Maths resource of the week 9

Maths resource of the week 9

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!

To access all the Resources of the Week from this year, and the archived collection from last year, just click on the links at the bottom of the page. And if you've spotted a resource that you feel not enough people know about, then just drop me an email.

I used to love Top Trumps as a child (and I am using "child" in the loosest sense – mt firend bought me a pack last Christmas). The tactics, strategy, skill and memory that was required to ensure you captured the cards off your opponent was far greater than your average playground game, and despite the influx of Xbox and Playstation, today's students still love an old-fashioned battle of wits. laura.reeshughes has capitalised on this by devising a series of outstanding Top Trumps resources covering a whole host of important mathematical topics. This particular one is concerned with the notoriously painful BIDMAS/BODMAS, and better than that it is differentiated into three levels of difficulty. I was amazed how keen students were to ensure they had calculated 3 + 4 x 2 correctly when the price of failure with a lost Kenny or Buzz Lightyear.

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