Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter in class

Victoria Haughton
20th June 2017
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Hand-picked English and maths resources to help you conjure up Pottermania among your KS2 and KS3 students

For those of us that grew up with the books, it’s hard to believe that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be 20 years old on 26 June this year. As new generations of young readers explore JK Rowling’s spellbinding world for the first time, we’ve consulted the Sorting Hat and picked out some of our favourite resources to help you to celebrate the upcoming anniversary in class.

So pick up your quills, unroll your parchment and get ready to spend a day in Hogwarts with this selection of themed English and maths resources.
 

English resources

Get pupils practising inference and retrieval using this adaptable comprehension task, complete with activity letters signed by Dumbledore. Alternatively, delve into descriptive techniques with this creative writing lesson, which gets students examining extracts from the books before writing their own enchanting passage. 

Dive into the realms of non-fiction and challenge your class to write a non-chronological report on a mythical beast, referring to this handy exemplar as inspiration. And, once completed, why not encourage them to channel their inner Rita Skeeter by writing a newspaper article using this simple template as a guideline?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Comprehension (Chapters 5 and 6)

PowerPoint to teach the children about inference questions and retrieval.
3 way differentiated letters for the children to receive their task. (Letter as a stimulus).
Two different comprehension lessons on Chapter 5 and 6 following the same format.
Easily adapted for other chapters and other topics of comprehension.
Guided Reading slide for Chapter 6. Each pupil to carry out a role.
By Walker1991

Harry Potter themed Creative Writing Lesson

Complete with differentiated learning objectives and tasks. Students identify and analyse language techniques used in an extract of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. They then use them to create their own piece of writing. Students then peer-assess each other's work before writing themselves some feedback.
By Batee

Non-Chronological Report on magical creature

I always really struggle to find exemplar non-chronological reports, especially any suitable for upper KS2.

This is a non-chronological report that I wrote about blast-ended skrewts (a magical creature from the Harry Potter books). I used it with my bright year 5 class.

We used it as a model text to examine before the children wrote their own about mythical creatures.

Hope it helps someone!
By MissFincham

Harry Potter Daily Prophet newspaper template

A simple template for pupils to use Harry Potter events to report in non-fiction style.
By Georgia Harris

Maths resources

Use this engaging lesson, complete with worksheets, to encourage pupils to practise all four operations while exchanging Muggle money into sickles, knuts and galleons. Further challenge them with this stimulating potions investigation, in which they’ll use their knowledge of multiplication and factors to transform their beloved teachers into frogs! 

Inject a little magic into your lessons by getting students to cast spells through the conversion of fractions with these differentiated worksheets . Or, develop younger pupils' understanding of bus timetables with this themed task, set in the grounds of Hogwarts.

Magical Maths, Harry Potter problem solving

PPT is the introduction to a lesson on exchanging money - Wizard money for Muggle money. Using division in introduction to work out exchange rate, then multiplication and addition to change money.
By HelenSQ

Mixed Fractions - Harry Potter style!

I designed these resources for a Harry Potter themed lesson with Y7 on converting mixed and improper fractions. There are bronze, silver and gold versions of the main worksheet to differentiate by ability. The Cauldron worksheet is meant to hit literacy targets, whilst allowing children to design their own fraction-potion. The idea is that on the left of the potion they write a mixed fraction followed by an ingredient of their choice, and on the right they must convert it to an improper fraction. e.g. '1 1/2 eyeballs = 3/2 eyeballs'. The pupils loved it, and produced some amazing work!
By CaptainLoui

KS2 maths; Harry Potter Themed Timetable Activity

Used with a Year 5 below average numeracy group. Used with a Harry Potter videogame map that I then drew on the bus route (visual aid only, not needed for the worksheet to be completed). Range of questions based on the timetable at the top of the sheet.
By selinaj

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