using calculators in schoolThis one is as old as the hills but also brand new - just spotted it trolled out when the Guardian picked up on an OFSTED report on mathematics.

Here's the bit that got me all fired up...

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place value Here is the first of several new Christmas themed mathsticks resources for 2011.

Place Value Labels is problem solving activity focused on strengthening children's understanding of place value. [No, it's not just a set of 'labels']. Read more »

Coin counting resourceWe've taken our very popular Digit Window Frame resources and given them a little twist... we've added money. So, here's a 'hunt and seek' activity for children getting to grips with coin recognition.

Cut out the window cards and challenge the children to place the frames on the coin mats so that specific amounts show through. 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 »

multi step problems for school mathsA number of members have asked for another series of the two-stage problems that featured in our original Problem Talk resource.

Here is the result: a set of 20 multi-step written problems, these are specifically designed to offer appropriate challenge for Y2 and Y3 children.


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Calculator activity - addition and subtraction resource

This is a follow-up to our popular Calculator Activity-1.

While that original resource focused exclusively on Addition, this one helps children develop their understanding (and accuracy) when reading written numbers and calculating with both addition and subtraction.

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Take-away subtraction maths gameThis is a fun, two-player game focusing on subtraction.

The unique maths game uses counters and a dice and is ideal for practicing number-bonds to 10. 

The Take Away board consists of 16 numbered squares in a grid. The game-play is quite simple so the focus remains on the maths. Read more »

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