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7 August 2021
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I use the activity with my year 2 students but it can easily be adapted to suit other year groups. This resource is a maths investigation to practice addition with regrouping. There are 3 levels of challenge to meet the varying needs of the pupils. You will need a box of small building bricks or lego. I just pick out the pieces I need and put a small amount on each table. A small amount goes a surprisingly long way with this activity as their constructions are quite small. I usually take pictures of the structures so we can talk about the value of each during the plenary.
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Differentiated maths resources for Summer Block 5 (Investigations) in small steps for KS1 children in Year 2. Each small step contains a pack of resources which include a teaching PowerPoint, a varied fluency worksheet pack (in three differentiated levels) and a reasoning and problem solving worksheet pack (in 3 differentiated levels). Coverage of the Summer Block 5 (Investigations) small steps include coins , abacus, combinations of amounts and pyramids. These Summer Block 5 (Investigations) resources have been designed with the relevant Year 2 curriculum objectives in mind.
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Coins Investigation Year 2 Maths Investigations Resource Pack
Coins Investigation Year 2 has been designed for you to use during Summer Block 5. It includes a teaching PowerPoint with the investigation prompts and a teacher guide with ideas for concrete resources and question hints.
Abacus Investigation Year 2 Maths Investigations Resource Pack
Abacus Investigation Year 2 has been designed for you to use during Summer Block 5. It includes a teaching PowerPoint with the investigation prompts and a teacher guide with ideas for concrete resources and question hints.
Combinations of Amounts Investigation Year 2 Maths Investigations Resource Pack
Combinations of Amounts Investigation Year 2 has been designed for you to use during Summer Block 5. It includes a teaching PowerPoint with the investigation prompts and a teacher guide with ideas for concrete resources and question hints.
Pyramids Investigation Year 2 Maths Investigations Resource Pack
Pyramids Investigation Year 2 Resource Pack includes two different investigations to use for Summer Block 5. It includes a teaching PowerPoint with the investigation prompts and a teacher guide with ideas for concrete resources and question hints.
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