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Angles in Polygons
  Investigate the total interior and exterior angles of polygons (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon etc.) Explore patterns in the numbers and establish rules and experiment with formulas.
Ages 9 - 13
4 pages of teachers notes and 10 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.40
       
Chopping up a Metre Stick
  Well, not ACTUALLY cutting it up - but imagine...

Suppose you wanted to make 4 pieces or 5 pieces. Where would you chop? How about 3 pieces?

Get totally immersed in how division, fractions and decimals work...

Ages 8 - 12
3 pages of teachers' notes and 16 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.90
       
Constructing Shapes
  Constructing shapes with compasses is always great fun because you get pretty patterns. But this investigation goes well beyond regular activities with pupils being given an open-ended challenge to create as many different types of shape as possible using a pair of compasses and a straight edge.

You first learn how to construct an equilateral triangle, how to bisect a line to make a right angle and how to bisect an angle. Armed with these three simple techniques see what other shapes you can create. Square, rectangle, kite, rhombus, trapezium, parallelogram, hexagon and octagon are all possible!

Ages 9 - 13
1 page of teachers notes and 5 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.00
       
Election Results
  Compare the results of a recent election with a previous one and present findings using a hand drawn pie chart. Covers the skills of expressing quantities as percentages and calculating pie chart angles as well as basic skills in interpreting tables.
Ages 10 - 14
4 pages of teachers' notes and 8 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.20
       
How big is the room?
  How do you introduce decimals to young children? This practical investigation works a treat, and also gives you the opportunity to discuss accuracy in measuring, averages and perimeter!
Ages 7 - 10
5 pages of teacher's notes and 2 pupil sheets. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £0.70
       
How far is it round the world?
  Create a table relating distances on a globe to distances in real life and then use this to calculate distances between places around the world. Covers concepts in measurement, averaging to minimise errors and the use of conversion tables.
Ages 8 - 12
3 pages of teachers' notes and 7 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.00
       
How many different kinds of triangle are there?
  How many different kinds of triangle are there? Can you have a triangle with two obtuse angles?

These and other questions are all explored in this practical investigation using geostrips (or something similar).

By the end of the investigation you should be able to identify right-angled, acute-angled and obtuse-angled triangles and know what it means for a triangle to be equilateral, isoceles or scalene.

Ages 8 - 12
3 pages of teachers notes and 7 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.00
       
How Many Each and Altogether?
  How many frogs in each pond? How many ponds? How many frogs altogether?

WORK BIG to get to grips with the key language you need to understand problems with words in them. Extend into the ideas of multiplication and division and how they link together.

Ages 6 - 10
Teacher's notes and prompt cards. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £0.40
       
How Many Fingers?
  I wonder how many fingers we have here?
Just 10?
But you have ten, Jamie has ten, Sophie has ten...

A lively and engaging talking investigation exploring counting in 10s and 20s beyond 100.

Ages 6 - 10
Teacher's notes and pupil record sheets. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £0.60
       
How Many Hula Hoops?
  How many hula hoops (the small, crunchy variety!) would it take to stretch from the school to Big Ben in London?

Investigate metres, converting to km, using conversion tables and working with BIG numbers!

Highly motivating!

Ages 7 - 10
7 pages of teachers notes and 3 pupil copymasters. (pdf)
 
 
 GBP £1.00
       
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