ICT Training for Teachers 







Primary Maths 
In Maths ICT can enhance teaching and learning by enabling pupils to:
Click here to see the section of the introduction: What resources do we need? In particular, scroll down to the section on ICT. It is well worth reading at this point.
You can explore these ideas further now if you like, by looking at the Mathematics ICT in the Curriculum pages on the Virtual Teacher Centre (VTC). There are further ideas in the Primary Curriculum links pages, (look for the Maths section) and in the Primary Teaching and Learning with ICT area. (The VTC Mathematics site is well worth a thorough exploration. It gives you many useful links as well as teaching ideas.)
Using ICT to Support Mathematics in Primary Schools
A very useful pack has been sent to Primary schools. It includes training materials, and a CDROM Sample Lessons using ICT. If you want to find out more about this pack, or to download some activity sheets, click here to go to the Sample Lessons using ICT page on the DfES Standards web site.
Sample Lesson Plans and Worksheets for ICT in Mathematics
We have included here some examples of how ICT can be used to support specific objectives in teaching numeracy.
You might like to try these out, or to think of ways of adapting them for your own class.
In the NNS pack 'Using ICT to Support Mathematics in Primary Schools' is a free CDROM with 17 software programs. Many of these programs and ICT activities are available online. To look at the selfstudy units that develop these ideas, use the links below. The following selfstudy units are adapted from 'Guide for your professional development: Using ICT to support mathematics in primary schools'. This book is included in the training pack of the same name that schools can obtain on request from the National Numeracy Strategy.
In year groups or phase groups, discuss the examples and suggested activities in the NNS pack 'Using ICT to support mathematics in primary schools'. Review your schemes of work, mediumterm plans and activities and identify your own examples and topics where you might use ICT.
The following table has been compiled to illustrate possible links between the DfEE Information Technology scheme of work and the National Numeracy Strategy for key stages one and two. More information clarifying the numeracy objectives can be found by referring to the supplements of examples in the Framework for Teaching Mathematics. Refer to the units listed below for examples of how ICT can enhance teaching and learning in maths.
IT Scheme of Work  Numeracy Framework  Possible Activities 
Year 1 Unit 1D Title: Labelling and classifying 
Year: 1 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Use everyday language to describe features of familiar 3D and 2D shapes 
1. Using a program with drawing facility set an activity on the computer which allows the children to click and drag correct labels to shapes. The labels could describe name, colour, size or number of sides. 2. The children select words from a prepared word bank to give the name, colour and size of their 2D or 3D shape. They then print out a label for their shape. 
Year 1 Unit 1E Title: Representing information graphically: pictograms 
Year: 1 Topic: Handling data Objective: Sorting, classifying and organising information in simple ways such as pictures 
Carry out a survey to find out what is the favourite fruit, colour, pet etc. of the class. Enter data. Create a pictogram and say what they have found out. Encourage more able children to answer more complicated questions such as "Are there more cats than dogs? How many more?" 
Year 1 Unit 1F Title: Understanding instructions and making things happen 
Year: 1 Topic: Shape & space, Measures (time) Objective: Use everyday language to describe position, direction and movement  Order familiar events in time 
1. Using directional language such as forward, back, left and right to give instructions to a partner to get to another part of the room. Introduce concept of distance, number of steps, and size of turn. 2. Entering one instruction at a time, program a floor turtle to move from one part of the room to another. 
Year 2 Unit 2D Title: Routes: controlling a floor turtle 
Year: 2 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement  Recognise whole, half and quarter turns to the left or right, clockwise or anticlockwise 
Program a floor turtle to travel round a route. Children should start to enter a series of instructions. The route could be a map of an imaginary town The turtle could be a bus. Each chid should take a turn to program the turtle to reach his next destination, chosen by the previous child. The children should predict the route, program the turtle then test out their predictions. 
Year 3 Unit 3C Title: Introduction to databases 
Year: 3 Topic: Handling data Objective: Solve a given problem by organising and interpreting numerical data in simple lists, tables and graphs 
In pairs the children come up with two or more questions about their class e.g. Who is the tallest person? Is the tallest person the oldest? The children decide the information they will need to gather. The teacher will set up a database with all the necessary fields. Each pair work together to gather all the information then each child enters their own record. The children then search the database to find the answer to their own questions. The more able children can go on to produce graphs to display their findings. 
ICT supporting Handling Data Click here
to see the selfstudy
unit of the NNS pack on Handling data. 
Handling Data Click here
to see the NNS list of eight
activities on handling data. These eight activities are about interpreting
data. They have been adapted from 'Handling Data'  a booklet
which is part of the training pack 'Using ICT to support mathematics
in primary schools'. 

Year 4 Unit 4B Title: Developing images using repeating patterns 
Year: 4 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Recognise reflective symmetry in 2D shapes, reflections and translations 
Show the children some designs which use symmetry. Using either two images from clipart or images that they have created using painting tools, the chidden create a symmetrical pattern by copying and pasting,rotating and flipping horizontally and vertically their original images. 
