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Maths: numbers and the number system

Brush up on the concepts of place value and inter-planetary flight as you land your space craft on the moon pads in the correct order.

An interactive and highly visual resource to help entrench the concept of units.

Flip between a 0 - 99, 0 - 100, multiplication or blank grid. The squares can be painted in the colour of your choice. Great for illustrating mental arithmetic techniques or how Eratosthenes' sieve works.

A simple (but powerful) interactive tool to help your pupils get to grips with basic addition.

Play this beautiful game as often as you can and you'll soon know your times tables inside out. Answer the questions as fast as you can but try not to get any penalties. At the end of the game you will be shown your score and awarded a prize monster.

This open-ended resource allows you to create a fraction and display it in several ways (e.g. with cakes, sweets or lollipops). You can also set up simple problems by hiding the numerator and denominator and asking the class to work them out.

Improve your ability to recognise the picture equivalent of a fraction with this resource.

This open-ended resource allows you to create different visual representations of two fractions and display them side by side. By comparing the images pupils can decide whether the fractions are equivalent.

Improve your ability to recognise equivalent fractions.

This is a truly versatile whole-class resource. In this game you must drag fractions from the fraction bank and place them in the correct order on the fraction tower. You can test two fractions to see which is bigger by showing a visual representation of the fraction.

An open-ended tool to help you explore the relationship between improper and mixed fractions.

You will be shown a fraction and your job is to estimate the decimal equivalent by placing a nest on a number line. Our hens are mathematical experts and they will fire their eggs towards the correct answer. If your estimate is good the eggs will be caught in the nest but if you're too far out it all gets very messy.

Smash the rotten egg by clicking on the fraction that is not equivalent to the others. By playing this game your students will develop a variety of mental strategies that help them to identify equivalent fractions.

Use your knowledge of fractions to paint a chicken coop according to the hen's instructions! This clever game will teach your students to visualise and compare the value of different fractions.

Help kung fu chicken in his quest to simplify fractions by finding the common factors of the numerator and denominator. You will need to be a black belt at finding highest common factors to get a good score.

Improve your ability to add fractions as you choose the right set of rockets to fire Ernie into the nest. In this hilarious game there are fifty levels to complete and each one will help you get to grips with addition and multiplication of fractions.

Identify equivalent fractions and percentages.

Identify equivalent fractions and decimals.

A tool to help your pupils visualise fractions. Ideal for teaching pupils how to identify equivalent fractions.

A tool to help your pupils visualise fractions. Ideal for teaching pupils addition and subtraction of fractions. Also useful for illustrating how to represent fractions in their simplest form.

Pop the balloons tied to terms that are greater than a half but leave the other balloons float away.

Identify equivalent decimals and percentages.

A gentle introduction to factors and multiples and the notion of 'less than' and 'greater than'.

Brush up on factors, multiples and prime numbers with this selection of Venn diagram activities. This resource also contains a printable worksheet. (worksheet)

The title says it all really!

Maths: algebra

Use your knowledge of algebra and inter-planetary flight to gently land your spaceship on the moon pads in the correct order.

A high energy quiz that requires coordination as well as knowledge. Pupils are given a number and must choose the expression that would give the highest value. This resource includes a printable worksheet. (worksheet)

Students are shown an equation and must choose a solution from several numbers bouncing around the screen. This resource includes a printable worksheet. (worksheet)

Pop the balloons tied to terms that have 2x as a factor but leave the ones that don't.

Use this application to practise finding a point on a grid. Choose between a positive quadrant grid or all four quadrants.This resource also contains a positive quadrant worksheet, a four quadrant worksheet and a set of blank grids for generic exercises.

Before you start plotting functions why not use this ten minute starter activity to test how well your pupils are able to place and read coordinates.

Four interactive exercises containing twelve questions each. When the class has finished the exercise a worked solution to each equation may be revealed. This resource also includes a printable worksheet.

A simple but effective function machine. Read the instructions to find out what to do!

