Magical Maths is back!

Date: 20th Apr 2017 @ 3:03pm

Professor Poopenshtinken wanted to come again in person when he heard that there was another club running at your school! 

This time the Professor left in plenty of time in order to get a parking space outside the school (apologies if he is in your spot). He was really excited to be heading back to your school. He was wondering if he was going to see some of the pupils from last time or some bright new faces. . . it was clear that we were all ready for Magical Maths...

The Professor burst in the classroom to see all the pupils that had turned up for Magical Maths. Some were even more energetic than him. Week one of Magical Maths had begun, and here is the story of how it panned out...


After a few ground rules (like no pulling the Professor's hair) the children then rotated through our three cracking activities.

Number Chaos

Learning objectives: Identify one more and one less of a given number. Use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), put together, total, add, altogether, sum, take away, difference, distance between. Addition and subtraction up to 20, and related facts up to 100.  Realise the effect of adding or subtracting zero. Develop recognition of patterns in the number system (e.g. odd and even numbers).

Through grouping and sharing small quantities, pupils begin to understand: multiplication and division; doubling numbers/quantities; and finding simple fractions of numbers/quantities. Solve multiplication and division problems using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in context.




For Key Stage One we started by playing a game called ‘Number Chaos’. We split the group up into two teams, they got to choose their favourite team names. Each pupil was given a bib to wear with two numbers on it, one on the front and one on the back.

Each team had to compete against the other team to see who could get the answer the quickest. They had to line up with the numbers on their bibs showing the correct answer. They had to complete various number sentences, recognise patterns and understand Maths Magical language.

Snap Cards




Everyone loves a game of snap! We had the children in small groups and we played with our various different snap cards. We have snap cards that concentrate on shapes and colours, UK money, subtraction, multiplication and telling the time. A super fun game that helps with shape recognition, telling the time and a lot more. We adapted the difficulty slightly depending on age/ability.

Fizz Buzz!

Learning objectives: Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens. Connect the 10 table to place value, and the 5 table to the divisions on the clock face.

The final activity this week was ‘Fizz Buzz’. This is where we got all the children standing in a circle and going around the circle we counted as high as we could. When a multiple of a chosen number came up the student had to say ‘Fizz!’ instead of the actual number. This was REALLY good fun and we continued until we had a WINNER!

A MAGICALLY good first week had by all. We're all math'd out now, and the Professor's taking a rest at the Holiday Inn before his flight home tomorrow morning.

See you next week (rumour has it our world class detective is coming to visit),  

Brian Banks

Head of sorting travel arrangements for Professor Poopenshtinken


P.S. - Our detective is called Stately Holmes - Stately's a relative of the famous Sherlock, and he has a reputation that's really building(!!)

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