Tes Maths: Supporting students in class

Recommended by Tes Maths, modelled worked examples, explanations and step-by-step guidance to support and motivate pupils just before the half term

Craig Barton

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Top lessons and activity ideas to help you to support students and maintain momentum before half term

Continue to keep students energised in the run up to half term with some carefully planned teacher-led exercises, which will introduce plenty of new skills and concepts. From modelled worked examples to step-by-step guidance on activities, we’ve selected some of the very best supported and scaffolded tasks that Tes has to offer.

Thanks – as ever – go to the generous and talented members of the Tes Maths community, who have shared their lesson ideas with us.

Craig Barton, Tes Maths Adviser

Lesson ideas

Whether you’re starting a brand-new topic or revisiting an old favourite, these lessons are an excellent starting point for providing student support. Containing crystal-clear explanations and detailed worked examples, what better way to stimulate pupils than with these visually appealing activities?  

Algebraic Fractions
Daniel Burke

Algebraic Fractions

Powerpoint covering the full range of Algebraic Fractions topics. From simplifying to multiplying and dividing, to adding and subtracting, to finally solving equations involving them. Includes the Tarsia referenced in the PPT, though I can't claim the credit for making this!
GCSE Lesson -Box and Whisker Diagrams / Box Plots

GCSE Lesson -Box and Whisker Diagrams / Box Plots

A Great Lesson Plan with resources to teach or revise GCSE Box Plots. *A video for a quick intro to box plots or as a revision aid. It looks at what they are, how to draw them and how to interpret them. Also included: * PowerPoint for teacher including visual aids to help illustrate the formulae...

Step-by-step activities

Simultaneous equations, algebraic fractions and many other mathematical concepts involve complex, multi-step processes. From worksheets to presentations, help students get to grips with these topics by breaking them down into bite-sized chunks.  

KS3/KS4 Maths: Introduction to simultaneous equations lesson

KS3/KS4 Maths: Introduction to simultaneous equations lesson

Full lesson introducing the concept of simultaneous equations, highlighting key vocabulary, looking at what criteria need to be met in order to be able to solve simultaneous equations, and illustrating that they can be solved in a number of different ways. The puzzles worksheet allows pupils to...
Lesson and resource - Area of Sectors.

Lesson and resource - Area of Sectors.

Created for an interview, the numbers on the connect 4 activity link to the new GCSE grading system. The aim is for the pupils to connect 4 boxes and to try a selction of questions at different levels. The activity has been created using some old exam questions and some I have made up myself. ...
Averages from Grouped Frequency Tables
Interactive Maths

Averages from Grouped Frequency Tables

A simple powerpoint that starts with an example of finding the averages from a frequency table, and goes on to find averages from a grouped frequency table. The word file is a set of notes to stick in for simple tables (meant as revision). Let me know what you think.

Challenging investigations

Even the most confident student may find the idea of completing complex problems and investigations on their own a daunting prospect. So, why not allow pupils to develop both the skills and the resilience needed to cope with such situations with the help of these stimulating exercises?  

Maths Investigations

Maths Investigations

Based on the Science tasks produced in East Sussex, these investigation starter sheets give an introduction to a topic for investigation, with levelled guidance for progressing the investigation and to allow self- and peer-assessment. Targetted at Y7, these may be suitable for several year groups in...
KS3/GCSE Maths Investigations
sam curran

KS3/GCSE Maths Investigations

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A set of 6 investigations (complete with teacher notes and worksheets) where students are set a challenging problem and work to find the solution. Each investigation should take up a whole lesson. The first investigation focuses mainly on probability and gets pupils to find the total possible n...
Venn Diagrams 3 - Straight Line Graphs

Venn Diagrams 3 - Straight Line Graphs

This is a rich Venn Diagram activity on the equations of Straight Line Graphs. To access all the Venn Diagram activities in this collection, as well as teaching notes, please visit: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/venn.htm Here is why I love Venn Diagram activities so much: 1) Students c...