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5th November 2010 at 00:00


Monster maths lesson

An attempt on the world record for the biggest simultaneous maths lesson is one of the highlights of the NSPCC's 10th annual Number Day on December 3. To register your school, go to

Immigration imagined

New teaching pack Going and Coming features contributions from children at primary schools across West Yorkshire about their own experience of migration. For details, visit

Co-ordinator's job RE-vealed

A course for teachers new to the post of RE co-ordinator will be held in Birmingham later this month. The one-day event, on November 24, is organised by RE Today. For details, go to


What the lesson is about

These are the first two lessons in a medium-term plan on the habitats unit for key stage 2 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- identify different types of habitat;

- recognise that different animals are found in different habitats.

Getting started

Ask the children for their ideas about living things. Can they be grouped into different categories? Show the class pictures of different creatures and objects and ask them to sort them into plants, animals, living and non-living. Introduce the term "organism" as a general term for all living things.

Explain the word "habitat", using pictures to illustrate its meaning. Tell the pupils they will be studying local habitats and show them pictures of the school environment. Ask the class to work in groups to make lists of the plants and animals that might live in each habitat, then ask each group to discuss its choices and justify its reasons.

Taking it further

Take the pupils for a walk around the school to identify and make a list of all the habitats they find. Review the final list with the children and group similar habitats together, such as ponds, fields, hedges. Ask the pupils to record the habitats they have identified. Give the class a blank map of the school and get them to label the habitats on the map.

Where to find it

The lesson was originally uploaded by Kirstos and can be found at


What the lesson is about

Using the familiar context of Jack and the Beanstalk, children are set the challenge to find all possible ways for Jack to climb the beanstalk, with an emphasis on working systematically and thinking logically. It is aimed at key stage 1 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- solve mathematical problems using a systematic approach.

Getting started

Show the class the picture of Jack and the beanstalk available on the link below. The image shows several different possible ways of climbing the beanstalk. Ask the pupils how they think Jack did it. Did he try different routes? Ask children to come to the front to show how they think Jack climbed, checking that he always went forwards and that there were a number of options.

Ask the pupils to count the number of possible routes. Can they find another way of recording them? Do they see a pattern? They should notice that there are always two left and two right turns. Ask the class where they should start to work systematically. How many routes are there if Jack starts going left, and how many if he starts going right?

Taking it further

Ask the pupils to work out how many routes there would be if Jack always had to change direction. Encourage the children to look at their lists and check they are using their recording system to explain the options. Discuss the importance of recording systematically and checking answers have not been missed or repeated.

Where to find it

The original lesson was uploaded by guider and can be found at problem-solving.


What the lesson is about

Pupils use medals as a source of information about the Second World War and where it took place. It is aimed at Year 5 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- use medals as a source of historical evidence;

- analyse and summarise the symbolism of the ribbon and other markings;

- begin to understand that the war had an impact across the whole world;

- begin to understand the chronology of the war.

Getting started

Give the pupils an A3 map of the world and photocopies of Second World War campaign medals (available on the link below). Ask the children to look at the first medal. Working in pairs, get them to make a note of any words, dates or place names. What is a possible name for the medal? What is the significance of the colour of the ribbon?

Discuss some of the countries where the campaign relevant to that particular medal was fought. Ask the pupils to colour in the relevant part of the map and stick a copy of the medal around the edge, annotated with the details of the campaign.

Taking it further

Ask the pupils to repeat this process with the remaining medals until they have a completed map showing where the Second World War was fought. Are they surprised at the extent of the conflict? Discuss how many people were involved and how the war evolved over the years. Get the pupils to think about why the medals were given and the feelings of the recipients.

Where to find it

The original lesson was uploaded by NuffieldPrimary and can be found at It is part of a wider Remembrance Day collection, including lesson plans, assemblies and activities, that can be found at

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