Freeday: Y6 Science

Year 6 this year have brought on new challenges (I knew my last class very well!) so I have had to keep things fresh. Last year the children loved looking at the adaptations of the animals we have in the world today, whereas I know this new class can cope with something which is more of a challenge… 

We have been looking at the wonderful (ha) new addition to the curriculum which is Evolution and Inheritance (thanks to Twinkl FYI for the amazing Plan It resources for this topic, I would’ve struggled without your gentle guidance!). We’ve looked at adaptation using the lesson I did last year, which they absolutely loved, so I thought for the final lesson for this topic I would get them to design their own creatures and to describe the adaptations the animal has which make it suitable for whatever habitat it lives in. 

The worksheet is herey6-science.

Let me know if you download it! Tell me in the comments or via twitter @eenalol

S x

(Credit to: https://www.tes.com/lessons/search/science for the picture!)

Free-day: Maths challenge!

During a Maths learning walk last year I was in the Year 5 classroom and we were thinking about algebraic problems involving shapes, patterns and missing lengths.

I produced the sheet attached which has 2 differentiated versions of the problems.

We had spent the previous week looking at a few different variations on the same problems so this week (luckily for my observation) was one in which was just a bit of input from me but then a lot of problem solving skills from the children. They were able to use their whiteboards for any help needed but I encouraged the children to draw and write all of their thoughts in their maths books for assessment purposes. The children were all well engaged and loved the challenge posed at the end.

This would work well in Year 5 and Year 6. We were following Maths Makes Sense at the time and we found that some of the expectations were too high, so possibly even higher up would be good.

Let me know if my maths-learning-walk worksheet is any good to you! Comment below or let me know on twitter @eenalol

S xx

Free-day: Speech marks ideas!

Teaching speech marks can’t always be the most interesting thing. But when you start to think outside of the box there are some absolutely amazing things you can come up with!

Last year, whilst thinking of interesting ways in which we have conversations it dawned on me that the most prominent way I have conversations (which aren’t verbal) was on my phone. Via text message. Was there any way I could use text messages to inspire the Y4s to use their speech marks? Well yes! I used the sheets that are attached in a speech mark lesson and the kids talked about it for about a week after! The teacher loved it too! They’re Little Red Riding Hood themed, as that was the story they were concentrating on at the time.

Here is the speech-marks-worksheets (there are 3 different conversations. 1 which asks children for an alternative “said” word and add an adverb, the other 2 just asking for children to use an alternative “said” word)

I asked the children to turn the textual conversations into conversations using speech marks correctly punctuated! They all achieved the LG and their work was incredible. They remembered new line new speaker, speech marks and came up with some incredible “said” words too!

Hope you find it useful. Let me know in the comments or tweet me @eenalol

S x

Free-day: Science dictionaries

In teaching lots of science last year I noticed that children had little knowledge of defining scientific words. I used a science dictionary as one of my assessment tasks at the end of a Year 5 topic and the kids thought it was great. During a book scrutiny the SLT also thought it was a great idea. It took me a while to think how I could make this a long term thing rather than just a one off assessment type task. So I came up with the idea that the children make their very own scientific dictionary in their science books. I’ve spoken to a few different teachers and they loved the idea.

I will use these sheets at the back of the children’s science books and then introduce key vocabulary at the start of the lesson and then when they think they can define a word they can write the definition on the lines. This will be a really useful piuece of on going assessment for me and I feel that it will help the children to have a bit more confidence in using scientific terms too!

I hope you find this dictionary template useful! Let me know if you download it and use it!

S x

Free-day: MFL Assessment!

Since a language is now compulsory in all KS2 classes there have been many chats about how to assess the children. How do we assess the children when the government have given us a very vague idea of what is expected? How can you show progress when there isn’t much scope given for what progress looks like?

As MFL coordinator for my school I am very lucky in that I have been involved in a cluster group of MFL coordinators who get together once a term to share resources. We have been helping to rewrite a SOW for KS2 French with the help of a wonderful languages teacher from one of the feeder schools. It has been an incredible piece of training and I would suggest making a cluster with schools in your area (we have them for all sorts of subjects, not just languages).

On one of the last sessions we were shown some incredible assessment documents which we are trialling for the year ahead. The resources are written by a wonderful woman called Sue Cave and they are incredible. I thought it would be good practice to share these resources with you all!

Sue Cave website
On here there are all sorts of things from assessement documents to policies and ideas for teaching activities!

I hope these are useful for you too!

S x