Talk Maths, from Pearson, is a collection of fun iPad apps for primary school children to use in the classroom. Theyre designed for pairs of children using iPads in school and perfect for getting children talking about maths and working together to solve problems. The apps are available for Years 4, 5 and 6 and within each app there are four differentiated games to choose from. At only £3.99 per app theyre a fantastic, affordable way of turbo-charging your maths lessons and getting kids excited about maths!
Pearson has three excellent maths apps devoted to collaborative problem solving that will improve childrens speaking and listening skills. Each of the apps has four games to choose from and these are differentiated at four levels of difficulty. The level of challenge is excellent and right on the mark for developing childrens maths thinking and vocabulary.The dominoes game is particularly thought-provoking as domino placement has to obey certain rules, such as the product of touching ends is even or the product of touching ends is a multiple of 6. This game would combine well with real dominoes.
Other games include marble run,which involves adjusting a function machine to make a target number; number sums, which asks children to make the
sides of a triangle add to a specified total;and mystery number, a process of elimination in which pupils follow clues to identify an unknown number. Pearson quite rightly enjoys an envied reputation for producing maths products of quality and this doesnt disappoint. This is the app for helping children become versatile maths thinkers and confident maths speakers. There is challenge here by the bucketful. At the moment you can only buy games for Years 4, 5 and 6, but hopefully more will follow for other year groups and the topic areas will grow and grow.
Search Talk Maths in the iTunes store or visit www.pearsonprimary.co.uk/talkmathsapp to find out more.
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