# Blog

### Get outdoors and do some maths

Published: 19 May 2020
If you go down to the woods today, be sure of a maths surprise! Deborah Mulroney considers how to make learning outdoors fun and engaging for all ages...

### Unexpected activities that could help children get better at maths

Published: 05 May 2020
From using jigsaws to underpin multiplicative thinking to using leaves to develop understanding of ‘shapes within shapes’, Rachel Rayner considers...

### Get your game face on: why maths games for KS2 children provide great practice

Published: 28 April 2020
Gaming has the advantage over traditional drill exercises because of the pupil interactions leading to rich discussions, peer correction and...

### Starting from the beginning: how to learn times tables

Published: 20 April 2020
Are we teaching times tables before we test them?

### KS2 SATs Reasoning; Re-presenting the problem

Published: 22 October 2019
Finding the maths camouflaged by the information in a question.

### Detecting shaky learning and dealing with it

Published: 15 October 2019
“Shaky learning” is often well hidden by pupils. Without getting to the root of the problem, you will only sticky plaster the cracks.

### Analysis of 2019 KS2 Maths SATs Arithmetic paper (Part 2)

Published: 10 October 2019
Helping schools think about how they might interpret the findings of the Arithmetic SATs paper outcomes, and how their findings might be translated...

### Analysis of 2019 KS2 Maths SATs Arithmetic paper (Part 1)

Published: 08 October 2019
What can question level analysis tell you about the KS2 SATs and what is it hiding?

### Can't calculate? Could place value be the culprit?

Published: 01 October 2019
The gaps in place value understanding are the main culprit when children can’t calculate - here are some ideas to fix this.

### When is a number not a number?

Published: 17 September 2019
The representation of the symbol ‘2’ certainly does not have any concrete connection to its value. For a learner to understand the concept of...