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By John DabellYear 6 teacher and maths coordinator at Forest Fields Primary and Nursery School

Boost multiplication and division proficiency with fun maths games

Multiple moves

It has been said that games lubricate the mind and this month’s games intend to do just that. Both games can be played in pairs, small groups or as a whole class, and can be used in a variety of ways, such as to enrich teaching and learning, as a guided maths activity, as consolidation or extension material, within a maths club or as a homework assignment.

Both games are designed to help children engage with particular concepts and make them their own. They challenge children to think for themselves and aim to promote self-awareness, independence and self-reliance. These hands-on and minds-on games also provide opportunities for teachers to question and discuss strategies, check and correct, assess children’s understanding and plan to overcome some of the blocks to mathematical thinking.

1. Remains of the day

Aims: Derive and recall division facts.

Players: This game is for two players or teams.

You will need:

  • 6-50 number grid (see Activity sheet, ‘Maths games’)
  • one dice labelled 1-6
  • different-coloured counters.
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  1. Mags99
    on 6 March 2011

    Multiple Moves Magic

    I have used the Interactive game with my class and they loved it! Gave them good practice for times tables.

    5out of 5