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maths resources for the more able pupils in the 10 - 14 age-group
Year 7 Maths Challenge Cards
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Year 7 Maths Challenge Cards

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I have produced these Maths Challenge Cards specifically for the more able pupils in Year 7. No extra skills are needed beyond those usually taught to this year-group. The aim is to challenge and extend pupils by encouraging them to use their existing skills imaginatively and creatively as they tackle sometimes difficult, new or unfamiliar problems. The cards are of roughly the same difficulty (which means that they do not have to be worked through in any particular order). The cards are designed to be printed up landscape on A4 card (two A5 cards to a page) and the set comes complete with answers. The Challenge Cards have been extensively tried and tested in the classroom and many teachers have found them to be a valuable extra resource. I hope you and your pupils enjoy using them. note : Although the pdf gives you a 25-page template for printing up a set of 50 cards, some teachers have chosen to print on paper either at A5 size or (reduced) at A6 size. Easily stuck into the pupil’s maths book, the problems produced this way can be useful for either classroom or home working. Alternatively, problems can be emailed to pupils for homework / prep or for distance learning. In maths, as in other subjects, able pupils need (and deserve) to be challenged. These cards are designed to do just that; they have already proved popular ‘extender’ material with teachers in the UK and beyond. tech specs ‘Year 7 Maths Challenge Cards’ comes as a 1.3 MB zip file containing : (1)  a pdf of the cards themselves, presented in landscape format and showing 2 cards to a page, ready for printing up as A5 cards (2) a pdf of the answers, presented in portrait format, ready for printing up and stapling as an A4 booklet
Year 5 Maths Challenge Cards
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Year 5 Maths Challenge Cards

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I have produced these Maths Challenge Cards specifically for the more able pupils in Year 5. No extra skills are needed beyond those usually taught to this year-group. The aim is to challenge and extend pupils by encouraging them to use their existing skills imaginatively and creatively as they tackle sometimes difficult, new or unfamiliar problems. The cards are of roughly the same difficulty (which means that they do not have to be worked through in any particular order). The cards are designed to be printed up landscape on A4 card (two A5 cards to a page) and the set comes complete with answers. The Challenge Cards have been extensively tried and tested in the classroom and many teachers have found them to be a valuable extra resource. I hope you and your pupils enjoy using them. note : Although the pdf gives you a 25-page template for printing up a set of 50 cards, some teachers have chosen to print on paper either at A5 size or (reduced) at A6 size. Easily stuck into the pupil’s maths book, the problems produced this way can be useful for either classroom or home working. Alternatively, problems can be emailed to pupils for homework / prep or for distance learning. In maths, as in other subjects, able pupils need (and deserve) to be challenged. These cards are designed to do just that; they have already proved popular ‘extender’ material with teachers in the UK and beyond. tech specs ‘Year 5 Maths Challenge Cards’ comes as a 1.3 MB zip file containing : (1)  a pdf of the cards themselves, presented in landscape format and showing 2 cards to a page, ready for printing up as A5 cards (2) a pdf of the answers, presented in portrait format, ready for printing up and stapling as an A4 booklet
Year 4 Maths Challenge Cards
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Year 4 Maths Challenge Cards

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I have produced these Challenge Cards specifically for the more able pupils in Year 4. No extra skills are needed beyond those usually taught to this year-group. The aim is to challenge and extend pupils by encouraging them to use their existing skills imaginatively and creatively as they tackle sometimes difficult, new or unfamiliar problems. The cards are of roughly the same difficulty (which means that they do not have to be worked through in any particular order). The cards are designed to be printed up landscape on A4 card (two A5 Challenge Cards to a page) and the set comes complete with answers. The Challenge Cards have been extensively tried and tested in the classroom and many teachers have found them to be a valuable extra resource. I hope you and your pupils enjoy using them. note : Although most teachers print straight to card, some have chosen to print on paper at either A5 or A6 size. Easily stuck into the pupil’s maths book, the problems produced this way can be useful for either classroom or home working. Alternatively, problems can be emailed to pupils for homework / prep or for distance learning. In maths, as in other subjects, able pupils need (and deserve) to be challenged. These cards are designed to do just that; they have already proved popular ‘extender’ material with teachers in the UK and beyond.
Year 6 Maths Challenge Cards
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Year 6 Maths Challenge Cards

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I have produced these Maths Challenge Cards specifically for the more able pupils in Year 6. No extra skills are needed beyond those usually taught to this year-group. The aim is to challenge and extend pupils by encouraging them to use their existing skills imaginatively and creatively as they tackle sometimes difficult, new or unfamiliar problems. The cards are of roughly the same difficulty (which means that they do not have to be worked through in any particular order). The cards are designed to be printed up landscape on A4 card (two A5 cards to a page) and the set comes complete with answers. The Challenge Cards have been extensively tried and tested in the classroom and many teachers have found them to be a valuable extra resource. I hope you and your pupils enjoy using them. note : Although the pdf gives you a 25-page template for printing up a set of 50 cards, some teachers have chosen to print on paper either at A5 size or (reduced) at A6 size. Easily stuck into the pupil’s maths book, the problems produced this way can be useful for either classroom or home working. Alternatively, problems can be emailed to pupils for homework / prep or for distance learning. In maths, as in other subjects, able pupils need (and deserve) to be challenged. These cards are designed to do just that; they have already proved popular ‘extender’ material with teachers in the UK and beyond. tech specs ‘Year 6 Maths Challenge Cards’ comes as a 1.3 MB zip file containing : (1)  a pdf of the cards themselves, presented in landscape format and showing 2 cards to a page, ready for printing up as A5 cards (2) a pdf of the answers, presented in portrait format, ready for printing up and stapling as an A4 booklet
Maths Investigations - 18 investigations covering the range  KS1 to yr6
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Maths Investigations - 18 investigations covering the range KS1 to yr6

