Harry Potter School of Spelling – Set One

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First set of common exception words for LKS2 – presented as a video during the COVID -19 closure. Children really enjoyed the magical Harry Potter theme and the games in each session!

5 days of lessons on the first ten spellings, culminating in a spelling quiz at the end.

Each day includes a different ‘practise’ activity and a game at the end.

Enjoy! Please leave me your feedback.

Harry Potter School of Spelling – Set Two

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Second set of common exception words for LKS2 – presented as a video during the COVID -19 closure. Children really enjoyed the magical Harry Potter theme and the games in each session!

5 days of lessons on the first ten spellings, culminating in a spelling quiz at the end.

Each day includes a different ‘practise’ activity and a game at the end.

Enjoy! Please leave me your feedback.

Harry Potter School of Spelling – Set 3

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Third set of common exception words for LKS2 – presented as a video during the COVID -19 closure. Children really enjoyed the magical Harry Potter theme and the games in each session!

5 days of lessons on the first ten spellings, culminating in a spelling quiz at the end.

Each day includes a different ‘practise’ activity and a game at the end.

Enjoy! Please leave me your feedback.

Mario Maths – Sport Edition

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For Year 3, who are yet to return to school due to the COVID-19 closure, I created some further mental warm up starters to complete at home during the first week of June.

As the Mario theme has gone down so well with the children, I’ve mixed it with some sporting events to support the children’s mental maths skills!

In this week’s post, there’s the Mario Diving Challenge (addition of one digit numbers), Ski Subtraction (as it says on the tin) and Tennis Rally (a little like the previous Platform Pandemonium – a chain problem.)

Let me know your favourite!

Maths ‘shorts’

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I’m planning to post my full lessons for Maths and English in a while, but I thought I’d post some ‘shorts’ first – to see your feedback.

These are little lessons within a lesson, or short games, aimed at Y3.

Perfect for mental starters or independent target work on a laptop.

Enjoy! xx

Mario Circus – Word Problems with Multiplication
Mario Masks – Focus on Multiples of 10 and use of place value knowledge to solve 2×1 digit sums
Bananarama – Focus on subtraction and reasoning
Brunch with the Bowsers – Focus on application of place value knowledge in multiplication

Year 3 Mental Maths w/c 11 May 2020

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Here’s this week’s selection of Mental Maths games for Year 3.

There’s a bit of a retro theme this week (well, more so than ever!) with Bullseye and Sonic the Hedgehog making an appearance. Hope you enjoy!

You can view all my resources for download on the TES @ https://www.tes.com/member/ellie_crawshaw

Mushroom Madness – Join Toad to uncover the poisonous mushroom, whist practising all four operations!
Bullseye – practise of addition, subtraction and multiplication throughout the rounds
Sonic the Hedgehog Remainder Challenge

Stormbreaker – Alex Rider Y5/6 Mental Maths

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Although I’m primarily English & Infants by trade, as I’d had a go at the Y3/4 Maths with very positive feedback, I thought I’d try my hand at Y5/6 too. I hadn’t taught Year 5 since I’d trained back in 2011, but it was surprisingly nice to wear a UKS2 hat again – and actually these were some of my most enjoyable bits to create during the school closure so far.

I went for an Alex Rider mental maths theme – Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the book when they studied it last summer.

The games follow Alex as he trains to work for M.I.6, through a series of missions and challenges. Although the challenges are the same for Y56, the work is differentiated – bar the final challenge on the Friday. I’ve attached a selection here.

The theme, and challenge, went down a treat with the children, but the best feedback came with the final challenge.

Hope you enjoy the soundtracks too.

Alex Rider – Submersion Training
Alex Rider – Freefall Training
Alex Rider- Pursuit – Australia
Alex Rider – Shadow Training – London
Alex Rider – First Mission – NYC

Year 3/4 Mental Maths Games

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Here’s a little sample of my Mario themed Mental Maths games I’ve created to help our LKS2 children in our schools continue to practise their quick fire maths skills during the COVID lockdown.

The idea was to provide our children with a fun outlet to practise their skills, with a familiar format and theme, as well as a voice they recognised behind the game to help instruct them.

Full selection of games are on my TES page but can also be played on the partnership platform.

Happy to take suggestions for further areas of practise or game ideas!

Platform Pandemonium…. a ‘chain’ activity to support practise of more than one step problems prior to the day’s problem solving activity
Multiples of 10 version of ‘Mario Kart’
Princess Peach and the Journey Home
Double Trouble – quick fire doubling practise
Year 3 Wipeout – Year 3 Number Bond to 100 Practise
Yoshi’s Eggs – recap of operations using mental skills
Bowser Ball (ice edition) recap of strategies for subtraction

Harry Potter School of Spells – Y3/4 Common Exception Words

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Here’s a sample of some of the Year 3 & 4 spellings I’ve been providing during the lockdown.

Follow Hermione, Ron and Harry as they learn the Year 3 & 4 common exception words.

Each session takes the children through a reminder of the week’s spellings, followed by a short practise or application activity, and concluded with an exciting spelling game to help cement the spellings to long term memory.

Each session lasts approximately 15 minutes.

These are available on our PLP for Year 3-4 in Weeks 1 to 3, but here are the videos straight from Youtube.

Feedback from our children has been very positive – but please feel free to try out for yourself! Let me know how you get on!

Harry & Ron visit the Mirror of Erised, though not everything goes to plan…
Harry and Ron find themselves in the Slytherin Common Room, and Malfoy challenges them to a spelling duel…
In Wednesday’s spellings, Malfoy seeks his revenge on the Quidditch pitch….
Ron takes his wand back to Ollivanders…
Friday’s Sorting Hat Spelling Quiz