Human Body Skeleton Interactive Display

Human Body Skeleton Interactive Display

This interactive display invites the pupils to arrange the skeleton and label each bone correctly. I enlarged the skeleton, cut out each bone, laminated it and then stuck a bit of blu-tac to the back,; however, if you are lucky enough to have a skeleton in school you could just label that! The display also includes questions and answers about the skeleton and bones and fun facts. I have included a picture of the finished article once it was moved to the school corridor (and, therefore, wasn't being used interactively any more). I have changed the font to Comic Sans as the one I used isn't often installed as standard.
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The Orchestra KS2 Music Scheme of Work/Topic

The Orchestra KS2 Music Scheme of Work/Topic

This is a unit of work that I created for use with Years 3, 4, 5 & 6. It spans six sessions, although it can run for A LOT longer if desired! Although I am a musician, it requires no musical knowhow whatsoever to teach! I was very conscious of this as I was sharing the resource with teachers who lacked confidence in their musical knowledge and skills. This unit focuses predominately on listening, appraisal and understanding, but there are also opportunities for composition and performance included. KS2 Music Attainment Targets Covered: • Pupils should be taught to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality music drawn from a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. • Develop an understanding of the history of music. There are also optional links to Science within each lesson, which enable you to cover the statutory requirements for teaching sound: • Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating. • Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear. • Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it. • Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it. • Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. As a Maths Specialist I also couldn’t resist throwing in a few sorting opportunities in the form of Venn and Carroll diagrams! Overview • The topic starts with an informal baseline assessment and ends with an informal end of unit assessment. • Each session focuses on a specific family of the orchestra. • Pupils enter the classroom each session to an example of music featuring that particular family, giving them the opportunity to appraise music and develop their own taste. • Pupils learn what each orchestral instrument is called, what it sounds like and how it produces sound. • Pupils become familiar with the terms pitch, timbre, vibration, dynamics and tempo. • Children conduct research and learn through activities; however, notes are included for classrooms where ICT/books are not readily available or where pupils lack sufficient research skills. • Activities are fun and active - with low entry and high ceiling for differentiation. • A wode range of activities, e.g. rapping, sorting, poster making, ‘Happy Families’, interactive whiteboard games, mind-maps and guessing games. • Very little marking is required, as the activities lend themselves to being carried out in a group and outcomes can often be photographed or filmed for evidence. Planning, powerpoint and all paper resources are included. I hope you enjoy!
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Year 5/6 Guided Reading Planning - Journery to the River Sea (HA and G&T pupils)

Year 5/6 Guided Reading Planning - Journery to the River Sea (HA and G&T pupils)

Guided reading planning for Y5/Y6 Higher ability and Gifted and Talented readers based on the text ‘Journey to the River Sea'. Six sessions of planning are included, although in reality it could spread over a much longer period of time. The planning includes teacher discussion prompts (each linked to AFs) and a follow up reading activity. In my class I had four groups and ran guided reading over four days. Each group had one session with me and three independent days. The pupils followed this cycle over the four days: • Pre-reading in preparation for Book Club. • Preparing answers for Book Club. Children had a preview of some of the more complex questions and wrote their answers in their reading journals. This had the benefit of me being able to ‘pick on’ any child without them being flustered, but also meant I had some written evidence for all pupils every week (I was finding that some weeks I hadn’t written any notes for some pupils during the Book Club session). • Book Club with teacher. • Follow-up Task. Each group knew which day of the week was their follow-up/Book Club/prep day. On the fifth day I heard individual readers and the pupils did free reading of their own books/magazines. I sometimes used this day to catch up if we had missed a guided reading session earlier in the week.
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Converting Measures Worded Problems and Answers - Year 4

Converting Measures Worded Problems and Answers - Year 4

A ready to go worksheet of questions that require pupils to convert between litres and millilitres, kilograms and grams and metres and centimetres. All four number operations are covered and some of the questions are two step problems. I used this with a Year 4 class, but it would suite more able year threes, less able Year 5 & 6 pupils and could be used as a quick revision or baseline activity through upper-key stage two. Comes complete with answer sheet.
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Y6 Maths Ready-to -go Starter/Revision Activities: Fractions, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion

Y6 Maths Ready-to -go Starter/Revision Activities: Fractions, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion

