Primary maths: Algebra

Comprehensive collection of KS2 algebra classrooom activities, lesson ideas and games to explore this topic with Year 6 classes

Sian Evans

Algebraic Equation On The Blackboard When Teaching KS2 Students Algebra

Break down these tricky concepts and build learners' confidence with help from this collection of amazing algebra activities

It's no surprise that the introduction of letters into a maths lesson can be unnerving for pupils. As you start to introduce learners to a dominant secondary maths topic, ensure you take the time to explain the ideas clearly in an approachable way. From easy-to-use presentations through to fun games and puzzles, check out just some of the great ideas of the Tes community.

Classroom activities

Why not approach this topic in a practical way? From concrete tasks to colouring exercises and perplexing puzzles, there is plenty for learners to investigate.

 

Algebra Shape Puzzles
ClassroomSecrets

Algebra Shape Puzzles

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This resource has six differentiated levels with calculations of varying difficulty. Ideal as a starter to Algebra using shape substitutes. You can find more algebra resources here: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/search/?fwp_topic=algebra
Algebra
Mathematics Mastery

Algebra

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Enabling pupils to develop their mathematical reasoning skills through independent work is a key element of the [Mathematics Mastery programme](http://www.mathematicsmastery.org/#utm_source=tes&utm_campaign=tes_mastery_corner&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=tes_independent_tasks). T...
Year 6 Maths: Algebra
erinbrasington

Year 6 Maths: Algebra

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This resource has been made using the algebra objectives for Year 6 from the 2014 National Curriculum of England: - Use simple formulae - Generate and describe linear number sequences - Express missing number problems algebraically - Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation of two unkno...

Lesson ideas

Offer clarity from the outset and explore how letters can be used to represent numbers with help from these comprehensive introductions.

 

Year 6:  Algebra Unit of Work (2 weeks)
Andrew Long

Year 6: Algebra Unit of Work (2 weeks)

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This is a 2 week unit of work for teaching all Year 6 Algebra objectives (also suitable for low KS3s). In this unit you will find: Lesson plans (including for your TA), differentiated worksheets/activities (these include specific worksheets/activities for SEN children and worksheets/activities for c...
Basic Algebra
n_neil_w

Basic Algebra

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2 PowerPoint presentations to introduce children to the idea of how letters can represent numbers in maths. Final slide on each presentation has some questions for the chn to work through independently. I created this as 2 post SATS lessons for year 6.

Games

Challenge your class to test and consolidate their understanding, while developing a friendly competitive spirit, using these ready-to-use resources.

 

Algebra Substitution | Bingo Game
LittleStreams

Algebra Substitution | Bingo Game

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This bingo game covers algebra substitution. Included are bingo cards for students to fill in from a list of given possible solutions and 72 question cards containing an expression and a value for x to substitute into the expression. This game is an easily printed and prepared thanks to easy-cu...
Algebra Tic-Tac-Toe
Janis Kauss

Algebra Tic-Tac-Toe

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It includes 10 Tic Tac Toe Game Boards. One player is X's and one is O's. Players take turns answering problems. For each right answer they get to put a X or O on their spot. The first player to create a line of 4 is the winner. The line can go across, down or diagonally. Let your students ...
Algebra Card Match. Sequences. Algebra. Game.
tafkam

Algebra Card Match. Sequences. Algebra. Game.

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A useful introduction to sequences in algebra, this card match activity makes a good lesson to get all students involved. Six sets of input/output pairs must be matched, and then a missing value found. This allows an easy way in to looking at the difference method for finding algebraic expressions a...