Module 1: Investigating Number and Pattern

Section 1: Learning through games

Key Focus Question: How can games help pupils learn basic number skills?

Keywords: games; group work; investigation; number skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will have:

  • developed ways to use games to raise interest in mathematics;
  • used a range of games to help enhance mathematical understanding and number skills.


Using games in your classroom can enhance your pupils’ mathematical understanding and skills. These games can range from mental arithmetic games played with the whole class to more complex board games.

This section explores how games provide a cooperative way to stimulate interest and thinking about numbers.

By using local cultural games you help relate mathematics to pupils’ everyday lives.

1. Using games to support mental maths