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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiplication grid puzzles

Multiplication grid puzzles

This is a problem solving task which requires children to identify factors of a number. Children are given grids with the answer and they have to find the numbers which multiply to give that answer but that solution has to also suit the other solutions in the puzzle. Very good for consolidating times tables. Can be differentiated by providing the lower ability with a times table square so they can easily identify factors. The challenge puzzle extends the top where they have a 3x3 grid and must multiply three numbers together to create given answers. Fun
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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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Sound Investigation - Bottles of water

Sound Investigation - Bottles of water

This is an investigation exploring the sound produced when blowing across the top of bottles containing differing volumes of liquid. Children will need to have some prior understanding of pitch and maybe explore different instruments and be able to differentiate between the sounds produced. First slide is an instruction sheet and the other 2 slides are the entire investigation which cover key scientific enquiry skills. (Predicting, recording, concluding and evaluating)
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Year 4 Maths Calculation Workshop (parents and children)

Year 4 Maths Calculation Workshop (parents and children)

This is the Presentation from a Maths Parent workshop for Year 4 Calculation methods. The calculation methods are based on our school's calculation policy so it may need adapting to match your school. The slides show the clear progression from what children did in year 3 and what they are working towards now. It is ideal to have a range of physical resources present for parents to engage in and for you to demonstrate with.
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Parthenon Wordsearch

Parthenon Wordsearch

This is a wordsearch that I created when I took my class to the British Museum when we studied Ancient Greeks in Year 5.
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Words Within Words spelling activity

Words Within Words spelling activity

This is a lesson which encourages children to search for words within words. Unlike anagrams (which involve jumbling up letters) this task encourages children to search for whole words within longer words as a means of helping them to spell words and that this can be a strategy to remember the spelling of longer words. Can be adapted to use compound words or any longer words of your choice. Activity sheet provided for the 6 words I have chosen, however they can be changed to suit your needs.
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Maths Talk Prompts

Maths Talk Prompts

These are Maths Talk prompts which can be laminated, cut and strung together using ribbon (like a mobile) or attached to walls. They are sentence openers to promote mathematical discussion in the classroom.
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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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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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Adding/Subtracting Fractions

Adding/Subtracting Fractions

This is a clear, step-by-step, powerpoint explaining how to add and subtract fractions. Starts off with adding/subtractions fractions with the same denominator (easy) and then moves on to adding/subtractions fractions with different denominators and finally touches on solutions which are more than 1 whole (mixed number) The activities are differentiated as mild/spicy/hot. I would provide children with numicon or spare paper for them to draw any diagrams of even paper folding to show fractions.
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Measuring length activities

Measuring length activities

The Smart notebook begins by asking children to discuss/note down and vocabulary related to length. Take some feedback and then show the key vocabulary on the slides and ask them how these key words have been sorted? Explain that learning and talking about length will require us to use lots of key vocabulary and encourage children to use them in the lesson. Give children rulers (a range is ideal) and ask them to share what they can see. Talk through the slide, and establish the different metric units of measure. Which unit is the smallest/biggest? Model how to measure the length of a line using a ruler. Ask children to come up and have a practice. There are 3 different activities for this lesson: 1)LO: to measure length accurately in centimetres and millimetres. Measure the length of drawn pencils accurately in mm and cm and then to draw lines of certain measurements. 2)LO: to estimate / measure length using an appropriate unit of measure. Children have a table of classroom/school items and children have to complete a table of; selecting the most appropriate unit, estimating the length; accurately measuring the line. 3)LO: to estimate / measure length using an appropriate unit of measure. This is a learning outside the classroom task. Children are doing the same as the previous task but they select their own objects to measure around the school.
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