TES Maths ROTW: Numeracy workout

Craig Barton
04th July 2016

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Every fourth Resource of the Week highlights a top quality premium resource published by a teacher on TES.

Resource title: Numeracy workout £3

Resource author: MrCarterMaths

What is it?

Sometimes I just need a simple resource that does exactly what I want. In this instance, I wanted a clear, easy way for students to practise their written and mental arithmetic skills. I wanted a wide range of levels of difficulty, the ability to generate as many different versions of the questions as I needed and, crucially, I also wanted access to the answers so that students could mark their own work.

Through a clever use of PowerPoint, MrCarterMaths has provided just that. At the click of a button, I can now access three levels of questions on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, involving both integers and decimals.

How can it be used?

This is ideal to use at the start of a lesson so that there is something engaging on the board as students enter the room. I have got into a routine of using it once a week with all my classes.

My Year 11s, in particular, were enthused when they saw it, but some of them struggled when challenged to answer the gold questions correctly. And, of course, it is a lack of being able to do written arithmetic competently that can cost them valuable marks in their GCSEs. I saw a rapid improvement in just a few weeks, and I'm sure it will have paid dividends (and certainly justified my £1 investment) in their recent exams.

So, in short, this is a versatile resource for all ages and abilities, guaranteed to help pupils to consolidate those essential numeracy skills.


Craig Barton

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


A word from the author, MrCarterMaths

When I made this resource, I had just become numeracy co-ordinator. I needed to create an activity that form teachers across the school could use and that allowed pupils to check their answers. All but those with a serious phobia of technology found it really simple to use. 

I later realised how helpful this could be in my own classroom, from using it as the basis of a whole lesson with pupils who needed to work on the basics, to as a starter with a top set. The on-screen differentiation makes sure even the most able in the group are challenged appropriately.


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