## Archive for Zids and Zods

February 16, 2012 · Filed under Finding All Possibilities, More able maths, Multiplication activities, Shape activities, Susie snake and Maisie Mouse, Zids and Zods · Tagged 2D shape, 3D shape, place value, problem solving, puzzles, shape activities, Zids and Zods

Do you remember the problem solving materials that were produced looking at the progression in finding all possibilies problems?

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with developing the skills neededs to solve finding all possibilities problems. 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 Finding All Possibilities 1**. Everything hyperlinks from there.

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

February 16, 2012 · Filed under Algebra activities, Christmas Maths, Finding rules and describing patterns, More able maths, Sandcastles, Shape activities, Susie snake and Maisie Mouse, Zids and Zods · Tagged algebra, hyperlinks, patterns, problem solving, progression, rules, Zids and Zods, zip file

A while ago, some draft materials were produced that looked at the progression in finding rules and describing patterns. The birthday candles problem fits in well with the consecutive number activities discussed in the challenging more able children post.

Because I am interested in trying to develop problem solving right across the school, I used the **primary framework for mathematics** to support teachers at school get a better understanding of progression by pulling out examples for each year group. I then produced a document that linked the progression documents to guidance materials and activities.

The result is a series of word documents that hyperlink to smartboard files, worksheets and interactive teaching materials to help plan and teach maths in a more systematic way throughout school.

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with finding rules and describing patterns.If you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. You need to click here, then download the complete zipped file.

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 patterns, sequences and rules**. Everything hyperlinks from there.

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

January 20, 2012 · Filed under Algebra activities, Collaborative activities, Space Activities, Zids and Zods · Tagged collaboration, information gap, mystery, space, Zids and Zods

With the success of ‘Stargazing Live’ and the finding of a new planet by Chris Homes from Peterborough, I have uploaded some space themed activities I wrote for a year 5 class I taught a few years ago.

I have uploaded smartbord files accompanying these activities to the tes website.

Information gap activities require children to work in pairs and share information verbally.

**Planetary Ro****utes**
**Distance from the moon and diameter of the Earth (mysteries for 4)**

**Interplanetary football**
**Sum and difference rockets**

I used this template explore the relationship between to the sum and difference between two numbers. When these two values are added, the number in the cone of the rocket is always twice the bigger number on the bottom. We continued to explore this by questions such as:

- I think of 2 numbers.
- When I add them, I get _____, one is ______ more than the other.
- What are the two numbers?

We then explored why this is the case using paper strips, before moving into the realms of algebra.

**Planet sequences**
**Planet Polypod (zids and zods)**

**Moons of Vuv**
**Four Planets**
**Word Problems**

January 8, 2012 · Filed under Kieran's Cats, Rainforest Activities, Venn diagram logic, Zids and Zods · Tagged Birds, distance, Eggs, km, miles, presents, Rainforest, Zids and Zods

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:

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**

January 7, 2012 · Filed under Collaborative activities, Finding All Possibilities, Finding rules and describing patterns, More able maths, Multiplication activities, Susie snake and Maisie Mouse, Zids and Zods · Tagged calculation strategies, Division, inverse operations, investigations, multiplication, number patterns, progression, rapid recall

December 4, 2011 · Filed under Christmas Maths, Kieran's Cats, Nicknames, Shape Puzzle, Susie snake and Maisie Mouse, Zids and Zods · Tagged 12 days of Christmas, AT1, Christmas, kieran's cats, logic, magic square, maisie mouse, nicknames, powerlines, problem solving, puzzle, shape puzzle, susie snake

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)

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**

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/

November 12, 2011 · Filed under How to train your dragon, Kieran's Cats, Nicknames, Sandcastles, Shape Puzzle, Susie snake and Maisie Mouse, Venn diagram logic, Zids and Zods · Tagged dragon maths, how to train your dragon, temperature around the world, Venn Diagrams, Viking 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.