Gold authors NumberLoving and LittleStreams have worked together to produce a fantastic, free ‘pie chart’ resource for Pi Day. Here they tell us about themselves, their collaboration and their new resources.
Sharon – NumberLoving
I’m in my 14th year of teaching maths at KS3/4/5 and I’ve been head of maths for six years. I believe in lessons that encourage interaction, movement and challenge. I’ve been running NumberLoving as a blog since 2012 and I started selling resources at the end of 2016. I’m a Gold author with over 100 resources, designed for use at KS3 to KS5 and offering a range of activities from regular worksheets, to activities like ‘fan and pick’, ‘collect a joke’ and the popular ‘treasure hunt’.
LittleStreams’ resources stood out to me over a year ago when I downloaded a resource for use in my classroom before I even made any contact with Rebekah. The quality of the resource was the best I’d seen – professional in its design and stand out for its contents, relevance and quality. For myself, as a relatively new author of paid resources, Rebekah’s resources set the bar and set it high! So it was from that first review that we began to talk and have become both supportive and critical friends.
Rebekah – LittleStreams
I’ve been a private tutor for over 10 years teaching maths, English and special educational needs. I’m also a primary school governor with a specialism in mathematics. I believe in learning by exploration and making things fun. We set up LittleStreams in 2014 and we’ve shared over 100 resources for all stages, with a wide range of differentiated worksheets, task cards, games and card games.
I found NumberLoving when I was looking for resources to support a student doing A level maths. The care and detail in each resource she makes is impressive, and her maths knowledge is second to none. I love Sharon’s creativity in her resources. Each product is thought out and thoroughly tested, and consists of such a great variety of different types of resources that I can engage all my students.
One of the advantages of having each other as critical friends is that we’re able to quality assure each other’s resources, checking the maths for each other (it’s so important to eliminate mistakes) and bounce ideas between each other. Also with our experiences crossing through all age and ability ranges we’re able to advise each other on how to widen the relevance of our resources. Some authors might see each other as competition but actually there’s a lot to be gained by everyone from connecting with other authors on Tes.
We’re based about 300 miles apart (Rebekah’s in Bognor Regis and Sharon’s in Liverpool) so we haven’t met in person yet, but we talk regularly and we’re planning to attend the next ‘Author Meet Up’ rumoured to be in Manchester!
Pie Charts Collaboration for Pi Day
Pi Day is fast approaching on 14 March (3.14), a day that’s celebrated by many mathematicians, teachers and students. In the lead-up, we decided to collaborate to produce new free resources involving pie charts. Using this free download, we hope to promote and up-sell our paid Pi Day resources.
With this aim in mind it was important that the free resources not only complemented each other but that they also demonstrated the quality and value of our individual resources. This is our advice to new authors: always focus on quality over quantity.
The resources have been uploaded as one download in both our shops, including a teacher information page. This page describes the two resources and provides another opportunity to promote the paid resources. We’ve both also used social media to promote the free download.
So what is the free download?
There are two parts to the free download, one part produced by each of us.
Part I: Rebekah – LittleStreams: I’ve created a set of six differentiated worksheets. The first four worksheets require students to draw pie charts by calculating the angles from tables of values. The worksheets are increasingly difficult, as scaffolds and prompts are removed. The final worksheets require pupils to draw pie charts by extracting information from bar charts first. Students could be asked to work through them all or directed to start at a particular point. Both types of questions have been seen in the new 9-1 GCSE Mathematics specification.
Part II: Sharon – NumberLoving: I’ve created a treasure hunt activity (also known as a scavenger hunt) on reading and interpreting pie charts. The treasure hunt is differentiated to three increasingly difficult levels; red, amber and green.
The red level includes identifying the most or least popular sections, or interpreting simple fractions of amounts such as half or quarter. The amber level involves interpretation of less straight forward angles and as a result more complex calculations. The green level combines reading pie charts with other topic areas such as ratio and reasoning. As a result, the resource can be used by any GCSE class: red and amber are used together for Foundation GCSE groups whereas the amber and green level is suitable for Higher GCSE.
How can the download be used?
Both resources come with instructions for use, ideas to support and stretch, and solutions.
They also offer flexibility in how they’re used. The worksheets focus on drawing pie charts and therefore would be used as pupils build their understanding and recap skills of measuring and drawing angles. They can be used in the classroom, at home, during tuition or intervention, making them attractive and relevant to a wider audience.
The treasure hunt activity – although designed for an active classroom situation in which pupils move around the room hunting their answer and the next question – can also be used in a tuition setting as a range of question cards (printed smaller) laid out as a loop as the student works through each question.
Pi Day paid resources
Within the free download we’ve each included an ‘up-selling’ page, promoting our paid resources for use on Pi Day. Another tip for authors: always include an up-selling page of relevant or popular resources which link directly to your shop.
Rebekah is promoting a set of 96 geometry task cards which are differentiated to four levels and cover a range of geometry topics, including circles. Check out the geometry task card here: Geometry Task Cards.
Sharon is promoting a bundle which includes three Pi Day resources; Pi Day relay race (increasingly difficult applications of Pi), Circles mystery (plotting and using equations of circles) and finally a fractions Pi Day collect a joke. Check out the Pi Day bundle here: Pi Day Bundle.