Back to basics

14th March 2014 at 00:00
When it comes to maths, all students need to know the basics - the building blocks for further learning. These resources tackle the topic in a variety of innovative and exciting ways

1. Navigating numbers

What is it? A PowerPoint presentation offering 30 different number and arithmetic topics, tested with 10 multiple choice questions

What users say "Absolutely brilliant and so easy to use. Much, much appreciated."

2. Maths snap

What is it? An activity in which students match up fractions, decimals, percentages and pictures

What users say "What I like about these matching cards is that I can cater for the whole range of abilities in my class - I will leave out the picture and word cards for my more able students. It has saved me hours of preparation time."

3. Home calculations

What is it? A set of homework sheets to help students practise regular number questions

What users say "Thanks for sharing them. Hopefully they will help to improve the numeracy skills of the younger generation!"

4. Learning bullseye

What is it? A whole-class activity for practising subtraction with a game of darts

What users say "Brilliant use of subtraction in an everyday situation. Can't wait to use it with my class tomorrow. Excellent."

5. To the point

What is it? An interactive activity for pairs in which they practise multiplying a whole number by a decimal

What users say "Great. A good way to practise decimal multiplication without resorting to pages of exercises."

6. Basics first

What is it? A numeracy intervention for students who are struggling with the basics.

What users say "Brilliant. Thank you for sharing."

7. Street music

What is it? An activity that uses basic addition and subtraction to create a QR (quick response) code that links to a Sesame Street song

What users say "A nice way to bring technology into the classroom."

8. Mat matters

What is it? Print, laminate and even stick these maths mats to tables to give students constant access to basic number concepts

What users say "Great resource. I've used it in various ways including as a starting point for students to design their own maths mat, encouraging self-assessment of their strengths and weaknesses."

9. Board benefits

What is it? A simple board game to help students practise their addition skills

What users say "Just what I needed - a fun way to revise written methods. Thank you, you've saved me a lot of time."

10. Patterns to help

What is it? A series of patterns and tricks to help with basic multiplication

What users say "Of real use in helping a non-maths teacher introduce some excellent skills that will make a real difference."

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