Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

This is a slide show that contains 22 slides of puzzles and riddles. They are easy enough to guess the answers but hard enough to present a fun challenge for primary school-aged children. I used these riddles as part of an English lesson in Year 5 and they were very well received. It also includes a worksheet where the riddles have been differentiated to solve in groups as an alternative to a whole-class activity. This is a light hearted end-of-term fun activity for the children who are tired, and in need of something a bit lighter, but it will nonetheless develop their critical thinking skills, and hopefully foster a love of these word-play type problems. The presentation includes slides explaining what riddles are and how they work, and giving several guided examples before launching into the whole class slides. Each separate riddle is presented on one slide, which is then animated to reveal the answer, alongside an explanation of any that may need further clarification. Having carried out this lesson previously where children simply read the printed riddles from a worksheet, I am really pleased with the slide show, as the pictures add another element of deception - you are further able to mislead their thinking with subtle/subconscious red-herrings! I hope you have fun using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review.
Nataliebu
Metric Conversion Word Problems (Weight)

Metric Conversion Word Problems (Weight)

Resource developed for teaching children to convert between g and kg in context based problems. This resource includes a teaching presentation with guided examples and differentiated activities with answers - the activities can be used with different ability groups or over the course of several lessons for progression. There are four sets of questions, allowing for two days of activities moving to the next level up over the course of both days. The tasks are presented as word problems. The answers are included as slides on the presentation so children can mark their own work. The presentation allows for: Re-visiting the metric units of measurement for weight (mass) grams and kilograms (and milligrams/tons in relation to these) Encouraging children to use knowledge of halves/doubles and patterns etc. to convert mentally between grams and kilograms using knowledge the 1000g = 1kg. Explaining how to use place value (grids) for more complex calculations by going forwards or backwards three places to convert between g and kg or kg and g. The problems are designed to include more complex use of number, as well as conversions as the level of challenge increases. Includes a print-friendly Word version of all activities. For neatness of presentation, ask children to cut and stick each box as they go, showing their workings out beneath. Ideal for use in Year 5 or year 6. I would be grateful if you could leave a review once you have used this resource in class. If you like this, you may also like: imperial to metric conversions https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/imperial-measurements-11869571
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I can read timetables and shipping maps (Desert island survival theme)

I can read timetables and shipping maps (Desert island survival theme)

This resource was prepared for a themed project at the end of a survival-themed learning journey. I wanted something different, maths but not the usual maths, that would continue to engage the children into that final week of term. Children imagine themselves shipwrecked on a desert island, and need to be able to read the shipping map and the timetable to know when a ship will come close enough to their island to be able to pick up their radio signal for help. This is quite different to a typical timetable reading lesson, and will need careful modelling for the pupils to experience success. ( The slides do this.) There is an alternative, more traditional timetable for LA pupils, but they may still need the help of an adult. Print the activities directly from the power point slides. (Slides 8 and 12) This lesson leads nicely to the second and third lessons of the project (create a look-out rota, and draw a map using coordinates in all 4 quadrants). https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/coordinates-in-four-quadrants-desert-island-map-11866571 If you do use this resource in class, I would be really interested to hear your feedback.
Nataliebu
Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

Riddles and Puzzles (End of term)

This is a slide show that contains 22 slides of puzzles and riddles. They are easy enough to guess the answers but hard enough to present a fun challenge for primary school-aged children. I used these riddles as part of an English lesson in Year 5 and they were very well received. It also includes a worksheet where the riddles have been differentiated to solve in groups as an alternative to a whole-class activity. This is a light hearted end-of-term fun activity for the children who are tired, and in need of something a bit lighter, but it will nonetheless develop their critical thinking skills, and hopefully foster a love of these word-play type problems. The presentation includes slides explaining what riddles are and how they work, and giving several guided examples before launching into the whole class slides. Each separate riddle is presented on one slide, which is then animated to reveal the answer, alongside an explanation of any that may need further clarification. Having carried out this lesson previously where children simply read the printed riddles from a worksheet, I am really pleased with the slide show, as the pictures add another element of deception - you are further able to mislead their thinking with subtle/subconscious red-herrings! I hope you have fun using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review.
Nataliebu
Assembly: Single Use Plastics