Year 4 Unit 4C Title: Branching databases 
Year: 4 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Classify polygons using criteria such as number of right angles, whether or not they are regular, symmetry properties. 
1. Using a prepared data base the children identify a number of polygons. 2. Demonstrate how to create a branching database. Ask the children to create a branching database to identify different triangles or quadrilaterals. 
Year 4 Unit 4D Title: Collecting and presenting information: questionnaires and pie charts 
Year: 4 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Solve a problem by collecting, organising, representing and interpreting data in tables, charts, graphs and diagrams including those generated by computer. (Pie charts are not introduced in the Framework until year 6) 
The children should collect and enter data and produce appropriate graphs to help them solve problems such as Do taller people have longer legs? Is there a direct correlation between height and size of feet? Do train journeys always take longer on Sundays? 
Year 4 Unit 4E Title: Modelling effects on screen 
Year: 4 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Begin to know that angles are measured in degrees and that a whole turn is 360 degrees etc. 
1. The children program the screen turtle to draw regular shapes. They should learn to use repeat commands and to write procedures. 2. The children create patterns by instructing the screen turtle to rotate a shape 
Year 5 Unit 5A Title: Graphical modelling 
Year: 5 Topic: Shape & space Objective: Recognise where a shape will be after reflection and after a translation 
Using a drawing package the children create geometric shapes. By copying, pasting, reflecting and translating the shapes the children produce an image. 
Year 5 Unit 5B Title: Analysing data Click here to see the NNS list of eight activities on handling data. 
Year: 5 Topic: Handling data Objective: Solve a problem by interpreting data in tables, charts, graphs and diagrams including those generated by computer 
1. Ask the children to search a prepared database on birds to look for evidence to prove or disprove that the number of eggs laid by particular birds depends on the size of the birds. They should produce graphs to support their conclusions. 2. Ask the children to record their pulse rate after various forms of exercise, enter the information into a database and search the database to find which are the most strenuous forms of exercise and which are the least. They should produce graphs to support their conclusions. 
Year 5 Unit 5D Title: Introduction to spreadsheets 
Year: 5 Topic:Solving problems Objective: Solve mathematical problems or puzzles, recognise and explain patterns and relationships, generalise and predict. Suggest extension by asking "What if....?" 
1. Ask the children to use a spreadsheet to help them find three consecutive numbers with a total of 333. 2. Ask the children to use a spreadsheet to help them find two consecutive numbers with a product of 182. 
Year 6 Unit 6B Title: Spreadsheet modelling 
Year: 6 Topic: Solving problems Objective: Solve mathematical problems or puzzles, recognise and explain patterns and relationships, generalise and predict. Suggest extension by asking "What if ....?" 
1. Ask the children to use a spreadsheet to help them find two consecutive numbers with a product of 1332. 2. Ask the children to use a spreadsheet to find the maximum area that can be included in a field of fixed perimeter. 
For further ideas on how ICT can be utilised to enhance teaching and learning in Mathematics you should explore the Numeracy Strategy site further. You could also visit the maths section on the Teaching Ideas website and the Teachernet website.
Generic software  
Name: ClarisWorks* Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Integrated software with word processor, drawing, painting and spreadsheet applications. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Apple 
Name: Hyperstudio* Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: A multimedia tool which could be used to develop mathematical concepts through shape, space and measures. Shapes are explored on screen and projects can be presented by pupils and stored on disc for future use. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: TAG Learning  0800 591262  http://www.taglearning.com 
Name: First Workshop Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Database Platform: PC Supplier: Black Cat Software  01874 622114  http://www.blackcatsoftware.com 
Name: Information Workshop Type: Software / CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Database Platform: PC Supplier: Black Cat Software  01874 622114  http://www.blackcatsoftware.com 
Name: Microworlds Maths Links Logo* Type: Software / CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Supports shape, space and measures topics Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: TAG Learning  0800 591262  http://www.taglearning.com 
Maths CDROMs and software  
Name: Henry’s Party Type: CDROM Key Stage: Foundation Stage and KS1 
Description: Activities for matching, sorting and counting  Mac & PC Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: 
Name: Numbershark Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Mathematical games for SEN Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: White Space  020 8748 5927 
Name: Developing Number Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Suitable for work on place value, decimals, mental arithmetic and multiplication tables Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: ATM  01332 346599 
Name: Heinemann Mathematics Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Practice of basic skills Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Heinemann  01865 888020 
Name: Maths Workshop Type: Software / CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Basic numeracy skills Platform: PC Supplier: The Learning Company 
Name: Maths Blaster Type: CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Based on space mission, content includes four operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, estimation and problem solving Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Cendant Software 
Name: Graphers Type: Software Key Stage: 1 
