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.)
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.
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!