WHOLE LESSON FOUNDATION REVISION: ALGEBRA BASICS

WHOLE LESSON FOUNDATION REVISION: ALGEBRA BASICS

Complete revision lesson for lower ability GCSE students or higher ability younger students which covers the basics of algebraic manipulation. The topics covered are collection of terms, simplification of powers, expansions of brackets, evaluating and creating expressions. The powerpoint takes you through the basics and then the differentiated write-on resource allows students to select one of two levels of questions. Answers are not included. There is a screen shot of the resource on the last slide of the powerpoint
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ROTATIONAL SYMMETRY GCSE FOUNDATION

ROTATIONAL SYMMETRY GCSE FOUNDATION

An introduction to rotational symmetry: a topic for some reason all lower ability students accept and then forget! The fully animated powerpoint shows the tracing of a shape and spinning it around 1 full revolution. Other examples are then shown. The fully differentiated resource goes from 1 star (multi choice) to 3 star (demanding complete the shape so that it has rotational symmetry type questions). All tasks can be printed and written on, although you may have to adjust the dimensions of the sheet so that it prints near perfect square grids (this will affect the quarter turns). Answers are not given
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REVISION GCSE FOUNDATION TRANSFORMATIONS

REVISION GCSE FOUNDATION TRANSFORMATIONS

A full lesson on the practise of the four main transformations: rotation, reflection, enlargement and translation. Full animated powerpoint shows students the basics of the transformation and then some typical exam style questions. The spreadsheet contains multiple resources, all of which are differentiated and can be printed for the students to write on. Many contain the answers also.
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WHOLE LESSON: SIMULTANEOUS EQUATIONS

WHOLE LESSON: SIMULTANEOUS EQUATIONS

Multiple lessons and resources to take a KS3/4 class from the very start of simultaneous equations through to more complex examples. I teach it via matching the coefficient of the middle term and then applying different sign add or same sign subtract. The powerpoint takes the students through the phases of the work where, at first the coefficients match. Then students will have to multiply through to enable a match. Finally there is manipulation of both equations required. At least 5 different resources, many of which can be written on and some answers are contained. Homework task is available also.
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GCSE FOUNDATION: MEAN OF SMALL DISCRETE DATA SET

GCSE FOUNDATION: MEAN OF SMALL DISCRETE DATA SET

A classic lesson that introduced students to how to calculate the mean. The resource is fully differentiated and can be written on. It contains standard calculate the mean questions and the reverse questions where students are asked to complete a set of cards whose mean is given. There is a code-breaker exercise included
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GCSE FOUNDATION MEDIAN, MODE AND RANGE FULL LESSON

GCSE FOUNDATION MEDIAN, MODE AND RANGE FULL LESSON

I deliver the easiest of the measures of data in one lesson. The mode, median and range all obtained from small data sets. The powerpoint is animated and shows the importance of the ordering of the data and then gives definitions. The classic “give me 3 numbers whose median is 4 and range is 5” type problems are also developed during the lesson. The resource can be printed on and is fully differentiated from one star (lots of support and small data sets) through to 3 star (larger data sets, even numbers of data and more challenging questions). Note answers are not given
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EDEXCEL CORE 4 REVISION GRIDS

EDEXCEL CORE 4 REVISION GRIDS

Three sets of 12 quick fire questions to help prepare Year 13 students for the Core 4 examination. The grid is printed off and students can answer in the box (if printed on A3 paper). The powerpoint can be shown to give model solutions or used as a mark scheme
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DIFFERENTIATED REVISION GRIDS: FOUNDATION GCSE TOPICS

DIFFERENTIATED REVISION GRIDS: FOUNDATION GCSE TOPICS

Three differentiated grids for quick fire revision created to help students review the content of our first module of study in school. Ideal for preparation for end of module examinations or homeworks. Each grid contains 20 questions based on number skills, ratio, proportion, simple algebra manipulation, angle theory, perimeter. There is an easy version (1 star) and a harder version (2 star) and students can select (or be guided) to the side that they wish to attempt. All in all 120 questions…but no answers (you have to work them out yourselves!).
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FOUNDATION GCSE REVISION OF EQUATION SOLVING: WHOLE LESSON

FOUNDATION GCSE REVISION OF EQUATION SOLVING: WHOLE LESSON

An entire lessons devoted to re-visiting the various equations a lower ability foundation student (or younger student) will have to tackle. This goes from one step (x + a = b) through to classic two step (ax + b = c), through brackets (a(bx+c)=d) and finally letters on both sides (ax+b=cx+d). The equations are nearly all positive integer solutions and so can be solved without a calculator. The resource can be written on and is full differentiated from 1 star (lots of support and little variation in the style) to 3 star (simply the equation). I have included another document which is a little more watered down. The powerpoint takes students through how to solve equations by inverse operations. Note there are no answers to the task
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FULL LESSON FOUNDATION GCSE: STARTER EQUATIONS (LETTERS BOTH SIDES)

FULL LESSON FOUNDATION GCSE: STARTER EQUATIONS (LETTERS BOTH SIDES)

