BIDMAS - Solve a Scooby Doo Mystery!Quick View

BIDMAS - Solve a Scooby Doo Mystery!

This is a double sided worksheet where students can practise completing a range of BIDMAS calculations in order to help the Mystery Gang to work out who committed a burglary! The clues that they should find are: Burglary Time: 19:30 Who was the item burgled from: Shaggy Where it took place: The Mystery Machine Item Stolen: A Sandwich Why: 'It was yummy' ...these clues should lead to the answer that the thief was Scooby Doo!
Harry Potter Ratios - scaling potion recipes!Quick View

Harry Potter Ratios - scaling potion recipes!

3 differentiated worksheets to allow students to practise scaling quantities up and down using Harry Potter style potions (bronze = low ability, gold = high ability). As a follow-up activity I allowed students to design their own potion on big poster sheets and to scale it to different sizes, which they loved!
Zoo project - 10 full lessons on perimeter, area and volume (L4-6)Quick View

Zoo project - 10 full lessons on perimeter, area and volume (L4-6)

The following topics are covered in this project, themed around zoo design: Area and Perimeter of squares, rectangles Areas of parallelograms and triangles Compound shapes Volume of cubes and cuboids Surface area of cubes and cuboids The first 6 lessons culminate in a large zoo-design task using areas and perimeters of shapes and scale drawings. Opportunities for both self and peer assessment are included. The second chunk of lessons are more challenging, and include an investigation task to work out the height of a SeaWorld exhibit by looking at volumes, costings and a bit of Archimedes principle. It also builds up to looking at surface area. Everything is provided for 10 complete lessons. The numbers in the worksheet names correspond with the lesson they are required for. Teaching notes are at the bottom of slides where necessary. Enjoy! :) Follow me on twitter to receive my latest resources @Captain_Loui
Shopping-themed percentages of amounts worksheetsQuick View

Shopping-themed percentages of amounts worksheets

First pupils practised working out percentages of amounts with the differentiated shopping-themed worksheets. They then moved on to create their own 'shop sale table'. They had to pick a favourite shop, decide upon some items that may be sold there, pick prices, and then work out what their prices would be reduced to in a sale. Weaker students worked on 50% off, and more able on 25% or 10% off. My Y8s got very creative with this activity, and completed a lot more maths than usual!
Design-a-dragon - fun tally & bar chart lesson!Quick View

Design-a-dragon - fun tally & bar chart lesson!

Students design their own dragon, picking name, colour, habitat etc and then drawing their new creature. Next, pupils go around the room as 'dragon keepers', collecting data from all of the dragons to complete a tally chart. Finally, they use this data to draw a bar chart. The worksheets increase in difficulty from the bronze to the gold worksheet, with the bronze involving the simplest discrete data and including lots of guidance. The gold moves on to continuous data, and fewer tips are provided. Hopefully this provides a fun alternative to the endless bar charts on shoe size!
Long multiplication - de-coding worksheetQuick View

Long multiplication - de-coding worksheet

Students have 20 long multiplication questions to complete. When they finish, the LAST DIGIT of the questions in bold give them a code - 6088. I use a 4-digit combination lock that they can physically test the code on, but this isn't necessary. Just offer a prize for the first few winners! The worksheet is differentiated into bronze, silver and gold questions. Each level provides the same code, giving children of every level the opportunity to win. This idea can be used for any topic, and just provides an alternative to textbooks!
Algebra Zoo - fun substitution worksheetQuick View

Algebra Zoo - fun substitution worksheet

This is a fun zoo-themed algebra activity, focussing on substitution. Pupils have a codebreaking worksheet, and a sheet showing an empty zoo. Pupils use the codebreaker to substitute numbers into the expressions in each question. Pop the numerical answer back into the codebreaker to find a letter. The letters in each question are mixed up animal names, and this animal can then be draw into the empty zoo. e.g. question 1 gives: I N O L, which mixed up say "LION". In the enclosure labelled Q1, the pupils then draw a lion. All the instructions and answers are on the presentation. My Y7 and Y8 groups both loved this task!
Square & Cube numbers - multilink investigationQuick View

