The story of bottled water – a manufactured demand! The video below makes an engaging starter, assembly theme, or form discussion about the how we have been manipulated to desire bottled water over the conventional supply of tap water. A…

The story of bottled water – a manufactured demand! The video below makes an engaging starter, assembly theme, or form discussion about the how we have been manipulated to desire bottled water over the conventional supply of tap water. A…

Posted in Assembly, Form, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Teacher, Video Tagged with: manufactured demand, The story of bottled water

Venn and Caroll Diagrams at ks1, ks2,ks3 & ks4 Very soon the UK will go Venn Diagram and Caroll Diagram crazy as it is a topic that once was taught at KS1 and KS2 but now is making a new…

Posted in Funny, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Probability and Statistics Tagged with: caroll diagram, caroll diagrams, caroll diagrams ks1, venn diagram, venn diagrams, venn diagrams ks1

Amazing Changing Direction Illusion Now this is a great little illusion you can play to your class as quick introduction to a lesson. Look at the image carefully and see if you can get the train to change its direction.…

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Viral Facebook Math Problem This is another classic Math problem that has gone viral on the internet specifically on Facebook and Twitter. However, it doubles up as a great Math problem starter to a lesson that generates great discussion and…

Posted in Facebook, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Social Networks, Twitter Tagged with: Facebook Math Problem, facebook math question, Math problem, Math starter

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

Maths Trick – Learning your 13, 14, 15, 16,17,18,19,20 times table Are you looking to challenge the most able in your class or want to develop mathematical confidence of your learners? This is a great Maths trick to easily remember…

Posted in Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Number, Parent, Teacher Tagged with: 13 times table, 14 times table, 15 times table, 16 times table, 17 times table, 18 times table, 19 times table, 20 times table

Football and Maths All credit goes to math-play.com who created these great resources. I used the games below with a low ability group to celebrate the start of the recent world cup and it went down a treat. A great atmosphere…

Posted in Games, Interactive White Board, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Teacher Tagged with: football penalty shoot out maths starter, soccer and maths

Guest Blogger: @ListerKev The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook, written by Jim Smith and edited by Ian Gilbert has been around for a few years now (published in 2010). In the book itself Jim Smith readily acknowledges that the title may be…

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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

A million dollars or pounds How about you get your learners to weigh a million dollars or pounds in their minds! This makes a great Maths estimation starter that does not really have an answer. This open ended question is…

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Popping and playing with bubble wrap is a popular past time for many and this is an addictive resource that will keep you busy for hours and hours! Why not use this as a reward at the end of a…

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