This is a gem of an idea we spotted a maths co-ordinator using with their Y3 class. It helps children to focus on developing their knowledge and understanding of multiplication tables. Like most of the best teaching ideas it's not reliant on rote-learning - instead it enhances children's understanding by encouraging them to think!

Here's how it goes. Read more »



Following a suggestion from one of our members, we have taken our Critter Multiples maths game and extended it.

This new 12 page pdf file is only available from the mathsticks+ dashboard. It includes 5 different game boards and a set of number choice circles. These new games focus on specific times tables from 3x to 12x. Read more »

Teaching multiplication board gameCritter Multiples is a straightforward multiplication game for two players.

The game is ideal for teachers who are focusing work on factors and products. It offers plenty of opportunities for children to practice finding the product of two numbers in a fun, engaging way.  In this version the numbers are chosen by rolling dice so the factors are limited to 1 - 6. Read more »

Written Problems-multiply-divide-maths-teachingUnravelling a written maths problem can be a confusing process. Occasionally we may be guilty of just asking too much of children; not only do they have to read the problem, they also have to: sift through the information to determine which elements are imporant and which are not really needed; understand what the question is really asking; decide which mathematical process is needed... Read more »

teaching-times-tables-pirate=productsMany thanks to those mathsticks members who responded to our survey about new maths resources. 

We had a number of requests for more games focusing on the related maths concepts of multiplication, factors, products and division. Here's our first new resource for that area. Read more »

multiplication game using diceThis simple maths game is designed to give children practice working on their multiplication facts.

The downaload includes four special gameboards and instructions. Two children use a game-board between them; they will also need a dice and a number of counters each. Read more »

times tables gameHere’s an excellent game to help children develop their use of the multiplication tables.

Give a pair of children the grid of numbers, illustrated below. Each player also needs a set of coloured counters.

They take it in turns to identify a square where they want to place one of their counters. In order to keep the counter there they must correctly state two factors that produce that specific product. Read more »