This is a great angles lesson activity – Thanks to
I have used this in the past and it works great to engage the learners at the start of an angles lesson!Put the learners in groups or they can work in pairs in an
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Angles Asteroids


Help with fractions

So you are looking for help with fractions, then why not develop this mathematical skill by getting your learners to play this great mathcing equivalent fractions activity. All credit and Thanks goes to There are also loads of other maths games on the site that you can get your pupils to play to develop their mathematical skills.

I have used this fractions matching activity in the past and it works great to engage the learners at the start of fraction related lesson! Put the learners in groups or they can work in pairs in an ICT room to match the equivalent fractions.

There are also some great physical resources available online on help with fractions that you can buy, and are very useful in any learning environment. Comments are FREE, please give the resources a go and let us know!

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Matching Equivalent Fractions Activity

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Fraction Matcher Starter Game

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Facebook Math Problem

This is the classic Facebook Math problem that has gone viral and has been perplexing thousands. After studying it and coming up with a few difference answers I actually realised that this was a good starter or plenary for a BODMAS/BIDMAS lesson.

The Facebook Math question itself is very simple problem and the answer to the problem can be found below. The Math problem has been shared on many social networking sites, and I think the “I bet more people will answer it wrong” drives people to try and answer it and eventually get a little perplexed.

5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 x 0 = ? “(I Bet More People Will Answer It Wrong:P) Give A Try !!”

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Facebook Math Problem – Possible Solutions

Take a look at the answers below or have a look at the guest blog explaining the answer.

a) Answer = -5

Brackets Order Division Multiplication Addition Subtraction

5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 x 0

5 x 0 = 0 first (Muliplication first)

leaves 5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 0

15-15-5 (Addition before subtraction)

Answer = -5


b) Answer = 15

Brackets Order Division Multiplication Addition Subtraction

5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 + 5 – 5 + 5 x 0

5 x 0 = 0 first (Muliplication first)

Addition and Subtraction have the same priority, so we operate from left to right

Answer = 15 

c) Youtube answer

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What does SEN mean?

The acronym, which appears to have arisen from the DfES in the UK: SEN simply mean “Special Educational Needs“.

What does BME mean?

The acronym, which appears to have arisen from the DfES in the UK: BME simply mean “Black, Minority & Ethnic“.

What does FSM mean?

The acronym, which appears to have arisen from the DfES in the UK: FSM simply mean “Free School Meals“.

What does EAL mean?

The acronym, which appears to have arisen from the DfES in the UK: EAL simply mean “English as an Additional Language“.

So “I want to teach” or “I am going to teach” is what is going through your mind.

This blog entry is a simple blog for new teachers or individuals who are looking into teaching. It collects together some top tips from existing educators  for new teachers, but the criteria is you have to give your advice in just 140 characters#toptipsfornewteachers #tipsfornewteachers

Please post below or use the hashtag #toptipsfornewteachers #tipsfornewteachers

@magicalmaths #toptipsfornewteachers Buy a new mug for tea, even if you don’t drink tea, you’ll see : ) #edchat#ukedchat #gtp #pgce #education

@MissBex_M #toptipsfornewteachers Keep a supply of board pens with u – other people ‘borrow’ them

@wheelerofads #toptipsfornewteachers Please smile b4 xmas. Do something extracurricular. You see students in a new light.

@MissJLud @missbex_m If you want to be REALLY anally retentive,make a spreadsheet/matrix on Excel for teaching standards#tipsfornewteachers
Karen ‏@karen_macg#tipsfornewteachers Socialise in the staff room about life outside school – make connections, find colleagues to share a laugh & support.
Karen Wilding ‏@karenwildingedu #tipsfornewteachers Don’t merely plan activities to meet objectives- plan for real learning -watch and listen more than you talk

The twitter conversation on #tipsfornewteachers

The twitter conversation on #toptipsfornewteachers

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 be used once!

Please post your answers below.

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 learners the definition or even better get them independently research what it means for 2 shapes to be congruent. “Congruent means identical in shape and size. Shapes can be congruent even if one of them has been rotated or reflected”.

Post your answers to the puzzles below or @magicalmaths.

Hint think about the area of the shape and how many congruent shapes are needed!


The task is simple, you ask your class to make all the numbers from 1 to 100 using FOUR 4s and any combination of Mathematical symbols. This is a great task to encourage competition and thinking skills.

I have used this task many times and it always gets learners engaged and excited. I have also created a dynamic display from the task that learners, teachers and guests are encouraged to update throughout the year. This helps to create a dynamic learning environment that OfSTED highly recommend.

I have had my display up for a couple of years and we still have a few solutions short of a complete set. I have a template created for learners to fill in so that their solution can be added to the display if their solution has not been found yet and satisfies the set criteria.

This resource could be used as a classroom or corridor display or even as a yearly competition.

The 4 4s Problem

It would be great to get some feedback and learn how you have used the resource in your learning environments.

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The best answer we have is 24. How many squares do you see?

Ken Robinson views on Creativity

This is arguably one of the best TED videos that I have ever watched and is a MUST WATCH and share for any avid teacher.

It illustrates how as a society we really need to take a step back and assess what we are actually delivering as an education system in our societies and highlights some very key questions we need to ask ourself as educational facilitators. Take a look at some of the Ken Robinson books that are available and worth a read if you are in need of some inspiration. You can also take a look at Ken Robinson creativity TED video on how to escape education’s death valley.

Ken Robinson Changing Education Paradigms

“In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.”

“Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence”

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There are a variety of different forms that classrooms can take and it is suggested that a teacher’s classroom reflects their personality so you should take time in the way it looks and is presented. Classroom is structured also makes a major impact on pupil learning and progress and therefore needs a great deal of attention and planning.




Please leave your suggestions on best practice and design below.

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Does our current education system work? DISCUSS….