Assembly: Single Use Plastics

This assembly looks at the issue of single use plastic. Children are asked initially to use words to describe an idyllic scene, which they later find out is cropped, and the image reveals a litter strewn beach. The slides talk through the origins of plastic and explore some of the benefits of plastic, so children can understand how we have arrived at this situation. The assembly goes on to look at the drawbacks -in simple terms, not too hard-hitting or upsetting. The final part of this assembly encourages children to think about what they can do to address the situation. There are slides encouraging recycling, not using in the first place, and participation in litter picks. The assembly ends with a prayer, but a good alternative would also be a silent promise - one thing the children will do in the next week to help the situation. I hope you enjoy using this resource. It is such an important issue. I would be grateful if you would leave a review, once you have used the assembly.
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Riddles and Wordplay (Witches, Macbeth)

Riddles and Wordplay (Witches, Macbeth)

A lesson that focuses on the witches’ use of word play and how this influenced Macbeth’s course of action. This includes a lesson plan, lesson presentation and differentiated activity. This lesson allows for a more detailed consideration of the role of the witches, and the use of the deliberately misleading in order to influence, but it is more than this, as it aims to foster a love of words and wordplay with the children. (There are some nice PSHE elements in terms of things people might say nowadays that are not actual lies, but not actually the truth, too.) There’s a great link to a clip from Shrek II where Pinocchio is attempting not to give away Shrek’s position but cannot lie. He uses double negatives and babble to mislead without lying! Children will really enjoy attempting to solve the riddles, which have been pitched so that at least 1 or 2 per bundle should be solved, possibly more. I’ve tried to source new ones, but there are a couple of oldies, too. The riddles should be distributed in tables or groups of 4-6. They are read and discussed in the groups. Once the solutions are given, pupils consider how the language was misleading/what it was about the riddle that was deceptive. This can be a piece of written work, or remain a spoken activity. I have used this resource in Year 5, with a re-written story version of Macbeth, once the story had been completed, so they could appreciate the significance of the second prophecies. We had puns and riddles galore for weeks afterwards! I hope you enjoy using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review, once you have used it in class.
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Crack the Code (Meet the Teacher, Transition Day, First Day Back, Moving Up Day)

Crack the Code (Meet the Teacher, Transition Day, First Day Back, Moving Up Day)

This is a resource prepared for key stage 2 to be used in the maths session either in the first few days of the September term, or as a structured maths activity as part of a transition. Children solve the calculations/problems to find a number that corresponds to a letter. The letters spell out a phrase. The secret phrase is ‘Maths is fun!’ or ‘Maths is awesome’ when completed. Children can then go on to create their own phrases/coded words. I have used this activity in Year 5, but because there are four different levels of challenge, this activity could easily be carried out in lower years, or even Year 6. The children enjoyed it - because the phrase is the same for all levels, children can race to solve it first (swear them to secrecy, by asking them to only whisper the phrase to you for a reward if they are correct). Works well if partners are working together - if the sheet is too hard, or one question on the sheet is too challenging, they can always look at the question on an easier sheet. I found this exercise to be helpful to get an overall sense of how the class were with number and their ability and confidence with a range of maths overall - probably as helpful as a test for a quick sense of where a new class is at, but without any of the threat. It gave me some good ideas about where to pitch my planning for the next couple of weeks, whilst I got to know them and their strengths/gaps better, so I would consider it of much more value than simply a ‘holding’ teacher-meet type exercise. Tip: Set the printer to double sided, so they can flip over to create their own code once they have found the answer. I hope you enjoy using this resource. I would be grateful if you could leave a review, once used in class.
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Royal Wedding Quiz Harry Meghan

Royal Wedding Quiz Harry Meghan

This is a two-round quiz, with two extra longer challenges - these can either be given as bonuses to do during the quiz or as part of the quiz itself, creating variety of style. The questions are multiple choice, and have allowed for logical guesses, so this requires little knowledge of Harry and Meghan’s actual wedding. The answers are included and the set up is such that marking occurs at the end of each round. This quiz would be ideal if your school has planned activities on the Friday before the wedding such as a ‘high tea’ or as a light hearted Friday afternoon activity pre-wedding. There are royal fanfare style sound bites included before each question, as a means of gaining attention again before reading next question out loud. Tip: Write an answer grid on the board, so the children can see who is winning -team name,round one, challenge, round 2, challenge, total. I had a lot of fun creating this resource, I hope you have as much fun using it. :-) 50% of the author proceeds from this resource will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
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Union Jack Flag Symmetry