This is a set of 37 ready-to -go activities based on fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion that should save you lots of time. I have collated these from lessons that I have taught throughout the years - so they are all tried and tested with Y6 (and some Y4 pupils). Ideal for starter activities, morning task, homework, extending pupils, tasks for early finishers, mental maths lessons, revision and baseline assessments. I have described them as starter activities, but you will perhaps find that many of the activities can keep pupils busy for a whole lesson. The mathematical ideas covered include: - Calculating % of amounts. - Equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages. - Calculating fractions of amounts. - Solving worded problems involving fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion. Activities include closed-questions, quick- quizzes, open-ended investigations, 'Always, sometimes, never?', scaling up recipes and worded problems. I really hope that you find this resource useful.
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Year 5/6 - Writing Persuasively PowerPoint

Year 5/6 - Writing Persuasively PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is for a unit of work that took a week with my Year 6 class and looked at the features of persuasive and discursive texts. Children analyse a persuasive text given (Should mobile phones be banned is schools) as a class and discuss what makes it effective. As a class we create a list of key features. Focus in on impersonal vocabulary and the effect that it has on the reader. Pupils then have a go at analysing a different text based on Circuses and highlight the key features that they have previously derived as a class. Again, encourage children to focus on impersonal vocabulary as a key feature. Pupils then prepare for a debate. Taking the story of the Pied Piper, pupils are assigned roles and have to prepare a persuasive speech to argue their point of the debate. We then hold debate and discuss the value of debates in real life. Pupils finish the week with two lessons to write a piece of discursive writing on whether pupils should be able to write on laptops in schools. Pupils are provided with the arguments for and against, but must do the rest of the work on their own. This then forms an assessment piece.
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Y6 Maths Ready-to-go Starter/Revision Activities: Shape

Y6 Maths Ready-to-go Starter/Revision Activities: Shape

A mixture of geometry starter and revision activities that I have used with my Y6 pupils over the years. Ideal for easy starter activities, mental maths lessons, morning task, early finishers' task, or even homework. I have also used some of the activities for focus groups, baseline assessments and quick revision to keep this area of maths fresh in pupils' minds. There are 26 activities that cover the following mathematical ideas: - Properties of 2D shapes: symmetry, angles, vertices etc. - Area of compound shapes. - Surface area of 3D shapes. - Perimeter. - Finding missing angles. - Co-ordinates. There is a mixture of closed-questions, as open-ended investigations and mysteries to develop pupils' ability to reason and make rich links between different areas of mathematics. There are also several 'Always, sometimes, never?' investigations, which can also be found on my 'Always, sometimes, never?' PowerPoint.
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Y6 Maths Ready to Go Starter Activities and Investigations: Number

Y6 Maths Ready to Go Starter Activities and Investigations: Number

69 ready to go activities - many of which can be easily adapted to use again. All of the activities are based on the number aspect of maths and have been tried and tested with my own class. There are a mixed or closed questions, mysteries, open-ended investigations, quick quizzes and worded problems. These are ideal for starter or mental maths activities - great for SATs revision. Some of the more open-ended activities ended up spanning a whole lesson with my class as they took them off in different directions and made links with other areas of mathematics. I used them with Y6 but they could also be suitable for Y5 pupils. Mathematical ideas covered include: - Calculation with all four operations (mental and written methods). - Negative numbers. - Problems involving inverses. - Properties of number: factors, primes, square numbers, multiples, product, odd, even. - Place value - including decimals and rounding.
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Always, sometimes, never? Maths Starter or Mental Maths Reasoning Investigations

Always, sometimes, never? Maths Starter or Mental Maths Reasoning Investigations

This resource is comprised of 22 ready-to-go 'Always, sometimes, never?' investigations. A really easy option for lesson starters, morning tasks mental maths sessions, revision, homework, displays, or early finishers' task. Pupils are presented with a statements and have to determine whether it is true all of the time, some of the time or never. Most importantly, they need to support their decision with enough examples to convince others. This is great revision of lots of mathematical ideas, including properties of shape, properties of number and algebra and develops pupils ability to reason and justify. All of the activities have been tried and tested with my Y6 class and some Y4 pupils too. I would say they are most useful for upper KS2 pupils but could be used lower down. I found them particularly helpful as quick revision activities for SATs.
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Y6 Maths Ready-to-go Starter/Revision Activities: Measure

