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Direct 2U Index of Activities by Year Group 2005/6

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

English

Y1

This is Me

Pupils use a digital camera to take photographs of each other and use the computer to produce labels and captions for a display.

W1

English

Y1

Words That Fit

A piece of text is set up by the teacher so that the words are hidden and can be revealed one-at-a-time. As words in a sentence are gradually revealed, children predict what other words will be.

W7

English

Y1

Things That I Like

With help, children use a word processor and digital camera to add a slide to a PowerPoint presentation showing things that they like. This can then be used as a basis for show-and-tell activities.

W13

English

Y1

Transforming a poem

With support, children will use a word processor to transform the lines of a poem, until they have collectively turned it into a different poem.

W19

English

Y1

Classroom labels

Children will use a word processor and printer to produce simple labels and captions for use around the classroom. They will thus gain experience of using a keyboard to produce text.

W27

English

Y1

Counting Picture Books

Children will use a digital camera and appropriate software to create a simple counting book.

W33

English

Y1

Pet lists

Children will collect information from their own experience, write simple descriptive sentences, and create a class display.

W40

English

Y1

Fairytale News Broadcasts

Children will explore a range of themes and incidents from traditional stories by recounting them in the style of television presenters or newsreaders. Some on-line sources of stories are suggested.

W46

English

Y1

Re-telling a story

This activity utilises material from the BBC Jam website http://jam.bbc.co.uk. Children will watch and listen to an African story, will re-tell it, and will use it as a basis to create their own stories.

W52

English

Y1

Making a class anthology

Children will collect, transcribe and illustrate a number of favourite poems, to be read aloud as a whole-class activity. The anthology will be created as a PowerPoint presentation, and displayed via a digital projector.

W58

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

Maths

Y1

Mittens

Pupils use a computer program to sort mittens according to the shape patterns on the back of the mitten. Uses Sorting Game Mittens from Naace website www.mape.org.uk

W2

Maths

Y1

Pairs game

This lesson is about addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20. It makes use of the Naace Pairs Game – Maths: addition & subtraction www.mape.org.uk

W8

Maths

Y1

Furbles

This lesson is about sorting. It is based on a set of imaginary characters called Furbles. Download the Furbles program from www.furbles.co.uk

W14

Maths

Y1

Elephant Rescue

Worksheet

The activity uses the Jumbo program from the Naace web site. http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm - a worksheet is supplied for this activity.

W20

Maths

Y1

Counting

This activity is about counting on and back and knowing the number names. It uses a program called Counter available on the Standards site http://www.standards.dfee.gov.uk/numeracy/publications or similar.

W28

Maths

Y1

Teddy’s see-saw

This lesson is about number bonds and writing equivalence statements. It makes use of Number Balance, a program available from the Teacher Resource Exchange http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/uploads/materials/17914/nbKS1.swf

W34

Maths

Y1

Number bonds

This lesson is an open-ended, teacher-led activity to support the exploration and investigation of number bonds. It uses the Number Bond Machines program from:

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/numberbond.html

W41

Maths

Y1

Colour patterns


Support file

This lesson is about looking for pattern, describing the pattern and being able to answer questions about it. It uses a web-based activity available from http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

A worksheet is supplied W47 Maths Y1X.

W47

Maths

Y1

Flower Garden

Support file

This lesson is about looking at flowers (represented as a set of photographs). The children count the flowers and group them according to colour. They then use the photographs to make number sentences. A PowerPoint file is supplied W53 Maths Y1X.

W53

Maths

Y1

Turtle trails

Support file

This lesson is an introduction to turtle graphics. It introduces the children to the concepts of forwards, backwards, left and right. A matching activity using Picture Grid is supplied W59 Maths Y1X.

W59

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

Science

Y1

Pushes and pulls

The BBC Science Clips website is used by the teacher to demonstrate what happens when the strength of pushes or pulls is changed http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/pushes_pulls.shtml

W3

Science

Y1

Exploring Sources of Light

Children explore sources of light in the real world, both in and out of school. Later, photographs taken during the exploration are used to stimulate discussion.

W9

Science

Y1

Exploring Sounds

Children explore sounds using a Big Book from the Naace website http://www.mape.org.ukand datalogging equipment.

W15

Science

Y1

A Survey of Eye Colour

Worksheet

Year 1: The teacher uses pictogram software to gather, record, display and discuss information about the eye colours of children in the class. A writing frame worksheet is provided.

W21

Science

Y1

Living or non-living

Children use drag and drop activities to reinforce understanding of living and non-living things. Uses a resource from the Teachers resource Exchange http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/

W29

Science

Y1

Sorting and Using Materials

Children use an activity from the BBC Science Clips website which allows them to test a range of items to see whether they are waterproof and whether they will bend.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/sorting_using_mate.shtml

W35

Science

Y1

Growing Plants

Support file


After children have carried out practical work, the teacher uses a computer model of growing a plant to summarise and review a unit of work on Growing Plants. Children use a computer-based writing frame W42 Science Y1X to record the results of an experiment.

W42

Science

Y1

Animal babies

As part of a topic on the ways in which humans and other animals grow, the teacher uses an on-line big book as a focus for a discussion of animals and their young. http://www.sebastianswan.org.uk/lost/bklost.html

W48

Science

Y1

Animal Bodies

A museum website http://www.2feet4feet.org.uk/ is used as part of a project on ‘Ourselves and Other Animals’. The website includes a whiteboard activity intended to be teacher led and two interactive pupils activities.

W54

Science

Y1

Animals and where they live

Support file

In the context of a unit of study of ‘Ourselves and Other Animals’ the teacher uses a website photo resource to introduce the idea that different animals can be found in different environments. A worksheet is provided W60 Science Y1X. The resources are available at the Sir Robert Hitcham's Primary School website http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/sirrobhitch.suffolk/habitats/index.htm

W60

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

History

Y1

Time for change!

Children use a word bank/keyboard to write captions for photographs of themselves at various ages.

W4

History

Y1

Toys

Activity sheet

How are our toys different from those of our parents and grandparents? Activity sheets are supplied. Pictures are available on the Naace website www.mape.org.uk/curriculum/history/toys.htm

W16

History

Y1

Homes of long ago

Activity sheet

Children will explore an on screen simulation of a Victorian house, identifying similarities and differences between that house and their own homes http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/dynamo/history/stepback.shtml

A file of activity sheets is supplied.

W30

History

Y1

In the picture

In this activity children will sort photographs by age, making decisions based upon evidence such as dress. Try to have a collection of pictures from several eras and vary the photos used with each group. You can find some photos on http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/

W43

History

Y1

Through the stained glass window

Support file1

Support file2

In this lesson children will use photographs of older and more recent property to identify the similarities and differences. They will look at different features of Victorian houses, focusing on stained glass, and will use a paint program to flood fill outlines. A file of images is provided W55 History Y1X.

W55

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

Geography


Y1

Writing About Places

Pupils use a word bank to create reports on what they have found out about a place from looking at pictures and photographs. Links to Barnaby Bear http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/barnabybear/

W5

Geography

Y1

Using digital photographs

Children will use a digital camera to capture images of the local area for their work. Suggested websites supplied.

W11

Geography

Y1

Sequencing Locations

Worksheet

Children are encouraged to discuss the sequence of places visited on a journey in a story - uses
the BBC Little Animals Activities website. A worksheet is supplied.

W17

Geography

Y1

Shapes on maps

Support file 1

Support file 2

The children and teacher set up model buildings using the wooden building blocks on a play mat with roads marked on it. Models are then photographed as if from a hot air balloon or helicopter. The pictures are printed out and the children use them to reconstruct their models. Two files are included; an example of a very simple map base and an example of the sort of photograph that would be taken with the children.

W23

Geography

Y1

Letter Number co-ordinates

Activity sheet

This simple mapping activity helps to revise the concept of a map and introduces the children to the idea of letter number coordinates. This activity has a plan of a farm to use (file supplied) and could be used as to link to a trip or work on holidays.

W31

Geography

Y1

Lost Owls – explore and record

Support file1

Support file2

Support file3

Support file4

Lost Owls can be downloaded from the internet with various support materials (see http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm -scroll down to the Downloadable Resources). Four files are supplied with this activity: two versions of the grid (see below) W44 Geography Y1X1, and W44 Geography Y1X and cards for use with the grids in files W44 Geography Y1X2 and W44 Geography Y1X3.

W44

Geography

Y1

People & places - round the school

Support file1

Support file2

This activity will support work on people and places around the school. Included are a wordmat vocabulary sheet to adapt and laminate W50 Geography Y1X and a collection sheet W50 Geography Y1X1.

W50

Geography

Y1

Plan view of common objects perspective

Support file

This activity is to encourage young children to look more closely at objects and help them with their map reading skills. Included is a zipped set of images, which could be used in this matching activity - W56 Geography Y1Z.

W56

Geography

Y1

My school visit

This activity encourages the children to look closely at photographs and to make observations on them. Although the activity is designed for use on a school visit, it could also be used to support work on the local area and the school grounds.

W62

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

MFL

Y1

Listening to the language

Use this activity to demonstrate how people in different countries may speak differently. This activity uses a variety of websites. Linked with this is an investigation of images from the internet which depict the country of origin of the language.

W37

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

Music

Y1

Autumn Weather

Pupils learn a song with the help of a computer karaoke player http://forum.ngfl.gov.uk/WebX?230@138.eATTaTk2eh0.3@.eebd79b The children will learn a four-verse song, evocative of Autumn. They will also begin to understand singing songs in two parts.

W6

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

Art

Y1

Firework celebrations

Children will use a painting program to explore line, colour, shape and form to create a firework picture. This can be linked to Bonfire Night, or to another celebration.

W10

Art

Y1

Feel this!

Children will use ICT to explore the visual elements of different textures, looking at similarities and differences. This activity also provides teachers with the opportunity to develop children’s vocabulary.

W22

Art

Y1

Self-portraits

In this lesson children will use digital photographs of themselves to explore the proportions of the human face. This activity is best done in small groups.

