My class wrote a newspaper article about the BFG but with a twist. We imagined that she managed to escape as The BFG ran out of the village. She did this by jumping from her blanket into the duck pond. We held a news conference (prompt sheet for role play included) which we filmed to aid the note taking process. We then planned and drafted the article following my model (part of the notebook). Finally, we edited and redrafted a final version.
Smart Notebook with Learning Objectives and differentiated success criteria. It also has an example which can be shared, edited and improved.
News conference notes for role play activity and reporter note taking sheet.
Write up sheet with a Lower ability version.
Publisher and image version of my skills thermometer which we use to move writing from cold to hot during the editing process.
A lesson I have put together for my Year 4 class (but could be used across KS2) for apostrophes. Includes:
- Smart Notebook with an AfL task for the start of the lesson and brief input/revision for each of the 3 types of apostrophe. It also has copies of each part of the task and the answers.
- Word document (for easy editing) with a main task which involves placing the missing apostrophes in a piece of text (also good as an editing task). Children are then asked to sort the words with apostrophes into a table to show omission, possession or plural possession. Finally there is a short extension/application task to continue the story.
- A separate Word document with the answers to the main task and the sorting table.
Lower ability children might just look for the apostrophes for omission at first then following some input look for the possessive apostrophes.
Children who know one sort of apostrophe (omission) could just get the input on possessive apostrophes and then complete the task.
Children who are able to complete the AfL task without any help would go straight onto the task and look to complete the application/extension - without support this will challenge them.
Hope you like it!
As part of our Y4 topic on natural disasters we looked at poetry and this was particularly looking at figurative language. This pack includes:
Smart Notebook on the lesson including a starter, AfL activity, input for main activity then a page you might use on following day related to the other resources.
Volcano worksheet (Publisher) with 2 versions, the harder version extends to personification.
Worksheet based on a poem 'City Jungle' which asks the children to look for the key features using my thermometer system.
Copies of the thermometer - I use this for self and peer assessment to see which of the features they have included in their work. (Thermometer is used as we go from cold to hot write).
I used the main lesson for an observation which went well and the work was great quality.
Aimed at upper KS2 this pack includes: full text for easy printing, chapter question sheet for 4 chapters, a powerful verb activity sheet, a prediction sheet and a SMART Notebook with some of these activities and a few others. A great starting point for a book study. As this is a 5 chapter book you could do an intensive study over a week. All files are Word for easy editing (LO/WALT can be changed to suit your school preference). This could also easily be edited into a homework revision pack.
A booklet I created for a Year 3/4 school trip. It includes a plan of the first and second floor. There are 3 sections, Ancient Egyptian Mummies, Ancient Egyptian Statues & Ancient Greeks. Each section has a list of rooms to visit and a double page of pictures which the children need to find. With each picture is an associated question. There are also a couple of sketching pages and a fact page.
This is in publisher so you can edit/personalise and it prints as an A5 booklet, 3 double sided pieces of paper per booklet. It is Black & White to reduce printing costs.
We found this a really useful starting point, forcing children to slow down and look. Whilst they did this they found lots of other things as well!
L.O: Convert a story into a play script
*I can write speech in a script format
**I can add stage directions using brackets
***I can use words from the story to create stage directions.
A simple activity but one I couldn't find anywhere to download. Goes through the key features of writing a play script using a short narrative as a starting point.
Includes: Activity sheet with 2 versions ( main and differentiated for lower ability to write in a template) on Word for easy editing.
SMART Notebook presentation with AfL, video toolkit link, outline of the activity, large copy of the text to work on and a possible outcome example.
I used this with year 4 but I think it could very easily be adapted for Year 4 - 6.
The main resource is a really smart looking house point chart (Publisher) with 4 colour teams and a space for you to add team names if required. You could also change the title to personalise it to your class but it is a real time saver as it already looks great. Print on A3 and laminate for a wipe clean house point record.
Also, I have included a matching sanction chart (Publisher), this is quite specific to my school as we use '3 rights' and 'sides of the triangle' but the styling etc are the same as the house point chart so I thought I would add it in. You could easily adapt it to a traffic light system. Again, print on A3 and laminate so you can make sure each day starts with a clean slate.
4 worksheets with pre-drawn grids (this always causes my children the biggest problems!) building from 1 digit by 2 digit to 2 digit by 2 digit.
Also includes a smart notebook which has a starter activity (x 10 bingo) and some examples of the grid method clearly laid out, Really good for a first lesson on this topic.
A lesson which I used with Year 4 but could easily be used in 5 or 6
L.O: To find fractions and percentages of amounts
*I can find half and quarter by dividing by 2 and 4.
**I can 10% and multiples of 10% by dividing by 10 then multiplying
***I can find any percentage of an amounts by ÷ by 10/100 and x
--Smart Notebook with AfL (recap) activity, copies of the tasks and further worded problems for an extension
--Word (for easy editing) document with 2 levels of activity. Both involving scaling the ingredients of a recipe to suit fewer people. The easier involves half, quarter and three quarters: the harder version involves multiples of 10%
I hope this is useful, it would be great ot hear feedback, thanks.
Comprehension questions based on this excellent story which I read to my Year 4 children. It raised a lot of questions, as a good book should.
This checked their understanding of the book so far and extended the more able, asking them to think about what is happening in the story.
Word format for easy editing to your school style or for copying into another format.
The main sheet contains the text to the TS Elliot poem Macavity (used in the musical Cats) and has some comprehension questions with it. The second sheet is a wanted poster which requires the child to use knowledge about the cat gained from the poem in the poster.
