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Numbers Between Numbers
  Explore where simple fractions and decimals sit on the number line and how they relate to each other.
Ages 8 - 12
Teacher's notes and four pupil sheets. (pdf)

 GBP £0.60
Perimeter and Area of Triangles and Quadrilaterals
  You may be able to calculate the perimeters and areas of a rectangle and a triangle, but can you explain why the formulas work?

Build on this to explore other quadrilaterals: rhombus, kite, trapezium and parallelogram.

Ages 9 - 13
3 pages of teachers notes and 5 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £0.80
  Investigate the populations of towns or countries and learn how to work out how many more people live in one town than another and how many times bigger one town is compared with another. Consolidates skills in reading, rounding, subtracting and dividing large numbers and choosing an appropriate scale for a bar chart.
Ages 8 - 12
9 pages of teachers' notes and 10 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £1.90
Properties of Quadrilaterals
  Find out why a square is a special kind of rectangle but a rectangle is not a special kind of square!

Explore the differences rhombuses and parallelograms, kites and trapeziums.

Investigate questions like 'Is there a quadrilateral with three acute angles?'

A practical approach using construction material such as geostrips.

Ages 9 - 13
3 pages of teachers notes and 7 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £1.00
Pythagoras Puzzle
  Have fun making this simple puzzle which very beautifully illustrates Pythagoras' Theorem that the sum of the squares on two sides of a right-angled triangle = the square on the third side.

Make and solve the puzzle and then through measuring areas discover Pythagoras' Theorem.

Ages 8 - 15
1 page of teachers notes and 3 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £0.40
Shadow Clocks
  Investigate how the length and direction of a shadow change during the course of a day. Learn about compass directions, symmetry, practical measurement using a metre stick, time (am/pm) and use of a table to display results.
Ages 8 - 12
3 pages of teachers' notes and 5 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £0.80
The Algebra of Throwing
  Children often ask what algebra is FOR. This investigation allows capable pupils at the top end of primary school to use simple algebraic skills to investigate an area of Maths that is normally reserved for upper secondary pupils.

Children love throwing things in the air. By the end of this investigation they will have equations, tables and graphs that will allow them to work out how high they can throw something, and what speed they can throw it at. Beware. It is good fun!

Ages 10 - 13
2 pages of teacher's notes and 18 pupil sheets. (pdf)

 GBP £1.80
The Egyptian Triangle
  Discover the special triangle that the Egyptians used in their buildings, while learning about how simple decimals work, the importance of accurate measuring and how to work systematically to solve a problem.
Ages 7 - 9
3 pages of teachers' notes and 1 pupil copymaster. (pdf)

 GBP £0.60
The Great 2D Shape Investigation
  An umbrella investigation stimulating a wide variety of explorations into 2-D shapes. Depending on the lines of enquiry that develop, you can then use material from related investigations such as Properties of quadrilaterals, Constructing polygons, Angles in Polygons etc.
Ages 9 - 13
2 pages of teachers notes and 7 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £0.90
Train Journey
  Investigate how to use train timetables, calculate journey times, interpret maps, measure distances, use averages and work with scale.

Create an information booklet about a forthcoming train journey.

Ages 10 - 14
4 pages of teachers' notes and 14 pupil copymasters. (pdf)

 GBP £1.80
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