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Place Value Progression and Activities

I have also produced progression documents for place value.

  • Place Value

Remember, if you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT Place Value. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

And here are 3 Place Value activities as a taster…

  • 5 digit number mystery
  • Fast Track

Year 4 Digit Sum (plan)

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Rainforest Maths

My topic for this term is Rainforests. We have bought into the International Primary Curriculum resources, so my planning will be alongside this. I will try to update the blog weekly with ideas that I have used in the class, so here is the first activity.

  • Birds eggs.
  • Travelling to a rainforest

I used this website to find how far it was from Morton in Gainsborough to different rainforests around the world. htp://www.mapcrow.info/ then made up some puzzles like this:

  • Addition Leaf Tree

I am using the addition pyramid to revisit mental addition strategies, before teaching children column addition adding units first.

  • Rainforest Animal wangdoodles
  • Venn diagram puzzles
  • Easy
  • Harder

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Christmas puzzles

We have finished our ‘How to train your dragon’ topic and have turned our attention to Christmas. I have put together some maths puzzles to end the term, which revisit all the puzzles the children have been introduced to over the term. (Click on the pictures to access the puzzles)

  • 12 Days of Christmas

  • Mazes

  • Presents

  • Wangdoodles

I have added simple, whole pound examples, and more difficult decimal examples. Children in my class are in transition between guess and test strategy and more systematic tick chart method explained in the draft logic problem materials for kieran’s cats.

Shape puzzles

 

  • Maisie Mouse

  • Zids and Zods

  • Nicknames

I have also uploaded Christmas themed digit cards, which can be use to solve problems such as magic square puzzles, card sharp puzzles, e.g.

You can also access smartboard files and further ideas and activities linked to digit cards here.

Year 2 activities: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Year-2-Christmas-Maths-6146500/

Year 4 activities:http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Key-stage-2-Christmas-Maths-Puzzles-6147071/

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How to train your Dragon maths

This year our priorities in school are:

  • To develop a love of reading.
  • To develop a love of maths by implementing a problem solving approach.
  • To develop a creative curriculum.

In practise, this term we have altered our planning so that each class is developing their curriculum based on a book. My book is How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell,

so I have shared some of the maths problems we solved. I have also begun to upload accompanying smartboard files for different posts onto the TES website. Here is a link to the:

Week 1 and 2, we started by looking at the painting Saint George and the Dragon by Paulo Uccelo.

We also covered some of the simplier Knight maths found in the Tudor maths pages:

When we got to the book, our literacy was writing stories with Historical settings. I found the legend of the boneknapper clip on you tube very helpful. We revisited some of the Viking maths I covered with year 4 last year, I will pull them altogether here, and I have added a few new activities.

We are now looking at the dragons, and writing  information texts. In science we are looking at temperature.

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Kieran’s Cats, Weighing Wangdoodles and Arithmagons.

These three puzzles are one I return to often. I began year 4 solving these problems using equipment, e.g. shape cards, weighing scale pictures, digit cards etc. We then moved to using a finding all possibilities approach. Children solved the problems by writing ordered lists.  Now most of my current class can use the method suggested in the Logic draft materials booklet. It is a terrific approach because it develops data handling skills, adding three numbers using a mental or written method, halving two or three digit numbers and finding the difference.

The puzzles are easily adapted to almost any curriculum area, I have added a few that I have produced for classes over the years.

Place value

Pirates

The next three links open documents that make the link between arithmagons and ‘Kieran’s Cat’ type clues. There are some interactive arithmagons on the Nrich website which you can access by clicking on the picture above or following this link.

Kandinsky

Wizard of Oz

Arithmagons

Vikings

Tudors
Robot Wars

Sports day

These next few puzzles all require children to put objects in a row. The row contains either 3, 4 or 5 objects. When there are three objects, I have used ‘Kieran’s Cats’ type clues. When there are 4 in a row I have used either ‘Esmarelda’s coins’ clues. For 5 objects, I have gone to ‘Row of Coins’ for inspiration. All these puzzles can be found in the challenging more able children book.

Shapes

African animals

Angles

Measuring Cylinders

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Tudor maths continued…

I have added a link to the TES website, where I have begun uploading smartboard files to accompany my activities.

This week, we are investigating Tudor sports and pastimes.

I adapted the Tudor entertainment activity from collaborativelearning.org website so that it would be colour coordinated when I photocopied it.

This activity was extended then into a maths data handling exercise. Less able children completed these:

More able children solved these:

Finally, the children are going on to produce a scrap-book of the visit to Tudor London using all the information.

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Tudor maths weeks 1 and 2

This term I am working on the theme of Tudors with my year 4 class and have produced a number of puzzles and problems linked to this theme. I use the “Challenging more able pupils” problem solving book to help generate ideas, so you might recognise some of these problems from there. Let me know what you think.

Week 1 activities-Kings and Queens

Because kings and queens in Tudor times use roman numerals, we did a couple of activities to familiarise the children with them.

Roman numeral multiplication

Monarchy dates in roman numerals

We then looked at these activities to help children remember the names,  dates and a few facts about Tudor kings and queens (and Henry VIIIs wives) while solving logic problems.

Kings and Queens logic puzzles

King and Queens stamp puzzles

There was a good activity we found on Collaborativelearning.org about Henry VIII six wives.

In week 2 we looked more at Henry VIII and his interests.

We discovered he was a knight, and solved problems and puzzles about knights.

Knights of the garter (nicknames puzzle)

Knight mazes (number sequences)

We then looked at some of the things he did such as:

If you like the jousting activity, there is a wonderful game on mathplayground.com that uses the same strategy called “weigh the wangdoodles

We have planned four more weeks of similar Tudor maths. In addition to the word documents I have attached, I also have smart board files completed for most of the activities.

Other topics I have planned themes for are:

Egyptians

Vikings

African animals

Robots

Keeping healthy

As a consultant, I also produced resources for Lincolnshire schools.

There is a link below to cross curricular planning for different year groups I did a few years ago now.

If there is anything you would like me to upload please post a comment and let me know.

Otherwise, I will upload some Egyptian problems and puzzles.

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