Rainforest Maths

My topic for this term is Rainforests. We have bought into the International Primary Curriculum resources, so my planning will be alongside this. I will try to update the blog weekly with ideas that I have used in the class, so here is the first activity.

  • Birds eggs.
  • Travelling to a rainforest

I used this website to find how far it was from Morton in Gainsborough to different rainforests around the world. htp://www.mapcrow.info/ then made up some puzzles like this:

  • Addition Leaf Tree

I am using the addition pyramid to revisit mental addition strategies, before teaching children column addition adding units first.

  • Rainforest Animal wangdoodles
  • Venn diagram puzzles
  • Easy
  • Harder


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Multiplication Activities

I have uploaded several multiplication activities I have collected, written or adapted over the last few years. Click on the pictures to access accompanying resources. I have also attached a link to BEAM, because I found several interesting multiplication resources using the interesting searching tool.

Here is the document I produced to support teachers with progression in multiplication and division strategies. 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: LTs U&A  multiplication and division. Everything hyperlinks from there.

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

  • BEAM maths of the month resources
  • Multiplication mysteries
  • Multiplication arrangements
  • Circle stitching (lesson plan)
  • Patterns on a number grid
  • Letterland (smartboard file)

  • Multiplication trios (lots of differentiated sheets)

  • Speedy multiplication
  • Incomplete Multiplication charts
  • Product Connect Four
  • Multiplication on a numberline
  • Multipying from an addition square
  • Special dates
  • Multiplication Arithmagons

You can find interactive multiplication arithmagons here: http://nrich.maths.org/7447

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Olympic Puzzles

www.nrich.maths.org have gone with an Olympic theme this month, so I have uploaded a couple of puzzles I wrote a while ago linked to this theme. My class have this theme in the summer term, so I will produce more puzzles nearer the time.

Olympic rings:

Winter Olympics

We did quite a bic mathematics topic based on the Winter Olympics. I have added some of the activities below. The first set are based on logical problem solving activites adapted from the draft materials published by Primary Strategy for year 4.

  • Winter Olympic medal tables

This first activity is has four puzzles that lead the children to draw graphs to show how many gold, silver and bronze medals won. I asked the children to complete the graphs so that each column had three colours indicating gold, silver and bronze so that they could see the total number of medals won also.

  • Summer Olympic Medal Tables

These are similar to the Winter Olympic medals puzzles, but based on the summer games.

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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: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Year-2-Christmas-Maths-6146500/

Year 4 activities:http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Key-stage-2-Christmas-Maths-Puzzles-6147071/

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African animals

Last year, following a trip to South Africa over the half term, I did a topic on African animals. I found the nuffield D and T unit on ‘how will your beast move its mouth very helpful. I have already uploaded several of the activities I used, but I have organised them all here under 1 post. I have also added smartboard files to accompany activities onto TES website:

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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 edhelper.com. For more information follow the link below).

Collaborative puzzles

Collaborative puzzles inspired by edhelper.com

I adapted two time puzzles I found on edhelper.com 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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