Author on Tes: Cross-curricular maths skills

Mathsmutt
03rd May 2018
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Mathematics guru Alexander Forrest, aka Mathsmutt, creates puzzles and questions to show students how maths skills are used in everyday life.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a teacher of mathematics in Scotland, with interests in physics, computing, astronomy and aircraft. Digital learning has always been a passion of mine and I started creating materials for my free maths website shortly after moving into teaching.

Why are cross-curricular skills important to teach?

Problem solving is not just for maths! I believe that engaging in puzzles can help unlock higher order thinking skills. I created the cross-curricular Pooch puzzles series in which I collated lots of lists in Excel to create shaped crosswords, Sudokus and word search puzzles. I’ve also created the Numeracy questions series – to help improve numerical skills and The drill questions series that provides material for practicing common mathematical skills.

How do you go about making your resources?

I don’t make resources with a topic, class or exam board in mind at the outset. Mathematics is all around us and very often when I’m working in the garden, shopping, walking around on holiday or doing something totally unrelated to resource creation, an idea enters my head. I play with the idea, design an Excel spreadsheet, draw pictures, start jotting things down and do whatever else is required for me to express the idea in a concrete form.

Which resources are you most proud of?

The first resource I submitted to Tes documented a summer building project, which made use of all the aspects of the SQA General Maths course and became the basis for my Real world maths series.

 

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Pooch puzzles

Numeracy questions

The drill questions

Real world maths

Salary Sampling (Real World Maths)

This resource samples twenty local authority positions ( advertised on Thursday 6th July 2017) and uses the data over ten activities to investigate: -
• Salary perceptions
• Calculating Income Tax, National Insurance and Net Pay
• Statistical Analysis
• How money raised from taxation is spent.
• Social Justice issues.
The intention would be to use this resource alongside class teaching - either as a standalone project or as a revision aide for financial education . Solutions for the calculations are provided.
Target Age Group : Secondary 2 onwards.
Size : 1.9 MB Approx
Format : secured PdF EBook.

The Real World Maths series examines the use of mathematics in everyday life.

By mathsmutt

Chemistry Crossword Puzzles (Pooch Puzzles)

This book contains five printable chemistry crosswords with a twist - there are three sets of clues for each crossword!
This allows the resource to be used as fifteen separate crosswords, or as a collaborative learning task where one grid is given and the three sets of clues are cut up and distributed around the classroom.

Ideal as a starter, lesson filler or end of term activity; this activity combines cognitive development with revision of atomic mass, atomic number and chemical symbol. Answers are provided, so the questions can be self or peer assessed and pupils can track their progress. A natural extension is to ask the pupils to research particular entries.

Pupil Age Range: Secondary pupils onwards.
Assessment: Teacher , pupil self or peer assessment.
Size : 1.12 MB Approx
Format : secured PdF EBook.

The Pooch Puzzles secure eBook series is intended to help develop mathematical thinking and cognitive development through problem solving activities.

By mathsmutt

Factorising Quadratics (Drill Questions )

This secured eBook contains 500 questions for practising the skill of factorising quadratics. There are a total of twenty five worksheets , each containing a set of twenty questions .Answers are also provided.

It is also useful as a bank of additional questions for finding roots of quadratics.

Answers are provided, so the questions can be self or peer assessed and pupils can track their progress.
Contents :25 worksheets, 500 questions, answer sheets.
Pupil Age Range: Aged from 11 upwards
Assessment: Teacher , pupil self or peer assessment.
Size : 1.3MB Approx
Format : secured PdF EBook.
The *Drill Questions*secure eBook series is intended as a means to help develop mathematical thinking and cognitive development through problem solving activities.

By mathsmutt

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