W36

Art

Y1

Clowning around

This activity involves modifying digital photographs to make clown faces. Children investigate different facial expressions and the messages they convey.

W49

Art

Y1

Creating landscapes

In this lesson children will look at some simple landscape paintings and photographs before using clipart to create their own landscapes. The children will learn what a landscape picture is and how different artists have portrayed landscape paintings. This lesson can support PSHE & Citizenship.

W61

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

ICT

Y1

The Information Around Us

Pupils will listen to a selection of sounds and discuss what information each sound conveys. Uses Sounds Big Book at www.mape.org.uk also other supporting websites referenced.

W12

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

D&T

Y1

Playgrounds

Here children are introduced to looking at the way things work. Digital photographs taken on a visit to a playground are used as a stimulus for discussion.

W18

D&T

Y1

What’s in your lunchbox?

This activity is based around children finding out what foods the body needs to stay healthy. Children will investigate different food groups, carry out a popularity survey and display the results. The children will then suggest designs for the contents of a healthy lunchbox that takes into account their findings. The activity makes use of a website http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/uptoyou/healthy/foodfuel.shtml

W38

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

RE

Y1

Christian Baptism

Here children develop their understanding of belonging to a group by seeing how children are welcomed into the Christian faith. The activity makes use of web resources.

W24

Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

Puzzles

Y1

Frogs

In this activity children have to order a set of numbered frogs by jumping to adjacent stones or jumping over one other frog. http://www.logo.com/imagine/project_gallery/frogs.HTM

W25

Puzzles

Y1

Noughts and crosses

This is a computer version of noughts and crosses. The game may be played against the computer at three levels of difficultly, or against another child. The activity uses the website http://www.themouseclub.co.uk/home/kids.asp

W32

Puzzles

Y1

Tangrams

There is a set of tangram puzzles for children to solve at:

http://www.microworlds.com/library_old/math/tangrams/index.html

The activity can be used online or downloaded for use off-line.

W51

Strategic games

Y1

Nim

Nim is a mathematical game of strategy. There are many variants of the game but this simple version is played with ten counters in a single line. Players take turns to remove either one or two counters. The winner is the player who takes the last counter. Nim can be found in the Jefferson Lab at: http://education.jlab.org/nim/index.html

W57

Problems

Y1

Spot the difference

Children play ‘spot the difference’ games on-line.

http://www.uptoten.com/kids/kidsgames-mixedbag-home.html


W63

Summer Special

Y1

Little Animals Activity Centre

Worksheet

The Little Animals Activity Centre section of the BBC website has lots of educational games and activities for Key Stage 1 children. www.bbc.co.uk/education/laac

A worksheet is provided to support one of the books in the Storybear section.

W26

Xmas Special

Y1

Message to Santa

This is selection of websites with Christmas activities ranging from drag and drop nativity scenes to sending an email message to Santa.

W39

Make and Do

Y1

Make a Quiz

Children use QuizMaker from the Naace website to make a Quiz for other children to solve. http://www.naace.org/

W45



Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

English

Y2

Capitals

Pupils use a word processor to edit a piece of text to reinforce their understanding of capital letters.

W1

English

Y2

Poems on themes

Using Poem Maker http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

W7

English

Y2

Revealing Hidden Text

Revealing hidden text. Uses Discloze file included also on Naace website www.mape.org.uk .

W13

English

Y2

Finding out about authors

Children will use websites dedicated to children’s books to find out information about their favourite authors and their books. A number of different websites may be used for this work.

W19

English

Y2

Sequencing instructions

Children will use a word processor to produce sequences of instructions, and will re-order jumbled sequences so that they make sense.

W27

English

Y2

Sequencing events in a story

Children will use a digital camera to produce sequences of posed illustrations for a story.


W33

English

Y2

The Magic Box

Children will use a template file on a word processor to create their own poems, based on a common structure and idea.

W40

English

Y2

Wanted Posters


Support file

Children will create a ‘wanted’ poster of themselves, based on a character in a story. The file supplied W46 English Y2X gives an example.

W46

English

Y2

Alliterative Sentences

Children will create short counting books consisting of alliterative sentences on a common theme.


W52

English

Y2

Evaluating books read

Support file

Children will use a ‘flexible writing frame’ to write simple evaluations of books read and discussed, giving reasons for the views they express. A supporting writing frame is supplied W58 English Y2X.

W58






Maths

Y2

How would you describe me?

PowerPoint file

This lesson is about 2-D shapes. It covers the vocabulary needed to describe such shapes and develops an understanding of the properties of the shapes. PowerPoint display supplied.

W2

Maths

Y2

Number Board

This lesson is about addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20. It makes use of Number Board – an activity that can be found on-line amongst the Naace Primary classroom activities www.mape.org.uk

W8

Maths

Y2

Not half as hard as you think

This lesson is about introducing the concept of halves, quarters and thirds.

Uses TakePart software from: www.standards.dfee.gov.uk/numeracy/publications

W14

Maths

Y2

Now where shall we put that?

Worksheet

This lesson is about practising addition and subtraction in conjunction with a random number generator. This can be accessed from: http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm - a worksheet is supplied

W20

Maths

Y2

Graph drawing

Image file

This lesson is about teaching children how to represent data in the form of count graphs. The activity uses a set of images of carton dogs W28 Maths Y2X and a graph drawing program available from http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/numeracy/publications/ .

W28

Maths

Y2

All line up!

This lesson is about ordering numbers in conjunction with a random number generator. The random number generator can be accessed from: http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

W34

Maths

Y2

First turtle

This lesson is about introducing children to turtle graphics (ie. a one-key version of logo). The software is available from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

W41

Maths

Y2

Guess my number!

This lesson is about ordering numbers in the context of a game. The “Guess my Number” program can be accessed from: http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/guessthenumber.html

W47

Maths

Y2

Stepping along the Number Line

This lesson is about the number line and being able to count forward or backward along the line. It uses Number Gym, which can be accessed from http://www.numbergym.co.uk/swf/NewNGNumberLine.html:

W53

Maths

Y2

Shape detectives

This lesson is about recognising 2D shapes. The activity uses the Shape Reveal program from http://www.dgteaz.org.uk/resources/online/shapereveal.swf

W59






Science

Y2

Electrical circuits

Children use Crocodile Clips - a piece of software that can be freely downloaded from the Internet www.crocodile-clips.com.

W3

Science

Y2

Sorting and Classifying

Children use a teacher-prepared branching database to sort a set of materials.

W9

Science

Y2

Car ramps


Children investigate how the height of a ramp affects the distance travelled by toy cars released from the top. The teacher enters their results into a computer graphing program eg http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/teachingresources/mathematics/nns_itps/data_handling/

W15

Science

Y2

Healthy Eating

The teacher uses website resources to demonstrate different food groups and discuss these with the children. Two websites are recommended for this work.

W21

Science

Y2

Seasonal Changes

Writing frame

Children use a web site http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/infant/bigbook.html as a stimulus for a sensory trail around the school observing seasonal changes. They write up observations using a writing frame and e-mail these to the site. A writing frame is provided.

W29

Science

Y2

Materials activities

Children use on-line resources and worksheets available from the Teacher Resource Exchange http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/ to develop their understanding of materials, their properties and uses.

W35

Science

Y2

Recognising fruits by their smell

Children develop an experiment to answer the question, ‘Which fruits are easiest to recognise by their smell?’ They use a graphing program to record their results in a block graph or pictogram. Two on-line sources of such software are suggested.

W42

Science

Y2

Penguins

Support file1

Support file2

As part of a unit of study on Variation, children use web-based resources to find out about penguins. As they study the information they use keywords to complete a worksheet W48 Science Y2X. They then use a writing frame W48 Science Y2X1 to write a few sentences about what they have discovered.

W48

Science

Y2

Birdwatch

Support file

Children use an activity from the RSPB website http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/play/index.asp to learn about garden birds. A data collection sheet on My Favourite Bird is provided W54 Science Y2X.

W54

Science

Y2

Stay Healthy


Support file

Teachers use a variety of resources from http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/ to teach about the importance of healthy eating. Children then use a painting package to create a poster on healthy eating, aimed at their parents or their peers. An example is supplied W60 Science Y2X. This activity could build on the Direct2U W21 Science Activity for Y2 – Healthy Eating.

W60






History

Y2

Seaside holidays past and present

Children will use photographic evidence to identify features of summer holidays. They will annotate pictures of seaside holidays using time-appropriate vocabulary. Supporting internet sites referenced.

W16

History

Y2

Remembrance Day

Activity sheet

This lesson should take place as soon after Remembrance Sunday as possible

In it children will compare events locally and nationally. A file of activity sheets is supplied.

W30

History

Y2

The Gunpowder plot

Support file

In this activity children will make a vertical timeline with details of the Gunpowder Plot. A text file W38 History Y2X is supplied to support this work.

W43

History

Y2

Grace Darling

Support file

In this lesson children will learn the story of Grace Darling and use a word processing program to recount the story, using a writing frame for support - W55 History Y2X. Internet sources are recommended.

W55






Geography

Y2

Locality Study

Children contrast their own locality with another. First they need to carry out research on the unknown locality, using the internet or a CD-ROM. Suggested websites supplied.

W5

Geography

Y2

Aerial photographs

Ideally this activity makes use of an Interactive Whiteboard to make discussing an oblique aerial photograph more effective. Suggested websites supplied.

W11

Geography

Y2

Using Digital maps

This activity makes use of digital media in the QCA Unit 24 - Passport to the world. Digital maps are useful as they can be modified and a variety of scales can be used.

W17

Geography

Y2

Maps; Zooming in and zooming out

This lesson uses online maps to help children appreciate the shape of the country and the effect of zooming in and out.

W23

Geography

Y2

Looking at Pictures

Looking at pictures from a Geographical point of view means that the right sorts of questions need to be developed. This activity develops the skills in the context of An Island Home, but the skills are equally suited to Seasides and the local area, or any other contrasting locality.

