Tag Archives: mathematics

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Mathematics

Finger tracing helps to solve maths problems

According to a research project published in the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology,  tracing over mathmatical problems with one’s finger helps develop mathematical understanding.

Tracing can help when learning not only spatial topics such as shapes and angle relationships, but also for non-spatial tasks such as learning the order of tasks in arithmetic problems.

For instance, pupils who traced over the addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and brackets symbols in problems such as 7 x (31 – 20) + 56 ÷ (5 – 3) = ? solved more problems correctly on a subsequent test.

The study also found that pupils who traced over key elements of maths problems were able to solve other questions that extended the initial maths problem further, showing that the tracing was helping them develop a deeper, more flexible understanding of the problem-solving methods.

http://theconversation.com/finger-tracing-can-help-students-solve-maths-problems-54034

 

1 Comment

Filed under Mathematics, News

What are children thinking about at this time of year?

If a lesson connects directly with what is on the children’s minds, then the speed and depth of learning is greatly enhanced.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Key Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Mathematics, Teaching Ideas

Jump, shout and draw the times tables

What is the most effective way of teaching times tables to every child?

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Key Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Mathematics, Teaching Ideas

A mighty times table problem solved

Teachers Hannah Allum and Hannah Smart developed The Mighty Multiples Times Tables Challenge to improve maths attainment. They share their tips on how to replicate its success in the Guardian online.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Key Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Mathematics, National Curriculum, Teaching Ideas

Free creative teaching resource – maths magic

Use this magical mental maths activity to motivate pupils into playing with numbers. Once hooked, they will want to try the method out again and again.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Key Stage, Key Stage 2, Mathematics, National Curriculum, Teaching Ideas

Free creative teaching resource – Creative thinking

Let your pupils audition for a maths trivia show and help them develop their creative thinking skills.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Gifted and Talented, Key Stage, Key Stage 2, Mathematics, PSHE, Teaching Ideas