# Tes Maths: Best of 2018 resources

Make planning and preparation for the new term easier by exploring this round-up of the best lesson plans, activities and tasks from 2018

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Happy new year!

I have been the Tes Maths Adviser for 9 years now, and one of my favourite parts of my job is getting to look through the thousands of amazing resources created and shared by the kind and incredibly talented users of the Tes resources website - you can see the full archive on the Tes Maths Blog here

Choosing these resources is tricky, as there is just too much good stuff on the Tes website. Each of the resources below has helped me become a better teacher in 2018; so, I want to thank all the people who create and share resources on Tes - you truly are improving the teaching and learning of mathematics all over the world.

Craig Barton,

@mrbartonmaths

### GCSE & A Level

#### Ratio using Bar Modelling - Secondary

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I created this lesson for a low attaining Year 11 group. They had never used the bar model before for solving ratio problems. Taking our time to focus on drawing a diagram to represent each problem was worth it as by the end of the lesson they had gone from not really understanding what a ratio w...

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Several tasks all based on a WJEC GCSE question about forming and solving a quadratic equation for the area of two rectangles. These tasks are designed to improve students mathematical reasoning and were created as part of the Mathematical Reasoning at GCSE project run by Cambridge Maths Hub. Th...

#### Exploding Surds

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Surds practice from basic simplifying to expanding brackets to rationalising denominators. This encourages workings and the students to work backwards (what's the question given this answer?) so should also encourage discussion in class.

#### GCSE 1-9 Higher GCSE Fortnightly skills assessment

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Based on the new curriculum I have mapped backwards from Grade 8 topics down to grade 1 and designed these fortnightly skills tests to be done with my classes. These form the basis of all my homework's (linked to mathswatch) and starter activities/revision sessions. I have attached the spreadsheets ...

#### A-level Core Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS

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This set of 9 powerpoints have been designed to match the Edexcel Core Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS textbook (for Further Maths), and have largely been adapted from my previous A-level resources. Every chapter is covered, and within are explanations that could be used to teach lessons or be shared wit...

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

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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 ...

### KS3 & KS4

#### Area of triangles - Do, Twist, Deepen It

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First shared at speed dating at La Salle Education's Maths Conference 14 at Kettering, here is a resource that I jointly planned with James (@HowWeTeachIt) Tried and tested with Year 8's, this is a resource that uses the fluency (Do It), reasoning (Twist It) and problem solving (Deepen It) approach...

#### Mean average from frequency tables visualiser

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Interactive spreadsheet showing students how data affects the mean; how data can be put into a frequency table; and lastly how changes to the frequency tables affects the mean. Suggested questions included.

#### Multiple Choice Starter Questions

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A multiple choice question linked to every objective (I think?!) on the GCSE syllabus. Use them to assess what pupils need teaching, what misconceptions need addressing or what students already know. \*\* a few slides have been corrected 2/10/17 **

#### What Was The Question? - Sets and Venn Diagrams Special

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Four sets of four problems where students have the answer but there are blanks in the questions which require filling in. This is designed to create discussion in class and hopefully provided natural differentiation. I will be using these as starters or plenaries as I believe they will develop deepe...