W31

Geography

Y2

Letter Number co-ordinates

Support file

This activity gives practice in using letter/number coordinates without the complication of the map. Images related to the local area, which should be a stimulus for discussion, are used instead of a map. This activity is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation W44 Geography Y2X.

W44

Geography

Y2

People & places – local area

Support file

This activity will support work on buildings and places. Included is a wordmat vocabulary sheet W50 Geography Y2X.

W50

Geography

Y2

Places and features

Support file

This activity is makes use of image files using drag and drop. The aim is to encourage the association of the objects to their correct locations. Included is a zipped set of images, which could be used in the desired program - W56 Geography Y2Z.

W56

Geography


Y2

School visit quiz

This activity encourages the children to make predictions of what a map of a location is showing. Although the activity is designed for use on a school visit it could also be used in conjunction with work on the school grounds or the local area.

W62






MFL

Y2

Floor robot directions

This activity asks children to give directions to a floor robot. Use this to practise direction.

This activity will give the children an opportunity to work in pairs on directions in the chosen MFL.

W37






Music

Y2

Playing Simon

Children play a simple online musical game, Simon, to listen to and to recall sequences of sounds http://www.freegames.ws/games/kidsgames/simon/simon.htm

W6






Art

Y2

Imitation

Support file

Children explore some of the paintings of 20th Century artists who make use of shapes and lines and use paint programs to emulate. A file of brief biographical details is supplied also supporting websites.

W10

Art

Y2

Andy Goldsworthy

Children will look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and use it as a model for their own artwork using natural features that they then photograph. Supporting websites referenced.

W22

Art

Y2

Framed

In this activity children will explore pictures using a viewfinder. They will go on to use viewfinders to help them compose photographs. The activity uses a resource from the Teachers Resource Exchange http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/server.php?request=cmVzb3VyY2UuZnVsbHZpZXc%3D&resourceId=11329

W36

Art

Y2

Doors and windows

Children will look at examples of stained and leaded glass panels in Victorian and Edwardian doors and windows and design their own simple versions. Web sources are recommended.

W49

Art

Y2

Cityscapes

In this lesson children will consider how building shapes silhouetted against the skyline can create a pleasing image. They will look at cityscape art portrayed in photographs and paintings (a number of web references are given). They will say which they like and why, before using a simple paint package to create their own skyline pictures.

W61






ICT

Y2

Bold Woodcuts

Children will look at examples of bold woodcuts, which were often used to illustrate children’s books. They will make their own ‘woodcuts’ using a graphics/painting program. Supporting websites referenced.

W12






D&T

Y2

Joseph’s coat

This activity explores the design process for an item of clothing using the story of Joseph’s multicoloured coat from The Bible (Genesis Chapter 37) as a stimulus. Web based resources are used to present the story and illustrate the design process.

W18

D&T

Y2

Close-up on Design

Support File 1

Support File 2

Support File 3

Children must identify everyday objects from photographs taken very close-up. Two prepared files are supplied W38 D&T Y2X and W38 D&T Y2X1. A framework file is also provided to support children making their own presentation W38 D&T Y2X2. The files are supplied in zipped format.

W38






RE

Y2

Preparing for visit to a synagogue

This lesson prepares the children for a visit to a local synagogue. It uses a website which offers a virtual tour of a synagogue.

W24






Puzzles

Y2

Powerlines

In this activity children have to arrange numbers in different shaped grids so that the total of each line is the same. http://www.primarygames.co.uk/pg2/powerlines/powerlines1.html

W25


Puzzles

Y2

Mastermind

This is a computer version of the board game Mastermind. It can be simplified by limiting the use of colours. A two-colour game is very straightforward and a good way to introduce children to the reasoning processes required to play the game. The software can be found at http://www.vtaide.com/png/puzzles.htm

W32

Puzzles

Y2

Bookworm

Bookworm is a word game using tiles like Scrabble. Children must make words from adjoining tiles. http://popcap.com/gamepopup.php?theGame=bookworm

W51

Strategic games

Y2

Connect 4

Children play Connect 4 games on-line. Players take turns to drop counters into the grid each trying to make a line of 4. The games can be found amongst – Level 2 - More Thinking Games at the Interactive Fun Puzzles website: http://www.vtaide.com/png/puzzles.htm

W57

Problems

Y2

Matchstick puzzles

Matchstick puzzles are a traditional pastime dating at least from Victorian times when candles and gas lighting meant that most people carried a box of matches. Today they can be played more safely with toothpicks – or on-line. On-line puzzles are available from a variety of websites - URLs given.

W63

Summer Special

Y2

Summer scrapbook

Children create a summer scrapbook combining pictures and text using a familiar software package eg Word. Various sources of suitable clipart are suggested.

W26

Xmas Special

Y2

Folding Christmas Card

Template

Crafty activities involve making a folding Christmas card, Christmas tags and stained glass window paintings. There is also a selection of Christmas websites.

W39

Make and Do

Y2

Make a Pairs Game

Children create a pairing game as a challenge for younger children using a resource available from www.quia.com

W45


Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

English

Y3

Emailed reviews

Pupils use email to send book reviews to remote audiences to create a resource for others.

W1

English

Y3

Fable storyboards

Children use on-line versions of fables by Aesop to create a storyboard http://www.aesopfables.com/

W7

English

Y3

Alliterative Poems

Children will work in twos to create poems containing pairs of alliterative words.

W13

English

Y3

Creating a big book

Children work in small groups to create illustrated big books for use with younger children. The activity uses the program Big Book Maker freely available from the website http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

W19

English

Y3

Devices for presenting texts

Children will investigate and experiment with different devices for presenting text (speech bubbles, enlarged print), and will discuss the use and effectiveness of each device.

W27

English

Y3

Writing dialogue

Children will create short sequences of dialogue between two characters, and will present them in the form of a simple playscript and also as conventional prose.

W33

English

Y3

A fesnyng of ferrets

Children will use a spreadsheet to contribute to a list of collective nouns and sort it into alphabetical order by different criteria.

W40

English

Y3

Deleting adjectives

In this activity children remove all the adjectives from a short piece of text and place them in a sorted list. Other children then attempt to replace them in the text. Web sources of possible texts are recommended.

W46

English

Y3

Sound poems

In this activity children create a class poem, based on the use of sound to create effects.

W52

English

Y3

Experiment with recounting

In this activity children take an existing text, and turn it into a different kind of text with the aid of a word processor.

W58






Maths

Y3

Let's Buy Some Toys

This activity uses Toy Shop game from the Standards website http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/numeracy/publications/?pub_id=512&top_id=0&art_id=0

W2

Maths

Y3

Fashionable Shoes

Spreadsheet File 1

Spreadsheet File 2

Children create computer-generated frequency graphs about different aspects of footwear and use these to test hypotheses such as 'most children prefer wearing trainers’. Two Excel files are supplied.

W8

Maths

Y3

Who knows my name?

Data file 1

Data file 2

Images file

In this activity, children will be introduced to the idea of using a database to help match a set of dogs to their actual names. Two data files are supplied for this - also a file of images.

W14

Maths

Y3

Let’s make a straight line

This lesson is about multiplication, factors and multiples. It is based around a number grid that displays multiples of a particular number. This lesson uses the Number Grid program from the DfES Standards site. www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/numeracy/publications/itps/number_grid/

W20

Maths

Y3

Design a train: first steps in Logo

Worksheet

This lesson is an introduction to screen logo. Children will use the left, right, forwards and backwards commands, plus some pre-defined procedures, to produce one of the four trains illustrated on the attached worksheet (W28 Maths Y3X).

W28

Maths

Y3

Investigating Triangles

Support file

This lesson is about looking for triangles within a pentagon where each vertex is joined to every other. A PowerPoint demonstration is used and a worksheet is provided W34 Maths Y3X. http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/uploads/materials/19350/How many triangles in a pentagon.ppt

W34

Maths

Y3

Sorting Numbers

Children use a computer program to sort a set of numbers according to certain mathematical properties.

The activity uses the Numbers game from the Naace primary website http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/sorting_games/index.htm

W41

Maths

Y3

Clocks


Support file

This lesson is about conversion between the 12-hour clock (analogue) and 24-hour clock (digital). The children convert a train timetable from the one format to the other and then use the Time program from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html to check their answers. A worksheet is supplied W47 Maths Y3X.

W47

Maths

Y3

Tangrams

Support file

This lesson is about discovering and manipulating shapes. It utilises an on-screen version of the well-known tangram problem from: http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/tangram.html

There is an accompanying worksheet of problems for the children to try - W53 Maths Y3X.

W53

Maths

Y3

Dissecting the square

This lesson is about examining a number of different ways that a square can be dissected and transformed. It uses the SlideShapes program from: http://www.atm.org.uk/free-resources/robinson.html

W59






Science

Y3

Characteristics of Materials

Data collection sheet

Children use database software to construct a database of properties of materials. Data collection sheet is supplied.

W3

Science

Y3

Rocks and soils

Worksheet

Children take a walk around the environment to look at a variety of hard materials. They then use http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/teachersresources/ages7_8/tr_rocks_soils_lp.shtml to perform a range of virtual experiments on different types of rock. Worksheet is supplied.

W9

Science

Y3

Shadows

As part of an exploration of light and shadows, children use the computer microscope to investigate what happens when objects are lit from the back and the front.

W15

Science

Y3

Teeth

This activity uses a resource from the Teachers Resource Exchange http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/ to support work on the types and structure of teeth. The resource may be downloaded free of charge and used off line.

W21

Science

Y3

All about plants

Writing frame

Children grow plants from seeds and record their development using digital cameras. They use electronic and conventional resources to research the functions of parts of a plant and produce a report, which combines text and graphics. A writing frame is provided.

W29

Science

Y3

Stretchy tights



Writing Frame

Children carry out an experiment to investigate the stretchiness of several different materials. They record their findings in a spreadsheet available from http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/science/ks1-2/resources/index.shtml

A writing frame for reporting on the experiment is supplied W35 Science Y3X.

