MAV Talent Quest 2013

Would you be interested to be involved in – MTQ 2013?
The Math Talent Quest aims to promote interest in mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents.

 The focus is on the process of mathematical investigations.

All students from F-12 can enter. You can enter as individuals, groups up to 6 and classes up to 30 students.

 Registration opens online Monday 15th April  (go to MAV website)
 Registration closes online Wednesday 17th July
An Investigation must include:
–An abstract
–Mathematical aims
–Observations and results
–Discussion on relevance of results
–Log, journal or rough workings
The investigation needs to be real world Maths or mathematical situations. The investigation needs to demonstrate sequential steps, formulation of own questions, application of prior knowledge and strategies, exploration is systematic, mathematical processes have been used. Your results will need to be justified and findings summarized. This is an investigation not a research document.
If you are intersted in completing the MTQ 2013 and would like to see some examples click on the link below:


Let’s Play a Game!

“Let’s play a game children!” How would your students respond? Intrigued, excited, alert and ready to learn? This sounds like a great way to begin a maths session or even something you could recommend to parents to do at home with their child for consolidation of mental maths skills.

Have a go at using the first day of every week/ two weeks introducing a new game. Explain to your class how to set themselves up, what the objective is, talk about the language and maths involved. The following day explain to your students that you are all going to play the same game again, you’ll be surprised at how quickly they will get themselves organised, making this a great 10-15 minute warm-up before each session (as long as materials are easily accessible e.g. maths toolboxes that can be placed on tables for each maths session). Once your students are set up alter the activity slightly by providing new challenges for your students. By doing this your students are less likely to get tired of playing the same game and will also cater for the different abilities in your classroom.

Here is an example of prep students playing “Race to Ten”:

Race to Ten! on PhotoPeach
“Race to Ten” is a game that builds on children’s number sense. While playing the game the children are using mathematical language, subitising numbers on the dice and the tens frame (subitise: ability to say a quantity without counting), building their concept of ‘part-part whole’ (a larger number can be made from two smaller numbers) and building a basis for basic addition to ten… Wow that’s a lot of number sense in a 15 minute warm up!

Research suggests that games can be a very effective tool in the classroom, particularly for teaching mental maths skills. Check out the link below, it includes an article about why teach maths games and provides a whole lot of great game suggestion and templates:

 Enriching Mathematics

What games are you playing or played in your classroom?

St. Martin of Tours Maths Blog

elcome to SMOT’s Building Math Minds Blog

The SMOT Building Maths Minds blog aims to do the following…

Inform teachers, students and parents about what is happening in mathematics around the world including new ideas, activities, resources or articles.

Showcase what we do so well at SMOT, which is teach effective, fun, differentiated and engaging maths lessons.

Enable us to connect and share mathematically with other schools both local and global.


What are some great things you do in your maths sessions?

If you are a visitor to this site your comments are very welcome as we here at SMOT would love to have the opportunity to see and hear about the great things you’re doing with maths!