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…

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…

Posted in Extension Task, Mathematics, Video Tagged with: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + . . . . . . . = -1/12!, 1 to infinity, The sum of the natural numbers

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…

Posted in Assessment, Behaviour, Extension Task, Funny, Guest Blogger, Learner, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Teacher, Twitter Tagged with: focus, futuresmart, learning excel in Maths., MrJPWalton, Rate my Focus, Simister

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…

Posted in Curriculum, Extension Task, Guest Blogger, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Number, Primary, Resources Tagged with: extension, First Class Maths, maths, Maths challenges at KS2, Maths challenges KS2, question, reasoning

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…

Posted in Extension Task, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Number Tagged with: hack credit card, maths starter, number starter

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…

Posted in Data Handling, Extension Task, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics Tagged with: AQA, causation, correlation, maths, S1, S2, S3, S4, sport, sports, statistics

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…

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…

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…

Posted in Extension Task, Funny, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Teacher Tagged with: japanese, learning times table, learning to multiply, multiplication, Timestables

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…

Posted in Extension Task, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics Tagged with: Intelligence Test, maths starter, Plans of elevation

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…

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…

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;

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!!! : )…

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…

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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