A function machine that works in reverse. A nice brain gym exercise.

Maths: shape, space and measure

Everything you need to teach estimation and measurement of angles.

A wonderful tool for investigating regular or irregular polygons. Use the virtual protractor to measure internal and external angles (the line extension function makes this easy). The polygon vertices can be dragged and snapped to your choice of background grid. This software is also ideal for exploring Pythagoras' theorem, triangles in general or the relationship between area and perimeter of shapes.

A beautiful animation that visually illustrates the definition of pi. This resource also contains a useful mnemonic to remember the first 8 digits of pi as well as a slide that displays the first 2000 digits of pi.

This pairs game will teach you all the terminology you need to describe the geometry of a circle.

Help your pupils get to grips with Pythagoras by working through this geometric proof.

Another beautiful geometric proof to help your pupils understand Pythagoras.

An animation that shows clearly and simply how the angles in a triangle add up to 180 degrees.

A game to help your pupils remember the formulas for area and volume.

A lovely resource where pupils must colour spots on the other side of a fold line in order to make a symmetric pattern.

Part one of a truly outstanding suite of three resources commissioned by the NGfL-Cymru (and developed by eChalk) to help with the teaching of enlargements. This resource helps you introduce the basic concepts of enlargement and scale factors. Why not visit NGfL Cymru's virtual teaching centre...it's a great resource.

The main application in NGfL-Cymru's enlargement suite. Explore enlargements by manipulating an object shape and a centre-of-enlargement. You have full control over how the construction appears (choose positive, negative or fractional scale factors; turn the construction lines on or off; hide or reveal the enlargement; zoom in or out; snap to grid; select a positive quadrant or four quadrant background; manipulate your shape by dragging the vertices).

A lovely whole class resource which is ideal for use with the interactive whiteboard. Pupils are shown a shape which they must redraw at a given scale factor. They construct their shape using a flexible polygon which can then be compared to the correct enlargement.

This state-of-the-art resource for teaching reflections includes worksheets. User-friendly controls make it easy for you (or your pupils) to draw the line of reflection and modify the position and shape of the object. This program is also useful for looking at the equation of a straight line.

Another killer application developed by eChalk for the NGfL Cymru. This program makes the teaching of rotations a doddle.

Coordinate geometry suite

Check out this suite of resources developed by the Lumpty team at eChalk for the NGfL Cymru

Learn to measure distances and draw bearings on a scaled drawing. This resource is accompanied by a printable worksheet.

A whole class activity to teach pupils to accurately draw, measure and estimate a three figure bearing.

A whole class activity to teach pupils to accurately estimate a three figure bearing.

This is part one of two wonderful resources on Loci commissioned by the forward-thinking gents at the NGfL-Cymru. This 'Introductory Stimulus Material' illustrates how loci can be used in a practical situation to solve a problem. Pupils have to work out the area of land on which a developer is allowed to build. This resource also includes a printable worksheet. Why not visit NGfL Cymru's virtual teaching centre...it's a great resource.

This extremely powerful, open-ended tool enables you to create and display loci quickly. Up to four different sets of locus conditions can be defined and layered on the chart. This is an ideal resource for illustrating concepts and setting problems. This resource also includes printable worksheets.

Maths: handling data and graphs

A versatile resource that allows you to create your own pie chart in seconds. This powerful application has a host of features including a protractor and the ability to view your graph in 3D.

Learn how to interpret pie charts with this interactive resource. The finished pie chart can be shown in 2D or 3D and you have a handy protractor tool to help you figure out what colour to paint each sector.

Use this application to practise finding a point on a grid. Choose between a positive quadrant grid or all four quadrants.This resource also contains a positive quadrant worksheet, a four quadrant worksheet and a set of blank grids for generic exercises.

A ten minute starter activity to test how well your pupils are able to plot and read their coordinates.

