magic squares-multiplicationHere's another resource exclusively for our mathstick+ members. If you have access to the Prime files you will find this item listed under the KS2 tab in your Dashboard. Alternatively, use the mathstick+ button below this post.

This is a useful series of activities utilising a 3x3 magic square. Read more »

teaching activity - multiplicationHere's another very engaging maths teaching activity from one of our members.

Jason offers a fun way to practice written methods of multiplication and division while sharpening those problem solving skills.

The download contains two pages of incomplete equations.

Split each A4 page into two. Read more »

Quick maths starters sometimes need to be simple and straightforward - and you don't get any simpler than this. A series of speedy questions where the only response is "True" or "False". However, as you might guess, there's a great deal of maths going on behind this 'simple' activity.

So, what have we got for you?

A PowerPoint presentation that displays clear statements like this: Read more »

Maths multiples gameThis is another of our clean-and-simple, fun maths games. It is a 'three in a row' type game with a tight focus on practicing/using multiplication facts.

The game board features a grid of 25 numbers, children work in pairs using different colours of counters and a set of digit cards (2 to 9). They take it in turns to reveal a card, and then put a counter on any multiple of that number on the board. Read more »

Divide and RideThis is a colourful, fun and entertaining book that focuses on the usefulness of 'division' – the children like the setting of the ‘fun fair’ and enjoy working out what is need to complete each ride.

This is thoroughly recommended chiefly because it is so well written and illustrated, the explanations are clearly and the story elements will hold the attention of most young children. Read more »

times tables with the counting stick 

This is a wonderful example of teaching techniques using a counting stick. This video, taken from a lecture at Bath Spa University, shows Jill Mansergh helping a group of trainee teachers learn the 17 times table. The 17 times table is demonstrated to ensure that the trainees are outside their 'comfort zone' and go through the learning process, in a similar fashion to most children.

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Christmas X-Number - a mathematical crosswordThis one is straightforward to explain.

It's a cracker-shaped crossword with numbers. There are 27 clues, the majority of which (19) feature doubling or halving. The answers are either 2-digit, 3-digit, 4-digit or 5-digit numbers. Read more »

naughts and crosses maths gameHere's a unique slant (as far as I can tell) on a very old game.

First, pick your ordinary, everyday, everyone can play game, Naughts and crosses (or TicTac Toe). Second, boost it with a mathematical link (in this case times tables).

The result is a fun, educational maths game focussed on helping children practice those 'hard' times tables, the 6x, 7x, 8x and 9x. Read more »

Calculator maths game - five times tableThis is another clear board game designed to help children develop confidence with products and factors.

The focus here is on the five times-table. Read more »

A doubling numbers gameThis is a straightforward maths board game from the "four-in-a-row" family. The overt focus is for children to practice using a calculator to double numbers; however, the covert focus is for children to mentally halve numbers! Read more »

Three in a row maths gameHere's a quick and easy maths game to help children practice mental multiplication in the context of a game. The children have a collection of coloured counters and a game-board. The game-board features a 4 by 4 grid of numbers, and seven separate numbers (in red). The red numbers are factors; the numbers in the grid are products. The children take it in turns to find two red numbers which, when multiplied, will match a cell on the board. Read more »

Times table gameA challenging file of nine screens for our Buttonalio software with "Well done", "Good Work" banners* behind the buttons. The focus is on quick recall of Times Tables... the challenge is to remove the buttons in the order, smallest multiplication problem to largest. Read more »

Factors and multiplication board gameThis is a simple 'Track' game which encourages children to practice multiplication problems. There is a very strong focus on identifying factors and  (as usual) on the accurate use of vocabulary.

The downloadable pdf file includes two boards and teachers' notes - with 10 alternative modes of play!

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9 times table practice cardsThis is a set of 36 cards, featuring the 9 times table; 0 to 180 (twice).

The cards (4.9cm x 2.9cm) are sized to match the Ladder Board activities, and will enable children to become more familiar with the patterns in the 9 times table. Read more »

Top Trumps meets mathematics in this unique gameThis fun game uses 'Top Trumps' style cards to enable children to practice addition and multiplication strategies while reinforcing correct mathematical vocabulary.

There are 36 cards; each featuring an image of a mathstick figure and two mathematical statements.

The first statment on each card is an addition and the other a multiplication. Read more »

Five Times Table Game and Maths ActivityThis maths activity is an adaptation of the ‘Follow Me’ style activity, which I first described this here [Share Circle - 1 more than].

This version is designed to help children become more familiar with their five times table while playing a game. Read more »

multiplication baord gameThis is a great little mathematics game for two players. The focus is on reinforcing the concepts of 'factors and products'; perfect for later Key Stage 1 or early Key Stage 2.

The downloadable board* features a track around which the children move counters in response to the fall of a dice. Read more »

Squashy Boxes - mathematics teaching resourceHere's another versatile (and often overlooked) resource. Squashy Boxes enable children to quickly generate 'random' numbers. They are a simple but effective tool for practising a range of rapid recall and mental calculation strategies. Read more »

Seven times table Digit CardsThis is a set of 42 cards. Featuring the 7 times table; 0 to 140 (twice). The cards are sized to match the Ladder Board activities, and will enable children to become more familiar with the patterns in the 7 times table while playing Ladder Board games, pelmanism or even snap! Read more »

Simple multiplication strategies using arraysMultiplying two numbers can easily be thought of as finding the area of a rectangle. It is simple, direct and very visual strategy.

Using an array of objects or marks can help young children grasp the concept more quickly.

For example: Read more »

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