoints provide structure, modelling, examples and explanation and review prior learning if needed.

There are lesson plans which include:

• suggested links to the Welsh, English, Northern Irish, Republic of Ireland and Australian curriculums;
• starter, main, groups and plenary sections with suggested timings (please change depending on your class);
• sections of the lesson linked to Blooms taxonomy (see for more info.);
• talk time suggestions;
• differentiation for ability groups;
• 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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  • PP65M.14.1Understand.pptx
  • PP65M.14.2Quest.pptx
  • PC65M.14.3Assess.pdf
  • PC65M.14.1AddSub.pdf
  • PC65M.14.2AddSub.pdf
  • TC65M.14.1Mark.pdf
  • TC65M.14.2Y6PlanQuest.pdf
  • PP65M.15.1Quiz.pptx
  • PC65M.15.1Quiz.pdf
  • TC65M.15.1Mark.pdf
  • TC65M.15.2Y6PlanQuiz.pdf

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