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Shape, Angle and Position Progression and Activities

I have uploaded several shape activities already and you can download activities and smartboard files from the tes website by following this link.

I have also produced progression documents for 2D shapes, 3D shapes, angles and position and movement.

  • 2D shape
  • 3D shape
  • Angles
  • Position and Movement

Remember, if you click on the picture, you will access the full document, however the hyperlinks won’t work. To download the zipfile, click here (Mediafire) or here (4share):

If you do download the zipfile, be patient it takes a while. You will need to unzip it, open the folder and locate the word document: LT 2D shape, LT 3D shape, LT angles or LT position and movement. Everything hyperlinks from there.

I have attached a step by step guide for unzipping the folder. click here

  • 2d shape mobiles puzzles (zids and zods)
  • Reflective symmetry in regular polygons

And here is a great pentomino activity…

  • Pentomino

Click on the picture to link to an interactive file from NGFL CYMRU.  When I introduced it to my class, I began with this activity:

Children invetsigated all by finding all 12 pentominoes using square paper provided below, then sorted onto Venn diagram: Net of open cube, at last 1 line of symmetry. Finally, they solved the attached puzzles:

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Christmas puzzles

We have finished our ‘How to train your dragon’ topic and have turned our attention to Christmas. I have put together some maths puzzles to end the term, which revisit all the puzzles the children have been introduced to over the term. (Click on the pictures to access the puzzles)

  • 12 Days of Christmas

  • Mazes

  • Presents

  • Wangdoodles

I have added simple, whole pound examples, and more difficult decimal examples. Children in my class are in transition between guess and test strategy and more systematic tick chart method explained in the draft logic problem materials for kieran’s cats.

Shape puzzles


  • Maisie Mouse

  • Zids and Zods

  • Nicknames

I have also uploaded Christmas themed digit cards, which can be use to solve problems such as magic square puzzles, card sharp puzzles, e.g.

You can also access smartboard files and further ideas and activities linked to digit cards here.

Year 2 activities:

Year 4 activities:

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How to train your Dragon maths

This year our priorities in school are:

  • To develop a love of reading.
  • To develop a love of maths by implementing a problem solving approach.
  • To develop a creative curriculum.

In practise, this term we have altered our planning so that each class is developing their curriculum based on a book. My book is How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell,

so I have shared some of the maths problems we solved. I have also begun to upload accompanying smartboard files for different posts onto the TES website. Here is a link to the:

Week 1 and 2, we started by looking at the painting Saint George and the Dragon by Paulo Uccelo.

We also covered some of the simplier Knight maths found in the Tudor maths pages:

When we got to the book, our literacy was writing stories with Historical settings. I found the legend of the boneknapper clip on you tube very helpful. We revisited some of the Viking maths I covered with year 4 last year, I will pull them altogether here, and I have added a few new activities.

We are now looking at the dragons, and writing  information texts. In science we are looking at temperature.

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Telling the time, reading timetables and working together.

Telling the time is something that quite a lot of my class need to practise often. I have already uploaded some of the activities I have written this year, but here is a few more. On this revisit we are focusing on 24 hour clock, reading time tables and collaborating to solve problems. Because we are working on block D, I have tried to make links to other block D objectives, so there is a bit of coordinates and a bit of finding the difference between times.

24 hour coordinates grid

Nicknames puzzles

  • time logic (one of these is inspired by For more information follow the link below).

Collaborative puzzles

Collaborative puzzles inspired by

I adapted two time puzzles I found on to make them collaborative. To find the original puzzles click here.

Below are some useful telling the time websites that we will visit.

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One of the things I do with my class is revisit problems in different contexts. This puzzle is from the draft logic problem materials published by Primary Strategy, which gives a full lesson plan for delivering the lesson to year 5. I have used the puzzle successfully several times in year 4. I have uploaded examples of the different contexts I have used it over the last few years. There are a few puzzles in each link. When we do them now, most children are able to produce their own grids to solve the puzzles.






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Tudor maths weeks 1 and 2

This term I am working on the theme of Tudors with my year 4 class and have produced a number of puzzles and problems linked to this theme. I use the “Challenging more able pupils” problem solving book to help generate ideas, so you might recognise some of these problems from there. Let me know what you think.

Week 1 activities-Kings and Queens

Because kings and queens in Tudor times use roman numerals, we did a couple of activities to familiarise the children with them.

Roman numeral multiplication

Monarchy dates in roman numerals

We then looked at these activities to help children remember the names,  dates and a few facts about Tudor kings and queens (and Henry VIIIs wives) while solving logic problems.

Kings and Queens logic puzzles

King and Queens stamp puzzles

There was a good activity we found on about Henry VIII six wives.

In week 2 we looked more at Henry VIII and his interests.

We discovered he was a knight, and solved problems and puzzles about knights.

Knights of the garter (nicknames puzzle)

Knight mazes (number sequences)

We then looked at some of the things he did such as:

If you like the jousting activity, there is a wonderful game on that uses the same strategy called “weigh the wangdoodles

We have planned four more weeks of similar Tudor maths. In addition to the word documents I have attached, I also have smart board files completed for most of the activities.

Other topics I have planned themes for are:



African animals


Keeping healthy

As a consultant, I also produced resources for Lincolnshire schools.

There is a link below to cross curricular planning for different year groups I did a few years ago now.

If there is anything you would like me to upload please post a comment and let me know.

Otherwise, I will upload some Egyptian problems and puzzles.

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