Tes Maths ROTW: Number gym exercise

Craig Barton
30th April 2018

Give students’ brains a workout with this innovative worksheet, from nickwaldron

What is it?

Looking for simple number-based exercises, but struggling to think of appropriate questions? Never fear, this resource provides the perfect remedy.

Consisting of a single spreadsheet, this generator produces up to 32 sets of random questions at a time. Spanning across a range of topics, such as the four operations, fractions, rounding and powers, it’s ideal for allowing pupils to recap key knowledge in short bursts. And, once they’ve finished, simply hit F9 for a brand-new set of exercises.

How can it be used?

This resource is perfect for encouraging discussion. Simply provide students with a set of questions at the start of each lesson and allow them to compare their answers in groups.

Alternatively, prevent copying in your classroom by creating a selection of individual low-stakes assessments. Thanks to this spreadsheet, creating bespoke quizzes for pupils is a breeze!


Craig Barton was speaking to Victoria Haughton. He is a secondary maths teacher in the north of England.

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