## Place Value Teaching Ideas

Following on from my article on place value sliders, I've curated some more ideas for teaching place value - one of the most important building blocks for maths. Place value is important because it helps students understand the meaning of a number as well as the order of numbers.

Author: Gary Hall

## Creative Ways to Teach Money at Primary School

Money is an important aspect in all of our lives and children need to be exposed to it at school, as we are living in a world where money is becoming intangible. As adults, we handle money less and less and, because we pay by card, mobile or bank transfer so children don't tend to see coins or notes as much as they used to. So how can we teach children about money, how it makes the world go round, in a creative way that makes it relevant to their lives?

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths Working Walls

Maths Working Walls are a great way to keep young minds focused on maths. They are a place to support current and future learning in maths and also celebrate excellent examples of pupil's work. The working wall should be purposeful, helpful, relevant and above all useful. So what should we include on our maths displays to help pupils make progress in maths and how can we do this in a manageable way?

Author: Gary Hall

## Make your own maths board games

Maths board games are a great way to get children hooked and engaged with maths. I've collated a collection of board game templates which can be modified to make your own maths game board which will teach many different aspects of both KS1 and KS2 maths. The templates are all printable at either A4 or A3 size and can be printed in either black and white or colour to really get your maths students engrossed in their learning.

Author: Gary Hall

## Place Value Slider

Place value is one of the main concepts in the mathematics curriculum and sometimes teaching place value can be quite difficult to do. So to help my students with this, I created this simple printable place value slider. It helps understand place value from decimals up to a million and easily demonstrates the KS2 maths ideas behind multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000.

Author: Gary Hall

## Developing Maths Vocabulary at Primary School

I can still recall a maths lesson where one of the children in a class I was teaching looked really worried because she didn't understand what was needed to solve a problem. All the rest of the class were cracking on with their work but she was getting nowhere. I asked her what the problem was, as I'd already gone over with the group what was needed to solve the problem.

Author: Gary Hall

## Questions to Extend Mathematical Thinking

There are moments in mathematics lessons when you can see a switch being flicked in a child's brain and they have a 'light bulb moment'. "Ah... I get it now," they say. Often these lightbulb moments don't happen by themselves but instead are caused by a teacher's use of questioning in the mathematics lesson.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths Software Evaluation Checklist

Maths software comes in many different shapes and sizes. From apps on ipads, to online services such as Mathletics or MyMaths. From online KS2 maths games to installed software on your local computer network. As budgets get tighter and the choice of maths software grows greater every day, we need to really think carefully about the needs of the children and the school. To help with this I've put together a checklist of questions to ask when evaluating maths software.

Author: Gary Hall

## Learning Styles in Maths

Based on recent studies, two distinct maths learning styles have been identified for children learning maths. The characteristics of these two styles are often classified by the labels or terms “inchworm” or “grasshopper”,“quantative” or ”qualitative” and “sequential” or “holistic”. It is helpful for teachers to be familiar with these two distinct learning styles in order to use the teaching style to match the needs of the pupil.

Author: Gary Hall

## Overcoming Problems in Maths

Children struggle with maths for many different reasons. If we, as teachers, can identify exactly where the problem lies and then address it, barriers can be overcome resulting in confident young mathematicians. I've attempted to categorise the types of problems in maths and then identify possible solutions to these problems.

Author: Gary Hall

## Supporting Dyslexia and Dyscalculia in Maths

Dyslexic learners often have difficulties with the language of mathematics, sequencing, orientation and memory, rather than with the mathematics itself. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. This article identifies ways in which these types of learners learn differently and strategies that can be put in place to help.

Author: Gary Hall

## NCTM Illuminations Maths Resources

The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in the US has produced a plethora of interactive resources to improve the teaching and learning of maths for everyone. The ITPS (interactive teaching programs) are available for both KS1 and KS2 maths and can be used by teachers and pupils alike. Each resource has a thumbnail, a description and a link to the relevant resource.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths Across the Curriculum

Maths skills are consolidated and enhanced when pupils have opportunities to apply and develop them across the curriculum. Poor maths skills hold back pupils' progress and can lower their self-esteem. Improving these skills can be tackled on a whole school basis by ensuring mathematical skills are used across the curriculum so that pupils become confident at tackling maths in any context.

