Tes Maths: Summer lesson suggestions

Tes Maths secondary summer lessons and projects for KS3 and KS4 students

Craig Barton

TES Maths, Summer, Lesson, Activities, KS3, KS4, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

Alternative lesson ideas to keep learners engaged in the run-up to the summer holidays

With exams almost behind us and the promise of the well-deserved summer holidays on the horizon, it's very tempting to take your foot off the gas and start winding things down. Ploughing through yet another scheme of work like it's business as usual is sure to exhaust both you and your students, so why not use this time to try something a bit different?

The following collection of resources from the Tes Maths community satisfies two key aims. They are not only mathematically valid in terms of their content and opportunities for challenge, but also fun and engaging to boot.

I hope you and your students find them useful. Roll on the summer holidays!

Craig Barton, Tes Maths adviser

Problem solving and rich maths

Rich Maths Task 1 - Positive Differences
MrBartonMaths

Rich Maths Task 1 - Positive Differences

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Have a play around with this task, and please share any questions, extensions, simplifications, modifications, or lines of inquiry in the comment box below. The idea is to collect loads of suggestions that can then be used for effective differentiation. The full set of these tasks, along with additi...
Rich Maths Task 4 - Will they meet?
MrBartonMaths

Rich Maths Task 4 - Will they meet?

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Have a play around with this task, and please share any questions, extensions, simplifications, modifications, or lines of inquiry in the comment box below. The idea is to collect loads of suggestions that can then be used for effective differentiation. The full set of these tasks, along with additi...

Practical project ideas

Plan a Holiday Project
leannegadsby

Plan a Holiday Project

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Students work in groups to plan a holiday to a budget of 3800. The task involves working with percentages, adding decimals, exchange rates, two way tables and problem-solving. It is suitable for middle to higher ability students. I asked students to plan and design a big poster about their holid...
Maths Rocket Project - Level 5 - KS3
jhleung

Maths Rocket Project - Level 5 - KS3

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In this investigation students build water bottle rockets out of pop bottles. This project will require students to start their rocket building business. Students are tested with their knowledge of Maths (Level 5), Science, and Business. This project, adapted from the Teacher s TV version, has bee...
Design a Lunar theme park project
bwellbrook

Design a Lunar theme park project

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Students follow instructions to design a lunar theme park on squared paper. They then have to calculate different things to work out the parks overall profit and loss. Good to use over a sequence of lessons for number revision with calculators.
Average Student Project -Lesson Plan/Teacher Notes
Interactive Maths

Average Student Project -Lesson Plan/Teacher Notes

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In this project, KS3/KS4 students follow the whole data handling cycle to create a poster of the 'Average Student' in their class. With detailed teachers' notes, and a project sheet to give out to your students, this project will challenge them to design a questionnaire, collect data, analyse and pr...
Misleading data activity
dianatany

Misleading data activity

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4 worksheets. I grouped the class and shared these out. The idea is to produce a report that makes your product look better than the competition by drawing graphs that are clearly misleading. I found this activity really made students think about scale and presentation. It worked well with a top set...