Tangram Fractions
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Fold or draw out the tangram parts from a one unit square. A popular activity. Create objects using all 7 pieces. Find the area of each part as a fraction of the unit square. Links to other interesting and useful … Read More

Interactive Statistics Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6 to Y8 statistics starters below. These and many … Read More

Interactive Number Starters 2
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6 to Y8 number starters below. These and many … Read More

Interactive Measure and Miscellaneous Starters 2
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6 to Y8 measures and miscellaneous starters below. These and … Read More

Interactive Number Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6&Y7 number starters below. These and many more interactive starters … Read More

Pi Day 2017
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Here are plenty of activities, many of them interactive, to use on pi day, (March 14) – Tuesday in 2017. Includes: Free Circle Drawing Competition Activity (suitable for most ages) with both pdf and flipchart available videos including Numberphile pi from pies … Read More

Interactive Measure Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6&Y7 measures starters below. These and many more interactive starters … Read More

Interactive Geometry Starters 2
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6 to Y8 geometry starters below. These and many … Read More

Interactive Fraction, Decimal, Percent and Ratio Starters 2
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6 to Y9 fraction, decimal, percentage and ratio starters … Read More

Interactive Algebra Starters 2
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6 toY9 algebra starters below. These and many more interactive starters … Read More

Interactive Geometry Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6&Y7 geometry starters below. These and many more interactive starters … Read More

Interactive Statistics Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6&Y7 statistics starters below. These and many more interactive starters … Read More

Interactive Fraction, Decimal, Percent and Ratio Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6&Y7 fraction, decimal, percentage and ratio starters below. These … Read More

Teacher Workload
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Materials from the full recommendations from the 3 independent review groups are available: For poster see here.  For pamphlet here.  For full recommendations here. For more on assessment an marking see here.

Interactive Algebra Starters
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Ideal for use on an IWB or for use by pupils either at school or at home – but unfortunately will not work on iPads or iPhones. Check out our new Y6&Y7 algebra starters below. These and many more interactive starters … Read More

Maths Articles from The Conversation
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Articles on Maths from The Conversation – topical articles usually related to use of mathematics in our everyday life. Articles on Pi from The Conversation – as above but just related to Pi.

Hidden Figures
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Find out more about these women who were essential to the US space race in the 1950s and 1960s. At last much more widely being recognised for the important part they played with the recent book, Hidden Figures, the 2017 … Read More

Radians
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Here’s some helpful animations and other resources. By Lucas V. Barbosa – Own work College Help, Public Domain,  By Pi-unrolled: John Reid2 pi-unrolled: Ufo karadagli – Pi-unrolled-720.gif, CC BY-SA 3.0,  By Inductiveload – Own work, Public Domain,  By Traced by … Read More

The Bird Box
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An ideal activity for January, early February for KS2/3: adapted, with permission, from Activity Maths (Level 5): The Bird Box. Pupils consider making a bird box as shown on plan above or one available on Make a nest box: British Trust … Read More

Algebra ideas
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Flipchart for Supporting Subject Knowledge Enhancement or TSST colleagues. Pdf file with similar content. Research Report available (including summaries etc). Activities and ideas available from Nuffield website. Book Key Ideas in Teaching Mathematics available from itunes. Or click links below for … Read More

Frogs
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Frogs – a pdf file that gives background, how to solve the frogs problem, how to link it to solving quadratics, graph and formula work, where to find a proof as well as hints to the proof. Frogs – a spreadsheet that can … Read More

Fractions in Flipcharts
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The only file you need to show any fraction properly on an ActivInspire flipchart. Drag this flipchart page and adapt into any other flipchart.

2017 Problem Activities
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Ideas for problem solving and mathematical reasoning using 2017 including: what is the smallest number that cannot be made with exactly one each of 2, 0, 1 and 7: depends on what is allowed – here 1 to 37 can … Read More

Probability Resources
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Spiremaths Interactives Our own Spiremaths Interactives on Probability are great for KS3, though they cannot be used on iPads or iPhones. Nrich Nrich have some great activities that make use of the wonderful Dime recording sheet and a link showing how to use … Read More

Coloured Grids
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This simple idea works well and helps pupils with Reasoning skills. Lesson Notes (pdf file) Coloured Grids flipchart PowerPoint (1 second intervals) PowerPoint (2 second intervals)  

Marking and Feedback Guidance (October 2016)
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Update February 2017: Materials from the full recommendations from the 3 independent review groups are available: For poster see here.  For pamphlet here.  For full recommendations here. NCETM has recently published guidance on marking and feedback for both primary and secondary … Read More

Equals Online
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Equals Online – Mathematics and Special Educational Needs. Hadn’t realised until the MA sent a tweet around that this excellent source of ideas was now online and, as far as I can see, free. Easy to read articles, I always … Read More

OfSTED Reports on Mathematics
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Although produced a while back both these reports contain useful information for specialist and non-specialist teachers of mathematics at all levels. The full reports of 2008 and 2012 contain examples of ‘weaker factors’ with remedies, ‘how it might be improved’, and … Read More