Great poem and time saving resources - probably best for Y4 - Y6
L.O: Add a list of numbers mentally
*Add a list of 4 single digit numbers
**Add a list of 4 multiples of 10 or 100
***Use addition patterns to make predictions
A simple mini investigation which you could use for a mastery activity for an addition session. I have used with Year 4 but this could be used across KS2 and even with KS1 if adult support was available.
Asks children to add lists of 4 consecutive numbers, look for a pattern, make a prediction and then test the prediction. Then moves on to test this pattern with consecutive multiples of 10.
Publisher so easy editing, 2 per sheet so easy printing.
I can consistently x by 10 and 100
Worksheet starts with numbers in a place value grid to assist children with multiplying by 10 and 100.
Moves on to a list of questions but children can still look at the grid for help.
Questions become progressively harder, including 0 and up to 3 digit numbers (but no decimals yet).
Suitable for Year 2, 3 or 4. I have used as an independent revision activity for children who couldn't multiply by 10 or 100 in my AfL at the start of the lesson.
Publisher so easy editing, 2 per sheet so easy printing
Publisher resources so Easily Editable
-Big display title in Orange (colour easily changed)
-Individual named shuttles in orange
-Individual named shuttles in red, green, blue & yellow, perfect for houses or teams (these also have shuttle names on the wing - Atlantis, Endeavour, Challenger & Discovery)
-x table challenge display with space background (this is included as an example, you are welcome to use it but more likely to adapt it to your own needs)
-Blank space display background with editable text for titles or anything else.
I have used this system for house points, behaviour charts, x table race, reading race, peg labels, etc. You could just use the shuttles and put the children's names on them or combine it with the space backgrounds for a full display. On my x table challenge the children start on earth and then move up the posters as they improve. (my x table challenge sheet is perfect for KS2 and also available in my TES Shop).
Tip: The named shuttles are 6 per sheet, to make them smaller just adjust your print settings to 2 or even 4 pages per sheet. To make them bigger print to A3.
I have used these over a number of years for different things and they were really popular in a school I worked in as they were so flexible and easy to edit.
Let me know in the feedback if they helped you.
The Pyramid is a short animation set in 1920's Egypt. A man and a camel make an amazing discovery.
I used this with Year 4 but easily appropriate for any year group in KS2 with appropriate focus and emphasis. I did it as a 3 week unit with some other skills activities. It could easily be condensed into 2 or even 1 week if you wanted to.
The film has no speech so it is great as a writing task.
Pack includes a SMART Notebook file with all the pictures and activities on (includes the hyperlink to the film website). A storyboard picture sorting activity. Paragraph by paragraph worksheets if you want to use them but you could also just print key pictures. Assessment thermometer - I use this as we use a cold/hot write system. A booklet for children to write the story up in and an example which is on the SMART Notebook and in a booklet which can be used as a 'What A Good One Looks Like'.
Most files are on publisher so easily editable and manoeuvrable.
I really enjoyed this unit and we produced some of the best writing I have seen from Year 4's. You will obviously need to add your own content for SPAG and other areas of focus specific to your class/individuals.
This is a really flexible resource which has really motivated my class with their x tables.
--Question column editable so it can be adjusted (i just did a teens version for my more able)
--Set up for easy 1 page printing
-- Answers on the second page automatically calculated even if you change the questions - allows easy self checking if you display this
I give the children 10 minutes and they have to note how long it took them. I then have a display with targets for them to move onto: 50 correct, 75 correct 95 correct in 8 minutes and lots more in between. Children were very keen to progress up the display so they accessed a version I put on the school website allow them to practice. Now if they achieve 100 correct in less than 4 minutes they move onto a much harder version created by simply changing the numbers in the question column.
L.O: Use simile in a poem
*Write original similes about yourself
**Write a poem following the style of the original
***Write a poem keeping the patterns of the original
This activity is based on the poem 'The Writer of This Poem' by Roger McGough. It works through the process of what a simile is, how to create them, looking for patterns in the poem, writing a version of their own and then writing it up in best. The pack includes:
Smart Notebook with learning objectives and 3 levels of success criteria, as above, and some teaching activities based on the poem and similes.
Word - template for the children to draft their own version of the poem on just focusing on the similes - 2 levels (2 or 3 verses)
Word - line guide to aid the children in setting out their poem when writing up in best for display.
Publisher - Easily printable copies of the original poem for reading and annotation.
Publisher - 1m long banner for display
Publisher - display labels with the original poem and the learning objective
Everything you need, I did this with Year 3/4 over 2 lessons.
Be great to hear feedback, thanks
L.O: Record findings in a systematic way in order to solve a mathematical problem.
*I can identify 2 identical shapes which make up a square.
**I can identify all possible combinations of identical shapes that make a square.
***I can check that I have found all possibilities through systematic recording.
This is a good activity for developing problem solving skills, based on something called 4x4 where you have a 4x4 grid of equal squares, 8 of each colour. Then you need to work out the different possibilities of organising the squares within the grid into 2 identical shapes.
Smart Notebook with a starter activity, task setting, interactive practice grids, extension, solutions and some key questions
Publisher starter activity
Publisher worksheet, first page for recording the main activity, 2nd page for the extension.
I hope this is useful, let me know in the feedback, thanks.
Start the year as you mean to go on by getting your class to stick this presentation guide into their books.
2 copies on an A4 sheet so it should fit in most books and it is easy to print.
Publisher so easily editable to fit your needs.
This should save you some time over the summer!