Author: Gary Hall

## Handy Times Tables

For those kinaesthetic learners (the ones that learn by doing and can remember movements more easily than words) here is a handy method for finding the harder multiplication facts from the six, seven, eight and nine times tables. It involves memorising a routine but the routine is something to do, rather than something to say.

Author: Gary Hall

## Scratch Maths

ScratchMaths is a two-year computing and mathematics-based curriculum for Key Stage 2 pupils (Years 5 and 6). Its aim is to enable pupils to engage with and explore important mathematical ideas through learning to program, using the free online programming environment Scratch. The ScratchMaths curriculum is currently being used in over 50 schools across England.

Author: Gary Hall

## Problem Solving using Bar Models

Here in the UK, we have a myriad of different approaches in solving word problems in maths. In Singapore Maths, students use a bar model to solve word problems. They take the problem apart and then create a representation of it using simple blocks. This then helps them understand the problem better and creates a lot higher success rate in solving word problems.

Author: Gary Hall

## BBC Megamaths

BBC Megamaths is a series of eight audio programmes which were broadcast on BBC radio in 2011. They are aimed at children aged 7 - 9 and the emphasis is on mental maths and problem solving. There are seven different themes covered mainly all to do with measure which include time, money, capacity, length, weight, fractions and decimals.

Author: Gary Hall

## Helping your child with maths

Over the years I've been asked "How can we help our child with their maths?" many times. There are lots of things that parents can do to help develop their children's maths skills. The activities included here are free and found in everyday situations, so no need to buy any books or spend money on expensive resources.

Author: Gary Hall

## Teaching Logic through Sudoku

Sudoku is a great way for children to develop their logic skills whilst having fun at the same time. To solve a Sudoku puzzle, students needs to use a combination of logic and trial-and-error. Regular Sudoku is a 9 by 9 grid but these simpler puzzles are on a 4 by 4 grid, making the game easier to understand and beat, before moving onto the larger grids.

Author: Gary Hall

## Ways to use the Counting Stick

The counting stick is a very versatile tool for teaching maths to primary aged children. Whilst sometimes seen as a tool for teaching foundation and KS1 children, it still has many uses when teaching both lower and upper key stage 2 classes. I've included here a number of techniques that can be used across different types of numbers including decimals, fractions, percentages and negative numbers.

Author: Gary Hall

## Reasoning in the classroom

A key skill in becoming fully numerate (and to becoming an independent adult) is the ability to make your own decisions and learn from them. This key skill is central to these activities: they have been developed to allow learners to choose their own methods and ways of recording, then present their findings in whichever way they decide.

Author: Gary Hall

## Logical Thinking Detectives

Here is a series of activities to develop logical thinking and listening skills for KS2 children. The resource includes 5 video interviews which the students watch to gather clues. They then use the database to input the information they have gathered and search for a culprit. They can also use the virtual PDA to examine the files of all criminals held on the database.

Author: Gary Hall

## Times table colouring

A great way to learn times table facts is by making it fun and getting children colouring. These times table colouring sheets are great for reinforcement and make a great starter or filler activity. Children enjoy working out the puzzles and use their times tables knowledge to do this. These sheets are suitable for use across a wide ability and age range.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths Self Evaluation

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths (NCETM) has a self-evaluation tool to help teachers audit their subject knowledge in all areas of the national curriculum, across all age groups. This tool is really useful in identifying where the gaps are in your maths understanding and where to go to plug these gaps. The site requires free registration.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths SATs Organiser

Do you struggle with identifying each child's areas of weakness in maths? Wouldn't it be great if you could let them decide on which topic they'd like to practise and then leave them to it. Child initiated learning at its very best! This fabulous tool from Mr Hammonds does just that.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maven's Maths Mysteries

The Maths Maven is always finding herself in the middle of a fun new mystery — and she counts on her "super sleuths" to crack the case. This website has 27 different audio visual maths puzzles for children across the KS2 age range. Each mystery focuses on a particular area of math reasoning and problem solving.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maffy's Best Numbers

Maffy's Best Numbers was written and produced by the Resources and Learning Development Unit in Bristol back in the 1980's with the help of local schools and teachers. It consists of maths related puzzles, problems, investigations and games that are suitable for children in primary and secondary schools.

