# KS2

**We thought it would be a timely addition to our mathsticks resources to offer a trio of carrots... **So if you have a child (or group of children) who deserve a little extra praise for their mathematical work you could give them something a little bit more meaningful than a sticker. **Read more »**

Here we have taken the **Addition puzzles** from **Mental Monday's #19** and turned them into a series of mini booklets. This makes them ideal for children to work through at their own pace (perfect for the end of term), they could also be used as 'registration activities', or as a homework project. **Read more »**

**This week I am sharing an idea by Kelly Malloy.**

I have followed Kelly's tweets for a while now and recently found her "Two heads are better than one" **Place Value** sheet. She has given me permission to share this here. **Read more »**

This week we offer a PowerPoint presentation that takes you through nine separate **mental challenges**. Each slide is based on a puzzle that involves connecting a series of numbers so that the total is always the same.

The puzzles are based on a pattern of lines and circles. Like this:

This is a straightforward **mental and oral maths idea** to encourage the children to use and apply their calculation skills. We've given it a small Mathsticks twist by utilising a unique visual resource, but more about that later.

Here's what happens.

A two digit random number is generated either by rolling two dice or selecting digit cards. This is the target number, and it is displayed on the board. **Read more »**

I always loved the idea of using the **Magic Square** concept with children since it offers so many opportunities to get to grips with problem solving. However, it always seemed to me that Magic Squares on their own lacked a sense of purpose; if they were set into a historical context, then that seemed fine - but purely as maths puzzles, they only ever seemed to interest a small number of children. **Read more »**

Here’s another versatile calculation-based **Mental and Or****al starter**.

We are looking at number problems with multiple operations. For example, you display the following **number sentence**, or **equation** (since it is a mixed calculation there is no logical way we can call it a "sum").