Using the odd one out with phonics and nonsense words had enabled children to reason. With more than one answer language was promoted and understanding developed.
Starting with the answer (the answer is 20 what was the question?) led to children using and applying a range of operations. They don’t always go for the obvious, they are motivated to talk and the more they do this the more they get out of it.
What went wrong was used with puppets (10-2=12) and led to the generation of success criteria and improved vocabulary.
The range of answers had been used in PE and with story adjectives
All templates were useful for starter and plenaries. The overall impact was that using these as starter questions had led to appropriately pitched lessons, good speaking and listening was promoted, children were immediately engaged and prior knowledge was revealed.
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