Fun, Interactive and Creative Maths Workshops

Math Reources

Here you will find some useful links (some offer funding for Maths activities) and resources for Maths lessons. I particularly like the nrich website which has a wealth or resources which are fun and very engaging. Below are downloadable PDF's of nets (just click on the image to download) and some fun activities you can do with them in the classroom. If you know of a great resource that you would like to share then please do send them.

Fun with a Cube

Properties of a Cube

Activity idea

This ia great activity to visulise fractions. Have a class make up as many cubes as they can. Now double the size by adding more cubes. You now have a cube made up of 8 small cubes. By removing some you can explore what fraction is left or removed in a very visual way. You add more cubes to make a cuboid and explore more fractions. If you have 64 small cubes you can double it again!

Tetrahedron or Triangular based pyramid

Properties of a Tetrahedron

Activity idea

Have a class make up as many tettrahedron as they can. Combine 4 small tetrahedron to double the size. How many triangles are there in the structure? How many triangles are the same size? If the whole class have made a tetrahedron how many times can you double it? How many triangles in the new extra large tetrahedron? Can you spot the pattern?

Note: You place a piece of card on top of the pyramids to make it easy to balance the top pryramid. Click the image to download the net!

Square Based Pyramid

Properties of a Tetrahedron

Activity idea

This is a great 3D shape to explore and compare with others as not all faces are the same and not all vertices are equal. You can also try doubling this shape and compare it to the triangular based pyramid.

Triangular Prism

Properties of a Trinagular Prism

Activity idea

Another great shape to explore and compare. How many will you need to double the size? How does it compare to the other shape when you double it.

Octahedron

Properties of an Octahedron

Activity idea

First things first this is not a diamond, it is an Octahedron. Try and avoid the word diamond as this cunjures up ideas of 2D shapes as wells as 3D. Its a great shape to compare to a square based pyramid, look at the lines of symmetry, how many are there?

NRICH Maths is a team of qualified teachers who are also practitioners in RICH mathematical thinking. This unique blend means that NRICH is ideally placed to offer advice and support to both learners and teachers of mathematics. A great website that offers activities that provoke mathematical thinking.

Wonder how to Math Craft - Explore the universe of mathematically inspired art and architecture through projects, community submissions, and inspirational posts. A fabulous resource with some great projects.

ATM (Association for Teachers of Mathematics) is open to all who have an interest in the learning and teaching of mathematics. ATM speaks for creativity, thought, and the enjoyment of the struggle in calculation, reasoning and discovery through mathematics.

Institute of Mathematics and its applications offer grants to individuals in secondary schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the United Kingdom.

The London Mathematical Society (LMS) offers small grants for Education, its purpose is the advancement, dissemination and promotion of mathematical knowledge and their objective is to stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to Undergraduate level and beyond.

The STEM Directories - Offer maths activities to enhance your teaching.

School Workshops - Find Primary & Secondary Workshops for Schools.