My old blog posts: Maths

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

In my previous life, before being a stay at home mum, I started a blog. Not a parenting one like now, but a Maths blog.
I used to be an LSA in a local school and taught Maths to small groups of Y7 to Y9 girls. I noticed that they really struggled with grasping certain concepts but the resources around them didn't help them in any way.

I made my own resources that ultimately went on to help them and led me to create resources for my son too. I then created the blog to share my ideas and resources with other teachers.

As I was deleting my old blog, I thought that I would share some of my posts with you, so here they are :)

I didn't edit any of the writing, apart from taking out the shameless plugging of my resources in the online store!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Times Table Domino Loop Cards

Apologies for not writing anything for so long. What with the holidays and testing some ideas out on pupils, time has flown by!

When I say testing, I try out activities with the pupils to see if things make sense, are do-able and are fun, before I share with you!

Lately, I have been getting my different groups to try out my Times Table Domino Loop Cards (a bit long winded maybe, but am short of a title!)

I created these when some of the girls were complaining that learning times tables and division was difficult, especially the 7s and 8s.

Over time, I have created 3-9 and 12 times tables and the same with division.
Plus, all the different tables and their partnering division dominoes are in different colours to aid memory. (E.g. 7s in blue, 8s in green, 5s in orange etc.)

These are a great resource as a consolidation exercise or just as a starter before a lesson.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Bingo/Tombola Maths

So, after being busy trying to find and create different Mental Maths starters, or even randomised maths questions for the group of girls, I created a Bingo/Tombola Maths Box.

It's just a cardboard box, covered in paper, and decorated with numbers ( in this case, numbered pool balls). I cut a little door in the top, and placed numbered ping pong balls in it, ranging from -10 to 10, making sure there were four or five of each number.

Although really simple, this works for any lesson, be it a 5-10 minute starter, or a 30-40 minute lesson. The questions can range from 2 numbers to as many as you want.

I did this last week, and used it for a mental starter, getting the group to add up to 3 numbers together. I then did it with an older group of 6, getting them each to pick a ping pong ball out of the box, and then got another of the group to choose the sign, before getting them all to work out the sums that they had created.

This is a resource that can be used time and time again, and is different every time! :)

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Times Tables

Times tables are a pain. Nobody likes learning them, and there are always some that, despite learning them over and over again, you never feel confident with.

To combat this slightly, I designed some handy Times Table Memory Flip Cards. They are small, and can be easily kept in a pencil case or pocket.

They run from 1-12 times tables, so all tables are covered.

We tried these with the pupils today. Now, although they are Year 8s, the pupils still loved them. Some used all of them, and some used just the cards they were unsure about and wanted to increase their confidence, but all of the pupils took some with them and kept them in their pencil cases. These worked really well, and I'm very pleased!

Cuddle Fairy
A Cornish Mum

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  1. Oh, those are really clever and look great fun

  2. Great ideas, maths was always my most difficult subject at school, I wish my teachers would've been more interested in games like this to help us out! #picknmix

  3. Oh I love these will be pinning for future use with Monkey :). Is it hard pressing the delete button after all the work you put into it? Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

  4. oh I love this and might even steal some of your ideas! Great that you shared them rather than just deleting. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix x

  5. Great ideas! You are really creative - share more of these from time to time #KCACOLS

    Nadia - ScandiMummy x

  6. These look great! I struggle so much with maths - I'm okay with the broad financial stuff I work with, but practical, day-to-day application is a different story! x #KCACOLS

  7. Fantastic ideas, thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  8. Great games. I love the bingo/tombola game. Great idea. #KCACOLS

  9. Ohhh these are definitely some great ideas that I could use when the children are a bit older #KCACOLS

  10. Wow you are very talented. These are great ideas. Math wasn't my favourite subject at school at all but I guess it would've been much more interesting for me if I would've learnt it in a fun way. I'm glad you didn't delete this and decided to share it instead! Thanks so much lovely for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again next Sunday! :-) x

  11. I am bookmarking this post for future reference! My girls are not old enough to know anything about Maths yet but these look like great fun! #KCACOLS

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