Maths resource of the week 8

Maths resource of the week 8

Each week Craig Barton, creator of, picks out a TES maths resource that has caught his eye and records a short video about it. These videos will attempt to explain why Craig likes the resource, and offer up a few ideas about how it might be used in the classroom. If you have watched the video, downloaded the resource, and then used it in a lesson, it would be fantastic if you could return to this page to share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below, or to simply pass on your thanks to the author!

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I find it fascinating and incredibly useful watching other teachers teach. Whether I am observing an NQT or an experienced Head of Department, I always go away from the lesson with a new idea for approaching a topic that I have taught countless times before. Often it is hard to get that same sense when you download a resource, as in the main they are snippets of a lesson which you can adapt and then work into your own delivery. However, with this particular resource from diacoo, you get the full thing. It is an entire lesson on Volume and Surface Area, and what a lesson it is! There is a challenging starter, group work, built-in PLTS, opportunities for peer assessment, and an emphasis on the quality of written communication, all of which make for a rich, rewarding experience. I will certainly be using lots of this lesson the next time I tackle volume and surface area.

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