The Wolves in the Walls comprehension

The Wolves in the Walls comprehension

This is a comprehension activity for this fantastic book by Neil Gaiman, The Wolves in the Walls. There are two sets of questions, first is for everyone and the second are open-ended challenging questions for the higher attainers. Following the task, is peer assessment where children can read each other's answers and edit.
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Wolf Brother story writing

Wolf Brother story writing

This is a lesson for children who have read Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. After reading Wolf Brother, in this lesson children are planning to write their own story with their own characters but following the same story format. A lonely child going on a quest in a new environment. The Powerpoint/Smart Notebook file starts by encouraging children to think of their own characters and what they might be seeking. Then, children can complete a story map of Wolf Brother. The main activity involves children completing a character profile for their invented characters. Attached is a guideline for how to complete the table to support children with their characterisation.
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Wolves in the Walls Word Types

Wolves in the Walls Word Types

This lesson is based on the text The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. This text is rich in descriptive vocabulary and great for teaching verbs, onomatopoeias, prepositions, adverbs, nouns and adjectives. The lesson begins by asking children for examples of each. Then they have to match the definition to the word type. The activity is differentiated three ways. Mild activity - children are given a word list and have to decide which word types they belong to. Spicy and Hot - children will listen to the story on an audio or you can read it to them and they write down words into their different word types. Hot has all 6 categories.
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Odysseus Comprehension Activities

Odysseus Comprehension Activities

Here are three comprehension activities for three chapters of the text, 'The Adventures of Odysseus' by Hugh Lupton. The three activities cover three chapters of this book: Circe, The Song of the Spheres and The Land of the Dead. Most of the questions are developing children's inference skills and some are linked to grammar and word types.
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Year 6 SATs Survival Advice

Year 6 SATs Survival Advice

This is a writing project for year 6's once they have completed their SATs. Children are asked to write a SATs survival kit for the current Year 5's who will be starting year 6 very soon. The PowerPoint/SmartNotebook file goes through some grammar starters (apostrophes and spellings) before asking children to make a mind map of helpful strategies. Children are then shown a model example and they can identify different writing features from here. Then, children can begin their own creative poster/leaflet. Children can decide how they want to present their work.
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Wolf Brother Chapter 1 - key vocabulary and comprehension questions

Wolf Brother Chapter 1 - key vocabulary and comprehension questions

This contains a key vocabulary list from chapter 1 in Wolf Brother. Most of the key words may be unfamiliar to the children as they are specific to the setting so they can start by highlighting familiar and unfamiliar words prior to reading the chapter. There are 2 sets of comprehension questions for Chapter 1 which also include a SPAG focus as well as understanding of the text.
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Roman Numeral 100 square

Roman Numeral 100 square

This is an activity where children have to create their own hundred square using Roman Numerals. Differentiated as Mild, Spicy, Hot. Mild - Children have lots of answers provided. You may wish to only give them 0-50 instead of a complete hundred square. Spicy - Children have a random selection of answers given and they have to complete the rest. Hot - Children only given the values for 1, 5, 10, 50, 100
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Efficient Mental Strategies

Efficient Mental Strategies

LO: to add numbers using the most efficient mental strategy An example sheet containing examples of mental strategies for: partitioning, doubles, near doubles, rounding and adjusting, bonds to 10/100 Followed by a sheet of questions where children explain which strategy is most efficient and why.
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Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge

Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge

This is a wonderful, exciting challenge which is suitable for any KS2 class. Group children into groups of maximum 5 children. Give each group the same number of marshmallows, raw spaghetti sticks and scissors. Introduce the lesson with the powerpoint and discuss famous buildings/towers and comment on their structure. Share key vocabulary. Introduce the challenge and give children some time to share initial ideas. After the challenge is over, (20 minutes), judge the towers. I usually get other staff members involved and give them all a clipboard. Following the challenge, the activity can be used as a stimulus for writing and scientific enquiry. Attached is a step-by-step template of how to write up the investigation using sentence starters and the Learning Objective and Success Criteria which includes word banks and differentiated outcomes.
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Apostrophes - contraction, possession, its/it's

Apostrophes - contraction, possession, its/it's

The Smart Notebook is a presentation which explains how apostrophes can be used for contractions with some questions to be used as a starter. This is followed with an activity. Following this, there are some slides about apostrophes being used for possession. There is an activity involved adding the possessive apostrophe and up-levelling the sentences using conjunctions or any other grammar of their choice. Then, there are some slides explaining the different between its and it's with some examples for children to do on whiteboards. This is also followed by an activity. Answers for the whiteboard activities are provided on the Smart Notebook.
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Words in Context - Guided Reading

