50 fun and fabulous Maths starters, range of areas, differentiation built in, no resources required!

50 fun and fabulous Maths starters, range of areas, differentiation built in, no resources required!

This is a fantastic collection of 50 Maths activities that can be used as lesson starters, plenaries or fun one-off activities. Many could be extended as the basis for a full lesson, and most could be revisited as they are or adapted with very little effort to provide new challenges. This means a huge number of your Maths starters throughout the year are already taken care of! I have been a maths coordinator for several years and have a passion for finding/collecting/inventing easily implemented maths activities that really extend children's understanding. Challenges include number, length, weight, time, shape and many problem-solving tasks. Each slide includes notes for the teacher; these may explain the task, provide an answer to more challenging problems, or suggest easy ways to reduce or extend the level of challenge to suit more/less able mathematicians. With the slides you are good to go; although many of them could be further developed by using resources such as coins, dice etc., they are ready to use as they are with only whiteboards or jotters being needed for the children to write down answers on. This is a collection of quality resources that have taken me literally years to collect and days to put together here in this format. If you like it, please take the time to give me a 5-star review. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
The Highwayman poem Alfred Noyes - PowerPoint with poignant illustrations

The Highwayman poem Alfred Noyes - PowerPoint with poignant illustrations

This is a PowerPoint presentation of the famous Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes, complete with poignant illustrations to help tell the tale and really get kids engaged in the themes of the poem. Can be used with upper KS2 or KS3 students. Useful for poetry sessions or reading comprehension as well as general discussions, philosophy etc. If you like it, please take a moment to give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
The Shopping Game - Fun maths-based whole-class challenge, can be used for Maths or PE OAA lessons

The Shopping Game - Fun maths-based whole-class challenge, can be used for Maths or PE OAA lessons

This is a really fun activity that can be used as a PE lesson to tick the box for outdoor and adventurous unit or as a Maths session or just as a fun one-off activity at the end of term etc. 6 cards are placed in various positions around the school building/playground/whatever space you have. (It's fun if some of them are really hard to find, e.g. stuck to underside of benches, etc.!) Children work in groups of around 4 (mixed mathematical ability is best). All they need is a pencil and paper. Each group is given the name of a starter item (e.g. socks) from the list provided. They need to search for this item on one of the 6 cards that have been hidden around the playground/building etc. When they find the item, they need to write down the price of the item, then look for the next item (written alongside the price). When the children have written down the prices of 8 items, they add them up and take the total to the teacher. If the total matches the amount listed next to their first item below, the group has successfully completed the challenge. This will take them quite a long while to complete but is fun and very engaging - children usually want to play this again and again! If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
Set of 5 RIC whole class reading sessions, stimuli include Jumanji PPT, info poster, poem, videos.

Set of 5 RIC whole class reading sessions, stimuli include Jumanji PPT, info poster, poem, videos.

This is a set of 5 stimuli and questions to be used for whole class reading sessions. We use RIC - ie retrieve, interpret and choice, so the questions include a range of these different styles. Different stimuli include an information poster, the complete adventure story of Jumanji on PPT, two short animated stories on YouTube and a poem by Pie Corbett. Can be used throughout KS2; sessions would last approx 30 mins. If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star rating. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
Performance poetry unit of work -  Plans and complete resources

Performance poetry unit of work - Plans and complete resources

This is a short unit of work on performance poetry including two weeks' plans (this includes a cold and hot performance and Friday sessions have a reading focus linked to the unit, i.e. poetry comprehension). This massive bundle includes a large number of poems that are brilliant for children of different abilities to perform. Both modern and classic poets are included and are credited. Worth buying the bundle just for this collection alone! This unit represents a lot of time and effort on my part. If you think they are of high quality then please leave me a 5-star rating. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
Books by Same Author - Philip Pullman - plans and resources complete unit of work

Books by Same Author - Philip Pullman - plans and resources complete unit of work

This is a complete unit of work for Books by the Same Author, focusing on Philip Pullman, including Clockwork, Scarecrow and his Servant and the Northern Lights Trilogy but an emphasis on Firework Maker's Daughter as our class text. Chapters 1 and 2 are included as transcripts for comprehension sessions. The unit lasted three weeks although this includes a cold write at the start and a hot write at the end and each Friday we have a reading focus, linked to the unit. The bundle includes three weekly plans with a good level of detail and links to online resources as well as a large number of activities and practical resources, worksheets etc that are clearly linked to each lesson throughout the unit. Having a copy of the FMD or other Pullman books is obviously desirable but not essential with these comprehensive resources, which are detailed and differentiated. Many of the resources are my own, extracts are obviously credited to the author Philip Pullman, other resources have been collected or adapted from others and refined to match the criteria in the plans. Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing input has also been incorporated. This unit represents an awful lot of time and effort on my part. If you think it is of a good standard compared to other resources on TES then please give me a 5-star review. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
Box It Up activity using warning story Elf Road by Pie Corbett

Box It Up activity using warning story Elf Road by Pie Corbett

This short warning story by Pie Corbett called Elf Road is brilliant as a box-it-up activity for identifying the themes within the story. As well as including the short story text (which is freely available on the internet) I have included a worksheet I made for children to 'box up' the story. One side is for writing the underlying generic patterns within the story (e.g. Main Character finds a magic portal and enters) while on the other side children have to identify the actual examples of this specific to the Elf Road story (e.g. Billy finds a wooden door in Elf Road and goes through.) These are differentiated on three levels so that HAPs have to fill in the entire grid on both sides (I suggest after modelling a few examples first), the MAPs have to identify some of the underlying patterns and some of the specific details, and LAPs only have to find the specific examples with all of the underlying patterns being provided. Also included is a blank grid and (scroll this down) the 'answers' to the whole grid for teacher reference. It also provides a super clear framework from which to progress to adding a third column on the right for 'new ideas' - i.e. children collectively or individually vary the story details to include their own ideas following the underlying theme (e.g. my lovely class decided that main character Daisy would fall into a sewage pipe and end up in a new world...). I taught this with Y3/4 but I think could also be useful with upper KS2.
lyndacatherine
Firework Maker's Daughter Philip Pullman comprehension Ch.1 differentiated 3 ways

