Maths Without Limits
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Age 8

Below you will find a list of activities that may be suitable for this age group. Please remember, however, that a child’s ability to engage with any activity will depend more on their prior experience and understanding than on their chronological age. Please, therefore, also browse the activities for adjacent age groups.

Doubling and Halving by Partitioning
Doubling and Halving by Partitioning

  This activity was designed for, and used successfully, with a group of capable 8 year olds who had just been introduced to the standard written method of addition.  The objectives were as...

Fractions on a Hundred Square
Fractions on a Hundred Square

This short exploration uses a hundred square as a representation of one whole, to explore how fractions work on a hundred square. It is assumed that the children have a basic understanding of...

Fractions on a metre stick
Fractions on a metre stick

This extended exploration makes use of a variety of different visualisations to help develop the understanding of equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages. We start with the metre...

Rectangle Diagram – Multiply Two Numbers
Rectangle Diagram – Multiply Two Numbers

This is one of a series of visual skill builders which are designed to give children a toolkit of diagrams, words and phrases to help them explain their mathematical understanding and solve...

Multiples and Digit Wheels
Multiples and Digit Wheels

This is a lovely activity which is very simple to do, and is great for showing that Maths is full of patterns.  The patterns in the numbers then generate satisfying visual patterns. Important Note:...

Factor Rainbows
Factor Rainbows

A factor rainbow is a beautiful idea that deserves to be part of every child’s Mathematical vocabulary.  This mini exploration encourages them to explore freely and see how many they can find....

How Long is a Line?
How Long is a Line?

This activity is designed to develop children’s skills in estimating and measuring short distances less than 30cm, while consolidating the vocabulary of horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. It...

Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs

Get things moving with this lively game which uses the space around the body to develop skills in doubling. Can also be used for halving.

The Clock Rap
The Clock Rap

Make time fun with this highly popular game to help understand that times follow one another in sequence.

How Many Hula Hoops?
How Many Hula Hoops?

How many hula hoops (the small, crunchy variety!) would it take to stretch from the school to Big Ben in London?  Investigate metres, converting to km, using conversion tables and working with BIG...

The Number Triangle Game
The Number Triangle Game

When children first learn to add and subtract, they will be encouraged to use their fingers to help them. This is a good strategy for small numbers.  Once they have understood the concepts, they...

Back to Back Metre Sticks
Back to Back Metre Sticks

Ever heard of learning money with metre sticks!?  This elegant but simple activity will help develop recall of the number pairs that add to make 100 and so help with finding change from £1.  

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