Union Jack Flag Symmetry

This is a printable activity with the option of printing with grid lines, without grid lines, in colour or in black and white. Developed initially for the Harry-Meghan royal wedding, but it is a standalone activity that is useful in its own right, not simply because of a royal wedding (although, that gives the perfect excuse to use it!) This uses a triangular shaped flag, that might be used for bunting - it could be displayed as bunting on a maths working wall once completed! Tip: N:rich has a nice activity on flag symmetry that could precede this or follow this lesson. https://nrich.maths.org/7749 (alternatively, download their ‘getting started’ advice, for questions that could be used to enrich this activity.) 50% of the author proceeds of this purchase will go to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
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Maths Colour by Numbers (Mixed operation) Chameleon

Maths Colour by Numbers (Mixed operation) Chameleon

Children solve the maths equations in order to determine what colour to colour the chameleon. There is an easy version, suitable for lower year groups or older pupils with additional maths needs. There is a harder version, suitable for year 4 upwards, due to the fact it contains squares, brackets and square roots, but the calculations themselves are not too tricky. There is also a blank version that children can use to create their own calculations. A slide show accompanies the printouts, that can be used to model what to do. It also includes a couple of facts about chameleons - and introduces ‘Charmander the maths chameleon’. The calculations can be modified directly on the ppt and printed directly from the ppt to suit the needs of your class. I imagine this resource to be suitable for a maths activity as part of a meet the teacher transition, as a light hearted end to a topic/learning journey that covers rain forests, or towards the end of term/a busy week e.g. if there have been tests, when pupils are tired, so they can still engage in maths but in a less formal/structured manner. Tip: if there are some calculations that are too tricky on the harder version, have a few spare easier versions printed, so pupils can cross reference. I hope you enjoy using this resource.
Nataliebu
Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Assembly

Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Assembly

This assembly is a general introduction to the royal wedding, but it also links to values (responsibility, courage, advocacy) by showcasing some of Meghan Markle’s charity and advocacy work. The presentation includes: A wedding invitation to analyse - pointing out quirks such as the fact that ‘Harry’ is ‘Henry’ Windsor Castle Who is Prince Harry? Who is Meghan Markle? The clips that are linked to are really powerful (and I found them truly inspirational, especially the second - it is the type where you have pin-drop silence and then spontaneous applause when it ends - the conversation this will likely spark could sustain any number of follow ups - how will you stand up for your rights, how else can one person make a difference? How are we helped by others on our way to success?) The first clip would be a better focus if your school has had a focus on the issues it raises (e.g. our school fund-raised to build a well with our partner school in Africa, so this clip would be highly relevant) Note: the wedding invitation is a recreation - I have only used copyright-free images. Likewise, the initial slide image is not actually Meghan for the same reason. If you like this resource, I would be grateful if you could leave a review. Please also note: 50% of the author proceeds of this sale will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
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Union Jack (Flag) Bunting colouring in

Union Jack (Flag) Bunting colouring in

Available in pdf and editable word, for personalisation options. The first is a larger flag simply to print and colour, the second a smaller flag, that can be folded and displayed over a washing line type rope. These would be good for younger classes, where you are attempting to improve pencil grip and writing stamina. I would print one per pupil and use it to create eye-catching bunting over the classroom. 50% of the author proceeds of this resource will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
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Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Teaching Resources Pack

Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding Teaching Resources Pack

A collection of themed resources and activities to celebrate the Harry - Meghan royal wedding. The set includes: 1 x whole school assembly 1 x fun quiz, ideal for use in class 1 x lesson on formal and informal language 1 x maths activity Union Jack symmetry for upper key stages 1 x printable Union flag bunting to colour in, for lower key stages. I hope you enjoy using these activities. I would be grateful if you could leave a review. 50% of the author proceeds from all royal wedding resources sales will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
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Harry Meghan Formal and Informal Language Royal Wedding

