Tes Maths ROTW: Number-search activity

Consolidate knowledge of fraction, decimal and percentage conversions with this twist on a classic word-search activity

Craig Barton

Tes Maths ROTW: Number-search Activity

Consolidate pupils' understanding of fraction, decimal and percentage conversions with this engaging search activity, from MisterMConnolly

What is it?

I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of using word-searches in maths lessons. However, this activity really is the exception.

The premise is simple. Rather than searching for words, students hunt down and highlight combinations of fractions, decimals and percentages that create a sum of one. Forcing learners to think systematically and carefully about conversions, this exercise provides an engaging way to consolidate the basics. And, even better, the answers are provided!

How can it be used?

This exercise is ideal as a revision activity, or as an end-of-topic recap.

Once completed, why not challenge more-able pupils to create their own number-search, before trialling it on their peers? Easily adaptable for most topics, the possibilities are truly endless...


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