The first lesson for low ability KS3 or 4 students where we introduce them to solving equations of the type 2x + 3 = x + 9. The powerpoint is animated and uses the classic balance pan approach or a more dynamic “zapping” approach. The fully differentiated resource goes from 1 star (diagrams drawn for students and they simply scribble over the x counters and number counters) through to 3 star where students will attempt to solve using only manipulation. The resource is printed so that students can write on, thus saving time. Note that answers are not included and that there are no negative x terms in the equation (that would be next lesson). A lesson checkout is included where students can be quizzed on what they have done in the lesson.
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WHOLE LESSON PROPORTION FOUNDATION

WHOLE LESSON PROPORTION FOUNDATION

A whole fully differentiated lesson which introduces students to simple proportional problems such as "3 cakes cost £4.50, how much will 5 cost?" The powerpoint takes students through the unitary method. The fully differentiated resource (1 star, 2 star, 3 star) can be printed and students can write on the sheet. The resource contains a notes section which, when stuck in their books, gives them a reference. The students select which level of work they wish to work on. Answers are not supplied.
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LUCKY DIP OF FOUNDATION DIFFERENTIATED MENTAL STARTERS

LUCKY DIP OF FOUNDATION DIFFERENTIATED MENTAL STARTERS

8 mental starters on various random topics, all aimed at foundation/KS3 students. Each is fully differentiated. Students select the red light question (easy) or the green light (harder). In most cases there is a selection of answers down the side to chose from. Answers are given at the end and students can score themselves 1 point for an easy question, 2 points for a harder or 3 if they tried both
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MODULE ASSESSMENT GCSE FOUNDATION: MULTI CHOICE NO MARKING

MODULE ASSESSMENT GCSE FOUNDATION: MULTI CHOICE NO MARKING

When pushed for time, a powerpoint that covers all subjects at the lower end of the foundation spectrum. Students are given an answer sheet and complete the assessment. Every 10 questions they are given the answers and keep a tally of their score. At the end there are some calculations which can be done (the entire assessment is non calculator). The students are then given a level (from the old NC KS3 levels) and their results are logged. The assessment takes an hour. I have used this at the start of the year in the past to assess what students can and cannot remember
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FOUNDATION INTRODUCTION TO PYTHAGORAS

FOUNDATION INTRODUCTION TO PYTHAGORAS

Aimed at very young and/or low ability foundation students, this is a lesson where students will simply be told how Pythagoras allows us to calculate the missing side on a right angled triangle. The powerpoint takes them through step by step and the resource that accompanies it is fully differentiated and write-on so that no time is wasted drawing diagrams
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WHOLE LESSON BUY ONE GET FREE CALCULATIONS

WHOLE LESSON BUY ONE GET FREE CALCULATIONS

Fully differentiated lesson aimed at foundation students who are tackling the now regular examination problems where items are bought under "buy one get free" type deals. The animated powerpoint takes students through how to simply buy, for example, 6 tins of catfood when there is a deal of buy one get one half price. There is a more challenging "how many could you buy with £10?" type question. The resource which mirrors the presentation can be written on and is fully differentiated from 1 star to 3 star depending on the confidence of the student
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WHOLE LESSON: ANGLES IN PARALLEL LINES

WHOLE LESSON: ANGLES IN PARALLEL LINES

Whole lesson on interior, alternate, corresponding angles. There is a multi-choice starter reviewing the angle sum of a triangle. The main presentation is animated to show where corresponding angles come from. There are then some basic definitions and some worked examples with geometric reasoning. The last few slides are just questions for you to annotate at the board with your class. The spreadsheet contains multiple tasks and so can be differentiated to suit your students. Easier tasks are multi-choice and harder questions will challenge the more able
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WHOLE LESSON: MEASURING ANGLE

WHOLE LESSON: MEASURING ANGLE

An entire lesson on measuring angles. The starter is a simple differentiated number chain. The powerpoint includes a fully animated protractor and steps on how to use it correctly. The resource that accompanies can be printed to an A4 booklet and should allow a standard school protractor to fit on each angle nicely. The task is differentiated with the easiest angles all being read from the right hand scale. As some students will grasp this quicker I have included a simple coins and totals exercises for those who finish early. Note this lesson does not include measuring reflex angles, as this is rare to examination papers. Perhaps this could be shown in a plenary
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QUICK FIRE FOUNDATION GCSE BASICS GRID 19 AND 20

QUICK FIRE FOUNDATION GCSE BASICS GRID 19 AND 20

Two different write-on resources which can be used in multiple ways: as a classwork task, homework task, weekly assessment or revision aid in the run up to assessments. There are 18 quick, "must know" questions for low ability foundation GCSE students of any age. There is a section at the foot of the resource for a score and a comment which students can act upon. Using multiple resources will build up a profile of which topics students need to review to enhance their learning. The sheet can be edited to give an infinite number of variations too. Check out the other grids in the series to build a bank of resources! A low ability GCSE class will take around 25 minutes to complete a grid.
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QUICK FIRE FOUNDATION GCSE BASICS GRID 17 AND 18

QUICK FIRE FOUNDATION GCSE BASICS GRID 17 AND 18

Two different write-on resources which can be used in multiple ways: as a classwork task, homework task, weekly assessment or revision aid in the run up to assessments. There are 18 quick, "must know" questions for low ability foundation GCSE students of any age. There is a section at the foot of the resource for a score and a comment which students can act upon. Using multiple resources will build up a profile of which topics students need to review to enhance their learning. The sheet can be edited to give an infinite number of variations too. Check out the other grids in the series to build a bank of resources! A low ability GCSE class will take around 25 minutes to complete a grid.
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