Tag Archives: key stage two

Idea 280: FREE 4-Way Differentiated Resources for Word Problems with Some Extraneous Facts.

DOWNLOAD THE INPUT SLIDES HERE DOWNLOAD THE PROBLEMS HERE Ask your class: “I have 5 pens in one hand and 5 pens in my other hand. How many rulers do I have altogether?” You’ll probably get the answer: “10!” This … Continue reading

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Idea 255: FREE Differentiated Bar Model Resources

The ‘bar model’ is one of the big things coming through as part of the mastery Maths approach; it’s a concept borrowed from Asian countries which perform very well in Maths. The idea is that a simple bar model can … Continue reading

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Idea 254: Adding Three Single-Digit Numbers FREE Differentiated Resources

Included here is a set of resources for teaching adding 3 single-digit numbers (a Year 2 National Curriculum objective). Input would be based on the children trying a few calculations and offering their top tips: Which two numbers are easiest … Continue reading

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Idea 242: BRILLIANT Free Online Handwriting Tool

This is one of those things that some people seem to have been using for ages but that I’ve only just discovered! This is an interactive online resource which records the handwriting that you input and then plays it back … Continue reading

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Idea 237: Multiplication Grid Paired Task

I did this activity with my Year 2 class after we’d used (completed) multiplication grids to self-check answers to multiplication questions. Children worked in pairs to take turns adding one number into the multiplication grid until it was complete. LOTS … Continue reading

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Idea 233: ‘Improving Pairs’ and ‘Learning Lines’

A useful activity requiring no resources and little time that you can throw into any lesson to have children think about their learning and progress. The kind of activity that, if you have your children trained in advance, will look … Continue reading

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Idea 231: Fun Quick Activity to Help Children Work Together.

This is a fun little activity which always ends up with the children in my class having a good time with each other and laughing over mistakes. Very simply, you teach the children a clapping game they can play in … Continue reading

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Idea 228: Teaching Exam Technique With ‘Spoof’ Test Marking

I wanted to familiarise my class with the format of an upcoming test and the type of exam skills needed to complete it. The most obvious way to do that is to simply give the children a test to complete. … Continue reading

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Idea 226: ‘Microwave Brownies’ A Fun Design and Technology Activity

I was trying to think of a fun Design and Technology activity involving cooking that wouldn’t put too much of a strain on the rather tired old oven we have access to at school. That’s when I hit on microwave … Continue reading

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Idea 219: Year 2 Multiplication Problem Solving RallyCoach Lesson

This was a problem-solving lesson I did with my Year 2 after a week on looking at multiplication as repeated addition and drawing arrays. I did this as a rally coach, with each pair having a sheet between them and … Continue reading

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