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Another FREE worksheet set from Brilliant Publications

1) Who won the race?

2) What order did the team come in?

3) Show how you worked it out.

4) Make your own ‘Who Won?’ problem. Continue reading

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Calculators can help children become better at problem solving

According to a report on the BBC website today, the Education Endowment Foundation has found that calculators can help students become better at problem solving. Rather than hindering children, calculators can actually help to develop children’s arithmetic skills, when taught properly.

How to be Brilliant at Using a CalculatorThis is very pleasing news to me as, since ministers banned the use of calculators in national maths tests for 11-year-olds in England from 2014, sales of our book How to be Brilliant at Using a Calculator have been sluggish, to say the least. Since then I have considered many times making the book go out of print. However, every time I’ve looked at the book I’ve been impressed again at the excellent activities in it – so the book has stayed in print. Maybe sales will now pick up!

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Can you learn maths by playing card games?

We asked some children what they thought of Deck Ahoy. Here are just a few of the things they had to say:

Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards“Deck Ahoy is much better than watching TV and cartoon shows because it shows different ways of how to do maths.” Angelica, age 8

“I like Deck Ahoy because it helps me with my maths and number bonds to 10 and 100. It can help you with your maths a lot.” Hadi, age 11

“I like Deck Ahoy because it helps me to learn maths and it helps me to add and subtract.” Sasha, age 8

“I can now partitiion and double 2-digit numbers.” Hersi

“I like Deck Ahoy because it helps me with maths and it’s so much fun!” Bilal, age 8

“It’s easy to learn time with Deck Ahoy.” Abed, age 7

“Deck Ahoy is fun and it is easy to learn maths.” Naomi, age 7

“Deck Ahoy will help everyone with maths and fractions. It’s awesome!” Cameron, age 10

“Deck Ahoy is very fun because every day I learn new stuff.” Ashley, age 7

Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards“I like Deck Ahoy because it’s fun and it helps us to do our maths.” Charlotte, age 9

“Deck Ahoy is very fun and you can learn from it.” Gilbert, age 10

Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications 9781783171781

Deck Ahoy: Primary Mathematics Activities and Games Using Just a Deck of Cards

Deck Ahoy contains over 100 activities and games to teach primary maths skills with a just deck of cards – no need to buy expensive resources!

Deck Ahoy covers not only the main operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – but also fractions, statistics, time, ratios, squares and cubes and graphs.

The ideas are great for homework as there are no worksheets needed (or marking to do!) and the whole family can get involved, any where, any time.

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Addysg Gyfrwng Cymraeg (Welsh Medium Education)

I hope, if you are Welsh, that the headline caught your eye – especially if you are in one of the 22.7% of Welsh primary schools that teaches through the medium of Welsh.

At Brilliant Publications we realise that it is sometimes difficult to find resources to teach maths through the Welsh medium.

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 2 Maths Problem Solving Year 2 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 2 (Maths Problem Solving Year 2)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 3 Maths Problem Solving Year 3 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 3 2 (Maths Problem Solving Year 3)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 4 Maths Problem Solving Year 4 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 4 (Maths Problem Solving Year 4)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 1 Maths Problem Solving Year 1 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 1 (Maths Problem Solving Year 1)

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 5 Maths Problem Solving Year 5 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 5 (Maths Problem Solving Year 5)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 6 Maths Problem Solving Year 6 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 6 (Maths Problem Solving Year 6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is why we decided to translate our highly successful maths series, Maths Problem Solving, into Welsh. The Welsh books are linked to the Welsh National Curriculum, making it easy to integrate the activities into your planning.

The books contain differentiated worksheets, making it easy to use the book in a mixed-ability classroom.

The length of the problems are varied with short, medium and more extended problems for children to solve. The problems on each page are mixed so the children do not assume that the solution process is the same each time, but have to understand the problem. They are varied in their complexity and are presented in a meaningful, age-appropriate manner with topics the children will find relevant.