Harry Meghan Formal and Informal Language Royal Wedding

A fun way to teach formal and informal language. This resource uses the royal wedding as a stimulus and a teaching opportunity to show how formal language is used in the context of weddings. It models first how this is done on the written invitation, and then explores spoken but formal wedding vows. There are initial teaching slides and questions focusing on identifying the most formal sentence similar to those found in the year 6 spag test. The activity is fun and slightly tongue-in-cheek (always a good way to keep grammar exciting and interesting). ‘Harry Winter’ is marrying ‘Meghan Marvel’ on the same day as the royal wedding, but has written his own vows in an informal style. The children need to re-write them more formally. They should enjoy this, picking up on the fact the draft vows are so badly worded it is humorous. (All the better if you can read them out in a David Beckham style voice - and have them re-read the re-drafted vows in a ‘posh’ queen-style voice). There are lots of guided examples on the slides. A formal version of the completed vows is also included on the slide show as an example once children have completed the task. Please note: 50% of all author proceeds of this and any other royal wedding resource will be donated to our partner school in Sierra Leone.
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Metric Conversion Word Problems (Weight)

Metric Conversion Word Problems (Weight)

Resource developed for teaching children to convert between g and kg in context based problems. This resource includes a teaching presentation with guided examples and differentiated activities with answers - the activities can be used with different ability groups or over the course of several lessons for progression. There are four sets of questions, allowing for two days of activities moving to the next level up over the course of both days. The tasks are presented as word problems. The answers are included as slides on the presentation so children can mark their own work. The presentation allows for: Re-visiting the metric units of measurement for weight (mass) grams and kilograms (and milligrams/tons in relation to these) Encouraging children to use knowledge of halves/doubles and patterns etc. to convert mentally between grams and kilograms using knowledge the 1000g = 1kg. Explaining how to use place value (grids) for more complex calculations by going forwards or backwards three places to convert between g and kg or kg and g. The problems are designed to include more complex use of number, as well as conversions as the level of challenge increases. Includes a print-friendly Word version of all activities. For neatness of presentation, ask children to cut and stick each box as they go, showing their workings out beneath. Ideal for use in Year 5 or year 6. I would be grateful if you could leave a review once you have used this resource in class. If you like this, you may also like: imperial to metric conversions https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/imperial-measurements-11869571
Nataliebu
Imperial Measurements

Imperial Measurements

An introduction to imperial measurements This resource gives a comprehensive overview of what imperial measurements are This is ideal to precede written work on converting between measures Includes printables for practical activities Children familarise themselves with concrete examples of imperial to metric conversions. The practical activities could be run as one lesson as a brief carousel, a whole afternoon set of activities, or a series of lessons in a unit on measure, focusing each day on a different measure (Length, weight/mass, volume). For the practical activity, teachers will need access to standard measuring equipment, however, this resource could be used for input alone - children would gain a secure understanding of what imperial means in relation to metric. Slides can also be printed directly from the ppt (full page slides) as posters for your working wall - there is a useful one on how prefixes can help you identify one metric measure in relation to another - milli- centi- deci- etc. If you like this resource, you may also like https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/metric-conversion-problems-weight-11881646 Metric conversions I would be grateful if you could leave a review for this resource, after you have used it in class.
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Coordinates in four quadrants (Desert island map)

Coordinates in four quadrants (Desert island map)