Author: Gary Hall

## KS2 Maths Starters

These resources are really useful for the KS2 maths class. Each of the resources share three things in common: you can generate an infinite number of questions, you get all the answers and they are completely free! You can use them for maths starters, for revision, as part of a carousel of activities or to print out for worksheets.

Author: Gary Hall

## Classroom Posters for Primary Maths

Here are a selection of fabulous maths posters for the primary school classroom. Based on problems from the nrich site, they are well suited for display around the school to challenge more able children and to embed mathematical thinking around the school. The maths posters are for both KS1 maths and KS2 maths.

Author: Gary Hall

## Teaching Maths Using Robots

Sphero is a robot ball with several features that can be controlled through mobile apps, including computer programs that the students build. Sphero can roll at a given speed and direction for a given amount of time and it can light up in any color. Its really fun for the children to program and includes mathematical concepts such as angles, distance, speed and shape.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths Problem Pictures

Maths Problem Pictures are about bringing mathematics to life with photographs. Striking photographs are combined with original questions and problems to challenge students at all levels. Although they are aimed at more able students, some of them will be accessible by primary maths students.

Author: Gary Hall

## Teaching Finance at Primary School

According to research, the average age that children start to purchase items online is 10. So we need to teach them about finanical matters. Luckily, there are resources available to allow us to do this. Cha-Ching is a financial education resource, designed to equip primary school children with the knowledge, skill and attitudes they need to make informed money decisions.

Author: Gary Hall

## Problem Solving Activities KS2

Puzzleboxx is a collection of puzzles and problem solving activities suitable for upper KS2 children. Well suited for maths groupwork, they are arranged into visual, word based, practical, logical and lateral problems so there's something here to suit everyone's preferences and learning styles.

Author: Gary Hall

## Intel Primary Maths Resources

Here are a 24 interactive maths lessons, created by Intel, covering many areas of the KS1 and KS2 programme of study including number, statistics, shape & space and measure. They have also been added to the Primary Maths Resources section and sorted into the correct year group objective. The lessons include three elements - learn, test and review.

Author: Gary Hall

## Laying the Foundations for Algebra

Algebra is about putting real life problems into equations and then solving them. Although formal algebra does not really start until Key Stage 3, primary schools can lay the lay the foundations for algebra in Key Stages 1 and 2 by providing early activities based on algebra from which later work in algebra can develop.

Author: Gary Hall

## National Numeracy Strategy ITPs

These National Numeracy Strategy Interactive Teaching Programs (NNS ITPs) were developed in 2002 to help with the teaching of maths in UK Primary Schools. There are 32 NNS ITPs in total and many are still useful for maths teaching in classrooms today. They are ideal for class or small group teaching and cover many areas of numeracy incuding number, shape, measure and statistics.

Author: Gary Hall

## Maths Curriculum KS1

The KS1 Maths Curriculum is focused on ensuring that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numbers, words and the four operations, often taught at this early age using practical resources. This article provides an indepth overview of the maths curriculum at KS1.

Author: Gary Hall

## Mathematics Problem Solving Strategies

Anyone who has taught maths for any length of time will know how difficult it can be to teach pupils to solve maths problems out of context. Present pupils with a familiar setting or a sum that they've tackled before then they're usually fine, but turn it into an unfamiliar problem then it's a different matter. However, in the same ways that we teach strategies for other areas of maths, we can also teach strategies to solve maths problems.

Author: Gary Hall

## Progression in Mathematics at Primary School

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) have published a series of videos, powerpoints and supplementary material to demonstrate the progression of mathematics teaching and learning at primary school. There are 60 short videos, filmed during 2012-2013, which demonstrate how to teach mathematics at primary school.

Author: Gary Hall

## KS2 Maths SATs Threshold

KS2 Maths SATs Threshold tables can sometimes be hard to find so here they are collected together for ease of use. These thresholds used to determine what levels to assign to year 6 children when completing the KS2 SATs tests. SATs were introduced in 2003 and the thresholds were discontinued when levels were discontinued in 2016 but they've been collated here for your convenience.

Author: Gary Hall