# Tag Archives: key stage 1

## Idea 239: Writing Numbers and Words to 100: Fun Maths Pelmanism Game

One of the objectives for Year 2 in the UK is to read and write numerals and words to 100. I demonstrated a memory matching game on my smartboard where the children had to match the words (for example, eight) … Continue reading

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## Idea 236: ‘Minion Maths’ Dice Game

This is an idea I trialled with my current Year 2 class and which I’ll be introducing early next year so I can have my class play this game often for mental maths practice. As with any new activity, I’d … Continue reading

## Idea 227: Improving Handwriting with Guide Sheet

I do short daily handwriting sessions at my school, and the recommended resource we had was a booklet printed in green and yellow that split a standard writing line into 3 lines, to give space for ascenders and descenders. It … Continue reading

## Idea 221: Find a New Friend Day

This is a nice way to encourage pupils to make new friends outside of their normal social circle. I’ve now made Fridays my Find a New Friend Day. We discussed the kinds of things we could say such as ‘Could … Continue reading

## Idea 184: Quiz Quiz Trade Game Explained

Quiz quiz trade is a wonderful activity (I think it’s a Kagan activity originally) that your class can play to help them learn facts. This activity is brilliant as it has the children going through your chosen facts again and … Continue reading

## Idea 110: Using ‘Pears in Pairs’ in Class

PEARS IN PAIRS This is another game I have at home which I am introducing to my class for use as a ‘centre’. The tiles in Pairs in Pears are bigger than Bananagrams, with fewer vowels. Pears in Pairs comes … Continue reading

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## Idea 109: Using Bananagrams in Class

BANANAGRAMS Some of my colleagues had been mentioning how they use ‘centres’ in their classes, which is an area I feel I’ve never really explored properly. By ‘centres’, I am referring to one lesson where you might have 4-5 activities … Continue reading

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## Idea 107: Place Value In Math Game

TRASH CAN GAME This is a math game to help practise ‘place value’ (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones).  The objective of the game is for each team to make the biggest number they can. I divided the class up into … Continue reading

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