Tes Maths: Back-to-school activities

Feel prepared for the new academic year with these engaging back-to-school Maths activities recommended by Craig Barton and the Tes maths panel

Craig Barton

Maths Equipment Ready For Starting A New Year At Secondary School

Cover all bases and kick-start another year of teaching maths with this selection of stimulating activities

Happy new school year!

Hopefully you are feeling rested and recharged after a lovely summer, and ready to face the challenge and delights of another school year. If you want to get them off to a flying start, with fun and engaging activities, but crucially also ones that are productive, challenging and mathematically sound, then you have come to the right place!

The collection of resources below, all created and shared by the kind, generous and incredibly talented members of the Tes Maths community, should cover all bases and help make those first few lessons back fun and productive for all involved. 

I really hope you and your students enjoy them. And if not... well, it will be Christmas before we know it :-)

Craig Barton, Tes Maths Adviser

Planning for the year

Interleaving & spacing the GCSE Mathematics curriculum
Billyads_47

Interleaving & spacing the GCSE Mathematics curriculum

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Now that i can reflect having completed the first phase of my project (this is intended for our year 9 students. If it works well, i shall embark on phase 2 for year 10) i realise i should have perhaps called this a spacing booklet as it intends to space out the the topics taught throughout the year...
Brockington College Maths homework booklets
Peter Mattock

Brockington College Maths homework booklets

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All of the homework booklets I design for my Maths department, free and in one place. Obviously cannot post answers here, but happy for people to email me for them - a DM on twitter with your email address is the best way to get them. Note there are a few images borrowed from different pla...
GCSE 9-1 Exam Question Practice (Ratio)
Maths4Everyone

GCSE 9-1 Exam Question Practice (Ratio)

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This carefully selected compilation of exam questions has fully-worked solutions designed for students to go through at home, saving valuable time in class. Click tes.com/../Exam Question Practice to download question compilations for more than 50 other topics. I usually print these question...

​First lessons

First week activities
sphynx thinker

First week activities

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4 activities for the first week back at school. Gives the children a chance to get to know each other and think/learn about themselves. A list of resources is included along with a worksheet and basic templates. The activities also include work that can be used for assessment.
50 ideas for meeting your new class
tafkam

50 ideas for meeting your new class

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Collated from various threads on the TES forums, this booklet gives 50 suggestions for activities to do when meeting your new class either on a transition day, or for the first day of term.
Mathematical Name Cards
lane1988

Mathematical Name Cards

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Perfect starter for your first lesson with a new class, helping you get to know their names. Get the pupils to fold the paper/card along the dashed line then get them to write their name in the empty box. On the other side, pupils have four questions to complete. The name cards can then be displayed...
Back to School Math Activities
TeachMathJoy

Back to School Math Activities

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**5 great math-focused back to school activities for getting to know your students, and for them to get to know each other!** 1) Math Scavenger Hunt- hunt for students who know the answers to middle school math questions (answer key is included so that you can go over the math facts when the time r...

Mathematical routines

Maths Daily Practice Examples and Template
PrimaryMrAndrew

Maths Daily Practice Examples and Template

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A series of 5-10 minute arithmetic lesson starters to consolidate and improve written arithmetic skills. Lots of examples from Y6 but also an editable template for other year groups. I have written about how to use this resource effectively here: https://primarymrandrew.wordpress.com
100 Mental Maths starters
theautisticteacher

100 Mental Maths starters

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Designed to jump start Maths lessons. Each slide has three questions when run as a slide show (so there's actually 300 questions). Each question is progressively harder as it goes along (in built differentiation!). Intended as 1 a day starter before leaping into the full lesson but could be used as ...
GCSE Problem Solving Questions of the Day - Compilation
WRMaths

GCSE Problem Solving Questions of the Day - Compilation

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This booklet contains over 50 problem solving questions suitable for KS3 and GCSE classes. These are the questions that we have been putting out each day in the run up to GCSE exams. The answers are also provided with each question. There are problems that are suitable for foundation and higher...
Puzzle of the Week
Owen134866

Puzzle of the Week

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Each of these documents contains 30 puzzles which I have used over 3 academic years as 'puzzle of the week&'. I have a folder on the wall and pupils help themselves to printouts and they hand them into a box in my room, receiving merits for correct answers. Many of the puzzles are not necessaril...

A Level

Year 12 Maths Entry Assessment
Jo Morgan

Year 12 Maths Entry Assessment

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This assessment tests basic pre-requisite maths skills on entry to A level. It's editable so if you like the format but don't like the questions, feel free to change them! The idea is to give this 15 minute test in the first maths lesson of Year 12 in order to identify any students who need imm...
A-level Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS
Owen134866

A-level Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS

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This set of 14 powerpoints have been designed to match the Edexcel Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS textbook, and have largely been adapted from my previous Core 1 and Core 2 resources. Every chapter is covered, and within are explanations that could be used to teach lessons or be shared with students via...