Idea 272: FREE Input and Challenge Sheets for Estimating to Check Answers are Reasonable




These are some resources I’ve made to cover the ‘Working At’ ITAF 2017 objective: “The pupil can use estimation to check that their answers to a calculation are reasonable (e.g. knowing that 48 + 35 will be less than 100)”.

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Idea 271: FREE Poem Resource for ‘or’ Sound Spelt ‘ar’. ‘Yeti War’



Like poetry? Then consider buying a book of poetry by Michael RosenSteve Turner or Allan Ahlberg to read to your children.

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Idea 270: FREE Differentiated Word Problem Challenge Sheets



This is a set of three challenge sheets I made to evidence problem-solving skills against the 2017 ITAF for Year 2.

Base Camp aligns with the ITAF 2017 Working Towards statement “The pupil can count in twos, fives and tens from 0 and use counting strategies to solve problems”.

Hill Climber aligns with the ITAF 2017 Working At statement “The pupil can recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables to solve simple problems, demonstrating an understanding of commutativity as necessary”.

Mountaineer aligns with the ITAF 2017 Greater Depth statement “The pupil can solve word problems that involve more than one step.”

NOTE: The sheets are purposefully quite quick to complete so that most of the lesson can be spent on paired or whole-class discussion of problems before children go off and have a try on their own.

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Idea 269: FREE Poem Resource for Spelling ‘J’ sound with ‘G’



Like poetry? Then consider buying a book of poetry by Michael RosenSteve Turner or Allan Ahlberg to read to your children.

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Idea 268: Place Value Matching Activity and Quiz Sheet



This is a place value quiz that I used to show children had met the 2017 Interim Teaching Assessment Framework Year 2 Working Towards standard:

The pupil can demonstrate an understanding of place value, though may still need to
use apparatus to support them.

Also in the same resource pack is a set of base ten matching cards, with numbers represented as ‘tens and ones’. This worked well as a whole-class game where children had half of a card and had to find their match.

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Idea 267: FREE Reasoning Number Puzzles with Input Slides




I saw this style of number puzzle on the fabulous White Rose Hub website and thought it would make a great lesson to show the Interim Teacher Assessment Framework for Greater Depth for Year 2: “The pupil can reason about addition”.

I’ve attached an input slide which you could use to discuss with a class or group how you solved some example problems and where you could offer tips such as: Read it all carefully first. Decide which information will start you off. Make notes as you go and write in the amounts as you find them. I’d advise lots of partner discussion here!


I’ve also attached a resource set with 24 puzzles for children to try. I’d probably only look for them to complete one or two of the puzzles in the lesson but I’ve put in lots of examples so that they will be more likely to have to complete the task independently (no-one hopefully should have the same problem nearby!). I’ve also included an answer sheet which should make in-lesson checking a lot easier!

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Idea 266: FREE Challenge Sheet: Numbers as Numerals and Words



This is good as a review/revisit task or perhaps as a homework task.

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Idea 265: FREE ‘All 4 Sentence Types’ Riddle Poems: 32 Examples!



There’s a great idea that has been doing the rounds recently on social media of using riddle poems as a way to have children use all four sentence types (statement, exclamation, command, question). I thought this was a great idea as I love poetry, and so I’ve written this resource with 32 four-line poems to model to your class. The cards are set to be printed so that each child can have one riddle and then quiz other children (using quiz-quiz-trade). They could also be cut with the riddle and answer separate so that children perhaps could work in pairs with a group of riddles to try and find the matching answer.

I’ve made my own little innovation to this poetry idea in order to hit as many of the objectives on the 2017 Interim Teacher Assessment Framework for Year 2 as possible. Here’s one example poem below:


As in this example, most of the poems I’ve put together feature examples of possessive apostrophes AND also have commas used in list sentences! These are both Greater Depth objectives for Year 2. This means that a short four-line poem could tick off a HUGE stack of objectives! As an extra bonus which I think will be a big help for Year 2 pupils, I’ve set up some of the riddles so that they are multiple choice. For example, they might end with the question ‘Do you think I am a rock, a pool or a cave?’. This multiple choice approach is something you might encourage the children to use in their own riddle if they find after a bit of testing on their classmates that no-one is able to guess their answer. The extra bonus with this is that you have another chance for children to use a comma in a list here!

After modelling these example poems and doing some activities with them I’d probably do a shared write as a class or in pairs of a few examples before giving children a bank of possible objects to use for their independent writing (they could use their own idea if they prefer). The basis for your riddles could of course be linked to whatever topic you are covering at the moment (animals, famous people in History, characters from a book etc). I’d probably have children do their poem on a whiteboard first, perhaps do some peer review reading other pupils’ poems and and then see if they can improve their poem with a success check independently.

If your children really like riddles, then consider buying a book of them for the class.

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Idea 264: FREE ‘Magic Word’ Poem Resource for ‘ur’ sound spelt as ‘or’ Spelling Pattern



This is a poem I put together to highlight examples of words where the ‘ur’ sound like in ‘hurt’ is spelt with ‘or’ (word, work, worth, world). This is a Year 2 spelling pattern to be taught as per the UK National Curriculum.


Suggested ideas to use it are:

  • Have children read the poem and see what they notice. Can you spot a spelling pattern that is prominent? What do you think of the poem? Did you like it? Is anything repeated in it? Does it rhyme? How many verses are there? How many lines per verse?
  • Can you underline all the examples of the spelling pattern? (word, works, world, worth)
  • Can you write any more examples of this spelling pattern that you know which aren’t in the poem?
  • Can you copy a verse from the poem, making sure to spell the focus words correctly each time?
  • Can you write your own poem or silly sentences using the focus words?
  • Can you ‘pyramid write’ the words we are focusing on today?
  • Can you ‘say it silly’ with these words and actually say out loud the ‘or’ spelling just so you remember to write it? (eg, w-or-d. Sounds silly but you won’t forget what letters you need to write!)

Like poetry? Then consider buying a book of poetry by Michael RosenSteve Turner or Allan Ahlberg to read to your children.

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Idea 263: FREE Differentiated Number Bonds to 20 Challenge Sheets



This is a resource I used as part of a review lesson to make sure number bonds to 20 was properly embedded; this is a Working Towards criterion at Year 2, but something I believe is actually a real challenge to get up to a very, very fluent standard even for high-achieving children. I’ll often see children having done the ‘hard part’ in a complex two-digit subtraction with bridging (eg 72-38) but writing the wrong answer just because they’ve slipped up on a very basic single-digit number bond.

I think multiple choice-style questions work very well in Maths, especially when modelled to the class so that they can see the mathematical reasoning behind how the correct option was chosen and how other options could be discounted. I seem to remember reading somewhere that in Shanghai Maths they have a saying: ‘the answer is only the beginning’, which I think is a good way of encapsulating that approach of expecting reasoning and justification from the pupils as to how they arrived at their final answer.

This resource has four differentiated challenge sheets based around number bonds within 20:

Base Camp has dots drawn for further support with smaller numbers. There are only three numbers to choose from to help children reason which two numbers to choose.

Hill Climber has slightly larger numbers with no dots, but all calculations shown are addition.

Mountaineer has larger numbers and a mix of addition and subtraction calculations.

Everest features finding three addends for the number 13, where each calculation the child writes needs to be different.

NOTE: So that children don’t think that the equals sign always has to go in the same place every time, some of the calculations featured are written in alternative forms. It is important for children to understand the function of the equals sign, but if this alternative layout is not something you’ve highlighted before it might be worth mentioning it before the children begin this task just so they don’t get confused!

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