W35

Science

Y3

Elastic Forces


Support file

The children make predictions and investigate the force exerted by a stretched elastic band. They record their results in a spreadsheet table and view them as a bar chart to discover whether their predictions were correct. A spreadsheet file is supplied W42 Science Y3X.

W42

Science

Y3

Blackout curtains

Support file

Children develop an experiment to answer the question, ‘Which fabrics are best for cutting out the light?’ They use a light meter to carry out their experiments. They use a writing frame W48 Science Y3X to write up their experiment importing the graph from the sensing package and clip art.

W48

Science

Y3

Animal database

Support file

Children collect information to compile a class database on Animals. They use information from the Enchanted Learning website http://www.enchantedlearning.com A data collection sheet is supplied for this work W54 Science Y3X.

W54

Science

Y3

Magnets


Support file

Two activities from BBC websites are used to support learning about magnetism. These are:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revisewise - and

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/magnets_springs.shtml

A worksheet is supplied W60 Science Y3X.

W60






History

Y3

Evacuated!

Worksheet

Children will learn about evacuees using different sources of information. They will make a record of these source. Pupil worksheet supplied. Also a list of useful internet sites.

W4

History

Y3

An introduction to archaeology

Children undertake two different tasks designed to demonstrate some of the difficulties faced by archaeologists when trying to identify and interpret artefacts. Supporting internet sites referenced.

W16

History

Y3

Everyday life in Roman times

Activity sheet

This activity uses an internet site is based in Sussex, http://www.romansinsussex.co.uk/level1/index.asp much of the information contained will apply to Roman settlements across the country. An activity sheet is supplied.

W30

History

Y3

Information posters


Support file

In this activity children will look at a range of wartime information posters, identifying their message and categorising them. They will insert the pictures into a document and add an explanation of the poster. Posters can be found at the following sites: http://www.snaithprimary.eril.net/propagan.htm

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pv/pv/courses/posters/background.html.

An activity sheet W38 History Y3X is provided to support the activity.

W43

History

Y3

Interviewed

Support file

In this lesson the children will hear the story of Boudicca’s rebellion against the Romans. They will consider different interpretations of history and use a drag and drop technique to match statements made by Romans or Celts in an interview with a national ‘newspaper’. A framework is provided - W 55 History Y3X. Finally children will cut and paste an illustration for their newspapers.

W55






Geography

Y3

Weather Round the World

This activity uses the Internet to research the weather in a contrasting locality. This is then entered alongside locally collected weather data in a spreadsheet program. The resulting graphs then allow the children to make comparisons between the weather. Suggested websites supplied.

W11

Geography

Y3

Locality Poetry

Support file

Views from the window are used as a stimulus for poetry. Use Poem Maker from www.mape.org.uk A wordlist for use with Poem Maker is included.

W17

Geography

Y3

Street Furniture Survey

This activity can be used as a stand-alone field trip in the local area, used to practice map skills, or it can be linked to a topic set in the local area. It involves a careful survey of street furniture in the local area, and then linking the data to a map.

W31

Geography

Y3

Jigsaw map co-ordinates revision

Support File

This is a simple computer based activity to help children learn their map co-ordinates. The associated file can (W37 Geography Y3X) easily be adapted to suit different topics and the learning needs of particular children. You may have local digital maps which could be divided into jigsaw squares to make your own puzzles.

W37

Geography

Y3

In the News – world event vocabulary

Support file1

Support file2

This lesson can be used at a variety of levels linking it to whatever is in the news. A wordmat containing ideas for research and useful vocabulary is included W50 Geography Y3X. Also included is a framework reporting sheet for recording the information found W50 Geography Y3X1.

W50

Geography

Y3

Plan a park

In this activity the children discuss how they can plan a park making it suitable for use by different groups. The activity is available from Northumberland Grid for Learning – Graphical Modelling

http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/ict/qca/ks2/unit5A/graphicalmodelling/index.html

W56

Geography

Y3

Listen to the sounds

This activity gives an opportunity to use a map on a field trip. A map of the location of the visit is shared and discussed before the visit. Sound recordings are then made at various locations on the day of the visit. The locations where these were made are marked on a map.

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MFL

Y3

Counting to 12

The children work on counting to 12 using a website activity http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryfrench/index_flash.shtml

W5

MFL

Y3

Describing the weather

German File 1

German File 2

German File 3

German File 4

This activity uses drag and drop activities to reinforce weather vocabulary. Four files are included, giving examples of the materials that can be matched.

W23

MFL

Y3

Names of Buildings

Support file

In this activity the children use an interactive PowerPoint presentation as an introduction to the new vocabulary. They work together as a group and then use the vocabulary in independent work.

Included is an Interactive PowerPoint presentation - W44 MFL Y3X - that can be adapted to teach the names of common buildings in various MFLs. This concept can also be adapted for use in other topics.

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Music

Y3

Rhythmic Patterns

Children will use musical composition software with icons to represent musical phrases to develop and refine a rhythmic composition http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/makingtracks/sequenza.shtml

W6






Art

Y3

Kente Cloth

Children will use a graphics program to create stamps using geometric shapes. They will combine these to create a digital representation of Kente cloth. Supporting websites referenced.

W10

Art

Y3

Thinking about colour

Support file

Initially children will experiment with combinations of primary and secondary colours to establish which create the boldest effect. They will then go on to create a simple picture using variations on one geometric shape. An example file is supplied.

W22

Art

Y3

Identikit

In this lesson children help a police artist to reconstruct pictures of suspects. They have to observe very carefully. The activity uses The Art of Crime Detection - available from

http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/play/crimedetection/index.html

W36

Art

Y3

A tapestry of form and colour

Children will use a digital camera to create an image in the style of Tarkay. Web sources are recommended.

W49

Art

Y3

Criss-cross

In this lesson the children will explore some of the features of a graphics program to develop their ideas. They will use these techniques to create a picture in the style of Virginia Betts http://www.virginiabetts.com/.

W61






ICT

Y3

Internet Safety

PowerPoint file

An Introduction to safe and sensible behaviour online. Children will start to learn about safe and sensible behaviour online. PowerPoint file is supplied. Supporting websites referenced.

W12






D&T

Y3

Photograph frames

In this lesson the children are introduced to some of the design considerations behind making free standing photograph frames. A digital video camera with a large display allows all the children to see detail of the design.

W18

D&T

Y3

Building the Strongest Box

In this activity, children are going to use software to design and build a box to contain a large cupful of dried peas. The aim is to make the box strong enough so that it does not break open when dropped off a one-metre high table. Children will also prepare a report on their findings to the rest of the class.

W38






RE

Y3

Preparing for Divali

Here children learn more about the festival of Divali. The lesson uses website resources.

W24






Puzzles

Y3

Blocks

In this activity children have to remove all the blocks from a grid by moving them adjacent to an identical block.

http://www.logo.com/imagine/project_gallery/blocks.HTM

W25


Puzzles

Y3

Sudoku

Full versions of Sudoku puzzles are now regularly printed in many national newspapers. This package, which is available to download and purchase on line has an option of simpler versions of the puzzle suitable as an introduction for younger children. The software may be purchased from www.sudoku.com or downloaded for a 28-day free trial.

W32

Puzzles

Y3

Sokoban

Sokoban is a spatial challenge game. A small character ‘ a sokoban’ must move stones around a maze like grid by pushing them from behind. A version of the game can be found at:

http://www.billybear4kids.com/games/online/sokoban/Sokoban.htm

W51

Strategic games

Y3

Draughts

Children play English draughts (American name - checkers) on-line. A version, which may be played either against the computer or a human opponent, may be found at the Learn4Good website: http://www.learn4good.com/games/board/checkers_board_online.htm

W57

Problems

Y3

Noah

In this challenge the seven types of animal must be loaded into the ark – two by two, of course (with paired animals next to each other). The limitation is that no animal can be placed next to any other that would eat it. The challenge is available from: http://www.lutanho.net/stroke/online.html

W63

Summer Special

Y3

Make a postcard

Template

In this activity children will resize and flip images, and insert them into a table to make a postcard.

They will think about how to write a postcard and create one for a friend. A template file is supplied.

W26

Xmas Special

Y3

Christmas Websites

Support File 1 Support File 2

This is a selection of websites and other Christmas activities ranging from word games to making Christmas cards and wrapping paper. Some on-line sources of free Christmas clip art are included.

W39

Make and Do

Y3

Make a Wordsearch

Children use one of two web-based resources to create wordsearch puzzles on a theme for their friends to complete. The websites are: CoolFreeSoftware http://www.coolfreesoftware.com/support/wordsearchfp.shtml and Puzzlemaker http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/

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Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

English

Y4

Newspaper reports

Pupils will tailor a newspaper report to suit different audiences, using a desktop publishing package.

W1

English

Y4

Collecting and scaling words

Children collect words (mostly verbs, adjectives and adverbs), and arrange them in order of relative intensity.

W7

English

Y4

Designing advertisements

Working in groups, children will use ICT to construct advertising material for a ‘toy’ of their own invention.

W13

English

Y4

Summarising key ideas

Children will use word processors to analyse text, identify key words, extract the main ideas from each paragraph, and summarise them.

W19

English

Y4

Playscripts

Starting with a text file of a well-known story, children will convert it into a playscript, supplementing the dialogue as necessary and adding stage directions.

W27

English

Y4

Trimming sentences – using powerful verbs

Children will create short poems based on their own prose writing, giving them terseness by trimming sentences and focusing verbs.

W33

English

Y4

Filling story gaps

Children will work collaboratively to re-create the ‘missing’ part of a story.

W40

English

Y4

Collaborative Stories

Children will word process collaborative stories, separated into four chapters.


W46

English

Y4

Polished Poetry: Strange Zoo

Support file

Children will use the computer to produce openings for lines of poetry, and then, by a process of selection and editing, will develop these into a polished poem. The activity uses Poem Maker and word list editor from: http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

W52

English

Y4

Beautiful Brussels Sprouts

Working in groups, children will use ICT to construct advertising material for Brussels sprouts.

