## Shoe size Math trick explained >> Did you know that your shoes can tell your age? — 03/12/2014

Guest Blogger: @enyinda14 Shoe Size Math Trick How often do students ask their history instructors “when am I going to use what I’ve learned?” NEVER. How often do students ask their math instructors “when am I ever going to use this?” ALL THE TIME. Why is this the case? Because most students don’t find mathematics fascinating. [...]

## Have you seen the new Maths GCSE grades 1 to 9 grade descriptors? — 30/11/2014

New Maths GCSE grades 1 to 9 grade descriptors The Department of further Education (DfE) have released some ‘grade descriptors’ for the new GCSEs graded 1 to 9 for Maths and they are clearly different from grade descriptions which apply to the old GCSEs graded A* to G. The descriptors aim to help teachers understand [...]

## Have you ever been in this Maths teacher nightmare scenario? A must see! — 30/11/2014

Have you ever been in this Maths Teacher nightmare scenario? A must see! Having been in this scenario many times before this video had me in stitches! It is amazing what we as teachers do when a pupil does not understand a concept or idea, and how frustrating it can really be. Have you ever [...]

## ‘Rate my Focus’ – understanding and taking ownership to help learning excel in Maths. — 13/11/2014

Guest Blogger: @MrJPWalton ‘Rate my Focus’ – an idea to help children activate their understanding of, and take ownership of their focus in lessons. This term I have decided to challenge my wonderful Y6 Maths class to develop the amount of time they focus on tasks within our lessons. It is an area we have decided upon [...]

## What are the EdExcel GCSE Linear Mathematics 1MA0 November 2014 Grade Boundaries and Mark Schemes? — 11/11/2014

What are the EdExcel GCSE Linear Mathematics 1MA0 November 2014 Grade Boundaries and Mark Scheme? Below are the EdExcel GCSE Linear Mathematics 1MA0 November 2014 Paper 1 Grade Boundaries and Mark Schemes and EdExcel GCSE Linear Mathematics 1MA0 November 2014 Paper 2 Grade Boundaries and Mark Schemes.  Check out the previous years’ Grade boundaries and Mark Schemes to [...]

## Can you spot the 22 things wrong with this false perspective picture? Great Image! — 10/11/2014

Can you spot the 22 things wrong with this false perspective picture? Great Image! This picture, “Satire on False Perspective” is produced by William Hogarth in 1754. This picture makes a great starter to an Art lesson on perspective but also could be use for any lesson to exercise the mind as a starter and [...]

## The best long multiplication method to teach pupils how to long multiply! Do you agree? — 09/11/2014

Long multiplication methods: The easiest and quickest way to teach pupils long multiplication Having taught this long multiplication method  for many many years I have found this method the most proven, efficient, easiest and effective way to teach pupils how to long multiply. The Napier bones method has been around for years and teachers have [...]

## Have you ever thought about the mathematics culture in your classroom? — 02/11/2014

Guest Blogger: @gareth_metcalfe Mathematics culture How can we learn well in maths? Why do some people find mathematics difficult? What does it mean think and act like a mathematician? These are fundamental questions; the way children answer these questions will to a large extent determine their success as mathematicians. I believe, therefore, that we need to [...]

## How to Provide More Maths Challenges at KS2 Maths! A First Class Maths Solution! — 01/11/2014

Guest Blogger: @gareth_metcalfe Providing Maths challenges KS2 So the level 6 tests were introduced into primary schools at the end of KS2, and I took a sharp intake of breath: was the maths curriculum about to become narrowed for our most able learners? I appreciated that there were many children for whom a greater level of [...]

## Take a look at my favourite properties of whole numbers question! What is yours? — 01/11/2014

Guest Blogger:  @gareth_metcalfe Properties of Whole Numbers ‘Do all odd square numbers greater than 1 have 3 factors?’ I love this question. Let me explain why, and the train of thought that it can generate. Children usually start by generating the odd square numbers, identifying that square numbers have an odd number of factors (1, [...]

## You will be amazed with what happens when kids play this times tables game! — 29/10/2014

Times tables games for kids This is a great way to get pupils to practice their times tables and become more fluent in their understanding and recall of times tables facts. The game is very simple and just requires a 10 x 10 grid and two dice. As well as a times tables practice the [...]

GuestBlogger: @alanpeat Download the iVisualiser App and turn your Ipad into a Visualiser iVisualiser is the perfect presentation tool for both education and industry alike. Carefully designed to be incredibly simple to use, iVisualiser is a powerful app for collaboration, still-image AND live video annotation …and review. I’ve (Alan Peat) been running INSET and presenting at [...]

## This looks GREAT! Another Magical Maths Mental Maths Multiplying Numbers Trick! — 27/10/2014

Mental Maths Multiplying Numbers Trick In some circles this is called the “Vedic” method but this is another mental maths multiplying trick that can be used as a great lesson starter. Why does it work? Does it work for 3 digit numbers? Can you do this in your head? These are some of the questions [...]

## WOW! The Photo Math App! Download, take a picture and let it answer any Math question! — 22/10/2014

Photo Math App Now is this the solution to your ongoing Maths problems? Can this really solve any maths problem by simply taking a picture of the question? Well the video below seems to suggest that this is the case. I like the fact that the app will not just give an answer but will [...]

## Let’s see how Intelligent you are? A classic BIDMAS question! >> Intelligence Test #69 — 07/10/2014

Let’s see how Intelligent you are? A classic BIDMAS question! Intelligence Test #69 This is a classic BIDMAS intelligence question that you might have seen floating on the web. It will make a great starter to any lesson or just a simple way of measuring some mathematical understanding of Order of Operations. There are loads [...]