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maths teaching 10 ~ 16

Thursday, 9 July 2015

find the ostrich

this game was one of the SMILE software programmes (as 'Elephant' I think - on Microsmile, first 30)

NRICH have a (find the giraffe) software version

it seems better, initially at least, for students to call out coordinates to each other

the game can lead to some work on 'Manhattan metric' geometry:
which points are 3 away from (4, 4)?
which are equidistant from (1, 5) and (5, 1)?
find points (P) so that the distance away from (2, 3) add the distance away from (6, 3) is 8

the game can also be played with negative coordinates

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

rearrangement steps

rearrangement steps, with props (or is it 'scaffolding')
thanks to Laura Luke and Gareth Hughes for their (mathshub) help


good (except that I'm not a huge fan of cupcakes) context for nth terms and equation solving from the 2015 sample KS2 sample assessments (P2 reasoning Q8)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

ducks nth term

these have perhaps a curious purpose...
find a general rule for the daffy ducks
find a general rule for the donald ducks
and find a general rule for both ducks, relating this to the diagrams

rearrangement times/divide

rearrangement add/take

thanks to Dave Hewitt for his thoughts on the 'shape' of what rearrangement looks like

simple linear relationships

a simpler version of linear relationships

what (whole, positive) numbers can students find to fit these rules?

Monday, 22 June 2015


it may be helpful for students to put the expressions on bits of paper - to be able to change the arrangement more easily

Friday, 19 June 2015

six legs

simpler versions of transformational spiders
thanks to Aimee and Dan (Telford and Wrekin primary school teachers), working on a Mathshub primary algebra project