I believe even high functioning kids forget their number bonds. Using this simple way of getting students to comeback to counting and segmenting ensures that their mathematical brains develop correctly.

# Model Maths

These have been with us for a great deal of time. However a revisit of this tried and tested resource is overdue.

The cube sets be used to explore the following problems really well:

**Primary:** number bonds, counting, area squares and rectangles, basic volume

**Secondary:** plan, side and elevation drawing, cube and square numbers, volume and surface areas of cuboids.

- Geo Strips can be a great way of making basic geometric shapes and discovering symmetry or the younger years

2. Knex for students of an older age

The knex system is ideally suited for geometry and angles. It allows for architectural construction and has an active user group involve in maths.

**1. Number Bond Models**

Make a models which represent the addition of different numbers, see below:

Presently the limitation is in the block sizes; LEGO has 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,12,16. We really could do with the following bricks 5×2, 5×1 and 7×1. Perhaps we can persuade LEGO of the advantage of this molding.

**1. Show and build**

Aspects of times tables encourage the students to add in blocks of 8 and look for patterns

**2. Partner Work as a system of testing**

This is 3d version of times table testing done in pairs. However the twist interests students:

**3. Times Table Model Partner Qiz.**

Make a model of the times tables which muddle the order and force the student to explore to find the answer can encourage retention. The partner then asks questions and the student has to explore the model to find answers.

**4. Explore and Build**

Pose problems with in the times table youa re studying that the student have to build. Can you build a square out of 4×8? The puzzles can be open or closed.