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Chessboard Algebra



A Key Stage 2 teacher presents a maths lesson on teaching algebra using formulas and predictions, in a primary lesson idea for use in lesson planning.

Michelle Bottomley teaches her Year 6 class at Tetherdown Primary School, north London, how to use their knowledge of the properties of number in order to solve problems. She also covers how to use a symbol to stand for an unknown number.

Michelle gets her pupils to look for patterns when working out how many squares are in different sized chessboards, and asks them to predict how many squares are in a 25 x 25 squared board.

Finally, Michelle presents the formula that could be used for any sized board, which the pupils use to test some of their predictions.

This video is part of the KS2 maths Lesson Planning Pack on algebra, which includes two lesson starters, one great lesson idea and a CPD discussion.



Lesson Planning Pack - Algebra: Overview (size 0.1 M)
An overview of the four videos contained in this lesson pack for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Published : Jan 2011

04 mins


Great Primary Lesson Ideas


Primary Teacher


Primary Maths

Number and algebra

Whole School Issues

Primary CPD


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