Words in Context - Guided Reading

This is a Smart Notebook presentation on Words in Context and two related activities. These activities encourage children to infer the meaning of words using the context of the the sentence. The first activity has an extension which is a set of comprehension questions to go with the extract. The second activity involved children making links between words. I used these as guided reading activities over two days.
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Wolf Brother Comprehension Chapter 6-9

Wolf Brother Comprehension Chapter 6-9

This is for children who have been reading Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. I have compiled a set of comprehension and SPAG related questions for chapter 6, 7, 8 and 9. Questions involve finding evidence from the text, inference and analysing the author's use of language. I would photocopy each chapter. Read as a class together and then ask children to answer each set of questions.
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Solids Liquids Gases - Venn diagram

Solids Liquids Gases - Venn diagram

Children will need a tray of different materials or images of solids, liquids and gases. The slideshow explains the what all materials are made of what the characteristics of each state of matter are. Children are told to sort things as solid/liquid/gas and then introduced to a venn diagram. A venn diagram is appropriate as there might be some 'tricky' substances which can behave like more than one state of matte (sand is a solid but behaves like a liquid)
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Sentence types - Command, Statement, Question, Exclamation

Sentence types - Command, Statement, Question, Exclamation

The slideshow encourages children to think about what a sentence is and what it actually consists of. Children then recognise different sentence types and work in talking partners to provide each other with a question, statement etc. The main task is linked to Wolf Brother as it is our current text but can be adapted to link to your class book.
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Year 4 Roman Numerals Planning (1 week)

Year 4 Roman Numerals Planning (1 week)

This is 4 days of progressive planning for year 4. The topic is Roman Numerals. Planning includes teaching points, key questions, ideas for differentiation, description of activities and key vocabulary. Activities for some of the lessons have been uploaded in my shop. One day requires access to computers/ipads.
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Dictation - SPAG focus

Dictation - SPAG focus

This is an entire lesson which begins with discussing why dictation is important and what it can help improve (enhance listening skills, punctuation, word order, spelling, grammar). These sentences can be adapted to suit your current topic or you can include words from your current spelling list. There are 4 sentences, read each sentence out slowly and repeatedly giving everyone chance to write them down. Then scroll down on each slide and they have been colour coded to their word types. Children can self/peer assess by looking at the correct example on the board. Extension is provided which involves children annotating the sentences according to their word types and substituting existing description with alternative synonyms. Excellent for analysing sentences and word types. We do dictation regularly and the class really enjoy it.
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Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000

Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000

Powerpoint begins by asking children to recap what happens when we multiply/divide. When we multiply, answer gets bigger When we divide, answer gets smaller Children are then asked to think about how numbers move when you multiply/divide by 10, 100, 1000. Explain that the numbers move along a place value chart as the VALUE is decreasing or increasing by a multiple of 10, 100, 1000. Recap - children answer a few questions on whiteboards. What are multiples? Clarify if children know what a multiple of 10, 100, and 1000 is. Clear introduction about how to multiply multiples of 10/100/1000 using your known multiplication facts. This is followed by 2 examples. The attached document is the activity which is differentiated by mild, spicy and hot. Mild - children multiplying/dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 Spicy - children multiplying/dividing by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000 using known facts Hot - children solving missing number problems involving multiplying/dividing multiples of 10, 100 and 1000
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2D shape vocabulary

2D shape vocabulary

This is a word mat which has the names of most 2D shapes, properties, and sentence starters. Ideal resource for EAL and to encourage verbal/written reasoning about 2D shapes.
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2016 Maths Challenge

2016 Maths Challenge

Lesson starts by showing children the year 2016 in digits. Children are then asked to discuss the properties of this number to recap their number knowledge. This is an exciting challenge which requires children to use a range of 4 operations and other calculating strategies such as squared/cubed (to extend the higher achievers). This can also be simplified to just include specific operations (only addition and subtraction for examples). Children have to use the Digits in 2016, so only 2, 0, 1 and 6 and use only these digits to create calculations with range of operations to provide the answers from 1 - 100. Example: 1 = 2 - 1 2 = 2 divided by 1 3 = 2 + 1 and so on...
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Exploring fractions practically

Exploring fractions practically

This is an entire lesson which is exploring fractions using physical resources. I used Numicon and these little fraction wall cards which were cut up for children. You could use fraction towers, anything that is a physical or visual representation. The lesson starts with going through key vocabulary and children have to match the key words to given definitions. The LO is : to develop our understanding of fractions using physical resources. The three things that are covered in the lesson are: Comparing fractions Finding equivalent fractions Finding fractions that make a ONE whole
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