The power of a piece of paper

I recently attended an INSET day on maths, particularly focussing on Numeracy. We were very privileged to have a talk from Jennie Pennant from NRICH and I must say, what a charismatic, inspiring lady she was. Her session was an hour and a half long but it just whizzed by and I was left with a feeling of wanting more.

I wanted to share one of the ideas she gave us; such a simple idea but one with so much potential. All you need is 1 sheet of paper per child. Fold into 16 rectangles and fill each one with the digits 0-9 (there will be some repeats)

Here are some of the activities that could then be done:
  • get children to make a 2/3/4 digit number (either horizontally or vertically) then order their numbers on each table
  • In pairs, make number bonds to 10/100/1000
  • In pairs, who can add 2 numbers to make near hundreds
  • Make a number with 7 tens/6 hundreds/3 units etc
  • Make a multiple of…
  • In pairs, subtract 2 numbers – who can make the smallest difference/largest difference etc
  • Fold a line/square to add to…
  • Show me a number more than/less than…
  • Guess my number
  • Show me a prime/square number
  • find pairs of halves/doubles
  • Triangles – make 3 numbers that add to 180

I’m sure there are hundreds more activities that could be done with this piece of paper but we ran out of thinking time.

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