I love Teachers TV and I think that it is a real shame that it is no longer being funded by the government (along with so much else). I have got some fantastic inspiration from some of the videos and they really are a fantastic resource.
A brilliant innovation was Lessons on a Plate. There are only a few but you get a complete lesson with all the resources that you need. One of them is the Murder Mystery. It is a maths lesson aimed at year 6 but my average to able year 5’s coped with it without any problems.
You get a short video which has distinct echoes of Midsomer Murders and the children have to work out who did it by creating and analysing line graphs of the suspect’s pulse rates.
We watched the video twice and then discussed likely culprits. The children were all totally engaged and argured really persuasively for or against certain characters. When it came to actually doing some work, they were keen to begin and didn’t seem to see it as work at all. The buzz in the room was fantastic with all the children constantly on task. They were discussing their graphs as they created them and deciding whether the graph supported their previous ideas.
They did not want to finish when it was time to go into assembly which was definitely a rare event.