Maths resource of the week 15

Maths resource of the week 15

Each week Craig Barton, creator of, picks out a TES maths resource that has caught his eye and records a short video about it. These videos will attempt to explain why Craig likes the resource, and offer up a few ideas about how it might be used in the classroom. If you have watched the video, downloaded the resource, and then used it in a lesson, it would be fantastic if you could return to this page to share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below, or to simply pass on your thanks to the author!

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Adding Fractions isn't exactly a topic that gets the juices of excitement flowing in most students. There is also the danger that having taught the topic you will find yourself with a class of students in which half understand the method and are ready to move on to a tougher challenge, whereas half need some extra consolidation. This lovely little resource might just do the trick for the former group of students. Set them the challenge of filling in the blank squares by adding up the four surrounding fractions. Once they have mastered this, can they extend the problem by creating a challenge for their fellow students? Which denominators make like the most difficult? Which make it easiest? How about we add in some mixed numbers? What about some extra operations? This resource has a lot of potential.

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TES secondary maths resources collections

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