Secondary Maths Collection 15 - Topic Special: Number Operations
Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
Numerical competency is the basis of all mathematics. If students have a sound knowledge of basic numerical operations, then that provides a very solid set of foundations upon which to build everything else. Without it, concepts and topics such as algebraic manipulation, powers, substitution, negative numbers, graphs and area come tumbling down along with a student’s confidence and enjoyment in the subject. The problem is that reinforcing these all too crucial numerical skills can be more than a little tedious - after all , there are only so many times you can run through a set of times tables, do a page of long division sums, and move counters along a number line. Hopefully this set of interesting and original resources from the users of TES will provide the spark to get your students’ skills on the right track.
Top 10 Resources:
- Collective Memories are a nice way of spicing up the revision of any topic, and are especially good for highlighting any common misconceptions your students may have. This one tackles written methods of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
- The MEP materials from CIMT are world class. They are full of examples, tests and textbooks style questions. However, the Activities are my favourite, which offer up rich tasks to really challenge your students.
- A nice set of puzzles that will help students revise written methods of addition and subtraction without them even realising it!
- A nice simple game to help students revise their times tables. Would work well on an interactive whiteboard and as a starter for a computer room lesson.
- An outstanding resource for checking students can use their calculators properly - and as you know, many of them can’t!
- It’s risky, it’s interactive, and it might just work!
- Number pyramids are very good for practicing basic number skills, and this is a nice interactive way of presenting them.
- Does exactly what it says on the tin, but does it very, very well.
- A lovely interactive resource built in Excel which allows students to test their basic arithmetic skills. The difficulty can be altered. This would be a good one to give to parents eager to have some support for their child.
- Let’s be honest, rounding is boring. However, when put in the context of real life situations, students can at least see the point of it. This is one such nice example.