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To begin this lesson, you will look at the picture from the In Focus task.


How are the cupcakes arranged?


They are arranged in 2 rows of 3, therefore, we write it as 2 × 3 = 6.

2 × 3 means 2 rows of 3.


How would you work out 3 × 3 if we know 2 × 3 = 6?


3 × 3 means 1 more row of 3, so if we know 2 × 3 = 6, then 3 × 3 is 6 plus another row of 3, which is 9.


In the 3 times table, the next number is always 3 more than the previous one. Therefore, if you know 3 × 3 = 9, you can find 4 × 3 by adding 3 to 9.


The other strategy you can apply is the doubling of groups. If 1 group of 3 is 1 × 3 = 3, then 2 groups of 3 will be 3 + 3 = 6. What is 4 groups of 3?

4 is double of 2, so if 2 × 3 is 6, then 4 × 3 is the same as 6 + 6 = 12.


Remember this strategy applies to all the times tables.


During Guided Practice, you will be practising the two strategies and completing a number sequence for the 3 times table.


LO: To learn how to plan a non-chronological report.


SC:  I can successfully organise key facts into the correct structure of a non-chronological report.


Start this lesson by reading the model text.


What were the key features of the text?


Did you spot the:

  • structure?
  • sentence openers?
  • Conjunctions?
  • rhetorical questions?


Today you will be writing your own non-chronological report on the Mesolithic Period. Start off by naming the sections and then think about and organise appropriate facts into each section of the plan.


Think about what sorts of sentence openers could be used and when a rhetorical question could be asked.


Could you plan in an extra paragraph?  Maybe an interesting fact paragraph?


Key Vocabulary:

Plan, Non-Chronological report, Mesolithic period, facts, heading, sub headings, introduction, conclusion.


LO: To notice that light is reflected from surfaces.



bag outline sheet, torches, A5 piece of white card, materials to test (CDs, paper, cardboard, foil, different fabrics etc)



Today you will be investigating different materials and finding which material reflects the most.


Follow the link and watch the video to see how reflective surfaces and materials can be useful outside at night.




Afterwards look through PowerPoint to explain reflection and its uses.


Your task today is to design a new book bag with a reflective strip on it. You need to find the most reflective material for the bag.


You need to:

  • Make a prediction on which material will reflect the most and why.
  • Label the bag (outline sheet) with your chosen material and where you think the reflective strip should be on the bag.


Children to then test their chosen material and then record an observation about what happened when they tested that material. OR an adult can test the different materials and you can record observation.


You then need to come to a conclusion as to which material would be best for the reflective strip on the new book bag.


Key Vocabulary:

light source, light, shadow, reflection, surface, dark, protection, opaque, transparent, translucent, shiny, matt, sunlight, dangerous.