Maths On Display

The most stimulating learning environment is a wonderland of images, colour, questions and surprises. The best display work comes from the pupils themselves and this page contains plenty of ideas to get you started.

Aim for a mixture of styles and content. Some displays can be a celebration of achievement while others can be practical visual aids for teaching.

I believe that learners will feel most comfortable in a bright, interesting and stimulating environment. I am sure a room with blank walls or poorly displayed material will add to any issues a student may have with the subject.

I don't think there is a danger of sensory overload after initially seeing a stimulating display as the human brain is very effective at focussing on the relevant when it needs to.

Enjoy designing your classroom displays and please do share photos either by email or on Twitter @Transum

Wordles

Wordles

Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.

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Kite Maths

Kite Maths

Can you make a kite shape from a single A4 size sheet of paper using only three folds?

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Mystic Rose

Mystic Rose

Investigate the properties of the Mystic Rose by using this interactive diagram.

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Four Colour Theorem

Four Colour Theorem

Show that no more than four colours are required to colour the regions of the map or pattern so that no two adjacent regions have the same colour.

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Paper Constructions

Paper Constructions

Practical mathematical skills are required to work out how to construct these three dimensional items from paper.

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Fractal Mosaic

Fractal Mosaic

Follow the precise instructions to create the ever-growing fractal mosaic pattern.

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Area shapes

Area shapes

Investigate polygons with an area of 4 square units. This is your starting point, you can decide how to proceed. Perhaps squared paper or an online pinboard may help.

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Polygons

Polygons

Name the polygons and show the number of lines and order of rotational symmetry.

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Snake Sort

Snake Sort

Sort the coloured snakes in a logical order. This activity introduces systematic listing.

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Factor Trees

Factor Trees

Create factor trees to find the prime factors of the given numbers.

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Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions

Don't let your brain be fooled by these geometric optical illusions in this online quiz.

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Polygon People

Polygon People

Name the polygons and other geometrical shapes that make up the Polygon People.

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Magic Square Puzzle

Magic Square Puzzle

Find all of the possible ways of making the magic total from the numbers in this four by four magic square.

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Fraction Wall

Fraction Wall

The traditional fraction wall diagram showing the relationship between simple fractions.

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Tangram Challenge

Tangram Challenge

A series of tangram challenges in increasing order of difficulty.

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Tessellations

Tessellations

Which polygons tessellate? Which pentominoes tessellate? Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.

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Maths Analogies

Maths Analogies

Make more of analogies to help remember mathematical concepts.

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Probability Washing Line

Probability Washing Line

Hang out the washing on the line so that the probability words on the t-shirts are in order.

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Pentominoes

Pentominoes

Arrange the twelve pentominoes in the outline of a rectangle.

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Number Grids

Number Grids

Investigate the properties of number with these interactive number grids.

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Pie Chart Creator

Pie Chart Creator

A quick and convenient tool for rapidly creating simple pie charts.

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Equivalent Fractions

Equivalent Fractions

Practise finding equivalent fractions numerically and in fraction diagrams.

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The Great Dodecahedron

The Great Dodecahedron

Pupils are not allowed to use their hands to point but must describe fully any shapes they can see in this picture.

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Venn Paint

Venn Paint

Flood fill the regions of the Venn diagrams according to the given statements.

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Search for Infinity

Search for Infinity

Manipulate the Lissajou curve to produce a perfectly symmetrical (vertically and horizontally) infinity symbol.

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Formulas To Remember

Formulas To Remember

Even before they have learned to use them, nicely presented formulas will be remembered by pupils forever!

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Number Line

Number Line

Negative numbers crop up again and again in mathematics lessons. A large number line over the whiteboard is a must.

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Times Tables Tips

Times Tables Tips

Drawing pictures, creating cartoons and taking funny photographs are very effective ways of remembering the difficult multiplication facts.

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Wrapping Paper Patterns

Wrapping Paper Patterns

Creating or examining gift wrapping paper reveals a branch of mathematics on frieze patterns.

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Vocabulary Starters

Vocabulary Lesson Starters

There are plenty more ideas for display work on the Transum website.

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Kite Maths

Fractal Mosaic

Fractal

Mystic Rose

Mystic Rose

Magic Square Puzzle

Magic Square Puzzle

The Story of Four

The Story of Four

Rotational Symmetry

Rotational Symmetry

Lissajou Curves

Lissajous Curves

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