Y6 Maths Ready-to-go Starter/Revision Activities: Measure

Ready-to-go PowerPoint with 12 different activities based on the area of measures. These are activities that I have used with my class of Y6 pupils and I have collated them onto one PowerPoint for ease. Really helpful as starter activities, homework, revision, mental maths lessons, morning task and early finishers' task. Some of the activities could also be used as a main lesson activity whilst you are working with a guided group as there are quite a few questions on some of the slides. The mathematical ideas covered include: - Converting units (mass, length and capacity). - Worded problems involving measure. - Time. - Imperial measures.
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Y6 Maths Ready-to-Go Starter or Revision Activities: Statistics

Y6 Maths Ready-to-Go Starter or Revision Activities: Statistics

Ready to go activities that I have used throughout the year with my Y6 pupils and collated onto one power-point. Ideal for starter activities, morning-task, early finishers' task, mental maths sessions, revision, homework or even display. The resource is comprised of 16 activities and the mathematical ideas covered include: - Averages: mean, mode, median and range. - Interpreting graphs, tables and pie-charts. - Probability. I have also included some pictures that may be helpful if you would like to take the mean exploration further. I have found these particularly useful for my Y6 pupils to keep refreshing them on this area of maths, but I think that they could also be used in Y5. There is a mixture of closed-questions, open-ended investigations and mysteries.
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Y6 Maths Ready-to-go Starter/Revision Activities: Algebra

Y6 Maths Ready-to-go Starter/Revision Activities: Algebra

A ready to go resource with six activities based on algebra. Perfect for starter activities, homework, extension task for early finishers or morning task. Although I have labelled this as a starter, several of the activities could easily keep pupils busy for a whole lesson - particularly finding the 10th, 100th and nth term of sequences and the 'Always, sometimes never' activity based on four different expressions. Mathematical ideas covered include substituting numbers into algebraic expressions and finding the nth term of sequences. Some of the activities are closed questions, but most require pupils to investigate and use the higher level skills of reasoning and justification. I used this activities with my Year 6 pupils as various points of the year and have collated them on one PowerPoint for ease. I would say they are suitable for able Y6s and could also be used in Key Stage 3.
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Y6 Maths Starter Activities Bundle

Y6 Maths Starter Activities Bundle

All the starter or morning task activities that you will need for a year! Covering all of the areas of maths, these PowerPoints have an array of activities that have been tried and tested with Year 6 pupils. There are quick-quizzes and closed questions - perfect for baselines and revision, but also loads of open-ended investigations and mysteries that will encourage pupils to reason and cerate rich links between different areas of mathematics (one of the founding principles of the new National Curriculum). Really quick and easy to use and enjoyable for teacher and pupils. Ideal for starter activities, morning task, extensions, tasks for early finishers, homework, baseline assessments and group work.
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Maths Starter Activities to Develop Reasoning - KS2

Maths Starter Activities to Develop Reasoning - KS2

Ideal for starter activities, stolen moments, morning task , finisher's activities or mental maths lessons. The activities range from 5 minute fillers to investigations that can be extended to span a whole lesson. These are all ready to go activities that have a low entry point and high ceiling - accessible to pupils across KS2. Each activity is designed to develop pupil's reasoning skills and make rich connections across mathematical ideas. There are 37 activities, but these can be very quickly and easily adapted to provide an (almost!) infinite number of activities. These are all activities that I have done with my pupils throughout the year; I have simply collated them onto one Powerpoint. Each slide includes explanation beneath and ideas to support/extend learning. Thank you for looking.
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Reasoning Bundle

Reasoning Bundle

I am passionate about developing pupils ability to reason mathematically and - as the current National Curriculum states - make rich connections across mathematical ideas. The bundle features: - A PowerPoint that can be used for staff CPD to encourage them to create opportunities to develop reasoning in their maths lessons. - A PowerPoint of 'Always, sometime, never?' investigations. Where children have to reason and justify their decisions with evidence. - A PowerPoint of ready-to-go reasoning activities. These are all open-ended activities that have a low entry and high ceiling - suitable for across KS2, but especially useful in Years 5 & 6. - A ready-to-go quick reasoning activity to use on a maths display or in the staffroom. There are hours worth of activities here that prioritise reasoning but will touch on all areas of the mathematics curriculum.
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Instrument Matching Cards - Match the Instrument to its Name

