The Wonder of #Symbaloo – Part One – A Webmix of Mostly Maths – 1st Class to 6th

Symbaloo is a great time saving curating tool.

I heard about it first from @MariaMernagh who sang its praises.


Currently I teach mostly maths to children aged 6 – 12.

Instead of setting up the links to maths websites on tabs

each day before school now all I have to do is open a  webmix

that I have prepared of the online maths activities

I use most frequently in class. Scroll to the right to see more.

Symbaloo is a great discovery.

Thank you @MariaMernagh for some great advice!

UPDATE: Click here for a Symbaloo of useful websites for teaching English 1st Class – 4th approximately.

Maths Websites: Learning about Tessellation: 1st to 6th Class

Six Sided Rose Blossom Tessellation-Square
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We learned about tessellations here.

Tessellations are where shapes are arranged

in such a way that they fit closely together

in a pattern without gaps or overlaps.

When we had finished learning

about tessellations we went

to experiment with them in

Tessellationtown from

First Class Maths – Useful Websites

First class have asked me for some useful websites

so that they can practise their maths at home, so here we are:

A very popular game for practising addition

and take away tables is called ‘The Balloon Game’.

Click on this link to find it.

and away we go
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Another one the children enjoy that helps them

with their learning is Crossing the Swamp .

It is also useful for practising addition and subtraction.


Add Like Mad and its sister site Subtraction Action 

are like gymnastics for the brain.


The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 

have a number of videos online

to help parents help their child with maths.

Scroll down to view them here.


First and Second class is a window of opportunity

for learning tables.

Knowing one’s tables is a skill which one will call upon 

through out one’s life.

Read about the importance of tables here.

You can find other maths websites for students from 1st-6th class here.

Student Favourite: ‘Crossing The Swamp’ – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division Practice

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‘Crossing the Swamp’ from


You also can ‘Add Like Mad’,

try some ‘Subtraction Action’

and practise multiplication 

here or here.


Maths: Online resources for learning about & revising how to simplify fractions

Equivalent Fractions
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Simplifying fractions explained from

Cool Math 4

Six minute video explaining how to simplify fractions


Very comprehensive blog post with lots of ideas

‘Teaching Fractions: Tips, Tricks & Great Websites’

from Fascinate


Online activities for learning & revising rounding off and estimation

Happy Pi Day (to the 69th digit)!
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Very simple estimation exercise from Jan

Quick fire rounding off game on

‘Which One Rounds?’ from Math Nook

Dart game for rounding off

Extensive lists on Online Math

Maths and AAAMaths

Table Races – Speed Tests for Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication&Division Practice.

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‘Addition Speed Test’ from Mr

‘Timed Subtraction Test’ from Mr.

‘Multiplication Speed Test’ from

‘Division Speed Test from Mr Myers’.org


‘Tables Challenge’ from The School

and there’s MORE!

Online games for learning and revising Times Tables

Central City Times Tables
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1. Games for revising and learning Times Tables from Maths

2. Lots of games on

3. Interactive Times Tables Games from

4. Tables grid game on BBC.Co.Uk

5. Games on Topmarks.Co.Uk

It’s all about pizza! Games for learning and revising fractions

pizza boy
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1. Graded Resources for Teaching Fractions from

2. More from Sheppard

3. Comprehensive selection of activites  

from ‘Who wants pizza?’ by Cynthia Lanius

4. Tony Fraction’s Pizza Shop from

5. Pizza Fractions Game from Soft

6. More fraction games from Maths

7. And if you get tired of pizza …

there are other activities here

Online activities to teach and revise place value – Senior Classes

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1. Resources for the whiteboard  from


2. Learning about Place Value on Kids Math Games


Games to practice Place Value on  

3. Sheppard

4. Toon (Hundreds, Tens and Units)

5. Toon University again (Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Units)


6. – Place Value Pirates (includes decimals)

Online activities to learn about and revise factors, prime and composite numbers.

Prime Numbers
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1. Revising tables and factors on the 100 square



2. Learning about Factor Trees

on Maths


3. Four useful activities from

Cool to learn about prime and composite numbers.