Square & Cube numbers - multilink investigation

Introduce students to square and cube numbers, and use a multilink investigation to guide them through the conceptual learning of what they really mean. Students then use their understanding of square and cube numbers to apply to other powers with the extension worksheet. I used this with a middle ability Y9 group, and a bottom set Y11.
Mixed Fractions - Harry Potter style!Quick View

Mixed Fractions - Harry Potter style!

I designed these resources for a Harry Potter themed lesson with Y7 on converting mixed and improper fractions. There are bronze, silver and gold versions of the main worksheet to differentiate by ability. The Cauldron worksheet is meant to hit literacy targets, whilst allowing children to design their own fraction-potion. The idea is that on the left of the potion they write a mixed fraction followed by an ingredient of their choice, and on the right they must convert it to an improper fraction. e.g. '1 1/2 eyeballs = 3/2 eyeballs'. The pupils loved it, and produced some amazing work!
Converting metric measures - Disney Pixar theme!Quick View

Converting metric measures - Disney Pixar theme!

Worksheets are labelled bronze, silver and gold for ability. Students begin with some basic number conversions for distance, weight and volume, and then move on to worded questions involving pixar characters. The higher ability sheets involve decimals and larger numbers. I made these for my Y7 & 8 groups, but I believe the lower level sheets could be used with high ability KS2.
Mean, median & mode - Superhero Challenge!Quick View

Mean, median & mode - Superhero Challenge!

Differentiated worksheets on mean, median, mode and range with a superhero theme! Students first get to design their own superhero, then decide on how many people they save each day in order work out different averages. They then must manipulate the numbers to give them a specific range/mode/median/mean (depending on the level). Students can also try the 'superhero challenge' individually or in groups, where they must use data given by the heroes to work out once and for all who the best superhero is! This works well as a group activity, and encourages literacy skills.
Areas of 2D Shapes - Zoo-themed activity! <(')Quick View

Areas of 2D Shapes - Zoo-themed activity! <(')

Your school have decided to build a new zoo next door to entertain students at lunch! Firstly students need a copy of the Zoo Map to share (A3 if possible). They then complete the zoo worksheets, helping to work out the areas and designs of the new enclosures. The worksheets are differentiated for ability, with bronze focusing on rectangles and triangles, and then silver and gold introducing parallelograms and trapeziums. Questions vary from simple work-out-the-area questions, to using the dimensions of an elephant to design their own enclosure!
Times Tables Easter Egg Hunt!Quick View

Times Tables Easter Egg Hunt!

The Easter Bunny needs help with his homework! The 'egg hunt' presentation contains 20 times table questions in empty egg shapes to be hidden around the school/classroom. Students must take their answer sheets around to find all of the questions and write down both the question and the answer, so that if they get one wrong they know what the question was. When they are finished, the presentation has all the answers on a slide so they can mark each others. I gave out cookie prizes too!
Algebra puzzle - solve a Dr.Who mystery!Quick View

Algebra puzzle - solve a Dr.Who mystery!

Solve five puzzles to help Dr.Who work out who has stolen his sonic screwdriver and why! The puzzles cover various algebraic skills, including simplifying expressions, substitution, and worded problems. The end solution is that the Cybermen stole his sonic screwdriver in 1866, and took it to the city of Bath on Earth in order 'to fix a shelf'.
Minion-Style Scaling - fun proportion lesson!Quick View

Minion-Style Scaling - fun proportion lesson!

