One of the most frequent questions that I'm asked by primary teachers at our Borcherds Shield maths challenge is, "Where can we get some questions at a similar level to challenge our top mathematicians?"
Below I have listed some resources (many of which we use with our own Year 7) which you may find useful to provide extension work in your own classes. If there is anything else which you find useful that I've missed then do let me know.
- nRich is a great website with lots of rich exploration tasks. The link I have provided is to the Upper Primary homepage but often if you are studying a topic it is best to search in the search bar and explore some of the stage 2 or 3 tasks.
- The Primary Maths Challenge (written by the Mathematical Association) usually contains a good range of puzzling questions, starting from reasonably straight-forward and gradually getting more difficult. You may want to consider entering pupils at your school for the actual challenge but, either way, the set of past papers online may be helpful in your teaching.
- The United Kingdom Maths Trust offer a Primary Team Maths Challenge. Some of the rounds are similar to ours (although we write our own for our competition which we think are better!). However, there are lots of resources on offer which are at a great level for gifted primary mathematicians.
- If pupils have access to iOS or Android devices then Sumaze is a great app which gets them to think about mathematical concepts and their underlying meaning in a fun way. Personally I think that Sumaze 2 is a slightly easier for primary children but undoubtedly elements of the first version are also great.
- The Junior Maths Challenge is usually aimed at Year 7 but most of the questions are accessible for able Year 6 pupils.