Maths Challenge 5: Learn your 7 and 8 times tables with Adele

This used to be the trickiest times table for me!

I sometimes take shortcuts to help me with times tables. For example, to find 6x a number I first do 5x followed by adding one lot on. So to find 6 x 7 I would do:

5 x 7 = 35

Add one more lot of 7 to 35 = 42

= 6 x 7 = 42

BUT calculating 7 x 8 or 8 x 7 was always really tricky for me… Until I found this funny song a few years ago which made me and my class laugh and help us remember!

Here is the link:

The channel has other videos too, what you think?

Mr Kay

Maths Challenge 3: ‘I See Maths’ KS2 Live Lessons!

Gareth Metcalfe has kindly provided daily online lessons for children across the country. We use Gareth’s Maths resources in school, you will have seen them on our challenge boards!

Here are the first two lessons:

3 Consecutive Numbers, Year 3 & Year 4:

5 Consecutive Numbers, Year 5 & Year 6:

Let me know how you get on with these,

Mr Kay

Maths Challenge 2 – Totality!

Follow the link to try this fun Maths game!

You can make your own rules for this game, but here are some my class decided on in case you are stuck:

Before starting the game, the counter is placed on zero and a target number is decided on (usually between 20 – 30).

Each player takes turns to move the counter along a line to a number. Every time the counter is moved, the new number is added to the previous total. For example 0 to 5 = the total is currently 5.

You MUST move the counter along a line from one number to another.

The players MUST add the score up mentally (in their heads) as the counter is moved.

Whichever player reaches the target number first, wins! You could change this rule, so that the player that reaches the number first loses!

Finding keeping track of the adding tricky? Make your target number lower.

Finding it too easy? You can make the game trickier by setting the target number higher. What is it like to play with three players?

You can download and print the game from here:

Mr Kay

Maths Challenge 1 – Premier League Primary Stars!

Play Premier League Primary Stars now!

Football isn’t on at the moment but no need to worry… Premier League Stars has your back! This is an online game that allows you to do Maths whilst playing football games – the perfect combination!

To play these games and improve your Maths, head over to:,14108,50TUJ6,3WJHS,1

Comment below if you have played!

Mr Kay

‘Top Dogs!’

4HK secure second place the Leeds’ contest

4HK have been putting their Maths skills to the test this week, securing second place in the Leeds’ Sumdog contest! Children from all over Leeds took part and Aleena even finished in second place!

Congratulations Aleena on being a top 2 student!

Keep up the good work Year 4,

Mr Kay