The new Mathomat Primary template has a huge range of challenging geometric shapes to encourage students to learn about shape property through use of a hands on drawing and design tool. Like all Mathomat templates, the Mathomat Primary template combines the features of a technical drawing set (rulers, set squares, protractor and circles to replace a compass) in a single tool that is inspiring to use. This class set of 40 templates is supplied in a specially designed folder for compact storage without scratching. Use the Mathomat Primary templates to extend on from pattern and attribute block activities in the classroom as well as for creative numeracy challenges using the rich collection of number lines around the templates drawing edges.
Five sections to develop deep, flexible, understanding of mathematics
Drawing tips and familiarisation activities to encourage students to develop their own ways of classifying Mathomat Primary shapes and number lines.
Investigations to encourage students to draw creative patterns, to begin to transitions from understanding shapes as visual wholes to analytical reasoning about their properties. Many of these activities extend from pattern and attribute block designs, encouraging learners to reflect and to create new geometric structure as they draw.
Using Mathomat Primary number lines to make mental computations visible.
The activities in this section develop number sense with story based problems that encourage learners to think about numbers, not just their concrete representation.
A place to reflect on what has been learned. Illustrated below, the Mathomat Primary student book diary encourages students to think hierarchically about the template shapes.
The version 2 Mathomat will be available in June 2018, and is a more powerful product - being the same size as the current Mathomat but with many new functions and features built into its design. These include:
The new large regular octagon, and the resized large regular pentagon combine to form a group of regular polygons with 15mm sides to compliment the very popular existing regular polygons with 10mm sides. Students now have more creative freedom in 2-D designs to suit their project style.
The Mathomat V2 manual is a rich source of creative drawing ideas; for classroom or individual student use.
Sometimes students want to fill the whole page with their drawing. At other times its best to leave space for the remainder of a presentation. The Mathomat V2 offers both creative options.
The solution to a senior school trigonometry problem. Finding the hours of the day at which it is safe to cross the harbour bar of a fishing village by boat
The larger sine curve makes a striking improvement to hand drawn sketches. The integrated unit circle allows students to find angle values as distance travelled around its circumfrence before locating them on the x-axis of the graph of that function.Lesson 11 in Maths with Mathomat in the free resources section of this website provides a comprehensive plan for using Mathomat with the unit circle method of teaching trigonometry.
A new 1:2 scale ruler for detailed drawings, especially useful in engineering drawings
Ask students to redraw this section at a scale of 1:2 using their Mathomat V2 template
The many circles on Mathomat have a revised set of graduations to create interesting fractions such sevenths, and ninths, to challenge students to think flexibly about numbers
A new kite, non isosceles trapezium and concave quadrilateral (arrow head) for drawing
The polygons in the Mathomat V2 template flow in a clockwise direction in hierarchical order according to shape property. Students are encouraged to consider shape property continuously while working with the new V2 template