Tagged: factors


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┬áthe power to illustrate┬áconcepts 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...


Dancing prime factors

Check out this wonderful animated visualisation for the prime factor form of numbers: click here to view. This super animation was made by the Data Pointed blog.


Types of number with a kinaesthetic approach

This post may not surprise experienced maths teachers, those used to working with kids who find maths difficult, or our primary colleagues. However, whilst none of this is revolutionary in the slightest, it has been a new world for me and something I’d like to share. I have a small year 10 class who find maths challenging. They show many...


4 in a line on a 100 square

Here’s a fantastic activity to help pupils improve their times tables. It can also be used when looking at factors and prime numbers. Give a pair of pupils a large 100 square like above. Each player has their own coloured counters. They then take it in turns to identify a square that they want to place a counter on and...