The best things in life are free!
I’m a big fan of online paid maths websites such as Ten Marks, Maths Whizz and The Maths Factor, they offer well structured maths materials with great parent feedback. However, there are some great free maths resources out there, that provide a respectable alternative to paid maths websites, for those of you who are willing to mix and match, or who don’t need all the features of a paid program.
Here is my list of 8 high quality, free maths websites, that you can use today to support your child’s maths learning, without having to get out your credit card!
1) Free maths and Free Rice
Freerice.com is a non profit website run by the United Nations Food Programme, which donates 10 grains of rice for each multiple choice question your child (or you) get right. Subjects covered are maths, English grammar and vocabulary, art history, goegraphy, science and 4 foreign languages. As Freerice says on their website “ WARNING – his game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades and job performance” The math is quite basic, starting with simple addition questions, going up to multiplying fractions,decimals and percentages at Level 10, its highest maths level, but it’s a nice way to practise basic skills.
2) A free maths podcast presented by The Math Dude
Jason Marshall, a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is the “Math Dude”. In his podcasts he gives explanations and tips and tricks for a wide range of maths topics. The Math Dude’s Top 5 podacsts include; How to Explain Patterns with Math, How to Use Math to Send Encrypted Messages and How to Convert Decimals to Fractions. Listen to this fun podcast on the Math Dude website or download it in iTunes.
3) A completely free complete maths curriculum delivered by Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a not for profit website containing over one thousand, 10-20 minute maths instructional videos, from Basic Addition to Calculus. Salman Khan, a Mathematician, Computer Scientist and former Investment Manager, teaches each lesson in a relaxed and friendly way with his Tablet blackboard. As well as the Khan Academy You Tube videos, there are online exercises which students can use to practise the skills they have learnt. The king of free maths resources!
4) Maths games and revision at BBC Schools Primary and BBC Schools Secondary
The go-to-place for UK parents looking for free curriculum games. The Primary sections has high quality educational maths games accompanied by lesson plans, and a guide to how the topic fits into the curriculum; as well as links to further material and worksheets. The Secondary site takes each topic for 11-16 year olds and provides “bite size revision” notes, an activity and a test. Essential material for when exams are looming!
5) Maths puzzles and challenges from the mathematicians at NRich
NRICH is a website run by my old Faculty of Maths Education at the University of Cambridge. It provides engaging and challenging maths materials designed to develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills. The materials are divided into levels with each challenge presented in a meaningful context. Will your child rise to the challenge?
Bonus: In the “Ask NRich” forum, students can ask a mathematician any maths question and get guidance on how to solve it
6) A compilation of free maths games at Maths Zone
Maths Zone is a directory with links to hundreds of free online maths games, divided into topic areas. The variety of games offered for each topic means that your child should be able to find a game that they like, in order to practise their maths skills. Ignore the garish graphics and enjoy the huge range of maths games available.
7) High-tech maths video games at Manga High
Brought to you by Dr. Marcus du Sautoy OBE, Professor of Mathematics at University of Oxford, and his team, Manga High offers graphically rich maths games aimed at teenagers. Using exciting contexts within timed games, students answer questions in order to unlock higher levels and increase their position on the Leaderboard. 9 of the Manga High games are offered on their free package.
8) Free maths for Australians at Maths Online
Thanks to McDonald’s Australia, who are the sponsors of this site, Maths Online provides online animated lessons as well as online and printable worksheets for Australian students. My children are currently using the similar paid version for non Australians at Conquer Maths. Maybe it’s time to emigrate! Maths Online covers maths topics for students aged 11-16 years old. The parent dashboard enables you to keep track of your child’s results as they progress through the program.
Have you tried any of these free maths resources before? Which one is your favourite? What great free maths resource have I missed out? Tell me in the comments below!