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I teach Maths to 10 - 13 year old children and these resources are aimed at them! I have also written a book called, "The Aliens have landed and 174 other problems" which is available from either Amazon or The Mathematical Association. It is full of mathematical puzzles. http://members.m-a.org.uk/Shop

I teach Maths to 10 - 13 year old children and these resources are aimed at them! I have also written a book called, "The Aliens have landed and 174 other problems" which is available from either Amazon or The Mathematical Association. It is full of mathematical puzzles. http://members.m-a.org.uk/Shop
A cut out Pascal's Triangle for a display board
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A cut out Pascal's Triangle for a display board

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Pascal's Triangle is a wonderful starting point for introducing or discovering lots of number patterns including the triangle numbers, the Fibonacci sequence, the doubling sequence and many more. There are 20 pieces which need assembling to make 16 rows of the triangle with spare pieces for extra rows. Each piece needs cutting out and ideally laminating. It would make a fun activity to just piece it together! It can be printed out on A3 paper to fill a display board or on A4 paper for a smaller version. The title and questions are also included.
A presentation to explain the well known birthday problem!
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A presentation to explain the well known birthday problem!

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How many people do you need to have in the same room before it is more likely than not that two people share the same birthday? The answer is surprisingly counter intuitive and in fact it is only 23! This 21 slide power point presentation explains the mathematics behind this answer. Pupils only really need to know how to calculate basic probabilities to appreciate this presentation.
A Substitution Wheel which can be easily modified
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A Substitution Wheel which can be easily modified

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This is a fun method of teaching substitution. The answers are put in the outer rim of the wheel and the variables can be easily made harder. The worksheet has four wheels with the final wheel having negative values of x and y.
The rope around the earth problem explained!
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The rope around the earth problem explained!

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This is a brief power point presentation to demonstrate the solution to the well know rope around the earth problem: if a rope goes all the way around the equator, how much more rope is needed to lift the rope exactly one metre above the surface of the earth? The answer is an extraordinary and completely counter-intuitive one! It is in fact just 6.28 metres and it is exactly the same answer, whether the question is talking about a football or the earth!
How to calculate the number of Enigma machine settings explaining combinations and permutations.
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How to calculate the number of Enigma machine settings explaining combinations and permutations.

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This is an 8 page booklet which takes the pupils through the maths of calculating the number of ways an Enigma machine can be set up, using both permutations (the order of the rotors does matter) and combinations, where the order in which the plug board is set up doesn't matter. The first two pages lead the pupils through the various calculations leading to the answer of approximately 158 million billion ways or 158,962,555,217,826,360,000 ways to be precise! The remaining six pages explain the difference between permutations and combinations.
The Fibonacci Sequence in Pascal's Triange and other patterns
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The Fibonacci Sequence in Pascal's Triange and other patterns

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This is a poster of six images of Pascal's Triangle with a number pattern highlighted in each image: The Fibonacci Sequence, The Doubling Sequence, The Odds and Evens and Multiples of 3, 5 and 7. It would make a very good poster for the wall or for students to have in their books - the six sheets can be printed out onto one sheet of A4 paper for a mini version.
Pascal's Triangle, Square, Cubic and Triangular numbers and MORE!
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Pascal's Triangle, Square, Cubic and Triangular numbers and MORE!

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An opportunity to buy the most popular resources from Bluemary20’s shop! Do you want a large Pascal’s Triangle for your classroom or to display the square, cubic and triangular numbers? How do you find the Fibonacci sequence in Pascal’s Triangle? And there’s more! There’s an explanation to the famous birthday problem and an explanation of how to calculate the number of Enigma machine settings!
2022 Maths Puzzle
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2022 Maths Puzzle

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A wonderful starter lesson for 2022 finding how to make the numbers 1 to 25 with the four digits 2022 and mathematical symbols and it is actually possible! Bonus marks can be given for using the four digits in the order 2022 and an extension idea is included which involves continuing the problem to find the numbers 26 - 50. It is possible to find at least 15 of these 25 numbers. This works well as a full class activity and pupils can initially work on their own, then share their solutions in pairs and then finally see if the whole class has found the 25 solutions between them.
Christmas Maths puzzle  Pascal's Triangle
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Christmas Maths puzzle Pascal's Triangle

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This is a fun introduction to Pascal’s Triangle or reminder to those who have seen it before with a Christmassy theme! Can your pupils work out how the triangle works and what the different colours represent?
Square, Cubic and Triangular numbers
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Square, Cubic and Triangular numbers

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For display in the classroom - the square, cubic and triangular numbers. You can print them out twice and stick them back to back, laminate them and either create a mobile or hang them on a string across the classroom.