Back to Basics

4th October 2013 at 01:00

With little sign of the global economic crisis being solved, knowledge of negative numbers is going to be important for some time yet. Here are the top 10 resources to ensure a sub-zero knowledge base.

1. Full house

What is it? A whole-class bingo activity to get students working with negative numbers

What users say: "This is just what I needed to reinforce calculations with negative numbers with my class of 11-year-olds."


2. Negative recall

What is it? Student-friendly revision notes on the topic of negative numbers

What users say: "Great revision notes. The slides can be adapted to use as teaching material."


3. Less is more

What is it? An online maths game that introduces subtraction with positive and negative numbers

What users say "Great fun as well as really useful."


4. Random testing

What is it? An Excel resource that randomly generates BIDMAS questions, including those using negative numbers

What users say: "Brilliant. Good for doing quick questions on mini-whiteboards."


5. Getting directions

What is it? Activities illustrating the effect of operations on directed numbers

What users say: "I really like this for encouraging students to think a bit more deeply about negative numbers."


6. Pyramid posers

What is it? An exercise that challenges students to identify patterns within a pyramid of numbers

What users say: "This is a great starter activity. I especially like the question ideas."


7. Super spreadsheets

What is it? An interactive spreadsheet with games and questions to enable students to master negative numbers

What users say: "Very clever! Looking forward to using this. It can be sent to the students so they each have an interactive worksheet with instant feedback."


8. Positively negative

What is it? Worksheets, activities and lesson plans on the topic of negative numbers

What users say "Very useful for my Year 8 students. An excellent range of activities based on negative numbers."


9. Minus points

What is it? A simple starter activity based on the game of ping-pong

What users say: "Creative and really engaging."


10. Jigsaw japes

What is it? A Tarsia jigsaw activity featuring positive and negative numbers

What users say: "This resource is also ideal as a pairedgrouped activity. My favourite twist is to insert deliberate mistakes or leave answers out for students to complete themselves."


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now