Tes maths ROTW: Trigonometry pile-up puzzle

Craig Barton
05th March 2018

Cement students’ understanding of trigonometry with this engaging puzzle, from MathematicQuinn

What is it?

I love challenging trigonometry activities, but finding high-quality questions can sometimes be a struggle… Until now! Say hello to this puzzle.

Students start at the bottom and work their way up the sheet, systematically filling in the gaps. Encouraging pupils to identify and perform the relevant SOHCAHTOA, cosine and sine calculations, this exercise is ideal for recapping the more challenging elements of trigonometry. And, even better, the answers are provided!

How can it be used?

I'd suggest using this puzzle as a consolidation task at the end of a teaching unit, or as an in-class revision activity. Why not encourage students to complete the questions on their own, before comparing answers with their peers?

Once complete, further stretch learners by asking them to create their own activity. If they can both complete and create puzzles, then you can be sure that their understanding is secure.


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

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