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…

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, G Post, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Number, Primary, Resources Tagged with: extension, First Class Maths, maths, Maths challenges at KS2, Maths challenges KS2, question, reasoning

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…

Posted in CPD, Curriculum, G Post, Mathematics, Number, Primary, Teacher Tagged with: maths, primary, prime, Properties of Whole Numbers, reasoning, square

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

Math Division – Mental Maths Tricks Are you looking to develop your Math Division 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…

Posted in Lesson starters, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Number, Teacher Tagged with: dividing, dividing integers, Learning Times Tables, Math Division, mental maths tricks

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…

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…

Posted in Algebra, Algebra, Books, CPD, CPD, Curriculum, G Post, GTP, Learner, Mathematics, Maths Toolkit, Number, OfSTED, PGCE, Primary, Uncategorized Tagged with: algebra, CPD, Level 6, level 6 maths, mathematics at primary, Mathematics at primary school explained, maths, maths at primary, primary, resources

Guest Blogger: 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…

Posted in Curriculum, G Post, Games, ICT, Interactive White Board, Mathematics, Number Tagged with: Apps, maths

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……

Posted in Books, English, Literacy, Mathematics, Number, Product Review, Uncategorized Tagged with: classroom, counting, EYFS, ibook, iPad, maths, numeracy, Nursery

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…

Posted in Assessment, Curriculum, Mathematics, Number, Resources, Teacher Tagged with: counting, Education, Math, maths, numeracy, Schools, Teachers

The best triangles counting starter solution 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…

Posted in Interactive White Board, Lesson starters, Mathematics, Number, Resources Tagged with: counting, maths, starter, triangles

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…

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…

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