Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 and 3

Eight practical, evidencebased recommendations to improve outcomes in mathematics for 7 – 14 year olds. An excellent report that is … Read More
Maths from around the world

I’ve learnt a lot about mathematics and its history around the world from these books. Of these six books there … Read More
Multiplying by Powers of 10

This helps with understanding how place value works as the figures move and the decimal point stays still when multiplying … Read More
Decimal multiplication

Click 3 cards to make a true statement. There are always several answers! Note that this and others below require … Read More
The Centre of a Triangle

A super activity where pupils can decide how to find the centre of a triangle: then you may have to … Read More
Ben, Polygons, Proof, Thinkers and Transforming

All published by ATM costing £50+ (£40+ for members). Recommend all of them, available individually from ATM at their shop. I … Read More
MEI Problem Solving Guide

Really useful 33 page guide in 7 sections offers A level, GCSE Higher and Foundation problem solving techniques as well … Read More
Maths and Science: 2 key reports

Two useful reports that show interconnections between mathematics and science. A good read for all science and mathematics teachers. The … Read More
Pie Chart Resources

Introductory lesson plan for pie charts including pie chart blanks with 24, 30, 36, 40, and 50 spokes (pdf file). … Read More
Using Trigonometry

Updated June 2017 Trigonometry: use in finding heights These excellent materials were designed at Leeds Metropolitan University and are excellent for seeing … Read More
Algebra Arrows

Excellent resource from the Freudenthal Institute in the Netherlands, that can be used in a variety of ways. It uses … Read More
Ratio and Proportion Interactives

Ratio and proportion – a key activity: links fractions, direct proportion, straight line graphs, map scales, currency and unit conversions, … Read More
Tangram Fractions

Fold or draw out the tangram parts from a one unit square. A popular activity. Create objects using all 7 … Read More
Interactive Statistics Starters 2

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Number Starters 2

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Measure and Miscellaneous Starters 2

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Number Starters

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Pi Day 2017

Here are plenty of activities, many of them interactive, to use on pi day, (March 14) – Tuesday in 2017. … Read More
Interactive Measure Starters

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Geometry Starters 2

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Fraction, Decimal, Percent and Ratio Starters 2

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Algebra Starters 2

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Geometry Starters

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Statistics Starters

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Interactive Fraction, Decimal, Percent and Ratio Starters

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Teacher Workload

Materials from the full recommendations from the 3 independent review groups are available: For poster see here. For pamphlet here. For … Read More
Interactive Algebra Starters

Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately … Read More
Maths Articles from The Conversation

Articles on Maths from The Conversation – topical articles usually related to use of mathematics in our everyday life. Articles on … Read More
Hidden Figures

Update April 2017 Listen to or Download the More or Less 10 minute podcast on this story. Lego’s Next FanDesigned … Read More
The Bird Box

An ideal activity for January, early February for KS2/3: adapted, with permission, from Activity Maths (Level 5): The Bird Box. … Read More
Algebra ideas

Flipchart for Supporting Subject Knowledge Enhancement or TSST colleagues. Pdf file with similar content. Research Report available (including summaries etc). … Read More
Fractions in Flipcharts

The only file you need to show any fraction properly on an ActivInspire flipchart. Drag this flipchart page and adapt … Read More
2017 Problem Activities

Ideas for problem solving and mathematical reasoning using 2017 including: what is the smallest number that cannot be made with … Read More
Probability Resources

Spiremaths Interactives Our own Spiremaths Interactives on Probability are great for KS3, though they cannot be used on iPads or iPhones. Nrich … Read More
Coloured Grids

This simple idea works well and helps pupils with Reasoning skills. Lesson Notes (pdf file) Coloured Grids flipchart PowerPoint (1 … Read More
Marking and Feedback Guidance (October 2016 and onward)

Update April 2017: Sean Hartford emphasises, again, what OfSTED really looks at. Update February 2017: Materials from the full recommendations from the … Read More
Equals Online

Equals Online – Mathematics and Special Educational Needs. Hadn’t realised until the MA sent a tweet around that this excellent … Read More
OfSTED Reports on Mathematics

Although produced a while back both these reports contain useful information for specialist and nonspecialist teachers of mathematics at all … Read More
ReadyMade High Quality Lessons

These collections of lessons provide readymade high quality lessons for the new mathematics curriculum even thought they were created some … Read More
Mathematics Assessment Project Assessment Tasks

If you like the Improving Learning in Mathematics materials then these are for you – some of the same team … Read More
Mathematics Assessment Project Classroom Challenges

If you like the Improving Learning in Mathematics materials then these are for you – some of the same team … Read More
Bowland Case Study lessons

An ideal way to look at solving 26 ‘real’ type of problems after you have looked at simpler examples such … Read More
Nuffield AMP Practical Explorations

Collection of Applying Mathematical Processes Practical Explorations. Good activities to follow the Bowland Assessment activities and Nuffield Practicals and to … Read More
Nuffield AMP Investigations

Collection of 11 Applying Mathematical Processes lessons that let pupils follow through investigations. Good activities to follow the Bowland Assessment … Read More
Cre8ate Resources

Each of the 12 KS3 Resources contains 4 or 5 independent (sets of) lessons based around a common theme (the Activities). … Read More
Ada Lovelace 2

Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer has the second Tuesday in October as ‘Ada Lovelace Day‘, which has been celebrated since … Read More
Cryptic crosswords for mathematicians?