Coordinate geometry suite

Check out this suite of resources developed by the Lumpty team at eChalk for the NGfL Cymru

A fun game to test your knowledge of the terms used when describing scatter graphs and the line of best fit.

A selection of mathematical activities to introduce your pupils to Venn diagrams

Brush up on factors, multiples and prime numbers with this selection of Venn diagram activities. This resource also contains a printable worksheet. (worksheet)

The title says it all really!

A Venn diagram on Venn diagrams...whatever next! An activity to test your knowledge of the mathematical notation for regions in a Venn diagram.

A motion simulator that helps pupils understand the relationship between real-world motion and how it is represented using displacement-time, velocity-time and acceleration-time graphs.

Believe it or not, we've managed to turn learning about displacement-time graphs into a game (and a great game it is too!). This software is also a great teaching aid when describing the relationship between real-world motion and its graphical representation.

An addictive reaction test with loads of uses for practical work. This could be used to generate data on the reaction speed of the pupils in the classroom. In any event, I guarantee the kids will love it.

Maths: mechanics

A motion simulator that helps pupils understand the relationship between real-world motion and how it is represented using displacement-time, velocity-time and acceleration-time graphs.

Believe it or not, we've managed to turn learning about displacement-time graphs into a game (and a great game it is too!). This software is also a great teaching aid when describing the relationship between real-world motion and its graphical representation.

There are four equations of motion that can be used to solve problems whenever an object moves in a straight line with a constant acceleration. This equation solver will show you how to use these equations by taking you through a simple five step process.

In this super game you must identify balanced and unbalanced forces and work out the resultant force. Examine the forces acting on your sheep in order to position a velcro wall. Get it right and your woolly beast is saved. Get it wrong and your hapless sheep will drift off into space!

In this game you must use your knowledge of moments to balance the seesaw and save the princess. What terrible fate will befall her if you fail?

This gentle introduction to vectors helps your pupils understand what a vector is and how to represent them. The resource contains a set of tasks that can be undertaken at the interactive whiteboard.

An activity to teach pupils to identify scalar and vector quantities. Pupils are given a physical quantity and its definition which they must categorise as a scalar or vector. This resource also contains a word-gap exercise.

This powerful application allows the teacher to illustrate vector addition in several ways. The addition can be graphically visualised using free vectors, a common origin configuration, the parallelogram construct or vector chains. The addition can also be analysed numerically by a consideration of the horizontal and vertical components.

This simple resource visually illustrates how the sum of several vectors can be found by arranging them as a chain.

View the details of a series of pulley systems providing different levels of mechanical advantage. A great resource for introducing pupils to the concepts of work and conservation of energy.

Maths problem solving: investigations, games, puzzles and proofs

You will be shown a fraction and your job is to estimate the decimal equivalent by placing a nest on a number line. Our hens are mathematical experts and they will fire their eggs towards the correct answer. If your estimate is good the eggs will be caught in the nest but if you're too far out it all gets very messy.

Could you estimate the height of a giant if you knew how long his arm was? In this activity you must estimate the height of three giants based on the length of different body parts.

An in-depth investigation in which you must find the number ways in which eggs can be packed in different sized egg boxes. When you've found all the combinations a surprising result is revealed which allows you to predict the number of permutations for any sized egg box and any number of eggs.

Drag the steps into the correct order to form a mathematical proof.

Drag the steps into the correct order to form a mathematical proof.

Let the Professor perform his trick on you. Can you work out how he does it?

Put your mental capabilities to the test with this ancient puzzle. Can you work out a system that enables you to solve the problem in the minimum number of moves? Don't worry if you can't; just press the 'solve' button and watch the computer perform the ideal solution.

A delightful online reproduction of the classic board game involving pegs - created by the exceptional flashValley.

Get the grey cells working with this online reproduction of the ancient logic puzzle - another classic from flashValley.

Use your knowledge of algebra and inter-planetary flight to gently land your spaceship on the moon pads in the correct order.

Learn to balance chemical equations with this flash activity. (worksheet)