Puzzle me this?? Halloween Picto-Puzzles Freebie

Following the success of our Valentine’s picto-puzzles we’ve put together a set of Hauntingly Halloween picture puzzles.

Great as a quick starter and application of the order of operations. Easy to display or print.

Pupils should assume all pictures take integer values and if two pictures are together (pumpkin wearing the witches hat for example) within a picture their values have been added.

FREE  DOWNLOAD of Halloween Picto-puzzles here

We hope you enjoy using these puzzles. Check out our other Halloween blog posts;

Halloween Pop-Up Spiders and 3D Shapes
Skeletons, Ghouls and Rotational Symmetry

Thank you for reading

Sharon @numberloving

Valentine Maths Picto-Puzzles Free Download

Our fourth freebie this week is a series of four maths picto-puzzles each of varying difficulty.

Here is an example page;

They include addition, subtraction puzzles and multiplication. Challenge your students to find the value of each Valentines symbol, watch out for valentine’s symbols within symbols on the more challenging picto-puzzle 4 and 5.

The full resource can be downloaded here by clicking the link below.

This free download includes 4 different Valentine picto-puzzles which can be displayed or printed as worksheets, with solutions. Ideal for a quick starter or plenary. You should also check out our premium Valentine bundle.

Click the picture below to visit this bundle.

Don’t forget to check out this weeks Valentine posts for our freebies!

We would love to hear your Valentine Math ideas! Get in touch via @numberloving or NumberLoving’s Facebook page!

You might also be interested in visiting our Store for both free and premium resources.

Thank you for reading

NumberLoving Sharon

What’s the Substitute for Love? Free Valentines Maths Activity

More NumberLove to share and we ask if there is a substitute for love? Well the only substitution we’re covering here is algebraic substitution!

This free download requires pupils to answer questions evaluating expressions and then they shade the number grid to create the LOVEly picture!

Click on the picture above to get the free download from our store. If you like this you will LOVE our Valentine Math bundle, available via our store. It includes these two Math Art resources.

Click the picture below to visit this bundle.

We would love to hear your Valentine Math ideas! Get in touch via @numberloving or NumberLoving’s Facebook page!

You might also be interested in visiting our Store for both free and premium resources.

Thank you for reading

NumberLoving Sharon

Pi Day Resources

It is nearly Pi Day, March 14th (3.14), so to celebrate try some of our resources from the seasonal Pi Day bundle. This bundle consists of three resources described below.


Pi Day Relay Race

pi relay raceA set of 16 relay race questions suitable for able KS4 pupils. The questions are progressively difficult, starting with the basics (see picture) to solving problems involving area, circumference or volume.

Print one set of questions for each group on different colours. Each group has a team captain, they retrieve the question from the front , taking it to the team to answer. Once they are confident they’ve got it correct they return it for marking. If correct they get 10 points and the next question. If they are wrong they can have a second attempt for 9 points.

Pi Day Collect a Joke

The pupils must calculate progressively difficult fractions of amounts (suitable for KS3 pupils), each answer gives a letter spelling out the punchline to the Pi Day joke. This resources includes ‘red herrings’ for quick self and teacher assessment. This resource is free to download as part of try before you buy!

Pi Day Mystery

Pupils are challenged to use the clues to plot all five circles and find the point of intersection. They will need to use and inverse the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle, as well as some Pythagoras’ Theorem.

Each resource includes instructions, ideas for support/extension and solutions.

All three are available in our Pi Day bundle

Check out this blog “Plan a Pi Day Party” by Gary Hopkins for Educational world for more great ideas and resources to celebrate Pi Day.

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Teaching A Level Maths for Newbies!

New to teaching A’Level in 2009, in this blog we share our ideas, best websites and resources we’ve developed along the way.


These websites were absolutely brilliant for helping me to find my feet and hit the ground running teaching AS and A Level.

1) Mathed Up

This site has resources that are free to download for C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, M1, FP1, FP2, FP3 AND FP4. The resources include teaching Power Points, demonstration excel files, past papers for the AQA scheme and geometer’s sketch pad files. The resources are great but as with all check before delivering to a class. Follow the tabs for KS5 at the top to access resources.

