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[VIDEO] NO WAY! This can’t be true! 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + …….= -1/12!

The sum of the natural numbers from 1 to infinity So I sat here watching this video from @numberphile on you tube thinking this can not be true and there must be some mathematical magic to show that the sum

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‘Rate my Focus’ – understanding and taking ownership to help learning excel in Maths.

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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

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How to Provide More Maths Challenges at KS2 Maths! A First Class Maths Solution!

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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

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How to hack credit cards using Mathematics! I bet you can not work out my credit card pin code!

I bet you can not hack my credit card and work out my pin Why not set your class a challenge to be able to work out the pin code to your credit card! This is a fun and engaging

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Have you seen these sports based resources for a possible cross curricular maths lesson?

Guestblogger: @bettermaths We recognise that employers are asking for capable mathematicians who can apply their knowledge to authentic situations. We want teachers to support good teaching and learning whenever possible. The following lesson plan was submitted by a Head of

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How Do Mathematicians cut their Birthday Cakes? Amazing!

This great Maths idea on how to cut  a cake into four equal pieces!! How Do Mathematicians cut their Birthday Cakes? Amazing! This concept makes a great Maths starter or plenary to a Maths lesson on the area of circles. It

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The best action packed starter to a Locus Loci lesson, Taken!

A Locus Loci Lesson This is an extract from the hit movie Taken 2, and shows one of the scenes were daughter uses Maths to find Dad. There are a variety of different Maths components in the 2 minute extract

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How Japanese Kids Learn To Multiply – Amazing, No Need to Learn Japanese :: UPDATED ::

Before we discuss this great method of multiplying numbers, if you are after a great power point slide show to use in the classroom to improve times tables and multiplication skills then you will find this useful. If you enjoyed using

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Intelligence Test >> Plans of elevation starter, Test your intelligence, which one is the plan view?

Intelligence Test There are number of ways of testing your intelligence on the internet but this this is another great starter or plenary activity for a plans of elevation lesson. If you get some time please check out “How many

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How to deal with upper boys? Planning a premiership football lesson?

How to deal with upper boys? Planning a premiership football lesson? I found this great resource available here HERE for planning a lesson revolving around premiership football. Especially if you have issues with upper boys and want to get them engaged

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Amazing Maths Tricks: How anyone can square very big numbers in your head in seconds?

Amazing Maths Tricks Here is another great Maths trick on how to calculate numbers such as 104 squared in your head in 5 seconds?  The Maths trick shows how anyone can square very big numbers in their head in seconds? This is

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Mathematics Number Starter Extension puzzle – Planet Problem

This is one of my favourite extension puzzles or starter; Where on the planet? 1) MOVE 1KM South 2) MOVE 1KM EAST 3) MOVE 1KM NORTH We are now back at our starting position! Answers below;  

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Mathematics Number Starter Extension Puzzle – Calculator 3 Digits

1) Put any 3 digit number in your calculator 2) Now put in the same 3 digits to make a 6 digit number e.g  721 721 Now Divide by 7 Divide by 11 Divide 13 Explain your answer!!! : )

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Maths Lesson Starter Problem Extension Puzzle – Making 24

This is a great starter which is simple but highly engaging and effective. You might want to put learners in groups or have them working independently. Using the number 1, 3, 4, 6 make the number 24. Each digit must

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Maths Lesson Starter Extension Problem – What are Congruent Shapes?

Maths Lesson Starter Extension Problem – What are Congruent Shapes? These are two great extension, stretch and challenge puzzles on congruent shapes. These could also be used as a great plenary or starter to a lesson, but ensure that you give

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