Tes Maths ROTW: Do, twist and deepen triangles

Craig Barton
23rd April 2018

Develop learners’ fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills with this innovative activity, from manmhk

What is it?

If you’re looking for an exciting new way to develop pupils’ understanding of triangles, look no further than this “do, twist and deepen” activity.

The premise is simple. Students are presented with a collection of questions that require them to use their fluency (do), reasoning (twist) and problem-solving (deepen) skills. Complete with a well-structured presentation, this resource is ideal for challenging learners to apply key skills in different contexts. And, the answers are provided, which makes marking a breeze.

How can it be used?

The fluency element of this activity is perfect for ensuring that pupils are comfortable with the basics. Then, stretch learners with a variety of reasoning and problem-solving questions, that are bound to take them off of auto-pilot.

The snappy names of each section allow students to keep track of their mathematical development, in turn enabling you to plan appropriate intervention. Even better, this concept can be easily adapted for any topic… Indeed, the possibilities for “do, twist and deepen” are endless!


Craig Barton was speaking to Victoria Haughton. He is a secondary maths teacher in the north of England.

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