## Popular Maths Resources

Primary Maths Resources
Over 3,500 free primary maths resources
Gordons Numeracy Resources
Over 100 interactive teaching programs
KS2 Maths Starters
Short activities to start off maths lessons
Maths Board Games
Templates to create your own board games
Maths Problem Solving Strategies
How to problem solve in Maths
Times Table Colouring Sheets
A fun way to learn those times tables
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## 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

## Getting Girls Coding at Primary School

Even though there are some fabulous resources available for learning to program at primary school, none of them are focused on getting girls into coding. The Made with Code project from Google aims to change this by getting girls excited about learning to code and helping to close the gender gap in the tech industry. The site aims to show young girls that the things they love are made with code and that the skills that they learn when coding can be applied to their own passions.

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

## Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) initiative was rolled out across the UK in 2005 and aimed to support children aged from 3-16 years to develop their personal and social skills. These skills involved self-awareness, managing their feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. I've included the resources for this important initiative here as I've found them incredibly useful in the past.

Author: Gary Hall

## The use of drama in KS1 and KS2

Drama is an important element of speaking and listening within the primary curriculum for English. It is also a motivating teaching method appropriate to many subject areas. By teaching through drama, children can become increasingly aware of a range of ways of acting out in order to create, explore and communicate ideas about situations, characters, ideas and emotions.

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

## Promoting Pupils' Creative Thinking

What comes to mind when you think of creativity? People being imaginative, inventive, taking risks and challenging convention? Do you think about originality and the value of what people produce? Perhaps you think you can only be creative if you are artistic. What if that's not the case? What if we can develop children's creative thinking by promoting creativity in the classroom? How do we do this?

Author: Gary Hall

## Children's story book collection apps

Apps with collections of children's story books are becoming really popular. Instead of buying single children's books, parents and schools can now purchase collections of books (some of which are interactive and include narration) to use with their little ones. These apps are either priced per book or per month, on a similar basis to the Netflix delivery method.

Author: Gary Hall

## Non competitive sports days

How competitive is the sports day at your local primary school? Do the children take part in activities where they compete against each other - where there are winners and losers? Or does everyone join in with all of the activities and there is no element of competition? Which of these approaches is best for the parents, best for the school and, most importantly, best for the child?

Author: Gary Hall

## 3D Printing to develop Maths skills

Here's an example of how 3D printing can be used in primary schools to develop mathematical skills. Recently, one of the children in my class brought in some 3D shapes that her dad had printed on his 3D printer at home. After chatting to her a bit about it, I got in touch with her dad and asked if he'd be interested in putting his 3D printer to good use for the benefit of the school.

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

Do you know who your ideal customer is? If you don't, how do you know that your marketing money will be well spent on attracting them? By defining a profile of the type of customer that will buy your product or service, you'll be in a better position to work out how to communicate effectively with them.

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

## Top 10 Things to do in Beverley

With its mix of cobbled lanes and elegant Georgian and Victorian terraces, Beverley is a fabulous example of a traditional market town. If you only have a short time to visit, you'll need to make sure that you pack in the most important sights so I've compiled for you the ten most popular places to visit in Beverley.

Author: Gary Hall

## Best Content Marketing Tools

The best tools for content marketing are the ones that bring in the most business for you. In this article, I have collated the most important content marketing tools and broken them down into a number of categories. These categories are based on the workflow for content marketing which include curation, creation, publishing, scheduling and analytics.

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

## How to use Video as part of the Marketing Mix

As the sheer amount of online videos rises and rises, innovative video ideas to grab consumer’s attention are becoming more and more sought after. To try and stand out in this saturated marketplace takes a lot of innovation, good networking skills and a little bit of luck.

Author: Gary Hall

## BBC Teach

BBC Teach features more than 1500 clips from across BBC Learning to support teachers around the UK - completely free. On the Teach YouTube channel, which is updated daily, there are over 1500 carefully selected clips from the BBC archive, Learning Zone and School Radio, covering more than 20 subjects at early years, primary and secondary level, and across all national curricula.

Author: Gary Hall

## Coding Story Books

Problem Solving. Literacy. Maths. Coding. They're all here in the latest and greatest coding story books. From graphic novels to traditional picture stories, these engaging books get children really thinking about problem solving and how this relates to coding. These coding story books are available from ages 4 through to 12 and are lots of fun too.

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

## Exciting Stimulus for Writing at School

When I first started teaching, I remember teaching a lesson about bonfire night where I got the children to close their eyes and use their imagination to sense what was going on around them. Fast forward a few! years and here we have a much more exciting stimulus to develop emotional writing: involving the children in their own disaster movie!

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

## Getting Girls Programming

There’s been a lot of talk about digital skills and preparing young people, especially girls, to be confident and thrive in a digital future, but where to start? The answer may be TechFuture Girls: a free out-of-the-box after-school club that has been specifically designed to encourage girls to stay engaged in IT and technology.

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