First of all, let me explain the product for you. The Maths box is a colourful and robust box that contains 300 colourful cards to help support the teaching and learning of mathematical skills in the Infant Classes. It is not intended as an independent resource but more so teacher-led table or group. There are 4 copies of each of the 75 unique maths cards and I would be able to use a card per table if I had access to three other SET teachers. Therefore, this resource would be absolutely super for in-class support or a smaller withdrawal setting with the SET.
Each card sets a challenge based on a maths curriculum objective. The photocopiable Teacher’s Guide that comes with it has a full page lesson plan explaining how to introduce the skill, set up the maths card and then extend the learning with additional activities. There are useful sections on differentiation and assessment and suggestions for online resources and links.
For an extra bonus, it comes with a free digital version of the Teacher’s Guide as well with a scope and sequence chart. The scope and sequence chart is a long term plan and it gives you the ability to track individual pupil and and the whole class with some lovely teacher tracking sheets.
This product is different because not only does it add to your own maths teaching in an easy and pick up and go way, it supports oral language development with the instructions on the card that the teacher reads out and the pupil responds. Each card is made up of 3 varying levels of ability so whether the teacher is working with any ability grouping, these cards will work well.
I used the cards easily once I had completed my own short term plans by selecting the appropriate card for the curriculum objective and mathematical skill and slotting that into my maths groups.
I am aware it is pricey but it is a brilliant investment if you want to find new, active ways to jazz up your own maths teaching and learning and to ensure all abilities are being challenged.
Independent learning for pupils
Jane Mack, Headteacher
The Maths Box is a great innovative resource, which compliments the creative approach we consider key to children’s learning. It encourages resilience, independence and confidence in maths learning, as children can’t wait to try new cards and better their score. The high quality resources are colourful, images appealing and our children see them as a fun activity and not necessarily school work. Our teachers use The Maths Box in a variety of ways, as part of a targeted intervention, independent extension, consolidating activity or short assessment. Our children can work independently, or in small groups. We bought the complete maths box series and its flexibility makes it an invaluable resource, as well as great value for money. Teachers can choose from different year group boxes to revisit previously taught objectives, or create opportunities to challenge high achievers. The use of multiple choice questions makes pupils’ understanding or misconceptions very clear, and the separate answer cards offer independence to even our youngest of learners. Our children can’t wait to use The Maths Box. As with all the Prim-Ed resources we use, they offer a great product for teachers and children.
Jane Hainsworth, Headteacher, Adel St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School
At Kilburn Park we teach a mastery-based curriculum, a key resource that contributes to the success of these lessons has been the set of Maths Boxes, each of which helps teachers to provide comprehensive practice in the key areas of numeracy, especially reasoning. Each card in the boxes clearly matches the National Curriculum objectives for each year group.
Emer O’Reilly - Maths Subject Lead Kilburn Park School
This box has been great for children who need more visual support with key maths skills. They are always keen to use it and it is so hand for a teaching assistant to deliver as everything you need is in one handy box.
Louise Aldridge, Deputy Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager
As I have a higher level box than my class, it is used as extension activities. It is great to deepen the children's understanding of topics already covered in class and for higher ability children self teach topics not covered.
Helen Jones, Class Teacher