Tes Maths ROTW: Drills generator

Embrace drills and cement key skills in younger students with this handy generator, recommended by Tes Maths

Craig Barton

Resource title: Drills generator

Resource author: hingie

What is it?

While I used to be sceptical, I am now fully converted to the benefits of drilling. With intelligent and varied questions, this technique can be a simple way of cementing core skills. But providing engaging practice can often be a challenge. Thankfully, this generator does exactly that.

Consisting of an easy-to-use spreadsheet, this particular exercise focuses on multiplying and dividing by powers of 10. Aimed at Year 7 pupils but easily adaptable to a variety of ages, alternative questions are created simply by pressing shift-F9.

How can it be used?

As with most activities consistent use is key, so I’d suggest implementing this once or twice a week as a lesson starter.

With regular practice, learners' competency and confidence will grow, standing them in good stead for any topic that relies on a strong sense of number.

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.

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