SMILE (Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment) was initially developed as a series of practical activities for secondary school students by practising teachers in the 1970s. It became a complete individualised scheme based around a network of activity cards and assessments. The cards were organised so that each student followed their own path through the work which was recorded on a network.

This collection contains:

*SMILE workcards organised into mathematical topics based upon the SMILE networks.

*SMILE booklets, which are cards that are booklets in themselves.

*Supplementary materials.



This SMILE collection contains twelve resources of games, investigations, worksheets and practical activities supporting the teaching of number.

The resources cover addition, decimals, directed number, division, fractions, multiplication, ordering and rounding, percentages, place value and number systems,...


This SMILE collection contains twelve resources of games, investigations, worksheets and practical activities supporting the teaching of algebra.

The resources cover algebraic structure, equations, graphs, mappings, number and algebra, patterns and generalisations, sequences, and using graphs.

SMILE (...

Shape and Space

This SMILE collection contains eighteen resources of games, investigations, worksheets and practical activities supporting the teaching of shape and space.

The resources cover 3D, angle, angle properties, area and perimeter, circle measure, coordinates, combined transformations, drawing, measurement,...

Handling Data

This SMILE collection contains five resources of games, investigations, worksheets and practical activities supporting the teaching of handling data.

The resources cover analysing and interpreting data, collecting data, displaying data, logic and sets, and probability.

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At last the SMILE resources are online and available.

I do not wish to sound ungrateful but the quality of the scanning leaves much to be desired.
Did we really have to have punch holes on the usually excellently presented materials?
It looks like the cards have been scanned from photocopies rather that the originals.
Are the answer books and test books going online too?

Sandy Bruce
Elthorne Park High School

Jenifer Burden


Glad to hear these materials have found their first home!

The resources have been stored in ring binders and are scanned straight from the originals. If we come across another available complete set of SMILE we'll work from the highest quality originals - any suggestions for sourcing these would be much appreciated.

The tests and answers haven't been digitised yet, but this may be possible in the future. If you'd like to use a particular group of tests do let us know as this helps prioritise digitisation.

For any of this please email

It would be great to hear about your experience of incorporating SMILE into your lessons.

Many thanks



I gather Lydia Showman is planning to reorganise the materials by topic flow.

It is imperative that they (also) remain organised/searchable by card number!

If there is any time available to put into improving the SMILE materials, I'd agree with Sandy bruce that re-photocopying some of the scruffier looking cards would be very helpful. It also seems that some cards in the 1400 range appear with large crosses on them!

Best wishes,



I'm posting this comment on behalf of Nigel Langdon in regard to the possible reorganisation of the SMILE materials:

Hi, all,
An essential requirement for easy access and use of the SMILE activities is to be able to go direct to an individual task from either entering its number or clicking on its icon. The need to scroll through a batch to try to reach a particular activity means that, at present, the access is far too cumbersome and time-consuming for teachers to want to spend time looking/locating an individual activity.
It would be most convenient if an individual number could be entered into a "SEARCH" box and retreived immediately. It would also be good if a wider group of topic flows could be shown on screen, with the facility to reach a particular topic flow by clicking on it; then the facility to click on any activity within that flow. It is a disadvantage for the flows to be restricted to levels but I concede that this might be one way of locating a task quickly.
Best wishes,


Boy, am I pleased to see this here..... even if its is not yet perfectly organised!!! Did you not manage to use the archive at IoE - those were pristine copies.

P Jill Ball

I am really happy to see SMILE cards again. I used them in a school 30 years ago. I thought they were great then, and I still do. However the scheme worked because every card had a test to go with it.
When will the test books be available?

Susan Steward

All of the SMILE resources are available on the STEM website (search 'SMILE cards by number') BUT the problem is that you have to have the network in your head or to hand to know which number you are looking for.
I have a collection of actual SMILE cards and they are infinitely superior to anything downloadable (on card and some are beautifully produced in glorious shiny technicolour). The point about SMILE was that it was not 'just another worksheet' and unfortunately that's what putting them on-line has done.
Also, SMILE was more than just the physical resource - it was a completely different way of working with a pedagogy that is certainly no more. It was an INDIVIDUALISED learning scheme i.e. no teacher talking from the front and allowing students to work at their own pace and level. I don't think it can ever be reproduced adequately without losing its essence.


Please can you tell me where I can get the software, I can not find my copy of the app


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