## 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, [...]

## What is your favourite number? Mine is 10,213,223! Do you know why? #shareamathsstarter — 19/08/2014

What is your favourite number? This is a great little starter/Do Now question you can have on the board when pupils are coming into your classroom. Simply ask learners what their favourite number is and more important why? I love the example of 10,213,223 as it has a very cool reason to why it is someone’s [...]

## How to hack credit cards using Mathematics! I bet you can not work out my credit card pin code! — 26/07/2014

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 Mathematical starter that will get any pupil motivated to answer a great Math question. It [...]

## The secret to easily Learn your 13 times table, 14 times table, 15 times table, 16 times table. . . . . ! Mind Blowing! — 20/07/2014

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 your times tables from 13 to 20. You might have come across the hints and [...]

## WOW! Another set of mental Maths tricks >> Dividing integers!! — 18/07/2014

Mental Maths Tricks Are you looking to develop your mental maths skills? If so, then you have come to the right place! Dividing integers can be tricky but the following rules will help you decide whether a number can be divisible by another single digit number. This is a great set of mental maths tricks [...]

## Top Tips to find Great Maths Resources online! Useful Advice! — 25/05/2014

Guestblogger:  @cincottapeter I’ve just had my 50th birthday and I am completing my 26th year in the education field.  The differences between today and when I began teaching are certainly many.  One of these is the vast amount of great math resources available to teachers online.  Of course, along with the “great” resources, there are [...]

## Why Learning your multiplication times tables off by heart is rubbish! >> Absolute Rubbish! — 06/04/2014

Guest blogger: @simonmlewis Comments are FREE. Please leave one below. I think that learning tables off by heart is rubbish. When I say this, it is usually met with general disagreement and in some cases, complete contempt. Typical responses included: There is no other/better way to teach tables Learning tables off by heart did me no [...]

## The best way to crack Level 6 Maths at Primary School KS2! >> Great Advice! — 26/03/2014

Guest blogger: @tambotaylor Level 6 Maths Two years ago I took over as headteacher of Park Hill Primary school in Coventry and like all schools it had its strengths and areas for development. One particular area that needed fine tuning was maths and in particular progress within the subject between KS1 and KS2. The issue in [...]

## Have you seen these two Innovative FREE online games to support maths at EYFS & KS1? — 09/02/2014

Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher Having struggled to find any maths games that children go back to again and again, I have created two myself that I hope will make a difference… I have focussed on recognising numerals, matching them with quantities, and ordering…skills that take plenty of practise! The games use very simple on screen [...]

## Have you seen this innovative new adventure iBook for iPad to support maths in Early Years KS1? — 01/02/2014

Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher Tiny Bob’s Adventurous Counting has been written creatively to support maths in Early Years and Key Stage 1. It’s a very interactive book on Apple’s iBooks store, and can be used on any iPad or Mac computer…          Here’s the book blurb… First and foremost, this book is a [...]

## Does a lack of mental maths ‘ability’ stem from poor counting? A great read!! — 11/01/2014

Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher Poor mental maths ‘ability’ (I say ability, but I suspect it has more to do with education), seems to have become endemic in England.  It’s often talked about in the press, and is so prevalent in my generation that people even brag about it. “I’m rubbish at maths, always have been” is [...]

## 99% of people answer this question wrong! The best counting triangles starter ever! — 10/11/2013

The documents needed for this engaging counting triangles starter can be downloaded below. We have all seen these counting shape type activities doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter and we are all aware of how much discussion that they create on these social networking sites, subsequently, I decided to use them as a starter [...]

## Practice Makes Perfect! Math On Track — 30/07/2013

Practice makes perfect! Ask any sports person. Practice re-enforces concepts, decreases reaction time and improves confidence. The feeling of “I have done this before” is a powerful one. The tenet applies as much to basic math as it does to sports. So the solution is easy – get kids to practice their basic math until [...]

## Working out online: Mathematics, learning analytics and Inner loop learning. — 23/04/2013

When I was in the classroom, I used to tell students that if two students had exactly the same answers to a GCSE paper, some right, some wrong, then the one who showed their working out would get the better marks. I used to ban correction fluid, not because they would sniff it, but because [...]