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Countdown from Subtangent challenges the players to get as close as possible to a target number, using six numbers and the four standard operations of arithmetic before the time runs out.

Players can choose how many large or small numbers they wish to use for each game.
The Numbers and Letters version...

Decanting Puzzle

Students are challenged to measure a set quantity of liquid in this activity from Subtangent, using two jugs of different capacity.

The game allows vessels to be filled; liquid to be swapped between the vessels, or to be emptied out.

There are six levels of difficulty which will afford students the...

Broken Calculator

Is it possible to use the broken calculator in this Subtangent activity to make a given set of numbers?

There are six levels of difficulty in this activity starting with whole numbers, then introducing negative numbers and decimals.

The broken keys vary at each level giving the opportunity to use the...

Matching Game

Matching names of shapes to their drawings is the focus of this interactive game from Subtangent.

Students need to remember the position of cards which have already been revealed to complete the task as quickly as possible.

This game gives an opportunity to reinforce knowledge of the properties of...

Painting the Playground

This activity from Cre8ate maths lends itself to the development of personal thinking and learning skills, based on activities for a playground. Making a maze involves students in quite complex 2-D visualisation, working with a prepared spreadsheet, in excel, which encourages students to refine and redraft their...

Maths Wordsearch

This Subtangent wordsearch resource provides the opportunity to reinforce topic specific spelling and the terminology used across the mathematical curriculum.

The number of words to be found varies, although most of the documents are meant to be completed quickly.

The wordsearches can be printed out...


Matching numbers in hexagons is the challenge in this Subtangent activity.

Seven hexagons each with six numbers have to be placed on a grid so that the numbers match. The hexagons can be moved and rotated.

Placing the central hexagon is the key to solving this puzzle and a hint is available to help to...

Top Trumps

This resource from the Department for Education is a set of 'Top Trumps' cards, which help students reflect on the skills and personality traits of individuals in particular careers. The cards could be used as a starter activity before students reflect on their own attributes and interests.

Bingo Games

These Bingo activities from ASE are a great way to recap and reinforce vocabulary and meanings within a topic. The two examples here provide teachers' notes and 50 individual bingo cards which can be laminated and reused. They are on the topics of cells and the body, and element symbols. The idea can be applied to...

Genome Games

Produced as part of the Citizen Science project, these materials allow students to explore issues around human genetics using familiar game contexts. Suitable for students aged 11-16, the materials utilise activites similar to Pictionary, Taboo and Consequences to introduce a variety of issues.



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