W58






Maths

Y4

Using Geoboards

In this activity, pupils use an electronic geoboard to create regular polygons. http://www.microworlds.com/library_old/math/geoboard/index.html

W2

Maths

Y4

Number grids

Spreadsheet file

This lesson is about problem solving on a 3 x 3 number grid. The children have to deduce rules and adjust the positioning of the numbers to match a target. Uses an Excel file provided.

W8

Maths

Y4

Magic Squares

Spreadsheet file

Worksheet

An investigation into magic squares. A spreadsheet activity and a worksheet are provided.

W14

Maths

Y4

House of Cards

This lesson is based upon the ‘House of Cards’ – the triangular stacking of cards from a pack of 52 cards. Children use a Logo procedure (given) to investigate how many cards will be needed for any size house

W20

Maths

Y4

The Python’s tail

This lesson is about number grids and problem solving. It is an investigation into the relationship between different numbers on a 10 x 10 number grid. The lesson uses a program that can be downloaded from: http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/numeracy/publications/ .

W28

Maths

Y4

Symmetry

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2

This lesson is about line symmetry. A PowerPoint file (from the TRE) provides a demonstration and there are also two worksheets to accompany the lesson W34 Maths Y4X and W34 Maths Y4X1.

http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/server.php?request=cmVzb3VyY2UuZnVsbHZpZXc%3D&resourceId=11999

W34

Maths

Y4

Investigating Triominoes


Support file

This lesson is about creating regular patterns by manipulating a set of triominoes. It can be downloaded from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html A worksheet is provided W41 Maths Y4X.

W41

Maths

Y4

Geoboard2

This lesson encourages children to experiment with shapes created on a geoboard. They will look for a relationship between the area/perimeter and the size of the shape. The activity uses the Geoboard program from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

W47

Maths

Y4

Learning about fractions

Support file

This lesson encourages children to think about and explore fractions expressed in the form of geometrical shapes. It uses the Fraction Shapes program from: http://arcytech.org/java/patterns/patterns_j.shtml

A worksheet is provided W53 Maths Y4X.

W53

Maths

Y4

Learning about co-ordinates

Support file

This lesson is about describing and finding the position of a point on a square grid on which the axes are numbered. The activity uses the “Billy Bug and his All New Quest for Grub” program from: http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html

W59






Science

Y4

Microscope to Explore Fabrics

As part of Science Year, all primary schools received a free QX3 Computer Microscope. In this activity, it is used to examine fabrics and support investigations into suitable uses.

W3

Science

Y4

Pond Life

Children build a branching database to identify all the animals found in the local pond.

W9

Science

Y4

Friction

Children investigate how the nature of the running surface affects the distance travelled by toy cars released from the top of a ramp. An on-line activity from the BBC Science Clips website is used to consolidate http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/friction.shtml

W15

Science

Y4

How we grow

Worksheet

Children plan and carry out an investigation to find out which parts of our bodies grow the fastest. The work makes use of a database program. A writing frame for reporting on the investigation is supplied.

W21

Science

Y4

Food chains

Worksheet

Children use a website http://www.zephyrus.co.uk/foodpuzzlechaina.html to consolidate knowledge and understanding of food chains. A worksheet is provided for this activity. A second website is used by the teacher in a plenary session http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/habitats.shtml

W29

Science

Y4

Solids and liquids

Worksheet

This activity uses web-based resources to support a unit of study on Solids and Liquids http://www.abpischools.org.uk/resources/solids-liquids-gases/index.asp

A worksheet is provided W35 Science Y4X.

W35

Science

Y4

Electrical Circuits

Children use a computer simulation program to explore electrical circuits and then write up their work using a writing frame. The activity uses a simulation that is freely available on-line at http://www.crocodile-clips.com

W42

Science

Y4

Keeping warm

Children use an activity from the BBC Science clips website to investigate the use of different materials for insulation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/keeping_warm.shtml

W48

Science

Y4

Moving and growing

In this activity the teacher uses a PowerPoint presentation to introduce a unit of work on the skeleton. The activity uses a presentation available from the National Whiteboard Network http://www.nwnet.org.uk/pages/ict_curric/science/science.html

W54

Science

Y4

Habitats

Support file


In the context of a unit of study on Habitats, children collect specimens and study them carefully. They use an activity from the RSPB website http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/play/index.asp to identify minibeasts using a branching database. A supporting file of information for teachers is supplied W60 Science Y4X.

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History

Y4

Historical glossary

Children will use the features of a word processor to create a historical glossary, which can be added to as the topic progresses. This lesson thus links history, English and ICT.

W4

History

Y4

Rich or poor? Using inventories

Support File 1

Support File 2

Inventories are a major source of information about ordinary people living during the Tudor and Stuart periods. Two word files are supplied with this activity. Supporting internet sites referenced.

W16

History

Y4

An Egyptian tomb painting

Support File

Children use a paint package to create a replica of an Egyptian tomb painting. This activity will take two sessions to complete, and its focus needs to be on history, rather than ICT or Art and Design. A sheet of facts about tomb paintings is supplied.

W30

History

Y4

Who lived in that house?

Support file


In this activity children will identify houses in their area that were built in Victorian (or earlier) times. They will take digital photographs of the houses and, using Census data they will investigate the families who lived there. An activity sheet W38 History Y4X is supplied.

W43

History

Y4

Rationing

Support file1

Support file2

In this lesson children will learn about the need for and impact of rationing during WWII. They will use a ready prepared spreadsheet W 55 History Y4Y and a text file of scenarios W 55 History Y4YX to explore the food rations available to different households.

W55






Geography

Y4

Round the World News

Pupils research an issue related to a locality or Geographical topic, make a newspaper featuring the topic and script a short interview. Suggested websites supplied.

W5

Geography

Y4

Surveying electricity use


Children monitor their own classroom lighting regime and survey other classrooms in their own school. From their findings they will be able to enter data into a simple spreadsheet, make graphs and correctly annotate them. Suggested websites supplied.

W11

Geography

Y4

Interactive Village in India

Support File

This activity makes use of a resource from the Teacher Resource Exchange - A Village in India

A file giving guidance on using the Teacher Resource Exchange and WinZip is included.

W23

Geography

Y4

Maps and pictures

Support File

In this activity the children make use of the two excellent web site resources to aid their understanding of how physical features are depicted on maps. They are able to compare photograph and map to aid understanding of both. A recording sheet to adapt for use with this activity is included - W37 Geography Y4X.

W37

Geography

Y4

Four-figure coordinates

Support file1

Support file2

Support file3

This activity gives the children an introduction to four figure coordinates. Included is an instruction sheet W44 Geography Y4X2, a group activity sheet W44 Geography Y4X1 and a blank worksheet for use by the children W44 Geography Y4X.

W44

Geography

Y4

A country overseas

Support file

This activity is intended to be used to gather basic data about a country overseas. The file included is a vocabulary wordmat W50 Geography Y4X

W50

Geography

/MFL

Y4

Tell me the way

Support file


This activity can be used for both geography and MFL. It encourages children to work in pairs, using a map, to describe routes using the vocabulary related to giving directions.. A basic map to adapt is included with this activity W56 Geography Y4X.

W56

Geography

Y4

What was the weather like on our trip?

Support file1

Support file2

The activity uses the opportunity of being in a different place to collect weather data for a contrasting locality. Included with the lesson plan are a recording sheet W62 Geography Y4X and a blank MS Excel file for data entry W62 Geography Y4X1.

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MFL

Y4

Theme Posters

This activity involves using a paint package or a desktop publishing package to create a poster on a theme. Use this activity to support any MFL vocabulary work at any level or even
vocabulary activity in another subject.

W17

MFL

Y4

Branching Database – Place setting

Support file

This activity uses a branching database to reinforce vocabulary and encourage conversations. Pictures are included to give clues and the children can be encouraged to deduce facts from key words. A branching database in MS PowerPoint is provided ready for translation into any MFL.

W31

MFL/

Geog

Y4

Tell me the way

Support file


This activity can be used for both geography and MFL. It encourages children to work in pairs, using a map, to describe routes using the vocabulary related to giving directions.. A basic map to adapt is included with this activity W56 Geography Y4X.

W56






Music

Y4

Branching Databases

The activity combines the creation of a simple branching database with learning about the characteristics of different types of musical instrument using a CD-ROM.

W6






Art

Y4

Perspective

In this activity children will resize images and use them to create a feeling of depth and space within a larger picture.

W10

Art

Y4

Warhol revisited

Children will explore different colour combinations such as those used by Andy Warhol in his screen prints of Marilyn Monroe, and then take digital photos of each other and manipulate them, using a simple paint package. Supporting websites referenced. An example file is supplied.

W22

Art

Y4

Just dreaming

In this activity children are introduced to the idea of surrealism in a simple way. They will use digital cameras take photographs to illustrate a storyboard, which can later be developed into a Big Book.

W36

Art

Y4

Tiffany


In this lesson children will explore the work of artists and craftsmen of the past and present who use organic shapes and forms in their work, and use the features of a paint package to create a simple Tiffany style lampshade. Web sources are recommended.

W49

Art

Y4

Creating shadows

Children will use a graphics package to create simple images with shadows. They will learn that the depth of shadow can appear to vary depending upon ambient light levels but that shadows of different objects will be cast at the same angle.

W61






ICT

Y4

Branching Databases

Children will be introduced to branching databases. An online branching database http://www.rogerfrost.com/start.htm will be used to demonstrate how a branching database works. Then the children will design their own branching database using real objects.

W12






D&T

Y4

Lighting it up

Here children are introduced to computer control of models. They use control boxes to operate lights

W18

D&T

Y4

Behind the Scenes at the Supermarket

Support File

This activity is based on a visit to the local supermarket. The children will look at how the supermarket uses measuring, sensing and control devices to help run its daily operations. On their return to the classroom, children create a poster highlighting a use of ICT that they have seen. A sample table of information is supplied W38 D&T Y4X.

