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Maths lesson planning: how to plan and write a great maths lesson

by Rachel Murgatroyd | June 24th 2021

Maths lesson planning: how to plan and write a great maths lesson

Maths lessons are not always childrens’ favourite kind of lesson, to say the least. However, it’s hard to argue against its worth; the lessons are certainly necessary, and with the right maths lesson planning strategy, they can even be made fun.

From experience, we can say that starting a class unprepared is not the smartest way to go about it. Having a framework and goals established before class begins helps even the most reluctant learner to understand the subject matter more effectively. 

There are some very simple things we’ve learned which you can implement in your primary school class to make it all the more interesting and it really helps to get them into a lesson plan.  

Why is a lesson plan important for maths?

Making a maths lesson plan can be a difficult project. Maths is not always an easy subject to teach, due to its many intricacies and rules. Yet having a clear maths lesson plan is essential if you want things to run smoothly, and reach your teaching objectives. 

Choosing to make a lesson plan for maths subjects will force you to think about all the important parts: How to start it, how to make sure the children will understand the subject matter and how to keep them focused throughout the lesson.

Having a clear goal and how to get there is the main key for having a lesson plan. Afterwards, it can be useful to get back to the drawing table and review how the lesson went. You might have to adjust some things to make it more interesting or clear the next time. That way you can use them for future reference and for other classes. 

How to start a maths lesson

When deciding on how to start your lesson, there are a few things you have to keep in mind:

  • What format do you want the lesson to be? 
  • What will the objectives be? 
  • What time frame do you have to teach everything? 

It is possible (and useful) to think about making the lesson part of a sequence of lessons that build up to a certain objective. In the long run, this will improve your students' mathematical thinking skills. 

Once you figure out these three ‘What’ questions,you can then get into the ‘How’ of it all. There are a couple of different types of lesson formats you can choose from. Below you will find some useful examples and some resources to use as inspiration.

Types of maths lessons

There are a number of lesson formats you can choose from to base your maths lessons off. Let us take a closer look at these to help you pick what is most suitable for your students and teaching-style.

Lesson plans usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Daily lesson plans
  • Weekly lesson plans
  • Monthly lesson plans
  • Unit lesson plans
  • Topic/subject lesson plans
  • E-learning lesson plans

Lesson plan examples

Sometimes it helps to see some examples of good lesson plans, to help you get inspired. Pango has great lesson plans ready for you to use with your class, and you can even plan out your entire teaching schedule with Pango’s easy to use platform.

What makes a good mathematics lesson plan?

Keep it clear

Teachers often find that the hardest part about maths is that a lot of children don’t understand the subject matter. Much of this difficulty can come from the language and examples used by the teacher. So make sure you keep it clear, and in the most simple form possible.

Keep it relevant

Even when maths is explained in a simple way, it’s possible there will be some children who still don’t understand. You can help them by making the problems relevant to their lives. Try to come up with exercises that build off real-life problems and bring the day to day world into your maths lesson; it’s so much fun to link a mathematical problem with a cartoon the kids love, like Pokémon.  

Keep it interesting

Don’t forget to keep focus high during the lesson. Add in some variety with maths games or using materials to visualise the numbers. By doing something surprising, you will see your students having more focus and enjoying the subject matter more. 

You can even try letting your children decide which way to solve a problem. Also, never be afraid to make mistakes, it might even be a fun way to keep your students interested by letting them search for faults in your logic.

Maths lesson ideas

We thought it would be great to help you on your way with a couple of maths lessons to help you along. You can find those below, and don’t forget that Pango has a library full of fun maths lesson ideas for you to pick from, too.

What does a maths lesson plan include?

There are a couple of things that make for an awesome and fun maths lesson in our opinion. It’s great to include these in your plan as they will give you a good base to start a lesson off.

Objectives

Having a clear lesson plan makes it easier to travel the road towards your end destination. Take a look here to see how you can do this in your own plan.

Time planning

Tick tock goes the clock. Never forget to take time into account when writing out your maths lesson plan. With the point above in mind, try to fit your teaching objectives into a set time to make it easier on yourself and your students.

Good assessments

Quiz time! You might think your students have learned the subject matter, but you will only know for sure when you’ve taken the time to measure their progress. You can either do a Q&A at the end of a lesson or question their understanding at points throughout the lesson.

Lesson plan templates and examples

This section will briefly outline what a lesson plan template consists of.

A lesson plan template is usually the same for any subject. You want to have the following included:

  • An objective
  • Related requirements to understand the lesson
  • Which materials will be used
  • What lesson procedure you’ll follow
  • How you will assess understanding/learning of the subject matter
  • Reflection on how the lesson went

Now it’s time for you to get in the game and plan out your maths lesson. Remember: don’t be scared to get creative and have some fun with it!

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