Secret Symbol



Place a symbol between the four and the five to get a number greater than four and less than five.

Decimal Point

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Creativity | Multiple Intelligences | Puzzles

  • Transum,
  • This starter is new this year. It has not yet been tested with a class of 'live' pupils so not really sure whether it is just too easy or whether it will have the desired effect of stimulating the pupils to come up with and test a number of different mathematical symbols between the four and the five. Please share your experiences of using this starter with 'live' pupils if you have time. Thanks.
  • Doug, NORWICH UK
  • Good but very easy for some more able children. Some finished straight away.

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Decimal Point

Casio Classwiz Calculator

There is currently a lot of talk about this new calculator being the best in its price range for use in the Maths classroom. The new ClassWiz features a high-resolution display making it easier to view numerical formulas and symbols but it isn't a graphical calculator as such (it has the capacity to draw graphs on your smart phone or tablet, via a scannable QR code and an app).

As well as basic spreadsheet mode and an equation solving feature you also get the ability to solve quadratic, cubic or quartic polynomial inequalities and the answer is given just as it should be written down, using the correct inequality symbols!

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.

Here is the URL which will take them to a different type of mathematical puzzle.

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