Creative Maths Activities for Able Students: Ideas for Working with Children Aged 11 to 14


Anne Price

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    About the Author

    Anne studied at London University for her first degree, spending the early years of her working life as a hospital physicist in Cardiff. A part time lecturing commitment led to her move into secondary teaching.

    As a mathematics teacher, Anne held a variety of additional roles, both within the pastoral system and departmental management, and undertook courses at London, Nottingham and Oxford Brookes Universities to develop her expertise and to extend her knowledge. She was fortunate during her time as Learning Support Co-ordinator to be released to undertake research for Bedfordshire School Improvement Partnership on a one day a week basis. Anne obtained Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status in 2002.

    Prior to joining Oxford Brookes, Anne worked as a Key Stage 4 consultant, developing practice in a number of secondary schools. She now works as a Senior Lecturer within CPD at Westminster Institute of Education, spending a considerable proportion of her time delivering M-level courses on Gifted and Talented education to teachers across England. Her personal research interest is in student empowerment within mathematics.


    My thanks go to the many who have supported me in the production of this book.

    To my tutors (now colleagues) at Oxford Brookes University who sparked off my interest in creativity.

    To the mathematics department and senior team at Cedars Upper School who generously gave me the time and opportunity to trial my ideas.

    To my family of able mathematicians who have made this book possible through their practical assistance, constructive criticism and ongoing encouragement.

    My thanks also to the © Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for agreement to include within the Teaching Notes extracts from the National Curriculum in Action to be found at

  • Just for Teachers

    Are you someone who reads the first few pages and the last page of a book? Please have a look at the middle!

    At first glance you may find the tasks rather strange, but if you let your mathematical mind wander off the straight and narrow of the average textbook you will find many exciting detours.

    Can I encourage you to think about the activities as you travel to school in the morning or even to pose a version of it as an after-dinner subject for discussion by your family and friends. It's maths, but not as we know it!

    If your experience of using this type of material is similar to mine you will soon be caught up in the magic of watching and supporting young minds less restrained by conventional thinking than our own.

    Next time you go to a party, explain how exciting it is to be a mathematics teacher and how privileged we are to watch young minds create.


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