Category: Number

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Help us build Numeracy Ninjas, the app…

We are looking for a developer to partner with to build iOS and Android apps of Numeracy Ninjas. With over 2500 schools now using Ninjas worldwide, we want to take the project to the next level, giving students the opportunity to improve their maths skills on their smart phones and tablets. If you are a full-stack developer yourself, or if...

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The impact of using Numeracy Ninjas on the numeracy fluency of Key Stage 3 students in a large comprehensive secondary school

At Wyvern College we have run a year-long research study to assess the impact of using Numeracy Ninjas on the fluency of our 470+ Key Stage 3 students’ mental calculation strategies, timestables and key skills required to successfully access the GCSE Maths curriculum. We are delighted to publish the impact report summarising the statistically significant improvements that Numeracy Ninjas has made to...

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Experiments in mastery… rigour is a vital component…

Define a mastery approach to teaching maths. That’s a tough task. Whilst there are many elements that could be debated, I hope we’d all agree that rigour is a fundamental component. In our maths dept at Wyvern College, we’ve started focussing recently on understanding strategies and approaches to incorporate high levels of rigour into our resources. We’re still in the...

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Timestables diagnostic tool and adaptive question generator

It’s no secret that we have plans to develop an online version of Numeracy Ninjas in the future where students can battle against each other online in a games-based environment and receive diagnostic feedback on their numeracy strengths and weaknesses. In the meantime, I have put together a timestables diagnostic tool and question generator in Excel. I made it to...

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In search of mastery- lesson study in multiplying fractions

The focus on planning for students to have ‘mastery’ in their learning is much discussed at present. The term ‘mastery’ is somewhat vague and I have read many contrasting attempts by others at defining it. I will not attempt a definition; personally, I am still on the ascent in my understanding of this idea and cannot survey the landscape fully...

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Numeracy Ninjas update- 1000 up!

There are now over 1000 schools using Numeracy Ninjas worldwide! See more info and other updates, including the publication of the weeks 21-30 Ninja Skill Books, at this project blog post: 1000 up & Numeracy Ninjas Skill Books weeks 21-30 now live

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Timetables Rockstars iOS and Android apps now available

The visionary Bruno Reddy, @MrReddyMaths, has just expanded his fantastic Timestables Rockstars product to include iOS and Android apps.  Free to use until February, and then just a £3 per month bolt-on for the whole school thereafter, the apps bring all the features of TT Rockstars that students know and love: customisation, online battles etc. Highly recommended.

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Macau’s Magic Square Stamps

Alex Bellos of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland fame has written an article in The Guardian about a stamp-series in Macau. (Stay with me!) The series highlights the history of Magic Squares. The stamps, worth 1-9 Patacs are even bought on sheets arranged into Magic Squares based not their monetary value! Could your students design a stamp series around a different...

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Numeracy Ninjas

  Today is a rather emotional day for me. The last few years have been an amazing journey learning about effective maths teaching. Steps along the way have included: The problem with levels- gaps in basic numeracy skills identified by rigorous diagnostic testing, Forgetting is necessary for learning, desirable difficulties and the need to dissociate learning and performance, Going SOLO on the journey...

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The problem with levels- gaps in basic numeracy skills identified by rigorous diagnostic testing

I have felt for a long time that one of the disadvantages of the current levelling system is that it encourages teachers to constantly teach students mathematical concepts and ideas only at levels equal to or above that which they have recently scored on an assessment.  The data-focused, level-centric system only rewards teachers if their students can  score marks on...

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Powerful, diagnostic, games-based AFL- Kahoot!!!

Kahoot is a tremendously useful, free AFL tool I recently came across after a Twitter recommendation. Students can use any web-enabled device (any OS platform) to take part in games-based quizzes. There are thousands of quizzes publicly available, or you can create your own in a simple drag-and-drop editing tool and add to the public pool. There are many maths-based...

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Algebra Tiles- from counting to completing the square

I have become increasingly interested in visual models recently as a way of introducing topics. Visual models have the power to illustrate concepts in their rawest, simplest form without the misleading associations that words and abstract notation can introduce. I’m convinced concrete/visual model introductions should form an increased part of my practice, but the question that interests me is which visual models...

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CGP Maths Buster- a superb new learning and revision resource for GCSE maths

CGP Maths Buster CGP are well-known for their excellent GCSE revision guides. Now they’ve taken their offering to a whole new level with GCSE Maths Buster. The £6 DVD ROM for PC & Mac is a comprehensive, interactive revision tool for GCSE maths students featuring: Levelled practice– work your way through the entire maths curriculum ‘levelling up’ to unlock new...

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Famous numbers sequences card sort

Here’s a card sort I made to introduce my new year 7s to famous number sequences. The idea is students cut out and group the cards into 6 famous numbers sequences: Square numbers Cube numbers Triangle numbers Fibonacci Sequence Even numbers Odd numbers Each group should contain: Name Pictorial representation The numbers A fact about the sequence An explanation of how...