Something for the holidays. Note that the Guardian currently doesn’t allow free access to its crosswords on mobiles. Source Mobile … Read More
The Joy of Data

Interesting, informative and entertaining programme on data that introduced me to William Farr, Claude Shannon and Donald Davies, but did … Read More
ACME Conference reports

Click below for direct links to: Conference information Report: A framework of core content for ITT Report: Developing behaviour management content … Read More
Problem Solving in mathematics: realising the vision through better assessment

Basically an 8 page report (June 2016) building on ACME’s work in this area since 2010. The ACME report on … Read More
PISA: Equations and Inequalities

This report based on PISA 2012 results looks at how pupils might improve their ability to think quantitatively and solve reallife, … Read More
Compass, Ruler and Protractor

The Compass, Ruler and Protractor flash file can be used live (but work cannot be saved). Unfortunately as a flash … Read More
Islamic geometric designs

There are a wealth of free materials that can be used to support this topic. Here are my favourites. The … Read More
Do Less Marking in Primary Mathematics!

Primary teachers should do less marking in mathematics! See: OfSTED myth busters Nick Gibb at ATL conference (April 2016) Marking … Read More
Pi Day 2016

Here are plenty of activities to use on pi day (March 14) – Monday in 2016. See also the earlier … Read More
Bar method – updated May 2017

Examples of the bar method, mostly for secondary level here. Makes use of the excellent Thinking Blocks Modelling Tool. (I’m … Read More
Freehand Circle Drawing Competition

This is an ideal pi day activity (March 14) to involve the whole school. Who can draw the perfect freehand … Read More
Potteries Partnership

StokeonTrent Mathematics Excellence Partnership Great to be there at the launch of this ambitious and important partnership and to know … Read More
Five Maths Videos

Charles and Ray Eames produced 5 excellent maths videos as well as other videos that are still useful today. Eratosthenes … Read More
KS1, 2 Test Exemplification

Published early February 2016, updated in March 2016, contains helpful guidance of ‘working at the expected standard’. Collect KS1 from here. Collect … Read More
Fraction Operations

GeoDraw – Jamtec (Stoke) Ltd, any Geoboard, real or virtual, or dotty paper can be used to support the understanding … Read More
Tessellating Pentagons

These are the only 15 known so far, the last discovered in 2015. Explanation here. Picture source. The Guardian’s account. Account … Read More
The Unit Circle

Great fun making Sine wave from spaghetti. This GeoGebraTube file, diagram below, shows movement around unit circle as well as motion … Read More
Mathematical Mr Men

Saw these in a classroom the other day. There are 50 with more added occasionally. Links follow here. Contain a … Read More
Mathematics Dictionaries

These are the resources we use for definitions etc. Glossary provides helpful diagrams etc and is now from the NCETM, … Read More
Multiplying by Powers of 10

This helps with understanding how place value works as the figures move and the decimal point stays still when multiplying … Read More
Powers and Scale

A whole set of resources from the internet that include reallife examples related to powers and scale. Some great stuff. … Read More
SaberToothed Curriculum

A wonderful parable of curriculum development originally from the 1930s. Annotated version also available. Brought to my attention by colleague … Read More
Bowland Assessment Tasks

These 33 tasks are still as good today as when first brought out. An ideal way to look at solving … Read More
Shanghai Maths

Want to find out more about Shanghai mathematics? Then head over to our page that provides some background, further … Read More
Traffic applet

This brilliant applet is part of the A5 flipchart and A5 notebook and works within the Inspire and Smart software. Haven’t found … Read More
Standards Box: Software

Software for the Standards Box activities S3, S4 and S5 can now be found via our Improving Learning in Mathematics page. … Read More
Language of the Month

Newbury Park Primary School’s Language of the Month. Excellent for hearing and seeing the numbers spelt in other languages. Downloadable … Read More
New Puzzle Page

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) has a new free online puzzle page. Started in August 2015 they state … Read More
Mystic Rose

Classic problem from way back – but not clear how long it’s been around (couldn’t find anything other than suggestion … Read More
Maintaining Classroom Discipline

This 1947 instructional video of a mathematics lesson still has relevance today. Effective Classroom Management: How to Maintain Discipline In … Read More
Isometric Areas: Geodraw

Median’s activity isometric shape areas is ideal for use on our GeoDraw – Jamtec (Stoke) Ltd app for iPads (screenshot shown … Read More
Maths Anxiety

The Conversation has many good articles about mathematics. This one focuses on maths anxiety and how parents with maths anxiety … Read More
Mastery (Assessment)

These materials are published by NCETM and OUP and are currently freely available here (though you may have to log … Read More
How Children Fail – John Holt

This classic book written in 1964 and updated in 1982 is a must for anyone teaching mathematics to pupils of … Read More
Core Maths @ Post16 Starts Today

Core Maths is aimed at those with C or better at GCSE who are not doing any other mathematics courses … Read More
Printable Paper

Sites that offer isometric, square, circular geoboard papers include the brilliant nRich site and the excellent Illuminations site. The GeoDraw … Read More
13 Square Challenge

Once you have done this, make a square for another area (use integers only) – choose an area that is … Read More