This is a lesson (teaching presentation and activity) for teaching coordinates in all four quadrants. A knowledge of coordinates in the first quadrant is assumed alongside a basic knowledge of the principles of negative numbers. The resource is survival themed (as it was delivered as part of a survival learning journey) but it could be used in any maths lesson to teach coordinates in all 4 quadrants - the theme just makes it a little more engaging. It is equally easily adaptable as a pirate treasure map activity. Children imagine themselves on a desert island. They want to create a map for their fellow castaways (or pirates) indicating where the fresh water is, the firewood etc. they must create their own desert islands, plot co-ordinates for all the key features and then state what the coordinates are in a key. Children will love the creative element of this - the maps could be decorated and improved further in pm sessions - this is the type of challenge/activity that they do again at home for the fun of it. It has been deliberately left for the children to decide what their island looks like, and what is important to plot, so that they have full ownership of the ideas. There are teaching slides on how to read and plot co-ordinates in the 4 quadrants and the activity instructions are carefully scaffolded (Children will make mistakes if asked to draw their own axes in their maths books without a clear explanation about how to do so - we discovered the hard way!) There is also a printable grid for LA pupils, who will still be able to create their own island, and plot their own features. Tip: print a few extras, so if anyone does struggle to draw the axis in their books, and needs to re-start, this could be glued in over the top. I created this resource to be used as a survival themed project over a week in maths, at the end of term - there is an accompanying resource set on reading shipping maps and timetables, and creating a look-out rota/timetable. I hope you enjoy delivering this lesson. I would be grateful if you could leave a review with a comment, once you have used it in class.
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Skateboard Angles Posters

Skateboard Angles Posters

Use skateboarding as a novel way to teach acute, obtuse, reflex, right and straight angles. These are eye catching posters that can be printed at size, or enlarged, and are suitable for a classroom working wall. They support a skater-themed learning journey. These posters were developed to support resources: Skateboard Angles, and Skater Turns.
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Skateboard Angles

Skateboard Angles

Three resources that use skateboarding as a means of teaching angles. Identifying different angles types (uses skateboard angles for real life examples) Knowing the number of degrees in a full turn, half turn and quarter turn, using skater trick terminology to engage Posters for a working wall using real life skating angles. These resources complement a whole learning journey based on the theme of skating. If you like these, you may also wish to consider the English unit of work that accompanies them. https://bit.ly/2pR5obE I would be grateful if you could leave a review, once you have used these resources.
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Skateboard Angles (Right, Acute, Obtuse, Reflex, Straight)

Skateboard Angles (Right, Acute, Obtuse, Reflex, Straight)

Real-life examples of acute, obtuse, reflex, right and straight angles drawn from skating. Each angle type is clearly introduced Followed by an example of how this relates to skating Interactive task/printable. This resource works well with Skater Angles, which focuses an input on degrees in turns. These lessons complement a learning journey based on skating; further resources are available at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/narrative-writing-bubble-wrap-boy-11868862 If you like this resource, I would be grateful if you could leave a review.
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Skater Turns (Degrees in a circle)

Skater Turns (Degrees in a circle)

This is a slides how focusing specifically on degrees in turns. It uses the theme of skating to show that there are 360 degrees in a turn and encourages children to spot that each quarter turn is a multiple of 90 - it invites children to calculate the degrees needed for a turn and a half, and two turns. The guided activity asks children to stand and turn as per instruction e.g. 90 degrees right, (on imaginary skateboards). This activity would be ideal for a lesson starter, and outside of the maths lesson to keep up interest. It also works well inking to clips of snowboarders and BMXers doing spins - sometimes children can listen in the commentary for how big the turn was, and sometimes you can pause and count the turns as they take place.
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Spag Practice Tests and Revision Guides

Spag Practice Tests and Revision Guides

Bundle consists of: Practice test in Sat style with similar questions (Test 1, Test 2, Answers) Daily drills - The spelling and grammar rules with a practice example, and a task based on the above test questions - ideal for daily/twice daily input in the period leading up to SATs. One additional grammar test, designed for progression with slightly harder vocabulary used throughout but similar questions
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En Ville (Tu aimes..?)

En Ville (Tu aimes..?)

Lesson resources supporting the teaching of Vocabulary for places in a town (museum, sports centre etc.) Progressing to: Tu aimes…? J’aime aller au centre sportif/Tu aimes aller au cinéma? etc. Phrases to state what you like to do in your home town A range of games can be played with the input presentations Recorded French on each slide (optional on/off) Printable task: read the map and write in the place in French in the box Reading comprehension included. Read the character speech bubbles: three teenagers talking about what they like to do in their French home town and questions about the text.
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Tu aimes...? (En Ville)

Tu aimes...? (En Ville)

Whole lesson presentation. Teaches 'tu aimes …?' And Oui, j’aime …/Non, je n’aime pas … For activities that are typically done in one’s home town. Builds upon a lesson(s) where learners have covered the basic vocabulary for places in a town. Includes recorded French.
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