Instrument Matching Cards - Match the Instrument to its Name

Simple activity that is great to use periodically to refresh children or as a baseline and end of unit assessment to a topic on instruments. The resource includes photographs of 51 different instruments (common orchestral instruments and school percussion instruments) with their names underneath.
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Different Sentence Structures

Different Sentence Structures

This resource looks at the three main types of sentence structure: simple, compound and complex and provides an opportunity for pupils to look for these sentence structures in passages. This was part of a bigger topic on newspaper articles and was used with Year 6 pupils.
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Effect of Sentence Lengths and Different Connectives - Rose Blanche and Carrie's War

Effect of Sentence Lengths and Different Connectives - Rose Blanche and Carrie's War

This lesson uses examples from Rose Blanche and Carrie's War as we were working on a WW2 topic. However, this lesson will work perfectly well outside of this topic! The lesson looks at the effect of different sentence lengths to begin with and then moves on to look at how effective - ing and -ed openers are in varying sentences. Pupils then write a descriptive paragraph about an image (I chose one from Rose Blanche but this could be any image) and try to incorporate sentences of varying lengths and use -ed and -ing openers. Pupils then up-level their passages by using connectives. I used this lesson with a Year 6 class - pupils working at Level 4 and Level 5
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Worded Inverse Problem Cards - Y5 or Y6 (Levels 4 - 6)

Worded Inverse Problem Cards - Y5 or Y6 (Levels 4 - 6)

A ready to go set of ten worded questions that require pupils to use their knowledge of inverse operations to solve. When I did this activity I printed the resource on to card, cut them up and distributed them around the class. Pupils placed the card in the middle of a piece of sugar paper and made jottings around the outside at they solved it. They then shared their strategy with the rest of the class. Some of the questions are like mini investigations and so they take more time than it first seems- this was a whole lesson with a Year 6 class for me. This would also work well as a Whisper Maths activity, where pupils have some time to consider the question individually first and then snowball out into pairs and then groups. You could also set this up as a competition, with tables running to the front for the next card once they have provided you with the correct solution. Yellow cards are Level 4 questions (says 'easy' on the resource but this is not strictly true!), blue cards are Level 5 questions and green cards are Level 6 questions. The resource includes the answers and I have provided it in PDF as well as editable word document as I was a bit worried that the pictures might move around into the wrong places on different editions of word!
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Investigators IPC Scene of Crime Investigation: The Case of the Missing Chocolate

Investigators IPC Scene of Crime Investigation: The Case of the Missing Chocolate

A one off lesson planned as an addition to the Investigators IPC Unit. The lesson was designed to be fun, but had a more serious purpose of developing the pupils ability to write conclusions to scientific experiments. The lesson is based on the premise that the previous night when I got back from the staff meeting someone had eaten my chocolates - I had made a big thing the previous day about the chocolates that my colleague had bought me for helping her with her assembly. I had my suspicions about which member of staff it was but needed proof - the job of the pupils. Pupils do finger print analysis, handwriting analysis, chromatography and DNA barcode analysis to gather evidence and come to a conclusion (justified with evidence) about who stole the chocolate. I did this as a real life investigation with some very willing colleagues. Selected pupils were sent off to obtain fingerprints and alibis from the four suspects and when presented with the evidence our criminal teaching assistant did a great acting job when coming clean! Obviously you don't need to go this far if you don't want and you can just do the lesson as it is without basing it in your own school. This has everything you need to get going - you will just need to label four different kinds of pen and take some finger prints. Unfortunately I can't find the heart rate graph that I made for this; however, this is just an extension activity and can be easily made if you want to. I just made up the suspect's heart rates around the time that the crime was committed - as a class we agreed that we had to discount this evidence as there were many reasons why someone's heart rate might rise aside from adrenaline! The resource includes a teacher lead guided group with focused questions and recording sheet. Linked to Science APP Grid. This lesson was rated outstanding as was such a lot of fun! It can be used across KS2 and would work brilliantly as a fun lesson, observation or as part of Science Week.
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