W38






RE

Y4

What religions are in our area?

Here children begin searching for information about local religious traditions using conventional materials and online resources.


W24






Puzzles

Y4

Animals of the world

Children are given clues to a mystery animal and a gradual unveiling of its image. They can access up to ten clues and have five guesses. www.kidscom.com

W25


Puzzles

Y4

Whodunnit

Whodunnit is a database activity designed to allow pupils to develop appropriate data handling skills in an exciting and stimulating environment.. Whodunnit may be found among the classroom activities at http://www.mape.org.uk/

W32

Summer Special

Y4

Naturewatch

Children play a number of edutainment games from the RSPB website. These provide informal learning about aspects of the natural environment. http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/

W26

Xmas Special

Y4

Christmas Jingle

Template

The activities include writing a Christmas jingle, setting up a turtle post delivery and creating a Victorian Christmas card.

W39

Puzzles

Y4

Col

The Game of Col is a spatial game played against the computer. Players must colour in regions of the board such that the opponent (the computer) is unable to move. Col can be found at: http://www.fwend.com/gameofcol.htm

W51

Strategic games

Y4

Nine Men’s Morris

Nine Men’s Morris is a strategic board game, which dates back beyond Shakespearean times. The object of the game is to remove all the opponent’s pieces from the board. Every time a player forms a line of three (a mill) on any line drawn on the board, s/he is entitled to remove one enemy piece, with the proviso that a piece may not be removed from an enemy mill. A flexible screen version can be found at:

http://www.osv.org/morris/index.html

W57

Problems

Y4

Jugs


The player has two unmarked jugs of given capacities and must accurately measure out a third amount. The task is performed by pouring liquid from one jug to another and discarding some of it. This activity can be found via the Interactive Fun Puzzles site http://www.vtaide.com/png/puzzles.htm

W63

Make and Do

Y4

Make a Mystery Text

Children use the Discloze Editor from the Primary Resources on the Naace website http://www.naace.org/ to set up a mystery text for their peers to decode.

W45



Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

English

Y5

Vocabulary search

Pupils use an online dictionary to search for common phrases and discover their meanings and origin http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

W1

English

Y5

Traditional stories

Children examine different versions of a traditional story http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html identify similarities and differences, and write their own version.

W7

English

Y5

Illustrating Beowulf

Children read, or listen to, the story of Beowulf, explore illustrations http://www.heorot.dk/beowulf-art.html and reconstruct their own version of the story as a multimedia presentation.

W13

English

Y5

Robinsonade

Children provide an episodic account, in journal format, of a person cast away on an uninhabited island.

W19

English

Y5

Making a radio play

Working in small groups, children will create short plays, rehearse them, and record them on audiotape or a similar medium, to be played to the whole class.

W27

English

Y5

Metaphors and double simile poems

Children will create structured poems with striking imagery, based upon the use of double similes. They will then develop these to create extended metaphors

W33

English

Y5

Onomatopoeia sequences

Children will create a sequence of pictures or comic strip with a discernible story but containing no text apart from onomatopoeic words.

W40

English

Y5

Leisure

Children will use the structure of a well-known poem to create their own verses, in order to assemble a group or class poem. Details of internet sources of the poem are provided.

W46

English

Y5

Abbreviations Quiz

Children will create simple quizzes for each other, testing common abbreviations and acronyms. The activity uses Naace Primary Quiz Maker from: http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

W52

English

Y5

Keeping a reading blog

Children will create a simple online journal recording information about what they have read.

W58






Maths

Y5

Number sequences

Worksheet

This activity is about number sequences and patterns. It uses the Counter program from the Standards website http://www.standards.dfee.gov.uk/numeracy/publications Worksheet supplied.

W2

Maths

Y5

Digital roots

Worksheet

Children use a Logo procedure (given) to investigate the patterns that can be generated from their multiplication tables. Worksheet is provided.

W8

Maths

Y5

Fitting shapes together

This lesson is about encouraging children to look at shapes that tessellate. Uses website http://www.tessellations.org/linemethod-ex1-1.htm

W14

Maths

Y5

Nim

Children are taught the game of Nim which they can play against each other or against the computer. They will then investigate a strategy to ensure that they can win each time. Websites are recommended.

W20

Maths

Y5

Function Machine

Support file

This lesson encourages children to look at the relationship between pairs of numbers. The program uses the concept of the function machine to do this.The lesson uses a program that can be downloaded from:

http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/numeracy/publications/ .

W28

Maths

Y5

Frogs

The lesson is based around a well-known problem solving game usually known by the name ‘frogs’. The lesson uses a recording sheet W34 Maths Y5X and a program that can be downloaded from http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/uploads/materials/20225/leapfrogdb.swf

W34

Maths

Y5

Tessellations

Support file1

Support file2

This lesson is about encouraging children to look at shapes that tessellate (it is a follow-up to a previous Direct2u activity on the same theme – see week 14 in the archive). This lesson uses a different computer program with the object of discovering 7 of the 8 semi-regular tessellations. It uses the Tessellations program from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

W41

Maths

Y5

Diffy


Support file

This lesson encourages children to practice their mental arithmetic skills. They have to complete the ‘difference grid’ as quickly as possible. It uses Diffy program from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

Also provided is a spreadsheet W47 Maths Y5X – this is an aid for the busy teacher.

W47

Maths

Y5

Pie charts

Support file

This lesson is about collecting and displaying data in the form of a pie chart. The Pie Chart program is available from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html. A worksheet W53 Maths Y5X is supplied.

W53

Maths

Y5

Great Number Game

Support file

This lesson is a game of strategy that involves children practising the four operations. The activity uses the spreadsheet file supplied W59 Maths Y5X.

W59






Science

Y5

Changing sounds

The BBC Science Clips website is used by the teacher to demonstrate how the pitch of an instrument can be changed http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/9_10/changing_sounds.shtml

W3

Science

Y5

Pollen Park

Data collection sheet

Children use a website http://www.pollenpark.co.uk/index.html to help learn about plant life cycles. A data collection sheet is supplied.

W9

Science

Y5

Phases of the moon

On-line simulation of the orbit of the Moon to demonstrate the pattern and of changes in the Moon’s appearance over a 28-day cycle http://www.schoolsobservatory.org.uk/astro/textb/solsys/moonphs.htm

W15

Science

Y5

Measuring your heart beat

Activity sheet

This activity teaches children about the pulse and uses a spreadsheet to handle pulse readings from a class. An activity sheet is supplied.

W21

Science

Y5

Animal classification

The teacher will prepare a branching database to identify animals and use it as a focus for a lesson on animal classification. Children will then work in groups to prepare their own branching database keys to classify and identify a set of animals.

W29

Science

Y5

The Water Cycle



Writing Frame

This activity uses an animation from the Teacher resource Exchange to introduce the Water Cycle

http://tre.ngfl.gov.uk/server.php?request=cmVzb3VyY2UuZnVsbHZpZXc%3D&resourceId=10982

A writing frame is provided to support children as they record the results W35 Science Y5X.

W35

Science

Y5

Freezing Point


Support file

The teacher uses an on-line ‘gismo’ to help explain what happens to water when it freezes. http://www.explorelearning.com/ The spreadsheet supplied W42 Science Y6X could be used to record results and present them in the form of a bar chart.

W42

Science

Y5

Gases

In the context of a unit of study on ‘gases’ the teacher uses an activity from the BBC Science clips website to demonstrate what happens when a liquid is heated and turns to a gas.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/9_10/gases.shtml

W48

Science

Y5

Day Length

Support file RTF

Supp. file Excel

Children study changes in day length in this country and throughout the world. They present times of sunrise and sunset in a graph and look for trends and patterns in the data. A worksheet is provided in both rtf and Excel formats - W54 Science Y5X, W54 Science Y5X2 and internet sources are recommended.

W54

Science

Y5

Big Al

In the context of a unit of work on Life Cycles, children play an on-line game from the BBC called Big Al. They will learn that animals may require different food and habitats at different stages in their life cycles. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/games/big_al/

W60






History

Y5

Obituary column

Children use the internet and other sources to search for factual information about a famous person and use ICT to write an obituary as it might have appeared in the newspapers of the time.

W4

History

Y5

Children at work

Support File 1

Support File 2

This lesson is based around the “work” section of the BBC site Children in Victorian Britain http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/victorians/ Two files are supplied for this activity.

W16

History

Y5

Points of View

Children write a newspaper giving one perspective on a conflict. Although this lesson is based around the conflict between Athens and Sparta in the 5th century BC the activity can be adapted for use with any history unit that involves conflict between two groups of people.

W30

History

Y5

All in the name

Support file1

Support file2


Children will use a large database on the internet to search for the locations of common Viking place names http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/freefun/didyouknow/. They will analyse the information; determining which modern place names are probably derived from Viking settlements. Two activity files are supplied to support this work W38 History Y5X and W38 History Y5X1.

W43

History

Y5

Commemorative ware

In this lesson children will consider the ways in which history is portrayed in commemorative ware.

This lesson could be adapted for use with either a Victorian topic or a Britain since 1930 topic. Internet sources are recommended.

W55






Geography

Y5

Sound Sensing Survey

Children conduct a survey of local traffic to see how much noise it makes, using sensing equipment. Suggested websites supplied.

W11

Geography

Y5

Using Route Finders

Worksheet

Children use route finders to plot routes from one location to another.
A route recording worksheet is included - W17 Geography Y5X.

W17

Geography

Y5

Investigating Water runoff

Spreadsheet File

This activity investigates the possible trend in increasing the number of hard surfaces in the local area. The findings of this research are then discussed with regard to the topic of flooding. A spreadsheet file is supplied to support this work.

W31

Geography

Y5

Mountain Data

Support File 1

Support File 2

Support File 3

This activity is based on a spreadsheet file containing information about some of the world’s tallest mountains. The file is provided in two formats W37 Geography Y5 X1 and W37 Geography Y5X1 csv. A worksheet is also supplied W37 Geography Y5X.

