It's the start of a new school year. You have a new class that you have not taught before and you really want to make a good start. Do you get straight into the scheme of work or do you spend the first lesson laying down the law? Do you have a good idea of what the pupils already know or is it still one of the great unknowns?
This page contains some suggestions, some resources to help you create a good impression and establish a good culture for learning.
There is nothing worse than finding we can't do today's construction activity because half the class have no rulers.
A diagram with suggestions for how the pupils should set out work in their exercise books.
Suggestions for how pupils can get help if they find they can't do their homework.
You have four minutes to write down as many equations as you can involving B, T and S.
Be creative and come up with as many facts about a number as you can think of.
A clock face containing only the number 4. Can you make a clock face containing any other single number?
Learn an unusual times table from the strategic finger moving up and down the 'Table Leg'!
A challenge to learn an unfamiliar times table involving decimals.
How fast can you answer 24 mixed times tables questions?
Can you improve your ability to remember telephone numbers?
This is the Maths version of the traditional memory game. Memorise 10 mathematical facts then recall them as they disappear from view.
This activity requires students to memorise fifteen numbers in a three by five grid.
Turn mathematical words into designs which will help you remember the meanings of the words.
Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry of order 6 but no line symmetry.
Plot the given coordinates then join them up to form a picture.
Write down as many mathematical words as possible that begin with a particular letter.
Find mathematical words which can be made by using the letters in the name of your school?
Vowels have been taken out of mathematical words. Can you recognise them?
Find symmetric words in this ancient cipher.
Can you work out what each of the strange symbols represents in these calculations?
To find out whether a number is happy or not, square each of its digits, add the answers and repeat. If you end up with 1 the number is happy! How many other happy numbers can you find?
Write out in words some numbers writen as digits.
When written as a word or words what is the smallest positive whole number containing the letter 'a'?
Questions about the number of letters in numbers.
Some keys are missing from this calculator. Just how useful is it?
An activity involving a broken calculator which is missing the four button. Can you evaluate the given expressions without using the four?
Use just six calculator keys to make a total of 20. In how many different ways can it be done?
Work out the number of stamps needed to post a parcel.
If all the students in this room shook hands with each other, how many handshakes would there be altogether?
How many different ice cream cones can be made by choosing two scoops from six flavours?
A game involving chance and choice requiring an ability to calculate the remainder when a two digit number is divided by a single digit number.
A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a square number.
The mathematical version of TV's Blockbusters.
Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.
Arrange the given digits to make three numbers such that two of them add up to the third.
Solve the number puzzles drawn on the pavement of Trafalgar Square in London.
Find all of the angles on the geometrical diagrams.
Help the cops catch the robbers by finding the vectors that will end the chase.
This is quite a challenging number grouping puzzle requiring a knowledge of prime, square and triangular numbers.
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