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These investigations come from a variety of sources; some you might have seen before, whilst others are completely original but – they have all been tried and tested in the classroom and found to be practicable, worthwhile and engaging. They’re presented here in a way which makes them easy to grasp and straightforward to carry out in the classroom. Each investigation is clearly outlined, with the aims, practical resources needed, instructions for pupils and expected results all described. Extension activities are suggested where appropriate and photocopiable resource masters are provided where these would be helpful. None of the investigations requires materials beyond the usual classroom ones. The 18 different investigations are listed with a suggested year-group for each one. However, these are only suggestions, as any of the investigations can be used with a variety of year-groups; for example, some of the earlier ones can be adapted to provide interesting investigations for older pupils. Each of these investigations is a complete lesson and every one of them has a mathematical point or theme of value; all of them have been tried and tested in the classroom. ‘Maths Investigations’ is provided as a zip folder carrying two zip files, one containing the investigations and the other containing the photocopiable resource masters. contents 18 investigations : 2 for KS1, 3 for year 3, 3 for year 4, 4 for year 5 and 6 for year 6
no problem! book 1
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no problem! book 1

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This is a book of original, colourful and engaging maths problems, designed to interest any young mathematician. The problems form Part 1 of the book. Part 2 outlines some useful strategies to try when you’re completely stuck. Part 3 contains the answers to all questions, along with clear and helpful explanations (often outlining more than one approach). The 50 problems are on separate pages, making things easy for teachers who wish to email them to pupils eg for homework / prep or for distance learning . . . . . . and to help teachers or parents who wish to set the problems without giving immediate access to the answers, ‘no problem! book 1’ is supplied here as a whole book and also as separate ‘problem’ and ‘answer’ books. I originally designed these problems to challenge and extend able pupils in the yr6 – yr8 age group. To tackle these problems, no maths knowledge or skills are required beyond those of a yr6 pupil; in particular, no knowledge of algebra is needed. What is essential, and what the book hopes to develop in pupils, is imagination and confidence – and a willingness to tackle the new and the unfamiliar.
FREE : 'no problem book 1' & Maths Challenge Cards sample pages : FREE
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FREE : 'no problem book 1' & Maths Challenge Cards sample pages : FREE

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Here, by request, is a selection of sample pages, some from the ‘no problem’ book and some from the Maths Challenge Cards. It’s impossible to give anything more than a flavour of these resources in a few sample pages but if you’re not sure whether a particular resource is suitable for your purposes, then perhaps these will help. The ‘no problem’ book, designed to be viewed on screen (ipad, laptop or desktop computer) has a wide range of problems covering all areas of the subject at this level; the first few problems are quite easy but the rest are challenging; all of them however can be tackled using only the skills and knowledge which a good Year 6 pupil should have – in particular, no knowledge of algebra is required! The sample pages show you a few of the problems – but of course, there’s much more to the ‘no problem’ book than that : there’s an informative faq section, a section outlining useful and practical / workable strategies for ‘getting started’ when you have a seemingly intractable problem and finally there are answers to all the questions. And for each question, you get not just the answer but a clear and helpful explanation outlining one, two or three ways of tackling that question. (In the book there are 50 pages of questions but over 80 pages of answers and explanations.) The Maths Challenge Cards provide ideal extender material for pupils: perfect for early finishers in the classroom or for home learning! With problems covering all areas of the syllabus, there are sets for each of the year-groups Yr4, Yr5, Yr6 and Yr7. Although originally designed to be printed up on card and guillotined to produce a set of 50 cards (with a challenging problem on each), the separate pages of this resource can just as easily be used for home / distance learning. With each set of cards comes an Answer Book containing answers to all problems, together with brief explanations.
no problem! book 2
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no problem! book 2

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Here is the second book in the ‘no problem’ series. Like book 1 it’s full of original, colourful and engaging maths problems, designed to interest any young mathematician. An ‘answers’ section contains the answers to all questions, along with clear and helpful explanations (often outlining more than one approach). The 50 problems are on separate pages, making things easy for teachers who wish to email them to pupils eg for homework / prep or for distance learning; the format is designed for use on desktop, laptop or smart board . . . . . . and to help teachers or parents who wish to set the problems without giving immediate access to the answers, ‘no problem! book 2’ is supplied here as a whole book and also as separate ‘problem’ and ‘answer’ books. These problems were originally designed to challenge and extend able pupils in the yr6 – yr8 age group. To tackle the problems, no maths knowledge or skills are required beyond those of a yr6 pupil; in particular, no knowledge of algebra is needed. What is essential, and what the book hopes to develop in pupils, is imagination and confidence – and a willingness to tackle the new and the unfamiliar.