W37

Geography

Y5

Coasts – vocabulary

Support file1

Support file2

Support file3

This activity gives the children an opportunity to use the vocabulary on natural features which they have learnt in the unit on coasts. Files included are two word files, ready hyperlinked, needing the definitions adding W50 Geography Y5X1 and W50 Geography Y5X. A labelled diagram is included for use with this and other work on coasts W50 Geography Y5X2

W50

Geography

Y5

Using a scale ruler

Support file1

Support file2

In this activity the children will have an opportunity to practice the use of a scale ruler to find the correct distance from one part of a map to another. Files included are two basic image files, which can be used to try out the activity - W56 Geography Y5X and W56 Geography Y5X1.

W56

Geography

Y5

Viewpoint survey

Support file

This activity involves taking photographs from a viewpoint. It encourages the use of a compass and makes good use of a digital camera. This work will help the children to understand what is shown on a map, relating it to the photographs taken. Included is a recording sheet W62 Geography Y5X for use at the viewpoint.

W62






MFL

Y5

Place names games

Having worked on place names and associated famous sights and Geographical features, this activity moves on to consolidate this knowledge. The names of letters in the language being studied are revised and then used in a game. Suggested websites supplied.

W5

MFL

Y5

Making Labels

The children share their knowledge of the MFL by placing labels, made using ICT, around the school.

W23






Music

Y5

Changing Sounds

Support file

Children will use Sound Recorder or similar software on a computer to record and alter sounds. They may also use sound effects from http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/. Help sheet supplied.

W6






Art

Y5

Andy Warhol images

Support file

Children experiment with colour on a digital photo by adjusting the settings for the flood fill tool. The finished picture will resemble those of Marilyn Monroe painted by Andy Warhol. Exemplar file is supplied. Supporting websites referenced

W10

Art

Y5

A picture paints a thousand words

Support file

Children will look at pictures and identify the signs and symbols used, and then use a digital camera to help them perfect the pose they want to adopt for their own portraits. Supporting websites referenced

W22

Art

Y5

How surreal is that?

In this activity children will explore the nature of surrealist art and use digital cameras and object based graphics packages to create their own surrealist pictures.

W36

Art

Y5

Still life montage


Support file

In this activity, the children will learn about still lifes including the hidden messages that painters often included. They will go on to use an object based graphics package to create a montage of photographs that have meaning for themselves. An activity sheet is supplied W49 Art Y5X. Web sources are recommended.

W49

Art

Y5

Starting from Matisse

In this activity, which will take more than one session, children will bring together a range of techniques and knowledge to create an electronic collage, based upon Matisse’s The Snail. The activity uses a tutorial from The Tate website - http://www.tate.org.uk/imap/pages/animated/cutout/matisse/snail.htm

W61






ICT

Y5

Control Technology

PowerPoint file

This activity forms an introduction to control technology. Children will be introduced to the idea that control technology is all around us. They will meet a control technology program and experiment with it. A PowerPoint file is supplied.

W12






D&T

Y5

Moving toys

This activity explores cam movements within a simple toy. Web based resources are used to display moving toys.

W18

D&T

Y5

Making Movies

Here children devise a storyline and produce a simple animation lasting around 5 seconds. The results from activities such as this can be very impressive and pay testimony to the imagination and creativity of the young.

W38






RE

Y5

Investigating the Bible?

Here children investigate the meaning of some biblical passages by looking at several different versions. The activity makes use of a wide range of internet resources.

W24






Puzzles

Y5

Wordsearch

Children create their own wordsearch puzzles to challenge their friends.

http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/

W25


Puzzles

Y5

Mirrors


This is a game from the LCSI project library written in Logo. The positions of a series of mirrors must be deduced from their effects on rays of light. The puzzle may be found at http://www.microworlds.com/library_old/games/mirrors/index.html

W32

Puzzles

Y5

Hex

Hex is a strategy game in which pieces must be placed on a board to make a bridge to the other side. Players block each other’s bridges and the winner is the first to make a complete track across the board. An on-line version may be found at: http://www.mazeworks.com/hex7/

W51

Strategic games

Y5

Gomoku

Children play Gomoku on-line. Gomoku is essentially a variant on the game noughts and crosses. In Gomoku, markers can be placed anywhere on a large (usually 19x19) grid, the aim being to get 5 in a row. An on-line version of the game can be found at: http://www.checkers.ws/board_games/gomoku/gomoku_online.htm

W57

Problems

Y5

Polygons

Support file

The polygons investigation is an activity from the LCSI project library written in Logo. The challenge here is to investigate the angle required to produce each simple polygon and attempt to find a rule. The project is available from: http://www.microworlds.com/library_old/math/polygons/index.html. A data collection sheet is supplied W57 Problems Y5X.

W63

Summer Special

Y5

Totally Pottery

This activity builds upon the interest generated by the release on July 16th of the latest book from J K Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Children are given the opportunity to explore websites linked to the Harry Potter books. A number of website are recommended.

W26

Xmas Special

Y5

12 Days of Christmas

Spreadsheet

Here is a spreadsheet activity based on the Twelve Days of Christmas. There are also instructions for creating a Christmas quiz, spot the difference pictures or an interactive Advent Calendar.

W39

Make and Do

Y5

Make a Crossword

Children use Hot Potatoes to make crosswords for their peers to solve. Hot Potatoes is a suite of authoring software available on line and entirely free for public educational use. It can be accessed at http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked/

W45



Subject

Year

Title

Description

Week

English

Y6

Persuasive Devices

This activity uses a range of printed and multi-media content to examine clever devices that are used to persuade customers to buy goods. Pupils look at a range of techniques and discuss what devices work well and why. They then use a multi-media package to develop a persuasive presentation.

W1

English

Y6

The Jumbly Post

Children create two editions of a newspaper, based on the Edward Lear poem, The Jumblies http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/3/6/5/13650/13650.txt

W7

English

Y6

Collaborative Story by E-Mail

This is an exercise in which children collaborate with others, within class and elsewhere, to produce extended episodic stories over a period of approximately half a term.

W13

English

Y6

Arranging text in paragraphs

In this exercise children use a word processor to divide text into paragraphs and summarise the content of each paragraph.

W19

English

Y6

Newspaper Day

Within the space of one school day, children create a newspaper containing information relevant to the school and its locality.

W27

English

Y6

Seven Up

Children prepare real and fictional autobiographical details, and produce brief scripts summarising their life and attitudes at the ages of 7, 14, 21 and 28, based on the television series that began with ‘Seven Up’.

W33

English

Y6

Meanings, origins of proverbs

Children will use the internet and paper-based sources to explore the meanings of some well-known (and less well-known) proverbs

W40

English

Y6

Bandersnatchy

Children will use the internet and word processors to explore portmanteau words and create a poem.

W46

English

Y6

Furniture Game Sequences

Children will use a range of software to create, illustrate and present a collaborative poem sequence.

W52

English

Y6

The Book I’m Going To Write

Children will create a book cover for an imaginary work of fiction.

W58






Maths

Y6

How many bounces?

Problem solving, relationships between numbers, factors and ratios (through metaphor of a snooker table). Uses the Bounce program from the Naace Primary web site www.mape.org.uk

W2

Maths

Y6

Watch the Level

Worksheet

Children use a graphic simulation of water filling a bath to investigate the effects of these actions on the depth of bath water at any point of time. Worksheet is provided.

W8

Maths

Y6

Pick’s Theorem

This activity uses a virtual pinboard (from www.tre.ngfl.gov.uk) to explore Pick’s theorem. The theorem is an alternative method of working out the area of rectilinear shapes. Two activity sheets are supplied.

W14

Maths

Y6

The Sheep Pen

Investigation into the relationship between area and perimeter. The lesson uses a spreadsheet program to perform the calculations and the graphing facility to illustrate the results.

W20

Maths

Y6

Puzzling shapes

Worksheet

Database file 1

Database file 2

This lesson is about using a database to identify the (unconventional) names of geometric shapes. The activity uses a worksheet W28 Maths Y6X and a database. The database is attached to the lesson plan in two formats W28 Maths Y6XA and W28 Maths Y6XB.

W28

Maths

Y6

Shape in the Environment

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 2

This lesson is about using a digital camera on a short walk of the school environs to identify particular geometric shapes. They photograph their shapes and then paste them into the appropriate cell on one of the two worksheets attached W34 Maths Y6X and W34 Maths Y6X1.

W34

Maths

Y6

Platonic solids

This lesson is about studying the 5 platonic solids and trying to rediscover Euler’s relationship. It uses software available from http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

W41

Maths

Y6

What are the odds?

Support file

This lesson is about introducing some of the basic ideas of probability through the medium of an on-screen spinner. The Spinners program can be downloaded from: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_1.html

A worksheet is supplied W47 Maths Y6X.

W47

Maths

Y6

Yahtzee

Support file

This lesson is based around a well-established dice game. A recording sheet is provided W53 Maths Y6X. The Yahtzee program can be downloaded from: http://www.rekenwonder.com/yahtzee/yahtzee.htm

W53

Maths

Y6

Fantasy Football


Support file

This lesson is about modelling on a spreadsheet. The object is to model a football league of 4 teams, where each team plays every other once only (as is the case in the World Cup). The results of the 6 matches are entered into the spreadsheet (file provided W59 Maths Y6X) and children manipulate the rules so as to propel their team further up the table.

W59






Science

Y6

Dissolving

Spreadsheet file

In this activity children carry out experiments to investigate aspects of dissolving and use a spreadsheet to represent the results in a suitable graph. Sample Excel spreadsheet is supplied.

W3

Science

Y6

Forces in action

Worksheet

Activity from the BBC Science Clips provides an environment for conducting a virtual experiment. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/forces_action.shtml A toy truck can be rolled down a ramp in a variety of conditions allowing hypotheses to be tested. Worksheet is provided.

