# Monthly Archive: June 2012

## Square number snakes and rings

Make square number snakes by creating chains of integers where adjacent ones have to sum to a square number. You cannot have any number more than once in the snake. Who can make the longest snake? Then split your snakes up so that the ends can be placed adjacently so that they sum to a square number. Now you...

## Experimental probability- bin it

If you’re looking for a nice task to introduce experimental probability, get pupils to throw scrunched up paper balls into the bin from a distance and recording their number of successes and misses. Pupils love this activity and you can get a lot of learning from it: demonstrating something that doesn’t have equally likely outcomes and so requires an experiment,...

## The NRich Countdown Series

Countdown is one of my favourite ways to start a lesson. The wonderful NRich Maths website have created a brilliant set of interactive resources based on the countdown game including: Countdown (traditional) Countdown Fractions Countdown Powers Countdown Vectors Countdown Calculus Countdown Matrices Countdown Complex You may not get onto the last three with secondary school pupils but they would be great...