Firework Maker's Daughter Philip Pullman comprehension Ch.1 differentiated 3 ways

A complete resource for a full reading session based around the excellent book by Philip Pullman: The Firework Maker's Daughter. Contains the full text of Chapter One, as well as a shortened version for SEN, and a range of questions differentiated on three different levels (2 based on the full text and 1 set relating to the shortened version). Could be used throughout KS2. I spend a lot of time and effort making these resources, so if you are pleased with it, please give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
Stephen Hawking comprehension lesson differentiated KS2

Stephen Hawking comprehension lesson differentiated KS2

This is intended for a lower KS2 reading session but could also be used with upper KS2. It includes a jpg starter activity about Prof Stephen Hawking as a stimulus, and three differentiated texts about Stephen Hawking to read, including differentiated questions and a lesson plan.
lyndacatherine
Reading activity based on use of inverted commas, using a real football match report from Dec 2017

Reading activity based on use of inverted commas, using a real football match report from Dec 2017

This was intended for a reading session with Y3/4 but could be used with Y5/6 too. The reading focus was on identifying how inverted commas contribute to meaning. Children were given a copy of a football match report (differentiated three ways). This was from a genuine Man City vs. Huddersfield game in early Dec 2017. Children had to use the inverted commas to identify direct speech, identify the speaker (Guardiola or Wagner) and write what they had each said into a giant speech bubble. Great for engaging interest, esp among the boys.
lyndacatherine
Discussion prompts with reading focus based on Lighthouse short video clip

Discussion prompts with reading focus based on Lighthouse short video clip

This resource was designed for a reading session with the LO being To take part in discussions, taking turns and asking questions to improve understanding. (Band 4) The stimulus is a short video clip called Lighthouse (link on plan), after which the children are facilitated in focused discussion using prompts (including differentiated prompts for LAPs/SEN) with a RIC-style emphasis. Lesson plan included as well as an assessment checklist to record children's achievements in the session. Intended for Y3/4.
lyndacatherine
Football match report with differentiated reading activity - speech marks

Football match report with differentiated reading activity - speech marks

This contains an actual football match report (Man City v. Huddersfield 26/11/17) adapted from the BBC website and differentiated into 3 ability levels. Although the match report can be used for a variety of purposes, I had a reading focus and the activity is connected to direct speech (which we have been studying along with our recounts, hence the reports). So the children need to find and separate all of the direct quotes from the two managers Wagner and Guardiola to rewrite them in the form of a speech bubble for each.
lyndacatherine
Times table assessment - Includes both x and ÷ for 6,7,8,9,11 and 12 and answers

Times table assessment - Includes both x and ÷ for 6,7,8,9,11 and 12 and answers

A 6-page assessment document for use with KS2 to assess knowledge of times tables x6, x7, x8, x9, x11 and x12 as well as the related division facts. Pages include: 1) a grid of times tables questions (in columns per x table but in random order down the column) for children to complete; 2) answers to that; 3) a grid of division questions for each of the above x tables (also in columns for each times table but in random order down the column); 4) answers to that; 5) a blank grid with question numbers and column headings in case you want to call out the x tables questions orally for children to write the answer; 6) a blank division facts grid for the same purpose.
lyndacatherine
Maths Calculations Policy PPT for presentation to parents etc Y1-6; four operations

Maths Calculations Policy PPT for presentation to parents etc Y1-6; four operations

This is a powerpoint version of our school calculation policy for Maths. It goes through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division giving an overview of the development of recording methods from Y1 upto Y6 for each one, with examples shown. Includes mark making, number lines, multiplication grids and formal methods. This was used for a presentation to parents in a calculations workshop and was very well received. Obviously it would need tweaking to reflect your specific calculations policy but it might save a lot of time compared to starting from scratch. If you like this resource, please take a moment to give it a 5-star review. Thank you!
lyndacatherine
Fairytale Predict the Ending activity - differentiated text

Fairytale Predict the Ending activity - differentiated text

This is a bundle of four documents to provide a lesson with a reading focus. L.O. To predict what will happen next in a text. Children are given a text containing the story of The Half-Chick (deliberately a lesser known tale to enable prediction). Differentiated level of challenge; HAPs' version ends earlier and they are asked to predict and justify the ending. MAPs' version gives them a little more of the next section to enable prediction with more of a hint. LAPs' version contains a simplified version of the text to read as well well as more of the ending so that the pattern of the moral in the story is clearer to support prediction. The Teacher version of course contains the entire story which can be read in the plenary (groups' stopping places are marked on it). Although not well-known, this is a nice traditional tale/fairy tale with a clear moral message and lots of the familiar features (e.g. 3s, talking elements e.g. wind, river etc.) so could also be used to support other lessons.
lyndacatherine
Halloween Hunt! Fun Halloween activity for KS1

Halloween Hunt! Fun Halloween activity for KS1

One sheet for children to write on with a pictorial list of all the Halloween items they are looking for - witch, cat, skeleton, etc. They need to find the pictures (which you'll have hidden around the hall or outside area, etc.) and write down the number (shown in red on the hidden picture) next to the item on their list. The second document contains all the pictures themselves (with the red numbers on), A4 size for sticking up somewhere (hard or easy-to-find places) and the third gives all of the answers for checking they've found them all.
lyndacatherine