What are manipulatives and how can they be used in mathematics lessons?

I have found myself using manipulatives to explore prime numbers, to aid understanding when factorising algebraic statements, expanding brackets and even to simulate a space-walk experience.


Manual of mathematical magic

This book shows how to perform some magic tricks, explains the mathematics behind them and how that same mathematics is used in the real world.

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Shell Centre

The Shell Centre has produced a range of innovative teaching materials for mathematics education, together with research publications and tests.


Building confidence as a non-specialist mathematics teacher

Perfect for teachers of mathematics who aren't specialists, increase your skills and knowledge of the subject and become more confident in your teaching.


How to succeed as a non-specialist teacher of mathematics

Across the country there are many non-specialist mathematics teachers, not just teaching the odd lesson of mathematics, but have a timetable consisting mainly of mathematics.


Using resources to develop problem solving skills in secondary mathematics

Develop students problem solving skills in your lessons with hand-on activities and resources.

Secondary Mathematics

Welcome to resources, professional development, news and opinions specially selected for mathematics teachers. Join in the discussion with our community group.

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Interactive Mathematics Presentations

This collection of resources, produced by the University of Leicester, is designed for use by students preparing for or studying advanced level mathematics. Some activities are suitable for Key Stage Four whilst others cover advanced level topics. Each resource comprises an interactive PowerPoint presentation in...
Publication date:
2010 to date

6 resources

Making Sense of Data: Nuffield Exploratory Data Skills Project

This collection of resources from Nuffield are designed to improve the ability of students to analyse and present data, ask questions about and find meaning in data and discuss critically the interpretation of data. 'Exploratory Data Analysis' emphasises getting to know the data, analysing and finding meaning,...
Publication date:
1990 - 1999

10 resources

Operational Research

This collection of resources, produced by the O.R. Society, supports the teaching and learning of decision mathematics. The collection contains seven short films explaining what operational research is, how it is used in a variety of every day situations and what career opportunities the study of operational reasearch...
Publication date:
2010 to date

2 resources

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11-16 mathematics

The best resources for teaching the secondary mathematics curriculum.


Resources using space as a context for teaching from ESERO UK, the UK space education office.


Building confidence as a non-specialist mathematics teacherMY213

Do you want to feel more inspired, confident and increase your knowledge and skills when teaching mathematics even though mathematics is not your specialism? In this intensive residential course you will explore the characteristics of good maths teaching and develop strategies that promote good learning and deeper...

Resourcing the new secondary mathematics curriculumMY202

Join us at the National STEM Learning Centre to consider the support available from the National STEM Learning Centre when resourcing your scheme of work. The day is suitable for teachers of mathematics in secondary school, especially those with some curriculum responsibility and will include hands-on sessions:...

Using manipulatives to enhance understanding in secondary mathematicsMY210

“Cannot wait to get back to school to share what I have learned and seen and done today”Past participant Encourage active learning in secondary mathematics lessons with the use of manipulatives. Manipulatives - or 'objects to think with' - include counters, interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods, tiles and more....

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