# NRICH Publications

### Maths Buzz

#### Collaborative reasoning challenges developed with BEAM

Working in pairs or small groups, children use their reasoning skills to figure out how to organise a collection of picture cards. Can they work out the order of the racing robots or arrange the hats on the shelves? Children will develop their speaking and listening skills and their problem-solving abilities as they work together to sort out the clues and deduce the solutions. Get the class buzzing with Maths Buzz!

Three sets are available, one for Years 1/2, one for Years 3/4 and one for Years 5/6.

### The Brain Buster Maths Boxes

#### Innovative whole-class kits developed with BEAM

These boxes have everything to get your class involved in a mathematical challenge: A4 problem cards for pairs to share (or you can print out multiple copies from the CD-ROM); enough equipment for a class of children working in pairs on the same problem at the same time; a teachers' book and a CD-ROM of the problems, activity sheets and notes - all in a neat storage box. There are problems about finding all the possibilities, diagram problems and visual puzzles, problems involving finding rules and describing patterns, and logic puzzles. Each problem has an extension. There's help in encouraging children to explain their methods and in analysing their strategies.

Three boxes are available, one for Years 1/2, one for Years 3/4 and one for Years 5/6.

Year 1/2 - http://www.nelsonthornes.com/shop/nt/brain-buster-maths-box-years-1---2
Year 3/4 - http://www.nelsonthornes.com/shop/nt/brain-buster-maths-box-years-3---4
Year 5/6 - http://www.nelsonthornes.com/shop/nt/brain-buster-maths-box-years-5---6

## Books

#### Maths trails - Excel at Problem Solving (KS3/4)

'Excel at Problem Solving' is the fourth in the series of mathematics enrichment titles (see below) developed by the NRICH team and published by Cambridge University Press. These spreadsheet activities support problem solving across the secondary mathematics curriculum. The publication consists of a teachers' guide and CD-ROM containing an extensive collection of ready-made spreadsheets to support each activity and extend mathematical thinking. The teachers' guide details 23 problem-solving activities arranged in a trail progressing in difficulty. Each activity focuses on a specific skill or strategy that develops a particular aspect of problem solving. The full supporting notes and CD-ROM for teachers include useful questions, prompts and hints for students and possible outcomes for each activity.

#### Maths trails - Visualising (KS2/3)

'Visualising' is the third in the series of mathematics enrichment titles (which includes 'Generalising' and 'Working Systematically' - see below), developed by the NRICH Team and published by Cambridge University Press. The publication consists of a teachers' guide and a CD-ROM of pupil activities, teachers' notes, animations and interactivities, and is ideal for KS2 and KS3. The teachers' guide details 17 problem-solving activities arrnaged in a trail, each one developing the skill of visualising. In addition, the notes contain ideas for 16 further visualisations along with useful questions and prompts to guide discussion.

#### Maths trails - Generalising (KS2/3)

'Generalising' is part of a series of mathematics enrichment titles developed by the NRICH team at Cambridge University. This Teacher's Guide details 15 problem solving activities arranged in a trail progressing in difficulty. Each activity focuses on a specific skill or strategy that develops a particular aspect of problem solving. Full supporting notes for teachers include clear links to the curriculum, useful questions, prompts and hints for students and possible outcomes for each activity. Links to similar problems on the NRICH website are given and students are encouraged to post their solutions on the site. Structured approach to problem solving for top primary and lower secondary students. All activities linked to further similar problems available online on the NRICH website. Full support for teachers including possible outcomes for each activity.
This book can be purchased from the CUP website.

#### Maths trails -Working Systematically (KS2/3)

'Working Systematically' is part of a series of mathematics enrichment titles developed by the NRICH team at Cambridge University. This Teacher's Guide details 16 problem solving activities arranged in a trail progressing in difficulty. Each activity focuses on a specific skill or strategy that develops a particular aspect of problem solving. Full supporting notes for teachers include clear links to the curriculum, useful questions, prompts and hints for students and possible outcomes for each activity. Links to similar problems on the NRICH website are given and students are encouraged to post their solutions on the site. Structured approach to problem solving for top primary and lower secondary students. All activities linked to further similar problems available online on the NRICH website. Full support for teachers including possible outcomes for each activity.

This book can be purchased from the CUP website.

#### Meeting the Needs of Your Most Able Pupils: Mathematics

By Lynne McClure, Jennifer Piggott
ISBN: 978-1-84312-328-6
Available from: Routledge Education

Independent review:
"Meeting the Needs of Your Most Able Pupils in Maths provides specific guidance on: *

• recognising high ability and multiple intelligences
• planning, differentiation and extension/enrichment in maths
• teacher questioning skills
• support for more able pupils with learning difficulties (dyslexics, ADHD, sensory impairment)
• homework
• recording and assessment
• beyond the classroom: visits, residentials, competitions, summer schools, masterclasses, links with universities, businesses and other organizations.

The book features comprehensive appendices and an accompanying CD with: useful contacts and resources, lesson plans, liaison sheets for teaching assistants, homework activities and monitoring sheets.

This book is highly recommended for secondary teachers, subject heads of departments, Gifted and Talented co-ordinators, SENCos and LEA advisers. "

## CDs

#### NRICH exploring squares - lesson starter posters CD (KS2/3)

Exploring Squares, an innovative CD-ROM built around a collection of 25 mathematical posters on the theme of 'squares' that can be used on your interactive whiteboards, or simply for display and discussion. Each poster is presented with Teachers' Notes and a series of questions designed to generate discussions of mathematical concepts. The posters are ideal for lesson starters and will help to develop investigative and problem-solving skills.

#### NRICH exploring circles- lesson starter posters CD (KS3/4)

Exploring Circles, the perfect companion to the Exploring Squares CD-ROM, is now available. This new CD-ROM is built around a collection of 25 attractive mathematical posters on the theme of 'circles'. The intention is that pupils will discuss and share insights about what they see in individual posters, with the potential for going on to use them as a focus for investigative activities. The posters are ideal for use on the interactive whiteboard at the start of lessons and can be printed out for classroom display.