Mathematics Assessment Project Assessment Tasks
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If you like the Improving Learning in Mathematics materials then these are for you – some of the same team were involved. Designed as summative assessment tasks for the US market these are easily adapted. The team have also produced some … Read More

Mathematics Assessment Project Classroom Challenges
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If you like the Improving Learning in Mathematics materials then these are for you – some of the same team were involved. Designed as formative assessment lessons for the US market these great activities are easily adapted. The team have … Read More

Bowland Case Study lessons
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An ideal way to look at solving 26 ‘real’ type of problems after you have looked at simpler examples such as the Bowland Assessment activities and the Nuffield activities. These case studies cannot be used without time spent by teacher … Read More

Nuffield AMP Practical Explorations
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Collection of Applying Mathematical Processes Practical Explorations. Good activities to follow the Bowland Assessment activities and Nuffield Practicals and to try before the Bowland Case Studies.

Nuffield AMP Investigations
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Collection of 11 Applying Mathematical Processes lessons that let pupils follow through investigations. Good activities to follow the Bowland Assessment activities and to complete before trying the Nuffield Practicals or the Bowland Case Studies.

Cre8ate Resources
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Each of the 12 KS3 Resources contains 4 or 5 independent (sets of) lessons based around a common theme (the Activities). They can be freely downloaded from the original project site, but you do need to register (it is free, no … Read More

Ada Lovelace 2
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Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer has the second Tuesday in October as ‘Ada Lovelace Day‘, which has been celebrated since 2009. The next Ada Lovelace Day is 10 October 2017. For dates for next 100 years go here. July 2016 … Read More

Cryptic crosswords for mathematicians?
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Something for the holidays. Note that the Guardian currently doesn’t allow free access to its crosswords on mobiles.  Source  Mobile link for pdf file  Computer link  Guardian 26280 26280  Guardian  25044 25044  Guardian 25000 25000  

The Joy of Data
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Interesting, informative and entertaining programme on data that introduced me to William Farr, Claude Shannon and Donald Davies, but did not include John Snow and Florence Nightingale. Available on BBC iPlayer until mid-August 2016 – bound to be repeated or … Read More

ACME Conference reports
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Click below for direct links to: Conference information Report: A framework of core content for ITT Report: Developing behaviour management content for ITT Report: National Standards for school-based ITT mentors Report: Standard for teachers’ professional development

Problem Solving in mathematics: realising the vision through better assessment 
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Basically an 8 page report (June 2016) building on ACME’s work in this area since 2010. The ACME report on assessment of problem solving: • considers the assessment of problem solving in public tests and examinations across all key stages … Read More

PISA: Equations and Inequalities
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This report based on PISA 2012 results looks at how pupils might improve their ability to think quantitatively and solve real-life, complex problems. It shows that one way forward is to ensure that all students spend more “engaged” time learning core mathematics … Read More

Compass, Ruler and Protractor
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  The Compass, Ruler and Protractor flash file can be used live (but work cannot be saved). Unfortunately as a flash file will not work with iPads and iPhones. Can also be used with any on-screen video maker (such as that … Read More

Islamic geometric designs
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There are a wealth of free materials that can be used to support this topic. Here are my favourites. The Compass, Ruler and Protractor flash file can be used live (but work cannot be saved). Can also be used with any … Read More

Do Less Marking in Primary Mathematics!
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Primary teachers should do less marking in mathematics! See: OfSTED myth busters Nick Gibb at ATL conference (April 2016) Marking and evidence guidance from NCETM (April 2016) OfSTED inspections – clarification for schools (March 2015)

Pi Day 2016
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Here are plenty of activities to use on pi day (March 14) – Monday in 2016. See also the earlier Free Circle Drawing Competition Activity. Pi Day 2016 pdf file Pi Day flipchart   See the Wolfram blog of 12 … Read More

Bar Method
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Examples of the bar method, mostly for secondary level here. Makes use of the excellent Thinking Blocks Modelling Tool. (I’m not keen on the individual tools or the individual Apps since they only focus on a single problem-type. Some of … Read More

Freehand Circle Drawing Competition
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This is an ideal pi day activity (March 14) to involve the whole school. Who can draw the perfect freehand circle? This was what the painter Giotto said he could do! Allows student to demonstrate their mastery of properties of circles. … Read More

Potteries Partnership
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Stoke-on-Trent Mathematics Excellence Partnership Great to be there at the launch of this ambitious and important partnership and to know that Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, will be following this up after he has retired. Roisin Maguire … Read More

Five Maths Videos
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Charles and Ray Eames produced 5 excellent maths videos as well as other videos that are still useful today. Eratosthenes shows how to measure the circumference of the earth. Powers of 10 is their best known film. For much more … Read More

KS1, 2 Test Exemplification
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Published early February 2016, updated in March 2016, contains helpful guidance of ‘working at the expected standard’. Collect KS1 from here. Collect KS2 from here. See debate on this from 7Maths7’s blog: The End of Reasoning? Further National Curriculum 2016 sample assessment materials here. … Read More

