Cool Maths Games in KS1 and KS2
Livening up Maths in UK Primary School
Maths can often be a subject that some children see as an impossible mountain to climb, an unreachable goal and unachievable task. However, numeracy within KS1 and KS2 settings can be as enjoyable as any other core or foundation subject; it depends how the mathematical topic is dressed, delivered and executed. Children become interested when they are engaged and involved in their learning; therefore, making maths fun and challenging is a pathway in, a hallowed ground where children are the thinkers and doers.
Maths Games and Fun Maths Games
A simple option would be to search the internet for numeracy games that aid learning, but the real mastery comes from games that are thought of, developed and delivered by the teacher. Children learn most when they are getting hands on with an activity and although there is a place for technology in numeracy, sometimes physically presenting children with a challenge is enough to turn on a lightbulb in their heads.
Maths Games KS1
It is fundamental for children in KS1 to learn maths in a practical fashion; this can be in the form of physical objects or simple, yet effective visual aids.
Teaching counting on and back using animals is a classic example or using simple, yet colourful objects as a strategy empowers children. Playing 'What time is it Mr Wolf' to introduce time or getting the children to find out each other's favourite ice-cream flavour as a way in to handling data are other methods employed by teachers.
Making the learning fun, hands-on and real-life really makes children see the importance of numeracy.
Maths Games in KS2
As children move into KS2 they have often formed a strong opinion about numeracy and whether they like it or not, it is taught on a daily basis. However, making numeracy lively and fast-paced, through the medium of games, helps the children invest in a maths lesson.
Timestables taught by playing a game called cowboy shootout, whereby the children face off (in pairs)and try to get the answer before the other, provides challenge and intrigue. Linking percentages and fractions to real-life situations such as shop sales can lead to a series of lessons where children work in teams to try and make a profit by offering the best deals in their particular shop.
Games and options are limitless; children will be interested if the learning is interesting.