W9

Science

Y6

Revision

Children use the BBC ReviseWise website to revise for the KS2 SATs tests in Science www.bbc.co.uk/revisewise

W15

Science

Y6

Your wonderful body

Children collaborate to prepare a multimedia presentation, which draws together all the human biology that they have learned during the primary years.

W21

Science

Y6

Interdependence and adaptation

Worksheet

The teacher uses the activity on Interdependence and adaptation from the BBC Science clips website to introduce the concept of a food web. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index.shtml

The children then use a mixture of on-line and traditional resources to research and write about a specific animal and it’s adaptations to its habitat. A worksheet is provided for this work.

W29

Science

Y6

Reversible and non reversible changes

At the end of a unit of study on ‘Reversible and irreversible changes’, the teacher uses a ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ game with the whole class to confirm and consolidate understanding. The game is available at http://www.teachingandlearningresources.co.uk/million-sci-6d.html

W35

Science

Y6

Reaction times


Support file

Children develop an experiment to investigate reaction times using a piece of software available on-line at http://www.explorelearning.com/ They record their results in a spreadsheet and write up their experiments using an electronic writing frame W42 Science X.

W42

Science

Y6

Reflection

Children use an activity from the BBC Science Clips collection to consolidate learning about reflection of light. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/teachersresources/ages10_11/tr_see_things_lp.shtml

W48

Science

Y6

Micro-organisms


Support file

Children work in pairs or small teams to research one or more microbes (using an internet site http://www.commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/index.html) and prepare a short written document or computer presentation to present this information to their peers. A writing frame is provided for this (W54 Science Y6X).

W54

Science

Y6

Changing Circuits

Children use a computer simulation program to explore and change electrical circuits. They will learn how changing the number or type of components in a series circuit can make bulbs brighter or dimmer. The activity uses a simulation that is freely available on-line at http://www.crocodile-clips.com

W60






History

Y6

Learning from pictures?

Support file

Children will use a 16th Century picture, Sir Henry Unton, to find out about life in Tudor times http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/unton/index.htm File of background notes for teachers is supplied.

W4

History

Y6

The Ministry of Information

Propaganda posters provide a valuable insight into society and the lives of people living at the time of the Second World War http://www.snaithprimary.eril.net/propagan.htm

W16

History

Y6

A multimedia exhibition

This lesson can be used at the end of a unit of work on any artefact-based society or culture. In it the children will create an online museum.

W30

History

Y6

60 years of change

Support file

The last sixty years have seen unprecedented rates of change in our society. In this activity, which will last several sessions, children research different aspects of life in Britain using a range of sources, before creating a multimedia presentation of their findings. An activity sheet is provided W38 History Y6X.

W43

History

Y6

Greek gifts

Support file1

Support file2

In this lesson children will investigate some English words that have their roots in Greek. Supporting files are provided W 55 History Y6X and W 55 History Y6Y. An online version of an etymological dictionary is recommended http://artsci.shu.edu/classics/classics/rootsof.htm

W55






Geography

Y6

Locality Presentation

In this activity, pupils create a multimedia presentation featuring a locality either known or unknown to them. Taking or finding digital pictures, recording sounds and constructing a map of the locality, they will construct a hyperlinked presentation as a guide to this area.

W5

Geography

Y6

Measuring Puddles

Children observe rain puddles and use ICT to make the investigation easier and more accurate. The activity will encourage children to use a digital camera and a paint program. It leads to graphing the data and thinking about what the data tells us. Suggested websites supplied.

W11

Geography

Y6

Be a reporter

Support File 1

Support File 2

Children produce an edition of a newspaper. Example layouts shown as screenshots of a Microsoft Publisher file, are included with this activity.

W23

Geography

Y6

Which way does the river flow?

Support File 1

Support File 2

This activity is based on children marking the direction of the flow of a river as it flows from source to the sea. Example files of an imaginary river are supplied, ready with key. One has a key with the four points of the compass W37 Geography Y6X the other has the eight points of the compass W37 Geography Y6X1.

W37

Geography

Y6

Erosion

Support file1

Support file2

This activity makes use of a video recorder to enable careful viewing of this erosion experiment. A short clip is included with this lesson W44 Geography Y6X1. It is intended to give a tiny taste of what can be achieved. A diagram is also included to help in setting up the experiment W44 Geography Y6X.

W44

Geography

Y6

Rivers - vocabulary

Support file

This activity gives the children a chance to use the vocabulary that they have learnt during a topic on rivers.

Included as part of this activity is a word mat, which can be adapted and laminated and used to support a rivers topic W50 Geography Y6X.

W50

Geography

/MFL

Y6

Picture Grid


Support file

Picture Grid enables the user to produce a simple matching activity, where words are matched to the pictures. Children use a pre-prepared file W56 Geography Y6Z Picture grid and then produce their own matching activity to support a unit of geography or MFL work. The software is free from http://www.tower.ac.uk/curweb/ilt/resourcesdetail.asp?docid=2148

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Geography


Y6

Route planning

This activity makes use of internet route planners. It can be used in context of a school visit, making the activity more meaningful. This activity provides a good opportunity to demonstrate that information found on the internet should be assessed for its usefulness, suitability and accuracy.

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MFL

Y6

Clothing Sentences

Excel file 1

Excel file 2

Word file

Excel files with drop down selections are used to describe how people are dressed. Two Excel files and a tutorial Word file on creating drop down cells in MS Excel (W17 MFL Y6X3) are supplied with this activity.

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MFL

Y6

Video Clips

This activity is a culmination of work on giving directions. It provides an opportunity to use vocabulary in a different context. The children are asked to make instructions (audio or video) for finding treasure in the MFL being studied. The treasure can be ‘hidden’ somewhere in the school.

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MFL Geog

Y6

Picture Grid


Support file

Picture Grid enables the user to produce a simple matching activity, where words are matched to the pictures. Children use a pre-prepared file W56 Geography Y6Z Picture grid and then produce their own matching activity to support a unit of geography or MFL work. The software is free from http://www.tower.ac.uk/curweb/ilt/resourcesdetail.asp?docid=2148

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Music

Y6

Robotic Music

Children are set the task of composing and modifying sounds to create communication between robots. Suggested websites supplied.

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Art

Y6

Animation

Children will take action photos using digital cameras and use these as a framework for sketches. The sketches will then be scanned and animated before the drawings are refined and developed.

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Art

Y6

Investigating style

Worksheet file

Children will try identify the elements of art that define a style or group of artists and prepare a presentation for the rest of the class. Supporting websites referenced. Worksheet supplied.

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Art

Y6

Be an art expert

Record Sheet

In this activity children will examine the characteristic styles of living artists. In a subsequent lesson they will role-play an art expert on a TV program, like the Antiques Road Show. Recording sheets are supplied.

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Art

Y6

Moving around

In this activity children explore how to convey movement in their work.  They consider dynamic action in sports and dance as a starting point for two-dimensional work.  The children experiment with different techniques available to them in graphics packages to show movement. Web sources are recommended.

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Art

Y6

Video postcards


Support file

In this activity children will evaluate video postcards created with the Easy Edit Suite on the BBC’s website http://www.bbc.co.uk/calc/sn/easy_edit_intro.shtml, before using similar resources provided under the Creative Archive Licence to create and send their own postcards. A review sheet and a planning sheet are provided in the same file W61 Art Y6X.

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ICT

Y6

Adding sounds to a presentation

Children will use Sound Recorder or similar software on a computer to record sounds. They will then add sounds to a multimedia presentation using action buttons.

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D&T

Y6

Programming a Ferris wheel

Children will use a computer and control box to design a realistic series of actions for a fairground model.

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D&T

Y6

Creating Electronic Big Books

Storyboard File

In this activity, children work in small groups to design and create an ‘electronic Big Book’ for the younger children in the school. They will take into account the reading age and interests of younger children and the format of Big Books, and test out their books and modify them if necessary. A storyboard planning sheet is supplied W36 D&T Y6X.

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RE

Y6

The Qur’an


Here children will learn more about why the Qur’an is important to Muslims and find out more about the names of God. A variety of internet resources are used.

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Puzzles

Y6

The Farmer’s Problem

Children tackle a traditional logical puzzle – that of the farmer trying to take his goods across the river in a small boat. http://www.vtaide.com/png/puzzles.htm A fiendishly difficult Japanese variation on the theme can be found at http://freeweb.siol.net/danej/riverIQGame.swf 

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Puzzles

Y6

Lemmings

In this typical computer game, a number of little creatures fall through a trapdoor into a prepared scene. They must be taught the necessary skills to navigate their environment and escape. The puzzle may be found at http://www.oldgames.dk/freeflashgames/arcadegames/playlemmings.php

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Puzzles

Y6

Othello/Reversi

Reversi and Othello are alternative names for a strategic boardgame for two players. A clear friendly version of the game can be found at http://www.lemurcomputing.co.uk/Othello/

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Strategic games

Y6

Quarto and Qubic

Children play two variants on the noughts and crosses game available from: http://www.lutanho.net/stroke/online.html

Qubic is a three-dimensional noughts and crosses game. Quarto is also a four in a row game but the players do not have separate pieces and must build on pieces played by themselves and by the opponent.

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Problems

Y6

Spirograph

Support file

There is an interesting mathematical relationship between the size of the ring and wheel used and the number of petals or nodes in the resulting drawing. This is an investigation into that relationship using a simulator, which can be found at http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~dlittle/java/SpiroGraph/

A data collection sheet is provided W63 Problems Y6X.

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Summer Special

Y6

Leaver’s Diary

Sample sheet

This activity encourages the use of video as recording medium and as something that can be edited. It is aimed to be an interesting way for Y6 leavers to make a presentation for others, and for themselves. A sample storyboard sheet is supplied.

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Xmas Special

Y6

More 12 Days of Christmas

Spreadsheet

Another spreadsheet takes the Twelve Days of Christmas theme further. There are also ideas for control work with a Christmas theme and extension of the work on advent calendars.

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Make and Do

Y6

Make a Challenge Board Game

Children create a quiz based game as a challenge for their peers using a resource available from www.quia.com

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