Pokemon maths challenges

Here is a quick share of an A-Level revision idea that a colleague (@209fifashirts) and I developed last year. It is similar to the flipped revision idea I shared last week but has a specific theme. Pokemon. Just to be clear, I had no idea when it came to Pokemon, but have been told that they are pocket monsters that humans (trainers) train to fight each other. The idea is in order for the trainers to progress, they need to become eligible of fighting one of the more powerful trainers known as ‘gym leaders’. If they defeat 8 gym leaders, they receive a badge as a reward.

Pokemon badges

This idea came from an ex-student who was a bit of a Pokemon fanatic and proved to be popular amongst our 6th form students. I will explain how it works:

  1. Student selects (or is assigned) a topic to ‘defeat’ and goes into ‘training’.
  2. Once they are ready, they  are challenged by 4 gym leaders (exam style questions).
  3. They ‘defeat’ the gym leaders by scoring over 80% on the questions (they must do this on their own without assistance)
  4. If they score above 80% they receive a badge, otherwise they go back into training and can re-attempt at a later date.

Students really enjoyed working in this way and some got a little obsessed over collecting the badges. They would often turn up outside of lessons to complete challenges and it helped create a fun, positive environment around revision time. It was also a useful way of assessing progress of revision and I would set students challenges based on the areas they need to work on.

Around 50 challenges have been created so far for Core 3, Core 4, FP1, FP4, S1, M1, M2, M3, D2.

Click here to see a full log of the challenges created – they are based on AQA but could easily be adapted for other exam boards. I will update this as more are created.

Click here for a sample of a challenge.

Please tweet/email me if you would like a link to all of the challenges and answers.


35 thoughts on “Pokemon maths challenges

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    April 1, 2015 at 10:18am

    Yes I’d love a link to these Pokémon challenges. They look great. Never to old for a challenge and reward. Thanks

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      April 1, 2015 at 12:04pm

      I have emailed you a link to the challenges. I hope your students enjoy them and find them useful. Be sure to come back and let me know how you get on..

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    April 9, 2015 at 1:21am

    Can I have a copy as well please?

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      April 9, 2015 at 8:53am

      You have mail 🙂

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    April 14, 2015 at 12:19am

    Morning – love the idea & I think it would be easily adapted to Australian curriculum. I would love you to forward a link please.

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      April 14, 2015 at 12:27am

      No worries. I’ve emailed you a link. Be sure to come back and let me know how you get on 🙂

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    April 14, 2015 at 8:28am

    I have two Further Maths students who love pokemon but find revision a challenge – can I have a copy please?

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      April 14, 2015 at 8:38am

      Absolutely! I’ve sent you an email through.. I hope they enjoy them.

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    April 14, 2015 at 1:14pm

    This sounds fantastic, could I have a copy please. Did you make the badges yourself or buy them from a company

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      April 14, 2015 at 2:06pm

      Hi, I have sent through the challenges. I used to order badges from a company (see post: http://www.mathedup.co.uk/maths-revision-badges/ ) but now we have a badge making machine so make our own. The designs for these are included in the link I have sent.

      I hope your students enjoy the challenges. Let me know how you get on..

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    April 20, 2015 at 12:44pm

    This looks great, could I have a copy please?

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      April 20, 2015 at 6:14pm

      Sure. I have emailed it through to you. Let me know how you get on..

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    April 29, 2015 at 10:26am

    Great idea, please could you email me a copy? Thanks!

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      April 29, 2015 at 11:32pm

      I have sent it through. Let me know how it goes 🙂

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    Alison Peake

    May 6, 2015 at 12:08pm

    I’d love a copy too please?

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      May 7, 2015 at 1:01am

      I have emailed this through to you. Let me know how it goes..

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    May 8, 2015 at 2:06pm

    This looks brilliant! Could I please have a copy!

    Many Thanks!!

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      May 8, 2015 at 7:41pm

      Have emailed it through. Let me know how you get on 🙂

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    May 8, 2015 at 2:09pm

    I would love a copy please.

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      May 8, 2015 at 7:42pm

      Have emailed it through to you. Let me know how it goes.

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    May 12, 2015 at 7:52am

    Please can you send me the link to the questions and answers?

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      May 12, 2015 at 8:24am

      Email sent. Let me know how you get on

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    May 20, 2015 at 8:36am

    these look fantastic. Please can I have a copy!

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      May 20, 2015 at 10:43pm

      I have emailed them through to you 🙂

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    October 18, 2015 at 3:49am

    Brilliant idea! Can I have one too?

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      October 18, 2015 at 9:15pm

      I’ve sent these through. Let me know how you get on

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    Rebecca Hood

    October 29, 2015 at 6:41pm

    hi, could you send me the challenges? The link isn’t working

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      October 31, 2015 at 10:22am

      I have fixed the link and.. You have mail 🙂

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    November 23, 2015 at 10:57pm

    Hello, could you send me the link please. This looks amazing. Many thanks.

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      November 23, 2015 at 11:45pm

      You have mail

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    January 1, 2016 at 10:34am

    Hi, could you please send me the link to your pokemon challenges. A great way to motivate students! Thanks.

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    Aston Kimmie

    May 5, 2016 at 4:49am

    Could you please send me a link too?
    Thanks so much man 🙂

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      May 6, 2016 at 9:59pm

      Hi. All of the challenges are now available on the ‘A-Level takeaway’ pages. You will find the link on the main menu at the top of the page (or bottom if you are on your mobile)

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