Sumdog is a free website designed to improve numeracy skills. It contains maths games covering a range of topics aimed at 9 to 13 year olds. The games can be played against the clock or against other students across the world and will track progress on the Graffiti Wall. Well worth a go!
The students play against each other in mental arithmetic games. Students are captivated by the fact that they are playing in real time. Each game lasts for 60 seconds, students can play as many games as they wish. The questions are appropriately leveled for different ages and abilities. This is a truly unique world event and a fantastic way to promote numeracy within your school. The organisers claim that past results show that students will make significant improvements in their mental arithmetic skills and have fun in the process.
..and it’s absolutely free of charge. You can register your class here.
A new digital comic called, Selenia, has been created by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England to help primary school children learn about scientific enquiry and changing materials. The comic, which is in digital format can be used on a whiteboard in the classroom. The comic and resources are all free.
In the stories, Selenia, the schoolgirl heroine travels from her alien planet to Earth where she makes two friends. Through her adventures, children develop an understanding of the properties of materials – such as the difference between gases, solids and liquids. The teaching resources, which accompany the comics, are designed to build children’s understanding of scientific processes.
The stories are full of action, magic and fun and are designed to give children the opportunity to explore science in unconventional ways.
The comic can be downloaded free from: http://www.sciencecomics.uwe.ac.uk
Math Playground is an action-packed site for primary and early secondary pupils. Practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun!
Kent LA have made available online a range of interactive white board resources to support numeracy
Some great resources to help practise Times Tables
BBC Skillswise Times Tables – a classic on the Skillswise part of the BBC site.
Maths Trainer – part of a series of excellent resources from the Maths is Fun website.
Multiplication Puzzle – This resource is flexible enough to allow you to tailor it to individual needs and offers valuable practice.
Info from the Primary Nuggets Blog
Alisa Miller @ Smartteaching.org has created a useful list of “100 Awesome Classroom Videos to Learn New Teaching Techniques “. “Whether you are a new teacher storing up tips and tricks or an experienced teacher who could just use a fresh perspective, you are sure to find something helpful among these videos.”
The Ministry of Education in Singapore have created some fantastic interactive maths games for you to download for free.
They are zipped files. Once downloaded right click on zipped file and selct Extract. Right click on the new file and select Open with and then Internet Explorer (unless you are importing into your whiteboard software or dragging the file onto a Textease page)
You may also need the Flash player installed.
Tutpup is an exciting and new safe way of playing games against children in the UK and across the world. It is free, has no ads, doesn’t require pupil’s personal data and allows them to play competitive maths games against their friends or students from around the world in a safe educational environment. For example, they could try a division game and find themselves instantly challenged by a pupil in India!
Send messages to other players.
Use their own names. When a child registers to use Tutpup they choose a unique screen name, a combination of a colour, animal and number
All they can do is play games.
Oxfordshire Education Authority have made available a whole package of interactive white board lessons to support numeracy and literacy on Smart Boards. The resources can be downloaded here.