2) Bring on the Maths

These resources can be used in a number of ways as described here, it is a problem with 12 presented possible solutions. They are great starting point for conversation. Only some of the resources are free, they are great and well worth a mention.

3) Kenny’s Pouch– A Level Schemes of work

Kangaroo maths is a great site for resources, on the link above you will find complete schemes of work with embedded resources, including worksheets and unit assessments. The schemes of work are developed with the EdExcel course in mind but still if you know your specification you can pick and select the resources appropriate.

4) Risps

These are rich starting points created by Johnny Griffis, organised by topic each Risp has a pdf instruction document and a separate pdf with the teachers notes.

5) Mr Barton

A great site for all teaching needs, I found the A Level tarsia jigsaws a gift, click here and scroll down to download zip files containing core jigsaws and don’t miss co-author Laura Rees-Hughes’ jigsaw bundle there too!

6) Centre for Innovation of Mathematics

Course material, not innovative but good notes for filling gaps in knowledge or for pupils to read and supplement their own notes.

7) School Work Out

This site is fantastic for summary sheets for pupils, I direct pupils to this site for revision. This section of the website is great for word documents and lots of end of topic assessments and OCR schemes of work. Again some editing maybe required for your course and pupils.

Don’t be put off by the subscription as there are a number of worthwhile online samples that are free to use.

9) NGfL A’Level Resources

This is not the easiest site to navigate, after selecting the module and then the topic you need to click open this resource to access the page of downloadable resources. All resources are free and include starter activities, videos and interactive teaching resources. I love the e-chalk resources especially this demonstration of gradient relationship between tangents and normals, click and drag the red dot to move the tangent. Click on the wheel to make sure the normal is shown also.

10) Math Tutor

Thanks to @mismatchtea for pointing me to this site, each section has a video, a pdf, a diagnostic test, exercises and in some cases extension exercise. A great find, thanks again to Mismatch!

This picture of an A Level maths formula tree is from a blog by Priss Lynn
If you have any suggestions to add to the list, let me know I am also on the look out! Get in touch @numberloving and visit our NumberLoving store for free and premium resources!!

Tarsia Puzzles- Things you didn’t know!

It is most likely that you have heard of Tarsia, the free jigsaw/domino/follow me creating software from hermitech laboratory (download the program here). If you haven’t yet, you really must and fortunately for all of us many teachers have contributed their tarsia puzzles to Mr Barton’s great website where a whole bundle organised by strand can be downloaded. As well as the collections on the TES collated by Mr Barton again, link here.

Things didn’t know; pictures, uses in other subjects, add anagrams etc

Making Use of the Edges

When inputting your questions and answers using the tabs 1-18 you will notice underneath the d1, d2 etc (see below).  Anything you input here will appear on the edge of the completed tarsia puzzle!

So what could you put here? Questions of which puzzles answer on the paper they’ve stuck the completed puzzle onto. Letters, one on each edge which make a word, or ask pupils to name a mathematical word beginning with each letter. You could put answers there and ask pupils to come up with questions with that answer.

Mr Barton’s site gives further ideas on the uses of these edges and other features.

Simplify!No this is not the popular TV programme the cube, but the idea is the same. In the Output and solution tab you have the options of the size of the triangles (large to normal) or the number of triangles (simplify). For example choosing simplify  in the hexagonal puzzle will reduce the puzzle to the inner 6 triangles that make the smaller hexagonal puzzle.


I just didn’t know you could insert photos till recently! On the input bar just go to edit> insert image, then locate the image on your computer and it will insert it into the puzzle/jigsaw. This is great for graphs, such as straight line graphs, reading values from a conversion graph, identifying the median from a box plot. The only glitch is that on the transfer of the tarsia to another computer, you will need to reinsert the photos. I have gotten round this by zooming out on the input screen, taking a snap shot of that (using print screen), pasting this into word. Once in word, crop and resize to fill the page. Do this with each output page and of course the solution, save as word and convert to adobe. This can then be shared easily with colleagues. Although using this method some of the resolution maybe lost!

****UPDATE ****Print to Adobe

Printing to adobe will save a pdf version of your tarsia

If you have used this software in another way please share! Check out numberloving’s co-author Laura Rees Hughes’ Tarsia collection on both the TES and Mr Barton’s website. Good work Laura!