4. Finding factor game from Calculation Nation


5. Scroll down to the bottom of this link

to find an activity to practice

spotting prime

or composite numbers

from AAA


6. From Sheppard

‘Fruit Shoot’ – A game to revise composite + prime numbers


7. A Treasure Trove of ideas here from

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2. Helping your Child’s Learning; Mostly Maths (for 2nd Class going into 3rd)

Tirando Los Dados. / Rolling The Dice.
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Dear Parent,


A number of parents have asked for more details

than was contained in the end of year report

about how parents can help their child’s learning over the Summer.


I have already posted some suggestions about reading

Suggestions for Children’s Reading Over The Summer


This post relates to Maths.

There will be a third post about using higher order questions

to develop your child’s learning.

 illustrated math problem
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The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

have several short videos for parents

about working on maths with your child.

Short Videos from National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)


They appear to be still compiling resources for 3rd/4th class

For Parents of 3rd/4th Classes – National Council for Curriculum and Assessment


This post relates specifically to

students in 2nd Class going into 3rd.

It is a long post and you will find

the contents will help you

over the next school year.


In many reports I wrote that;

‘3rd+4th Class is the window of opportunity

for learning multiplication+division tables.

They are easier to learn than

the addition/subtraction tables from this year

because of the number patterns apparent in them.

Prioritizing these tables next year will

give your child a very useful life skill.

Tables are gymnastics for the brain.

Knowing them well is confidence building

and allows your child to concentrate on methodology’.


Multiplication is introduced as repeated addition.

Towards the end of 2nd class, we did this in class.


You may find the following websites helpful.

The two introductory videos here are useful;

Teach the Times Tables on


This is a useful follow up game;

Carl’s Cookie Capers from


The Balloon Popping Game from the School Hub

with which your child is very familiar will also be helpful.


Other online games that practice multiplication can be found here;

Multiplication Games from ICT


It may be that your child finds it hard to learn by rote.

So you may find this site useful;

Strategies for Learning Multiplication Facts from


This  game also provides some gymnastics for the brain;


Problem Solving is a skill that all students would benefit from practising.

I suggest an inexpensive purchase  Mad 4 Maths – 3rd Class

To start with your child could do a few of these with you

perhaps using the 3-step strategy highlighted below.

Once they master these steps they can continue on, independently.


How can you help your child with problem solving in Maths?

Problem Solving:

The following strategies are useful in relation to problem solving
• Discussing the problem
• Rephrasing to make the meaning clearer
• Using concrete materials where possible
• Using smaller numbers
• Setting out problem on paper using diagrams, drawings etc.
• Estimating


Some teachers use the mnemonic  RUDE 

to remind the children of problem solving strategies.

So the children are encouraged to 


Underline key words, 


Estimate (Answer).

This is the simplest approach.

‘Drawing’ the problem can be very effective.

It gives the child time to think and process the information.


Another approach is

We LUV 2 C word stories!


Underline (the key word), 


Calculate and 



In tandem with these approaches you could ask your child:


1. What do I have? (what info is given?)


2. What do I want to have at the end? (What am I being asked to do?)


3. How do I get there? (add/subtract/multiply/divide or a combination)


The additional website may be useful for some.


It teaches a visual strategy for problem solving:


Problem Solving with Thinking Blocks


Penrose Triangle
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 I have checked out all these websites,

but please supervise your child online.

Supplementary Homework in Maths

Here are a dozen links to Maths Activities

that you might like to try:


Many of these games were sourced from 

Maths Primary National Strategy – Maths Activities

This is easy; practising ‘counting on’ with 

Online ‘Snakes and Ladders’

Snakes and Ladders
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As an alternative to the

Balloon Popping Game to practice tables,

you can practice addition tables on Circus Climber


This activity teaches about Data


These are more challenging:

Practising computation with

Swimming Lengths

Long Jump



Reading measure with Javelin Throwing


Measuring angles;

estimating or using an online protractor with Sailing


Practicing Addition using ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathionaire?’


This is a more challenging game;

 ‘Who Wants to Be A Mathonaire?’

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Like the game Mastermind this is an online game

called Code Breaker

Here is another version from Creativity