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Maths Investigations - Learning is Awesome!

Encourage your children to investigate and to take time to think & talk about Maths, and they will come to understand it. Make it fun, and they will love it!

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What is Maths Investigations?

Maths Investigations is a Maths web site created by a full time UK primary school Deputy Head Teacher & Maths specialist, developed through many years of teaching Maths to children at the primary stages. It is brimming with stimulating activities and helpful guidance to get your children thinking & talking about Maths while, at the same time, memorising key number facts and developing mental calculation skills.

As they engage with the activities, your children will be encouraged to use practical equipment, to look for patterns and explore relationships between numbers & concepts, and to use appropriate language & notation to explain their thinking to each other and to you.

Some of the activities are for you to print and use away from the computer. Others are designed to be used on a tablet with wi-fi. The online activities, in particular, are highly engaging and will have your children clamouring for more!

What does it cost? Some of the photocopiable guides and activities are free. Others can be purchased individually. There are also several levels of subscription, which give you and your children unlimited access to everything for a year for as little as £15.

Browse the photocopiable activities

More about the online activities

About the Author

Subscription options


Who is Maths Investigations for?

Maths Investigations is for children aged 6 to 13 and their parents and teachers.

Children are captivated by the colourful interface to the online activities and enjoy learning with the wise owls, who each help them on a different stage in their Maths learning journey. Children are encouraged to take an active role in planning and assessing their own learning, through setting targets, regular self-assessment and tracking of progress. Along the way are numerous collectibles which keep them highly motivated, so much so that you will have them clamouring to use them before and after school and at weekends as well as during lessons! There are characters to reward effort, medals to recognise achievement, jewels to encourage thinking, and much more...

For parents there is general advice on supporting Maths learning at home, along with access to a number of photocopiable games to help your children learn their number bonds and multiplcation tables. There is also a helpful guide outlining some of the practical activities you can do to support learning with the Wise Owls, and a detailed set of help pages, explaining how to get the most from the online activities.

Teachers have access to a range of printable investigations and games which can be used to either introduce or consolidate learning in a particular area. There is also a step-by-step guide showing how to set up the online activities for classroom use, use the diagnostic tests to identify specific gaps in understanding, set differentiated activities for different groups of children, and how to structure lessons for paired working so that pupils are using both tablets and practical equipment, while talking about their learning.

Online Activities: Video Guides for Children

Learning & Teaching Guides for Mums & Dads

Learning & Teaching Guides for Teachers


How does Maths Investigations work?

The Photocopiable activities need little explanation. Just print them out, read the instructions carefully and photocopy any sheets you need copies of.

The online activities are arranged by subject (counting & place value, add & subtract, multiply & divide, fractions, decimals & percentages etc) and are ordered on the Learning Ladder in 8 steps of increasing difficulty. You can give your children one-click access to all of them by setting up, on your tablet computer, a web shortcut to the pupil home page.

Then, to provide a coherent skills progression and learning pathway through the activities there are the Wise Owls. Children can sign up with each in turn and each covers a different stage in the learning journey. Within each owl there is a series of activities, most of which have an investigation, which children are encouraged to do together with a friend or parent, and a quiz which should be done alone. The tournaments can be done at any point when working on an owl as a diagnostic test. When you have done the tournament you get red triangles directing you to the activities you most need to practise. This encourages children to value and learn from their mistakes.

In addition, it is possible for teachers to set specific activities for different groups in the class and to monitor their progress through these and through the owls. This makes it easy for teachers to make targeted interventions with small groups of pupils to ensure there are no gaps in their understanding, while allowing others to stretch and challenge themselves.

The best way to get to know the online activities is to play with them, which you can do by signing up for a free trial. There are also numerous video guides and help pages to help you understand in more detail how they work.

Teacher Guide to the Online Activities

Parent Guide to the Online Activities

Guide to the Wise Owls

Subscription options


In Summary

Underpinning Maths Investigations is a passionate belief that, if children are given the scope to explore and investigate numbers within a carefully structured framework, they will come to love Maths and really understand how it works.

If you'd like to bring Maths alive in your school, or get your children enthused at home, you can sign up for a full years access here.

More about the online activities


Photocopiable Activities

If it's printable activities you want, read on! You can use these to get your children thinking, talking and asking questions in a way that will really bring Maths alive for them. Here are some examples to get you enthused.

Take a topic and see how much Maths you can get out of it.

Hook them with one idea.


Where would you have to cut to chop a metre stick into an equal number of pieces?

Four is easy. Five? What about six? Learn more....

Other ideas...
How many hula hoops?
Perimeter and Area of Triangles & Quadrilaterals

Get your least confident children investigating.

Investigating is not just something for children who find Maths easy.

Every child explores the world by investigating from the day it is born. So every child can explore Maths too. It's just about confidence.

Get them started early! Here's a beautiful investigation to help with learning how to add single digits onto two-digit numbers: Number chains and digit wheels

Other ideas...
How many fingers?
How many each and altogether?

Welcome to Maths Investigations!

Photocopiable investigations that will give you ideas to get your children asking the 'What if?' and the 'Why?' questions that really drive mathematical understanding.

Tablet activities that are self-differentiating and self-marking, so that the children can explore new concepts at their own level and get instant feedback as to whether they are right or wrong.

A family account will cost you just £15. Prices for schools start at £30 (£15 if you only want the photocopiable activities). The subscription gives you full access to everything for a whole year, and is renewed annually.

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"The [photocopiable] activities are challenging and lesson plans well structured. I feel they have breathed new life into my lessons!" Year 5 co-ordinator, Woodnewton School

"I like the fact that [online] Maths Investigations is unique and different from any other maths site. You have your own goals to work towards which makes you try harder." (L - age 11)


More about the Online Activities

Teacher Guide - with videos

Parent Guide - with videos

Photocopiable activities

Online Activities

Kids Teachers Parents

Find Maths Investigations

for KS1, KS2 & KS3
Scottish CfE Levels First, Second & Third

Guides for Parents and Teachers

for Parents & Teachers


Learn Your Tables

Counting Caterpillar

Counting Caterpillar

Tap Say Turn

Tap Say Turn

This month's FREE Photocopiable Resources

KS1: Back to Back Metre Sticks
KS2: Chopping up a Metre Stick

Find Maths Games

for KS1 & KS2
Scottish CfE Levels First & Second

Who uses Maths Investigations?

Use of the activities is growing steadily by word of mouth.

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"I think it is an excellent website and perfect for children!" (C - age 9)

Maths Investigations - Challenging Children to Think about Maths