Tes Maths: Summer lesson suggestions

Craig Barton
10th June 2019
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

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 additional notes, can be found here: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/richtasks.htm
By MrBartonMaths

Rich Maths Task 4 - Will they meet?

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 additional notes, can be found here: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/richtasks.htm
By MrBartonMaths

New GCSE Problem Solving: Problem 1 - Wooden Fence Post (Grade 7/8)

This is a problem aimed at higher attaining GCSE students. The premise of this resource is to revise multiple topics simultaneously through problem solving. This topic covers:
1. Basic Trigonometry
2. Surface Area
3. Circumference
4. Ratio
5. Pythagoras; Theorem

Solutions are also attached.

Any questions or ideas, feel free to get in contact!
By andy_gillen

New GCSE Problem Solving: Problem 3 - Running Track Problem (Grade 5/6)

This is a problem aimed at middle attaining GCSE students. The premise of this resource is to revise multiple topics simultaneously through problem solving. This topic covers:
1. Ratio
2. Compound Measures
3. Percentage Increase
4. Pythagoras' Theorem
5. Circumference

Solutions are also attached.

Any questions or ideas, feel free to get in contact!
By andy_gillen

Practical project ideas

Plan a Holiday Project

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 holiday. They then had to present it to the rest of the class and the others chose which holiday they would prefer the most. There is also a peer-assessment sheet. Please leave feedback, I am trained as a science teacher and would value any thoughts on how it could be improved!
By leannegadsby

Maths Rocket Project - Level 5 - KS3

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 been abridged to 3 hours of lesson time. Maths skills, suitable for KS3 Level 5 and up, includes:Place values; Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing Money; Measuring mass, volume, time, temperature, angles, diameters, and circumferences; Scaling Social Skills include: • Planning; Team work .
By jhleung

Design a Lunar theme park project

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.
By bwellbrook

Average Student Project -Lesson Plan/Teacher Notes

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 present their findings, whilst producing a wonderful display in the process. Comments appreciated.
By Interactive Maths

Misleading data activity

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 year 9 and middling year 10.
By dianatany

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