And for our Welsh  readers…

Mae chwe llyfr yn y gyfres Datrys Problemau Mathemateg. Ysgrifennwyd y llyfrau i athrawon eu defnyddio mewn gwersi mathemateg. Anelir y cynnwys at ddatblygu sgiliau datrys problemau. Anogir plant i ddewis a defnyddio ffeithiau rhif a strategaethau meddwl perthnasol i ddatrys problem fel a nodir yn y Fframwaith Rhifedd Cenedlaethol.

Mae’r llyfr hwn wedi’i rannu’n dair pennod; Datblygu ymresymu rhifyddol, Datblygu ymresymu rhifyddol: Adnabod prosesau a chysylltiadau a Defnyddio sgiliau rhif.

Cynlluniwyd y llyfrau fel bod gan pob adran chwe cham o gwestiynau i’w hateb. Rhennir pob cam yn dair lefel, er enghraifft 1a, 1b neu 1c, yn seiliedig ar gyrhaeddiad. Mae pob cwestiwn cyfatebol o’r lefelau hyn yn dilyn yr un llinell o gwestiynu, felly pan mae’r athro yn siarad am gwestiwn penodol mae’r broses o ddatrys yr un fath i bob lefel ond mae’r cymhlethdod yn amrywio.

 

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Do your maths lessons need a superhero (or two)?

The Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series uses superheroes to motivate primary school children to practise all the skills needed to solve multiplication, division and word-based times table problems. Superheroes appeal to even the most reluctant of learners and instil a positive and competitive attitude towards learning. Your pupils will be eager and motivated to want to learn and practise their times tables.

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1

There are three books in the Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series:
Book 1: 2, 5 and 10 times tables
Book 2: 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables
Book 3: 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables

The books contain reproducible sheets and are designed to be used as flexible teaching aids, which teachers can dip in and out of in any order to support the learning of any times table. They work equally well as stand alone 5 to 20 minute lesson reinforcements or as regular times table learning.

We recognise that all children learn in different ways and that they need to have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills. For each times table there is a mixture of practical activities to develop their understanding and written activities to consolidate their knowledge.

The mixed times table sheets at the back of the book allow children to apply the skills gained in learning individual tables, working out for themselves which multiple facts and methods they need to use.

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Practise Times Tables – no paper needed!

When we think of practising  times tables, we often think of chanting in unison or working through endless pages of multiplication problems. But is this the best way to teach the times tables?
Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables - Brilliant Publications

Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables

In fact, drilling children in their times tables doesn’t necessarily help them to understand the mathematical concepts that underpin multiplication. Children need to be able to conceptualise the maths involved if they are to develop fluency in the times tables, able to recall and apply them rapidly and accurately.

This is why we decided to publish Fun Games and Activities for Teaching Times Tables. This book takes an active approach to learning times tables, providing stimulating and imaginative games to make the process of learning the times tables both effective and fun.

The first half of the book contains games specifically aimed at teaching the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.The second half contains games appropriate for any of the times tables. These games are subdivided into three groups:

  • Games for learning each table in sequence
  • Games to test pupils’ memories and thinking skills as they try to identify the table they are working on
  • Games to teach children the different factors that can make up each answer.

The games require minimal preparation and ensure that all children gain a firm understanding of their times tables and will be able to recall them quickly and easily.

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New maths resources for primary schools

Our new maths catalogue is now available! Click here to download a copy!

We are especially proud of our new Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, featuring Mighty Hypersonic Heather, Twirling Tornado Tony and many other superheroes!

These superheroes all share one mission – to make practising times tables fun!

Brilliant Publications maths catalogue 2017

Brilliant Pubications’ maths catalogue for primary schools

Unfortunately, our mighty superheroes have a problem! Super villain Dennis the Demon Digit Demolisher has an evil plan to rid the world of numbers … .  Can your pupils solve the problems in time to stop him sabotaging the Trans-galaxy Superhero Games?

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