## Knowledge and skills

• Multiplication and division
• Problem solving
• Working as a team

Teacher Ben Waldram shows us how to get on the road to cracking code with these challenging but achievable maths activities that are also an excellent way of assessing speaking and listening.

Children love to crack codes; to be the breakers of a riddle or a hidden message; to unlock what was once locked. So too, do we. The sense of achievement in breaking something that, at first, seemed unbreakable, is an amazing feeling. It's also a great first step towards understanding algebra.

There are many ways of using letters and symbols in maths – simply: 6 x ? = 60. Children will quickly tell you that the blank or question mark is 10. However, replace the question mark with a letter (6 x N = 60) and they look at you bewildered. Why is that? Why does the addition of a letter confuse them? From speaking to children throughout Key Stage 2, they often mentioned that: ‘We don’t use letters in numeracy, letters are for literacy!’ and ‘Why have you put an N there? It’s 10.’

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• ## Rosa’s code ebook

Rosa Franklin (namesake of famous female DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin) wants to fit in at school, but who should change, her or her friends?

• Ebook
• Literacy
• Story Resource
• Whiteboard
• ## Order the story

Can the children sequence the story events in the right order?

• Activity Sheet
• Literacy
• Story Resource
• ## Ada Lovelace portrait teachers’ notes

Look back at two extraordinary women, mathematician, Ada Lovelace and her portrait painter Victorian artist Margaret Sarah Carpenter.

• Art
• Famous People
• History
• Maths
• Science
• Whiteboard
• ## Trouble at the Chicken Shack Café

Use this short story as an example of the Spy plot plan resource in action.

• Story
• ## Spy story plot plan

Working out a plot for a spy story might feel daunting but a good plan will keep children on track.

• Literacy
• Template
• ## Spy character profile

These spy profile sheets will help children think about what qualities make a great spy hero and conversely the antagonist sheets will help hone their villains.

• Activity Sheet
• Literacy
• ## Golden ratio

Demonstrate to children that human bodies are 'perfect' with these 'Golden ratio' resources.

• Activity Sheet
• Art
• ## Rosa’s Code spellings

Rosa’s code has some truly tricky spellings – use this list of words from the story to help master them.

• Activity Sheet
• Literacy
• SPaG
• Story Resource
• ## Codebreakers

Get on the road to cracking code with Ben Waldram's fantastically satisfying maths lesson.

• Maths
• ## Science write-ups

Use these experiment write-up sheets when doing any hands-on science work.

• Activity Sheet
• Science
• Template
• ## Semaphore

Use this handy semaphore reference when transmitting your long-distance communications across the playground or sports field.

• Maths
• ## The Hieroglyphs slideshow

Can the children work out the hieroglyphic characters names on their 'Who am I?' sheets?

• History
• Maths
• Whiteboard
• ## Spy questionnaire

A spy theme is perfect for your avid and reluctant readers. Get them thinking like a spy with this spy questionnaire.

• Activity Sheet
• Literacy
• ## How do I feel?

Explore how some characters in a story stay the same all the way through and how some characters change and grow.

• Activity Sheet
• Literacy
• Story Resource
• ## Highway code slideshow

Perfect for road safety assemblies or use alongside ‘Codes rule’ from the Codes topic.

• Whiteboard
• ## Rosa’s code playscript

Our editable playscript in drama activities or for a full-scale production.

• Drama
• Literacy
• Story Resource
• ## Codes fact cards

These fact cards are a great start to any research project. Use them to investigate DNA, Alan Turing, the Rosetta Stone and Ada Lovelace.

• Famous People
• History
• Learning To Learn
• Science
• Whiteboard
• ## Codes fact card template

Our codes fact card templates make great class displays and are perfect for children to use when presenting their fact findings to the class.

• Learning To Learn
• Template
• ## Codes fact cards – image

These image-only fact cards will help with investigating DNA, Alan Turing, the Rosetta Stone and Ada Lovelace.

• Famous People
• History
• Learning To Learn
• Science
• ## Storytelling prompts

Our image only ‘Storytelling prompts’ for Rosa’s code are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.

• Literacy
• Story Resource
• Whiteboard
• ## Storytelling prompts – keywords

Our ‘Storytelling prompts’ for Rosa’s code are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons. These prompts come with keywords.

• Literacy
• Story Resource
• Whiteboard
• ## Storytelling prompts – phrases

Our ‘Storytelling prompts’ with keyword phrases for Rosa’s codes are the perfect accompaniment to your storytelling lessons.

• Literacy
• Story Resource
• Whiteboard
• ## Closing thought – Codes

Celebrate the joys of individuality and talk about some of the issues arising from Rosa's Code.

• Literacy
• Poetry
• ## Alphabet number

Get children investigating numbers with this Alphabet number decoder resource.

• Maths
• ## 10x10 multiplication grid

Use this Codebreakers-themed 10x10 multiplication grid.

• Maths
• ## Who am I?

A partner resource, to be used in conjunction with the 'Hieroglyphic puzzle slideshow'.

• Activity Sheet
• History
• Maths
• ## Little stories

Can you tell a story without using words or letters and without telling the story out loud? This tricky but fun activity will demonstrate the

• Literacy
• Story
• ## Hieroglyphs image

Go back in time and imagine the tales told on the walls of Ancient Egypt.

• Art
• History
• ## Codes storytelling certificate – KS1

Reward your KS1 storytellers for their Rosa’s code storytelling with this themed certificate.

• FREE
• Reward
• Story Resource
• ## Codes storytelling certificate – KS2

Reward your KS2 storytellers for their Rosa’s code storytelling with this themed certificate.

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• Reward
• Story Resource

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