##### All About Christmas by Topmarks.co.uk

As always the guys at Topmarks have put together a really well presented package.Â There’s everything you need to know about Christmas contained here…

You can find out why Christians celebrate Christmas and explore the timeline of the Christmas period from Advent to Epiphany.

From the story of the Nativity to individual sections about Advent, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Epiphany and even how to make Christingles, all aspects of the formal side of the festival are covered.

The section on customs covers Santa Clause, Christmas carols, card, Christmas pudding, Christmas trees and mistletoe.

Finally there is a host of activities with Christmas Games, Songs and stories and ‘how to’ advice on the production of cards, Christingles and even a dancing Rudolph!

You can get the low down on Santa, his reindeer and the elves as well as a whole host of puzzles and printables to see you through the madness that occurs once the Christmas postbox comes out… đź™‚

## “Tables thing” : a times tables practice activity

This activity was originally created so that my class could get competitive withÂ themselves about improving their own times tables knowledge. It provides a written exercise in which pupils complete a 10×10 tables square, the difference being that the numbers along the top and down the left hand side are not sequential, preventing counting on.

By printing off the individual sheets linked below pupils can practise at home using the countdown clock which is also linked. For teachers wishing to use this as a daily morning activity there is also a ‘week to view’ printable.

Tables Thing Original
Numbers 1 â€“ 10

Numbers 1 â€“ 12 excluding 1 and 10

Printable sheet for one weekâ€™s practice.

Stopwatch

The way we scored it was that the pupils were given 5 minutes to complete the grid and their score wasÂ the number of seconds taken to complete the grid plus the number of blanks and incorrect answers. So a pupil that only filled 84 squares and got 3Â wrong would have a score of :

300 seconds allowed + 16 blanks + 3 wrong -= 319

A pupil completing all squares in 275 seconds and making 6Â errors would have a score of:

275 seconds used + 6 wrong = 281

This allows pupils to have a number which they can compare to their previous bests and see the improvement they make over time.Â Â To do it this way you need to have a countdown clock running so that they can see their time should they finish before the limit.

## SPAG Placemat…

SATs Companion has designed a unique Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) placemat.This is in the form of a ‘tube system’ connecting all the main strands.

This can be used as a poster in your classroom and/or as a revision aid for your pupils. It is also featured as a free resource on the TES resources website.

Whether for planning, revision or just to make sure you have all the bases covered, this in an interesting resource. Download it in the best quality here:

## The Maya

##### The Maya by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

This is a rich resource detailing the culture of Mayan civilisation. There are a number of different resources covering topics from the Mayan creation story, their relationship with the sun,Â their astronomical observations, calendar, agriculture and customs.

There are a number ofÂ well made videos on wealth of topics including a look at modern Mayan society.

A link for teachers provides a wealth of activities and resources for use in the classroom including games, images, investigations, and connections to the wider curriculum

## Subtraction : skills development

##### Subtraction: skills development printable activities

This excellent suite of printable activitiesÂ by teachingimage.com provides a wide variety of subtractionÂ based activities to accommodate most requirements.

Beginning with simpleÂ numbers, it moves through a series of progressively more complicated subtractionÂ processes involvingÂ combinations of two and three digit numbers.

There is also a series of exercises to enable practice of subtracting through aÂ Â tens barrier Â before moving on to exercises on column subtractionÂ and culminating in gap fill activities, requiring pupils to reverse engineer subtractionÂ sums.

Each at the sheets comes with answers. There are 21 separate printable activitiesÂ in total.

## World War II

##### World War II by bbc.co.uk

This extensive site is intended for student use to research and explore the events of World War II and the way that the War impacted upon children. It includes sections on air raids, evacuation, the Blitz, daily life, rationing, etc.

There is an interactive ‘time capsule’ game in which students can open the time capsules by guessing what year they were buried from given clues

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