On this page are some web links to blogs and web sites that could be used to support the teaching of Maths. Please leave a comment if you would like to suggest any other useful resources.
BEAM (Be a Mathematician) is a specialist mathematics education publisher, dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of mathematics as interesting, challenging and enjoyable. BEAM is a branch of Nelson Thornes publishers.
The teaching materials cover teaching and learning needs for students aged 3 to 14. They deal with many of the classroom concerns voiced by teachers of mathematics and offer practical support and help. They include more than 150 publications, as well as a comprehensive range of games, CD-ROMs and mathematical equipment.
BEAM services include consultancy for companies, institutions and government, and a programme of courses and in-service training for schools, early years settings and local education authorities.
BEAM is an acknowledged expert in the field of mathematics education. This comprehensive range of fun, vibrant and innovative primary maths resources enables each pupil in your class to Be A Mathematician! Some of their free new and old ‘maths of the month’ resources can be found in PDF format here.
- Enrich the experience of the mathematics curriculum for all learners
- Offer challenging and engaging activities
- Develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Show rich mathematics in meaningful contexts
- Work in partnership with teachers, schools and other educational settings
- Offer FREE enrichment material (Problems, Articles and Games) for all ages that really can help to inspire and engage learners and embed RICH tasks into everyday practice.
- Help to promote RICH thinking in classrooms by offering on-line and face-to-face support at Primary and Secondary level.
- Deliver professional development courses and workshops in rich mathematics.
- Help teachers to think strategically about ‘next steps’ and progression in problem solving.
- Provide FREE and interesting mathematical games, problems and articles.
- Encourage you to share your solutions to our mathematical problems.
- Have mathematicians who can help you to solve problems – just ‘Ask NRICH’!
- Offer a safe online space where you can meet others with similar interests.
Excellent range of interactive digital resources and paper based resources that help to develop more critical thinking but in a fun way. There are games, investigations and lots of ‘other stuff’ covering a range of mathematical areas of learning, including the best online version of the classic game show ‘Countdown’.
The Latest website from the team behind The Literacy Shed. They have collected some videos that will help you present a range of maths topics in a fun way. An excellent collection of resources.
At Mathalicious, they think the world is an interesting place full of interesting questions. Do people with small feet pay too much for shoes? Do taller Olympic sprinters have an unfair advantage? How have video game consoles changed over time…and are we building the Matrix? They also think maths lessons are the perfect place for students and teachers to explore questions like these, and that they can be the most interesting lessons of the day. They create lessons that explore the math behind real-world topics, from sports to shopping to the odds of finding life on other planets. These lessons put teachers and students in a position to have interesting conversations that foster a classroom culture of curiosity and rigorous mathematical thinking.
This is an American based site, where some of the content might not be appropriate, but their philosophy should be applauded and can easily be adapted.
Dan Meyer, who hosts a wonderful math blog has developed an interesting new site, called 101 questions. The idea is that students look at a real world photo and develop mathematical questions that could be posed.
‘Real life maths…’ is a collection of images and videos Sparky Teaching have found on the web to get KS2, KS3 and KS4 pupils (Elementary and lower High School students) thinking about the maths around them. It was heavily inspired by this video by Dan Meyer (in fact, several of these videos were originally posted by users of his 101 questions website), this book by Hywel Roberts and the work that Mathalicious do. If you enjoy the idea of hooking your pupils into investigational maths using real life examples and curiosities, get involved…