Description: Tool for creating data which can then be represented on a table or six different types of graphs Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Sunburst  01474 357350 
Name: Times Tabler Type: Software Key Stage: 2 
Description: Practice of times tables Platform: PC Supplier: 
Name: Tabs Type: Software Key Stage: 2 
Description: Constructing 3D shapes and objects which can be rotated on screen. Nets can be printed. Platform: PC Supplier: 
Name: Pick a Picture Type: Software Key Stage: 1 
Description: Introductory data handling program for the Foundation Stage Platform: PC Supplier: Black Cat Software  01874 622114  http://www.blackcatsoftware.com 
Name: Counter for Windows Type: Software / CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: A collection of 3 programs for producing graphs. They include Counting Pictures, Counter and Counter Plus Platform: PC Supplier: Black Cat Software  01874 622114  http://www.blackcatsoftware.com 
Name: The Number Works Type: Software / CDROM Key Stage: 2 
Description: Interactive Maths activities to support numeracy and arranged in 3 levels of difficulty. Keeps track of individual pupil's progress. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Sherston Software  01666 843200  http://sales.sherston.co.uk 
Name: Crystal Rain Forest Type: Software Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Introduces, develops and teaches Logo in a carefully constructed way. It has 2 levels of difficulty. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Sherston Software  01666 843200  http://sales.sherston.co.uk 
Name: Primary Maths 1 & 2 Type: CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Animated activities that allow pupils to do sorting and matching, ordering, adding, shapes, weight, length, etc.  Mac & PC Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Sherston Software  01666 843200  http://sales.sherston.co.uk 
Name: Thomas the Clown Type: CDROM Key Stage: 1 
Description: Interactive educational tool to develop problem solving skills. It is designed to develop shape recognition and an understanding of patterns and measures. Platform: PC Supplier: Granada Learning  01618272927  http://www.granadalearning.com 
Name: Maths Explorer Type: CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Activities to support the National Curriculum with activities and investigations covering averages, data handling, probability, etc. Platform: PC Supplier: Granada Learning  01618272927  http://www.granadalearning.com 
Name: Logical Journey of the Zoombinis Type: Software / CDROM Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Pupils develop skills of mathematical reasoning by solving mathematical problems, classifying sorting and developing Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: TAG Learning  0800 591262  http://www.taglearning.com 
Peripherals  
Name: Pixie Floor Turtle Type: Peripheral Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Floor turtle that can be programmed by pupils. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Swallow systems  0494 813471 
Name: Pip Floor Turtle Type: Peripheral Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Floor turtle that can be programmed by pupils. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Swallow systems  0494 813471 
Name: Valiant Roamer Type: Peripheral Key Stage: 1 & 2 
Description: Floor roaming device that can be programmed by pupils. Platform: PC and Mac Supplier: Valiant 
Teaching Resources, Activities and Reference materials 
Lewisham ICT Resource Centre  explore this area to see what information and materials are available. 
The Standards web site  access to numeracy schemes of work, activities, guidance and news on the NNS. The site is worth exploring for other subjects as well. 
Primary support pages on the Virtual Teachers Centre web site (masses of information here: start with the web sites and look for the Maths links, or go to the Mathematics curriculum links on the 'Spotlight on Curriculum' pages. This site is good for all other subject areas as well. 
Mathematics area on the Virtual Teachers Centre web site (masses more information here: start with the links on the 'Subject Resources' pages. 
Schemes of work for ICT, Numeracy strategy, etc. 
The BECTa web site for general ICT support information 
MegaMaths  online activities linked to BBC programme. (You might need to download and install Shockwave plugin. This is an additional software item that will enable animations on this site to work with your browser). 
NRICH Maths Club. Online Interactive Maths activities 
Primary Resources  Lots of maths activities, lessons and ideas. 
Teaching Ideas  lots of activities for maths from age 5  11 
Mathematics on the Internet: more links to maths sites. 
Teaching Ideas  Lots of ideas for using ICT to enhance teaching and learning in the Numeracy Hour. 
Microworlds Project library  Maths link logo projects for you to download 
Tantalizing Tessellations  Lesson plans and activities. http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/RR/database/RR.09.96/archamb1.html 
More activities for numeracy and ICT 
Maths activities on Deptford Green School's web site for pupils and teachers. 
Downloadable Numeracy resources from an LEA 
Plane Maths  A wealth of fun maths and science activities. KS2 pupils may choose to fly a virtual plane, build a kite, or estimate plane capacity. Teacher's pages outline objectives, concepts, and further activities. An exciting and essential resource for all those studying flight. 
Math Forum: Beat the calculator. Number strategies for calculating with the four rules. 
MathsNet  Mathematical ideas, software and activities (Site moved  try this now:) 
Kent NGfL Initiative  an excellent source for materials and links 
More to be added... 
Organisations, Journals and Conference Sites 
The Mathematical Association 
The VTC Mathematics Conference: Join the discussion group 
MicroMath Journal  content of current and past issues 
Be a Mathematician. The London primary curriculum development group. 
Association of Teachers of Mathematics 
Using ICT in Mathematics: A Pupil's Entitlement  Maths resources on the Virtual Teachers Centre site. 
Virtual Teachers Centre Web sites for maths education 
More to be added... 