Interactive numeracy display – Maths Questions 6

Interactive Maths Display

It can be hard to get creative with numeracy classroom displays. Here’s a lovely interactive numeracy idea to challenge early finishers. It’s also great use of the, slightly grim, brick corners many classrooms have. Rosa says:

Children have various questions to answer. This is used at the beginning of the lesson and the end, for those ‘what do I do now ?’ times.


This display could be adapted for any age just by varying the questions based on their current targets. The questions are colour coded and differentiated so they give a great opportunity for independent work.

The laminated digits and posters make this an almost instant display and, by varying the questions over the year, it can have a permanent place in the classroom. If you look closely you’ll see there is even a space underneath the questions for the children to post their solutions:


Quick to make, easy to copy with an element of interaction and space for children’s voice. All together a really great use of classroom displays as learning objects.

Maths Words 2

Maths Words, originally uploaded by angela_oxon.

Continuing the theme of quick classroom displays I noticed that quite a few people were searching for numeracy ones this week. This one is simple enough. I think if I’d been doing it I would have grouped the words ‘add’ ‘subtract’ ‘multiply’ and ‘divide’ into the centre next to the symbols. I might also have colour coded each group.
This displays is only a quick one if you already have the letters cut out or are lucky enough to have a school alphabet die cutter. I have done a similar one with the words hand written (large) in vivid marker pen colours and then cut out and laminated. This gives you the opportunity to use them as a class or group sorting activity.
Top Tip
Once you have cut out the letters, laminate them and store in a plastic envelope. Ideally each word should be held together with a paperclip. Saves ages sorting them out next time you want to use the display!


multiply classroom display

I like this numeracy display. It can be hard to get numeracy displays that engage the children. Too often maths displays are made ‘fun’ by using cartoon characters or they are totally made from bought resources. I’m sure the children enjoyed making this one. Once it was on the wall it must have provided a strong visual reminder not just of the multiplication facts but also of the underlying concept.

By the way this image came from an unidentified visitor to a new site from Mark at Teaching Ideas called DisplayPhotos (update – see a more recent post about Teaching Photos). Rather like a small scale Classroom Displays Flickr Group the site allows people to register and upload their own images, tag them and add descriptions and comments. I joined and had a look round and there are some interesting ideas and images there. The site is fairly easy to navigate and could prove useful, especially if you can’t access Flickr from school.