Maths Puzzles for KS3/KS4
Rob Apperley and Gill Colley
- Ideal to use as starters
- Suitable for all abilities
- Encourages discussion
Develop investigative skills
Finding ways to motivate students and to get them to think for themselves can be difficult. The opportunities for analytical thought in KS3 and KS4/GCSE mathematics may be further limited now that coursework is no longer required at GCSE.
Maths Puzzles for KS3/KS4 is designed to help students think laterally and analytically. Ideal for use with students who lack motivation, the resource contains over 80 activities of the following types:
- Number puzzles
- Visual puzzles
- Shape puzzles
- Tricks with numbers
- Tricks with words
- Open-ended puzzles
- Algorithmic puzzles
- Optical illusions.
The activities could be used:
- as starters or plenaries
- for group work
- for whole class discussion
- as the basis for investigations
- as exam practice
- for out-of-school learning
- for competitions or end-of-term quizzes.
Maths Puzzles for KS3/KS4 is sold with a full site licence, so everyone in your department can benefit. Full teaching notes are included, and the material can readily be used by non-specialist teachers or cover supervisors.
Encourage lateral thinking
Aimed at KS3 and KS4/GCSE students, the activities can be tackled by students of all abilities. Often the path to the solution is not structured or specified; some puzzles have more than one correct answer. The activities can therefore help to:
- develop dialogue between students and between student and teacher
- foster analytical thinking
- create an atmosphere of healthy competition
- provide a welcome sense of enjoyment.
Even students who are normally disengaged can be readily involved – and even enthused.
Each activity is:
- referenced to the 2008 National Curriculum at KS3 and KS4
- available as a worksheet to print out and distribute to students
- available as a presentation to display on an interactive whiteboard
- accompanied by teacher’s notes and answers where appropriate.
- Fractions, ratio, proportion
- Spatial puzzles
- Trick questions
- Optical illusions