Numeracy Workout: TES Maths Resource of the Week

The following resource has been kindly shared on the TES Maths website. It is available to purchase by registering. And to access all the lovely Resource of the Week (ROTW) resources, just click here

Every fourth Resource of the Week this year will highlight a top-quality Premium resource for sale on TES that has been created by a teacher.

What is it?
Sometimes I just need something very simple doing in exactly the way I want. In this instance, I wanted a clean, clear, dead easy way of allowing my students to practise their written and mental arithmetic skills. I wanted a wide range of levels of difficulty, the ability to generate as many different versions of the questions as I needed, and crucially I also wanted to answers so the students could mark them themselves. Step forward Mr Carter Maths, with another incredible use of technology to provide exactly what I needed. Via a really clever use of PowerPoint you have three levels of questions on Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, involving both integers and decimals. It is exactly what I needed.

 How can it be used?
This is ideal to use at the start of a lesson so there is something on the board as the students enter the room. I have got into a routine of using it once a week with all my classes. My Year 11s had a fit when I showed it to them, but when challenged to answer the Gold questions correctly, they struggled. And of course, it is a lack of being able to do written arithmetic competently that can cost them valuable marks in their GCSE. I have seen a rapid improvement over the weeks we have been using this resource, and hopefully it will pay dividends (and certainly justify my £1 investment) come the summer!

So, in short, this is an excellent resource for all ages and abilities which will help them consolidate key numeracy skills.

Thanks for sharing!
Craig Barton

A word from the author
When I made this resource I had just been made Numeracy Coordinator at my last school. I needed to create an activity that form teachers across the school could use and pupils would be able to check their answers. All but those with some serious tech phobia found it really simple. 

I later realised what a helpful resource this was in my own classroom, from lesson with pupils who really need to work on the basics to using it as a starter with a top set. The on screen differentiation makes sure even the most able in the group are challenged appropriately.


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