Despicable Me Minions need your help in finding the cheapest banana deals! Students look at using proportions to work out the cheapest deals, e.g. 2 bananas for 20p or 3 for 27p. They have some warm up questions, then a banana-worksheet where they must find the best deal at each shop for the minions to buy their bananas from. As an extension, higher level students can work out the cheapest method of buying 100 bananas at each store.
Design-A-Dragon - fun Ratio & Proportion lesson!Quick View

Design-A-Dragon - fun Ratio & Proportion lesson!

Differentiated dragon-themed lesson, where students begin by designing their own dragon using the guidelines on the worksheets. All their dragons are combined to make a colony, and each group can take it in turns to go up to the board to fill in tally charts about their dragon, such as it's colour, habitat etc. The back of the worksheet then allows student to use the class data to work out ratios, such as the ratio of red to yellow dragons in the class colony. Worksheets are ability differentiated (bronze = low ability, gold = high). Extension task and plenary also on the presentation.
Harry Potter Algebra - expanding bracketsQuick View

Harry Potter Algebra - expanding brackets

Students complete a worksheet beginning with basic numerical expansion questions, and building up to more complicated algebraic expansions and worded questions, all on the theme of Harry Potter! On the second side of the worksheet they get to design a potion. They pick 4 ingredients labelled a-d, and follow the questions surrounding the empty cauldron to work out how much of each ingredient they need to draw in their cauldron. The worksheets are differentiated bronze, silver and gold for different abilities.
10 Question Revision Starters (with answers)Quick View

10 Question Revision Starters (with answers)

Last year I began giving all of my KS3 and KS4 classes 10 minute 10 question starters every lesson as ongoing revision, and it had a huge impact on my students grades. Each starter powerpoint has 8-10 identical starters with different numbers, and so every lesson students complete the next starter and try to beat their previous score. Every starter begins with 4 questions (+, -, x and /) on decimals. Then there are 3 simple questions on the given topic, and 3 harder questions, followed by an exam-style challenge. Even if students start with a low score out of ten, by the time they get to the 10th similar starter they nearly always get 10/10. They track their scores using the record sheet stuck in the back of their books to evidence progress. I ALWAYS use a different topic starter to that of my lessons to ensure they are constantly revising old topics. Lower ability groups love the repetition, whilst for higher ability it saves huge amount of time as I don't have to reteach the basics each year, as they are covered in starters. This has completely revolutionised my teaching, and I would highly recommend it! Follow me on twitter to receive my latest resources @Captain_Loui
Disney Simultaneous Equations! (fun, challenging worded questions)Quick View

Disney Simultaneous Equations! (fun, challenging worded questions)

I have made this with the new GCSE spec in mind, as my students needed practise in solving worded simultaneous equations where they also need to apply their knowledge. This worksheet is entirely disney-themed simultaneous equations questions that increase in difficulty, and build up to involve fraction answers, converting units, and a lot of applied knowledge. Answers are also attached. My bright Y10 and Y11 classes LOVED this task! Follow me on twitter to receive my latest resources @Captain_Loui
Ratios - Alice in Wonderland themed activities!Quick View

Ratios - Alice in Wonderland themed activities!

Students firstly try the ratios worksheet which has an Alice in Wonderland theme! These worksheets begin with simplifying ratios, then move on to using, writing and dividing ratios. They are differentiated by ability, with bronze being the simplest and gold being the most challenging. Following this, students move on to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party worksheet, where they must use the ratios provided by Johnny Depp to design his tea party table! This involves lots of drawing, and so appeals to the visual learners within the classroom.
Adding fractions - differentiated animal theme!Quick View

Adding fractions - differentiated animal theme!

Students first get the opportunity to practise questions increasing in difficulty, and then must solve a fraction-puzzle to design a new animal discovered by a local zoo! e.g. The new animal is part: Giraffe: 1/6 + 1/3 = 1/2 Rhino: 2/9 + 1/9 = 1/3 Next they draw an animal that is half giraffe, a third rhino etc. My Y7+8s really enjoyed this task, and it encouraged them to get through more questions than usual so they could draw their animal!