Teaching Maths with 2Simple

Aug. 31, 2023

Use this blog to calculate how 2Simple can help you teach maths to Primary-aged pupils. Explore our maths resources and lessons on financial literacy and financial capability. To sum it up, we've got hundreds of great maths resources!

Purple Mash contains hundreds of maths resources, all sorted helpfully by subject and age group to make it easy to find exactly what you need. Don't forget you can also use the search bar if you're looking for something specific.

Number and Place Value

When teaching Number and Place value at the beginning of the year, you'll want to make it interactive and engaging. There are lots of interactive resources which make use of our Maths Tools. Students can solve ready-made problems and calculations using 2Quiz, 2Calculate, 2Question and even 2Create a Story.

As well as pairs games, pupils can also have a go at Sequence Snake to practise counting and skip counting, and 2Race to compare numbers and for sorting odds and evens.

There are also printable number templates, including 1-20 number cards, 0-10 number lines and 1-100 number squares.

You'll find resources for the following Number and Place Value units:

  • Grouping and sorting numbers
  • Skip counting
  • Reading and writing numbers
  • Comparing, ordering and sequencing
  • Place Value, rounding and decimals
  • Negative numbers
  • Even and odd
  • More than and Less than
  • Roman Numerals
  • Algebra, Ratio and Proportion

Addition and Subtraction

Addition and subtraction are some of the core maths skills which benefit from being practised often so that children have fluency. Use some of our games to bring maths fluency practice into your classroom - they are great for individual or whole-class 5 minute sessions. Some of them can even be set as recurring 2Dos so that children can practise regularly at home!

Bond Bubbles works well for those getting to grips with their number bonds, and Funky Platform is good for those who need to practise mental addition and subtraction from any number. 2Race can be customised to create your own game, but comes complete with ready-made ones so you don't have to reinvent the wheel!

You'll find resources for the following Addition and Subtraction units:

  • Number bonds
  • Column Addition and subtraction
  • Inverse operations and missing number problems
  • Fact families

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Multiplication and Division

Multiplication and Division are more key skills which are practised continually throughout school, so it's a good idea to make it as fun as possible! Try our Monster Multiplication that makes children eager to play so that they can 'level-up' their monster, or get them to race classmates in 2Race. If you're prepping your class to take the Mutiplications Tables Check in Year 4, try out our Multiplication Check Tool to simulate the real thing.

Don't forget we also have times table printable worksheets and resources, pairs games and quizzes! If you need to do something a little different to challenge you Working Above ARE children, why not have them email the Maths Robot to answer his multiplication questions?

You'll find resources for the following Multiplication and Division units:

  • Skip counting
  • Groups and arrays
  • Repeated addition
  • Written multiplication
  • Short and long division
  • Factors
  • Mental methods

Fractions, Probability, Ratio and proportion

There are lots of resources on Purple Mash to teach fractions, probablilty, ratio and proportion, as well as our fractions game Fractionio's. In the game, children will serve pizzas with the correct fraction of toppings on each pizza. It includes levels for simple fractions, mixed fractions as well as percentages. Use the printable fractions resources to print out fraction walls and dominoes games that could be used as engaging carousel activities.

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You'll find resources for the following Fractions, Probability, Ratio and Proportion units:

  • Finding fractions
  • Fraction problems
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Ordering Fractions
  • Unit and non-unit fractions
  • Tenths and hundredths
  • Mixed and improper fractions
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Simplifying fractions

Shape, Position and Direction

Use the shape paint projects with younger classes to build familiarity with 2D shapes, and develop older children's knowledge of 3D shape with the printable resources. For all age ranges there are interactive sorting games, pairs games, and you can even email a professor all about angles!

2Go is the perfect tool for learning position and direction, and then children can level up to using 2Logo to create turns and angles, and to draw different shapes using angle facts.

You'll find resources for the following Shape, Position and Direction units:

  • Sorting, labelling
  • Lines of symmetry
  • Repeating patterns
  • Area and perimeter
  • Angles
  • Properties of circles
  • Scaling shapes


There are many tools on Purple Mash to help teach statistics, with ready-made activities for each age group, beginning with tally charts, pictograms and block graphs in the younger years, and progressing to tables, Venn Diagrams and Reading and Interpreting Data in the older years.

You'll find resources for the following Statistics units:

  • Tally charts
  • Pictograms
  • Block Graphs & Bar Charts
  • Tables
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Interpreting Data


Uh-oh! We've come to the topic that most teachers and children find the most difficult. But never fear! There are lots of resources on Purple Mash to help you teach tricky time and maddening measures.

Begin with telling the time to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter to, and your pupils will be moving on to 5 minute intervals in no time at all! The time quizzes for younger year groups are a great refresher, even for older children. When they're ready for it, there are resources for 12h and 24h conversions, as well as Timetables and Roman Numerals.

You'll find resources for the following Measure units:

  • Telling the time
  • Time conversions
  • Roman Numerals
  • 12h and 24h
  • Timetables
  • Coins
  • Making amounts of money
  • Calculating change
  • Financial Capability
  • Distance, Mass and Capacity

In the money area, you may want your class to make the right amount of money or find the correct change. (Psst... if you're using a drag and drop game, you might want to download our Purple Mash Browser App to ensure it works properly on a tablet!)

Along with all the usual quizzes and problem solving activities for Distance, Mass and Capacity, there are also activities such as the Weight, Height and Length Cloze to ensure children understand what they are learning.

Financial Literacy with Dot Com Digital

As well as the lessons on Financial Capability within Purple Mash, Dot Com Digital contains lessons on Financial Literacy to continue children's learning about money. The lessons start in Year 2 where children learn about situations where you need money to pay for things, and continue throughout the rest of their primary years. Children in Year 6 learn about managing money and saving - vital skills for the future.

Other topics covered by Dot Com Digital include Keep Safe Online, Respectful Relationships as well as more difficult topics such as Grooming and Knife Crime. All lessons are age-appropriate and manage themes sensitively.

Dot Com Digital provides comprehensive coverage for the RSE framework, and has been developed by children and safeguarding leads with input from Essex Police, the National Police Chief Council, Internet Intelligence and Investigations.

If you'd like to try Dot Com Digital, download the free lesson pack to see what it's all about, or find out more here.

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Maths Leaders

Maths Leaders have full access to the editable version of the Maths Subject Leader Toolkit through Purple Mash which includes:

  • Toolkit Overview
  • Maths Subject Standards
  • Action Plans
  • Audit of English
  • Budget Tool
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Staff Surveys
  • Parent and Pupil Voice
  • English Policy
  • Tips for Maths Leads

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