Fraction Operations
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GeoDraw – Jamtec (Stoke) Ltd, any Geoboard, real or virtual, or dotty paper can be used to support the understanding of combining fractions. Fraction representations pdf   Fraction representations flipchart  Fraction representations notebook   Note that notebook file will have most … Read More

Tessellating Pentagons
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These are the only 15 known so far, the last discovered in 2015. Explanation here. Picture source. The Guardian’s account. Account including dates and good animations, plus picture below. Jo Morgan’s excellent blog contains planning info for use in lessons with … Read More

The Unit Circle
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Great fun making Sine wave from spaghetti. This GeoGebraTube file, diagram below, shows movement around unit circle as well as motion of vertical component.

Using Trigonometry
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Some excellent material here at Leeds Beckett University (though not easy to find unless you know about it). Get hold of a theodolite, or make a clinometer, instructions included, and take some real measurements. Virtual maths height of a tower … Read More

Mathematical Mr Men
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Saw these in a classroom the other day. There are 50 with more added occasionally. Links follow here. Contain a mixture of people from history, definitions and quirky facts. Some new names for me. These should be used regularly with … Read More

Mathematics Dictionaries
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These are the resources we use for definitions etc. Glossary provides helpful diagrams etc and is now from the NCETM, so you may have to register for free to get it; maths is fun has some adverts, which is annoying; … Read More

Multiplying by Powers of 10
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This helps with understanding how place value works as the figures move and the decimal point stays still when multiplying by powers of 10. Also useful for seeing how each 5 is related to another 5 in a different row. Useful … Read More

Powers and Scale
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A whole set of resources from the internet that include real-life examples related to powers and scale. Some great stuff. To start things off we suggest the excellent Powers of 10 video The Scale of the Universe 2 by Cary … Read More

Saber-Toothed Curriculum
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A wonderful parable of curriculum development originally from the 1930s. Annotated version also available. Brought to my attention by colleague who was asked to read it on a course from the 1990s.  

Bowland Assessment Tasks
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These 33 tasks are still as good today as when first brought out. An ideal way to look at solving ‘real’ type of problems with no correct solution. Have supporting materials for staff not used to working in this way. … Read More

Shanghai Maths
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  Want to find out more about Shanghai mathematics? Then head over to our page that provides some background, further reading, reports to date plus lesson materials from Shanghai teachers who visited England. You might also like to read the … Read More

Traffic applet
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This brilliant applet is part of the A5 flipchart and A5 notebook and works within the Inspire and Smart software. Haven’t found it available anywhere else. ActivInspire or Smart Notebook version 11 is needed to  open the files. Go to software tab … Read More

Standards Box: Software
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Software for the Standards Box activities S3, S4 and S5 can now be found via our Improving Learning in Mathematics page. These can also be used away from the resource. Other Applets associated with the Standards Box require Java and so … Read More

Language of the Month
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Newbury Park Primary School’s Language of the Month. Excellent for hearing and seeing the numbers spelt in other languages. Downloadable resources for over 60 languages.

New Puzzle Page
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The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) has a new free online puzzle page. Started in August 2015 they state they will add a new one each week (taken from their journals). At time of publication there are 10 good … Read More

Mystic Rose
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Classic problem from  way back – but not clear how long it’s been around (couldn’t find anything other than suggestion it’s linked to Rose church windows). Features in the Shell Centre ‘blue’ box Problems with Patterns and Numbers that introduced it … Read More

Maintaining Classroom Discipline
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This 1947 instructional video of a mathematics lesson still has relevance today. Effective Classroom Management: How to Maintain Discipline In A Classroom (Florence Ng, May 2015). Offers good, sensible sound advice. Behaviour and discipline in schools: Advice for headteachers and school staff … Read More

Maths Anxiety
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The Conversation has many good articles about mathematics. This one focuses on maths anxiety and how parents with maths anxiety can affect their children’s grades. Offers some helpful solutions. Do You Panic About Mathematics? Coping with maths anxiety offers useful insights. Most … Read More

Mastery (Assessment)
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These materials are published by NCETM and OUP and are currently freely available here (though you may have to log in). They are produced in print and online versions. They all provide “Questions, tasks and activities to support assessment” in a … Read More

How Children Fail – John Holt
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This classic book written in 1964 and updated in 1982 is a must for anyone teaching mathematics to pupils of any ages. Originally written as  a series of memos to a colleague they were adapted and edited under four headings: … Read More

Core Maths @ Post-16 Starts Today
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Core Maths is aimed at those with C or better at GCSE who are not doing any other mathematics courses at school or college. See here for more.

Printable Paper
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Sites that offer isometric, square, circular geoboard papers include the brilliant nRich site and the excellent Illuminations site. The GeoDraw app for iPads is available from: GeoDraw – Jamtec (Stoke) Ltd From nRich you can get on A4 paper: Dotted Isometric … Read More