TES Maths: Lesson picks for February

Craig Barton
06th February 2017
TES Maths, secondary, newsletter, lesson, activity, resources, new GCSE, Venn diagrams, iteration, factors, primes, negative numbers, coordinate geometry, KS3, KS4, post-16, GCSE, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Innovative lessons and activity ideas to help spruce up classic topics and make new ones more accessible

It may be the calm before exam season, but that's no reason to rest on your laurels. It's hard enough keeping students motivated at the best of times, not least when they're now well established into the routines of the new term. Luckily, help is at hand. 

Once again, the generous and talented members of the TES Maths community have come up with the goods, creating and sharing unique lesson resources to help you to revitalise old topics and discover interesting ways to teach new ones. Why not take a look for yourself?

Craig Barton, TES Maths adviser

New GCSE specification

  • Venn diagrams introduction
    Introduce classes to Venn diagrams and the accompanying set notation with this simple lesson, which makes the topic less abstract through the use of pictures.
  • Iteration practice questions
    Complete with an engaging starter, a step-by-step presentation and a tricky worksheet, this lesson is ideal for helping pupils get to grips with the fundamentals of this new GCSE topic.

Factors and primes

  • Prime factor decomposition puzzle
    Combining the best elements of a logic puzzle with the revision of finding prime factors, this unique task is a great way of adding richness and challenge while practising a key skill.
  • Finding factors hints poster
    Help pupils to speed up the process of finding factors of large numbers by displaying this top tips poster in your classroom. Or, for a more regular reminder, why not get them to stick a copy in their books?

Negative numbers

  • Directed numbers worksheet
    Use this problem-solving task to get learners adding and subtracting directed numbers in the context of weather, including a handy visual in the form of a bar chart.
  • Negative numbers codebreaker
    Recap key principles about the addition and subtraction of negative numbers with this simple but effective codebreaker activity, useful as a starter for more-able classes.

Advanced coordinate geometry

  • Facial expressions presentation
    Test pupils’ knowledge of the basics shapes of a variety of functions, including reciprocal, circles and cubics, by matching them up to faces in this engaging activity.
  • Exponential growth and decay
    With links to real-life applications and dynamic graphing software, this well-structured lesson neatly introduces the concept to older students.


This blog post is featured in the February maths newsletter from TES Resources.

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