I’m sure that many students, faced with the prospect of yet another ‘arithmetic’ or ‘reasoning’ paper, would much prefer to roll a dice or build something out of plastic. And that’s a good thing – pretty much most board or construction games teach valuable skills:
- logic and strategy
- detecting patterns, grouping, estimation
- reasoning and planning ahead
- never giving up
- developing an ability to focus
As well as being great fun, an educational ‘maths game’ can encourage even the most reluctant student to see real life applications. Grappling with the latest reasoning paper can be dry and dull, particularly if there are limited resources. The recent change in KS2 papers are a prime example. I’m sure that things will catch up, but one of my students recently complained they’d ‘done this four times already!’ It seems that enthusiastic teachers, parent, tutor and website had all offered the same materials.
From counting, addition, subtraction and fractions all the way to dealing with money, here’s some great resources to help embed a student’s learning: