Tag: stretch and challenge

How to use displays to reduce planning

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Having ready to go activities for those students who finish tasks quickly reduces the need to plan multiple extension tasks. I have already posted about how useful challenge cards are here and they have fundamentally made my teaching easier. Combined with this review boards are another great way to ensure your students are always kept busy and learning/ reflecting. The range of resources offer students some choice to try different plenary activities and reflect on their learning in the lesson. Some resources which feature on it I have designed myself from inspiration from the twitterspere (see below for downloads- huge thanks to all those who inspired them!), others have been taken from the fantastic resource www.thebadpedagogue.com who has some amazing resources to download for free. So if you have a noticeboard which is redundant or is not supporting teaching and learning, I highly suggest creating your own review board!

My Literacy Checklist

I wish my teacher knew that…..

Train ticket exit

Scrabble those key words

Review your learning

Twitter exit ticket



How to have ready to go extension tasks: challenge cards

We all have those students who finish quickly and complete work to an excellent standard. Coming up with extension tasks can be challenging and time consuming. Thanks to an idea by @MarieAST which I have also seen shared at Teachmeets, pre-designed challenge cards which can be used in any lesson, means you don’t need to spend time thinking of extension tasks! Display them on a noticeboard or in a pot and students can pick one when they have finished the main task. They have now been categorised into different types of tasks to suit different students!

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How to differentiate without more resources

A quick way to differentiate without 10 different worksheets. Give students options with how they present/ apply their learning. For example:

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ThChallenge descriptionse use of options allows students to chose the activity they are most suited to- and there are no obvious “you do this task because you are targeted an A, you do this one because your target is a D”. To  try and help student’s chose tasks are often categorised with a key “S”, “D” or “Q”. Students know what the codes mean with the use of the key to the left- and surprisingly they don’t all chose the easiest one!



The main benefits include:

  • Greater effort from students- they have ownership of the task and as a result general produce better outcomes.
  • Pupil voice has been highly positive.
  • This is not resource heavy, it is not time consuming.
  • It is personalised learning- stretch and challenge for all.


So some ideas for option tasks (many thanks to all the people who gave me these ideas in the first place):

  1. Create a leaflet which…
  2. Create a newspaper article for the following headline …
  3. Create 5 newspaper headlines to show different viewpoints.
  4. Create a storyboard to show….
  5. Write a diary entry/ blog post/ letter/ script/ poem.
  6. Create a mind map.
  7. Draw 10 images which show….
  8. Create a model to show…
  9. Design a machine which…
  10. Produce a collage that…
  11. Design a lesson starter…
  12. Write a quiz which tests…
  13. Produce a word search with 10 key words…
  14. Create a facebook/ twitter/ snapchat page
  15. Design a google logo…
  16. Create a timeline to…
  17. Interview 3 people on their opinion on…
  18. Draw/write a before and after…
  19. Create a game which…
  20. How would you prove … design an experiment to prove it!