Tes Maths: Best of 2017 resources

Craig Barton
08th January 2018
Maths calculator with 2017 on display screen

Enhance your spring term planning with these top resources, recommended by Tes Maths

Happy New Year! Even though it's probably time to start looking ahead to the exam season, I like to use the start of the spring term to reflect on some of my favourite resources from last year. This time, it's been more difficult than ever to choose, thanks to the incredibly high-quality lessons and activities shared by the Tes Maths community in 2017.

But - without further ado - I present my favourite resources of 2017, chosen for the unique way they consolidate understanding or extend thinking. 

Craig Barton, Tes Maths Advisor

In-class activities

I’m always on the lookout for interesting and novel exercises that allow students to practise the core skills of mathematics. From spider-themed exercises and fairground games, to correcting the work of Clumsy Clive, here are some of my favourite activities from 2017.

Expanding Brackets Spiders

This takes students through expanding a single bracket, factorising a single bracket, expanding two brackets and factorising quadratic expressions. Hopefully this should lead them in manageable steps to factorising quadratics, including a few with the coefficient of x squared being greater than 1. When I find errors I have corrected them...
By alutwyche

Clumsy Clive On Averages and Range

Five more questions that Clive seems a bit confused on. These questions involve median and mean from sets of data, plus calculatiing the mean from a frequency table and estimating the mean from grouped data. I will probably throw a couple more questions in verbally (find the modal group etc) whilst discussing the answers and reasons why as a class.
By alutwyche

How to Use an Average

This powerpoint and lesson aims to help students understand the different advantages and disadvantages of each average (mean, median and mode) and gets them to think about which situations each average is most appropriate for.
By flibit

Fairground Probability

Using tree /sample space diagrams to calculate which game you are most likely to win. There are both independent and dependent questions within this task.
When I use it with my class I put a laminated copy of each game around the room and leave the first slide (explaining the task) on the board. Students then work in small groups to find which game is best to play.
Answers are provided to all 8 games, along with a couple of extension questions to stretch students that finish. Some students may then wish to create their own game.
I have uploaded a PDF copy and a PowerPoint copy if you want to edit the first slide to your own name.
By fosh_jish

Lesson planning

CPD guides, question booklets and example lessons… These resources are ideal for last-minute planning inspiration! Well-structured and jam-packed with information, enthuse both staff and students with these stimulating teaching ideas.

FREE Teach for Understanding Bigger Picture (Maths CPD)

This is a resource that can be used during maths department meetings to discuss how to teach for understanding and not tricks! Check out the blog post for more ideas (link in the download).
By NumberLoving Sharon

For Your Classroon... 50 Primary Maths Questions Volume 1

We have included here 11 different types of question that we often use with our classes. We have picked up these questions through word of mouth or tweaking something to make it work. For each question, we have included 5 examples to get you started. Therefore, you're getting here 55 questions to use in your classroom.
By Primary Ideas

Fractions mastery and problem solving

Multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting fractions mastery lesson including problem solving from nrich.

If there are any mistakes on the answers, let me know and I can update.

By j2dutto

Practical maths ideas

Are you fed up with using worksheets in maths? Are you looking for a way to excite children about number? This resource has a range of ideas to teach maths, without worksheets. It has ideas for KS1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2
By jlewis19

Revision tools

With only a few months left to go, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to this summer’s exam season.  Including low-stakes quizzes and themed relay races, help your students kick-start their revision with these handy classroom exercises.

GCSE Maths Algebra, Number 10 minutes assessments/ starters/Plenary

10 minutes quick assessments are put together to be used as a starter or plenary. It gives quick feedback to teacher as well as students. Resources are designed keeping FE students in mind.
Any further suggestions are welcome as I will be putting together similar assessments for Geometry and Data for GCSE Maths.
By manisha2011

GCSE Maths 9-1 Revision Masters

We used these as homework for Year 11 covering a half term. New topic Masters aim to get higher paper pupils familiar with some of the new topics and new style of questioning on the new GCSE. Higher/Foundation Masters are aimed at all students to become more confident in some of the cross over topics. Foundation Masters aimed at foundation paper pupils to gain more confidence in number work and money problems. I found that it worked best printed on one A4 sheet for students to stick at the back of their books and leave a page for their workings. The tracker is useful for pupils and teachers to track progress. Created for students sitting AQA specification in 2017.
By Michael Craven

Revision Rounds for Edexcel Pearson Chapter 2a- Algebra

Revision Rounds for the Chapter 2a Algebra topic from the new Edexcel Pearson GCSE syllabus.

Rounds include; substitution, linear equations, formulae, classifying expressions/identities/equations/formulae, factorising linear, factorising quadratics, difference of two squares and factorising quadratics with x^2 coefficient >1.

As usual the last two rounds are challenging. Tested by an able group of year 9's. All got past round 5 after 50 minutes and the majority were on round 8 and 9.

Print the rounds out (I do different coloured paper for sheet 1,2, and 3 so you can see who is progressing the fastest) and cut them up. Each pair of students gets a round 1 to start and they have to solve the questions and put the answers in the boxes. Students cannot progress onto the next round of questions until they have had their answer checked by a teacher.

Depending on ability I give different guidance. For top groups I say how many are incorrect but do not identify which ones and for lower ability I point out the questions they need to work on.

Makes for a very fun and competitive lesson. Feel free to make up your own rules to direct the game. I use time outs for cheating (or running!) and give a merit to the pair who has completed the most rounds. For some groups I create an accuracy prize as well so it's not all about speed.

Any feedback greatly appreciated.
By lauralizw

GCSE revision non calculator

I will run the resource... or attempt to run it... with each pair of students receiving both the even and odd questions. One student answers the even questions and the other answers the odd. The answer from the previous question is needed to answer the question you are on.

The final answer is 27.

This task can be ran with students working individually.
By Smithd88

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