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 Choose the topic: Please select ..... A: Place value, ordering and rounding B: Properties of numbers & number sequences C: Fractions, decimals & percentages, ratio & proportion D: Mental calculation strategies (+ and -) E: Pencil & paper procedures (+ and -) F: Understanding multiplication & division G: Rapid recall of multiplication & division facts H: Mental calculation strategies (x and divide) I: Pencil & paper procedures (x and divide) J: Using a calculator K: Checking results of calculations L: Solving problems: making decisions M: Reasoning about numbers or shapes N: Problems involving 'real life', money or measures O: Handling data P: Measures Q: Shape and space D: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
 Mental arithmetic Two Cuisenaire rods on a number line. Select the Cuisenaire rods by clicking on the above buttons. D1: Cuisenaire Rods with number lines. Useful for lots of mental arithmetic activities (also work on fractions and ratio). The on and off buttons. Top: horizontal or vertical Cuisenaire rods. Delete all the Cuisenaire rods, they can also be deleted individually by dragging to the bin. Turn the numbers on or off. Turn the grid on or off. Turn the horizontal number line on or off. The number lines can be dragged up or down, or left or right. Turn the vertical number line on or off. The buttons D2: Find the difference between two numbers Two numbers are shown on a number line. Drag the two numbers along the number line or click on 'change'. Select the numbers on the number line by clicking on the appropriate button. Coloured bars can be shown to indicate one way of working out the difference. Click on the button showing the coloured bars to hide or show them. Click on the zoom button to zoom in or out. The number line can be dragged from side to side when it is magnified. Click in the boxes to hide or show the numbers or difference. D3: Find the total of two numbers Same idea as above but shows the total of two numbers. 50 is the maximum size for each number. No zoom facility. What are the hidden numbers? Reveal a few numbers, the pupils have to identify some of the hidden ones. D4: 100-grid activities This number grid can be used to identify hidden numbers. Click on a square to reveal the number. Useful for addition and subtraction activities using a normal 100-grid or number sequence activities using a random grid. There are four types of number grid: 1 to 100, 1 in the top-left hand corner, 100 in the bottom-right. 100 to 1, 100 in the top-left hand corner, 1 in the bottom-right. A random grid starting with smallest number in the top-left. A random grid starting with highest number in the top-left. Mental arithmetic 'tests' each comprising ten questions on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, sequences, fractions, measures, time and money. D5: National Curriculum: level 3 'test 1' D6: National Curriculum: level 3 'test 2' : slightly more difficult A mental arithmetic 'test' comprising ten questions on addition and subtraction. D7: National Curriculum: level 3 D43: How many are on the bus? People get on and off a bus. How many are on the bus? Use the sliders to determine the speed of the bus, the maxium number of people gwetting on and off the bus and the number of stops. Click the 'play button then watch people getting on and off the bus.

 Random number generator: target board A screenshot of the number generator. D30: A flexible whiteboard resource which generates 24 different sets of numbers; similar to a target board. Options include: Random numbers to 100 Random numbers -25 to 25 Totals, eg 27 and 24 and 51(27 + 24 = 51) Differences, eg 65 and 36 and 29 (65 - 36 = 29) Number bonds to 10, eg 6.1 and 3.9 Number bonds to 100, eg 66 and 34 Select the type of numbers to be generated by clicking on the numbered buttons at the top. 1: random numbers to 100, 2: random numbers -25 to 25, 3: totals, 4: differences, 7: number bonds to 10, 8: number bonds to 100 The colour of the number can be changed. Select one of 8 colours then click on a number. The numbers can be put arranged in a grid, click this button or arranged randomly, click this button The numbers can be grouped by dragging them about. The numbers can be discarded by dragging them to the bin. Children can use the resource to match pairs: eg 3x5 and 15 (times-tables 1) eg 35 and 70 (doubles) A clock starts when a set of numbers has been generated. The clock can be hidden or shown (click the green clock button). It can be stopped by clicking the 'stop the clock' button! The clock can be used to see who can match the pairs in the quickest time.

 Missing symbols: use the symbols >, < and = Decide which symbol to use D31: >, < and =

 SAT-type questions D11: Two cards are chosen. The numbers on the cards are added together. The result is rounded to the nearest 10. There might be more than one solution. Click on the cards to show/hide the digits. D12: Use the digit cards to make the sum correct. Arrange the digit cards to make two 2-digit numbers that add up to 100. D32: Circle three numbers that add up to make.... D33: Use five cards to make this sum correct Five numbers are shown and the answer to the sum. Work out the differences between numbers. D34: Small differences D35: Multiples of 10 differences

 Solving problems Solve puzzles and problems such as Missing number problem-solving activities Sum, Difference and Product D8: Two whole numbers D9: Two decimal numbers Two small numbers are generated, their sum, difference and product are worked out. Hide the two numbers, can you work out what they are from their sum, product and difference? Click on 'change' to generate two more numbers. Hide the product, work out the two numbers from their sum and difference. Hide the odd or even labels: is it possible to say whether a sum, product or difference will be odd or even? Sum puzzle Write a number in each circle so that the number in each square equals the sum of the two numbers on either side of it. There are many possible solutions for the square arithmagon. The answer sheet will give one set of solutions. D36: Sum puzzle Complete the magic squares D37: 3 x 3 magic square D38: 3 x 3 magic square (more difficult) D39: 4 x 4 magic square Triangle puzzle The three numbers on each side of the triangle must add up to the red target number. D40: Triangle puzzle Use the number pad to decide on the score required then press the 'throw' button. Use this 1 to 10 dartboard to do some mental arithmetic. First decide on the finshing score then click on the 'throw' button. The darts can be dragged about and thrown by releasing the mouse button. How many ways are there to finish on 37? 42? Remember the last dart thrown must be a double or a bullseye.

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