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I bet you this video will make you feel like a right Muppet!

The story behind bottled water

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

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UPDATED VIDEO – “I wish my teacher knew activity” – All teachers should have a go at this!

I wish my teacher knew

All teachers should have a go at the “I wish my teacher knew activity”! This is a great looking activity that I found on twitter and can not wait to have a go at; You could do this during form

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When Mathematicians do haircuts – “1/2 Off Haircuts” [VIDEO]

1/2 Off Haircuts or Zeno’s Hairodox The original picture by JeFFMuMM was one of the most retweeted images on the magical maths timeline on twitter. I was really happy to hear from Jeff himself that there is now an animated version of

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Shoe size Math trick explained >> Did you know that your shoes can tell your age?

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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?”

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Have you ever taught Venn and Caroll Diagrams like this? KS1, KS2, KS3 or at KS4?

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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

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A truly visual teacher resource for a lesson on Prime Numbers, LCM and HCF!

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Guest Blogger: @mathstermaths From the very nice people at Mathster comes two very visual ways of explaining two of the most complicated routines in Maths – finding the LCM and HCF of two or more numbers using Prime Factors. These are

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WOW! Another AMAZING illusion! Can you change the direction of the train? Share once you can do it!

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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Apparently a child can solve this Math problem in 30 seconds! I bet you will struggle!

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

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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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The secret to easily Learn your 13 times table, 14 times table, 15 times table, 16 times table. . . . . ! Mind Blowing!

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Maths Trick – Learning your 13, 14, 15, 16,17,18,19,2o 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

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Start a Maths lesson with a football penalty shoot out! GOOOOAAALLL!

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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

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Don’t be lazy, read this very quick review of The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook! @thelazyteacher

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

Posted in Assessment, Book Review, Guest Blogger, Lesson plenary, Lesson starters, Resources, Teacher

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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Weigh a million dollars/pounds in your mind! A great Maths Estimation starter!

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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The addictive way to past your time! Pop bubble wrap as a reward at the end of a lesson!

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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