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Making Maths Memorable

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Ever since my PGCE I have been convinced that every Maths topic has a unique and interesting way to be taught. 7 years later and I have collected and created 100s of resources to prove my point. All resources, including IB and A Level, are designed to be thoroughly engaging but yet cover every bit of content required with plenty of practise too. Teach LCM with the life of the Cicada bugs or teach proportions using celebrity faces and the golden ratio. All fully animated engaging powerpoints.

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Ever since my PGCE I have been convinced that every Maths topic has a unique and interesting way to be taught. 7 years later and I have collected and created 100s of resources to prove my point. All resources, including IB and A Level, are designed to be thoroughly engaging but yet cover every bit of content required with plenty of practise too. Teach LCM with the life of the Cicada bugs or teach proportions using celebrity faces and the golden ratio. All fully animated engaging powerpoints.
Whole school Code breaking activity
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Whole school Code breaking activity

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There are 4 codes from throughout history in which students need to break. Each code gets progressively harder leading to the final code of a simplified Enigma machine. It is impossible to solve a code if the previous one has not been cracked as each one provides vital clues for the next code. The final code (the simplifed enigma) once broken is a 3 digit number. This resource can be used in many different way. One way is buying a 3 digit combination lock and locking a box/locker full of prizes. Then send all students the presentation. Or send all students one code a week if you want to stretch it out more. The first slide needs to be edited to suit your plans.
Oil Trading Game
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Oil Trading Game

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Fun one-off lesson. Perfect for end of term fun lessons! Students get to buy and sell oil barrels using news items to aid their decisions. All explained clearly through the powerpoint. 3 different sets of news articles so potential to use it for 3 different lessons with the same class. Lasts around 45 minutes. Teachers use a clever excel spreadsheet that does all the calculations for them. If students make a mistake with their own calculations the spreadsheet will "fine" them and calculate their totals by itself.
Binomial expansion (everything)
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Binomial expansion (everything)

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Everything you need to teach Binomial Expansion. This powerpoint is designed so that students can use it by themselves to learn independently if required or as the main teaching resource by the teacher. Many colleagues have used it to teach themselves too. Method is animated to clearly show each individual step. This resource covers all aspects of Binomial Expansion including the use of Pascal's triangle, combination notation, powers of n, non-integer powers and partial fractions. 2 mini assessments plus mark schemes also included.
Actual Powerpoint countdown timer
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Actual Powerpoint countdown timer

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On recognising that a countdown timer in powerpoint does not seem to exist I set myself the challenge of creating one. Done completely through animation these timers can be easily copied and pasted into your own powerpoints. I only made a 5 minute and 1 minute timer for the actual countdown clock. I tried a 1 minute and 2 minute timer using a different method too.
Compass patterns
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Compass patterns

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A fun couple of lessons to get students use to using their compass. I always use this lesson before starting the constructions unit. This resource demonstrates how to draw two different patterns and then encourages students to have a go at making their own crop circles. The patterns easily take up one lesson. The crop circles can be saved for another lesson later in the year.
Christmas Maths Escape Room
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Christmas Maths Escape Room

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This escape room runs on OneNote so students will need access to a computer. As it is done using online OneNote I do not believe that they need an account for it. I have not had any issues using it with any of my students. The powerpoint is for teachers reference to help guide students when they get stuck. The only way I know to share this with students is using a share link which can be temperamental. I have put the share link at the start of the powerpoint. HOW IT WORKS: Send the share link to students. Each page represents a room which gives a code to access the password protected next page. Their aim is to access the final page. It works better in pairs. I have done it in 3 classes and the quickest has been 55 minutes. Content: I built this for my set 1 year 9s. The hardest maths involved will be equations with brackets on both sides.
all Matrices and transformations iGCSE
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all Matrices and transformations iGCSE

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This resource covers the full matrices chapter from basic calculations to matrix tranformations. 42 slides detailed enough to teach(refresh!) the teacher beforehand. Resource assumes knowledge of normal transformations without matrices. Worksheets work alongside the PowerPoint.
Golden Ratio in the face investigation
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Golden Ratio in the face investigation

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A great lesson where students investigate the golden ratio proportions in the face. A 10 minute starter using the same concept with the hand helps introduce the idea. They can then look at how well celebrities fit the golden ratio. Finishes with a video that shows somebody using photoshop to make a face match the golden ratio grid (a link to youtube).
Symmetry in Rangoli patterns
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Symmetry in Rangoli patterns

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Students very quickly understand the concepts of reflections, rotations and symmetry when creating rangoli patterns. I always use this before starting the Transformations topic. Powerpoint and worksheets guide students step by step in creating these patterns.
Maths Linkee (Maths word game)
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Maths Linkee (Maths word game)

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Students have to compete to find the maths word that relates to the four questions. The answer to each question is a clue to the final word. If the student calls out the correct maths word after the first question they get 4 points. If they guess after the 2nd question they get 3 points and so on. Guess incorrectly then they are frozen out of that round. Contains 15 rounds but set up so you can create your own (or get students to make them!) very easily.
Quadratic Functions - Chapter 1 - International Baccalaureate - Standard Level
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Quadratic Functions - Chapter 1 - International Baccalaureate - Standard Level

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Quadratic Functions - Chapter 1 - International Baccalaureate - Standard Level Everything required to teach this chapter in the IB Standard Level Mathematics course. The PowerPoint is designed to show step by step method through animation in a thorough and engaging way. This makes it ideal for the teacher to use it in lessons or for students to use it to self learn.
Circle theorems and intersecting chords
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Circle theorems and intersecting chords

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Absolutely everything you need to teach Circle Theorems. Intersecting Chords is not in the GCSE but nice extension for the top ability and is in the MEP. Guides students to write revision notes for each theorem and gives directed practise after each theorem is learnt (on powerpoint and on worksheet). Finish with (or use throughout) a 50 question worksheet that hits all theorems. All answers included. A handy worksheet to help students match theorems to questions for revision later down the line also included.
Where's Wally with Coordinates
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Where's Wally with Coordinates

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Pretty simple. A Where's Wally picture with a coordinates grid pasted on the front. Can be used in a number of ways. I get students to crowed around the board and shout out the coordinates of various items I call out. The Powerpoint has a list of items to find plus the answers for the first 3 pictures. 3 more pictures to use as you wish.
Simultaneous Equations
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Simultaneous Equations

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At least 3 lessons worth of content here. Starts by teaching the elimination method followed by worded exam style questions. Then teaches the substitution method and solving by plotting the two equations. Last lesson on the A and A* questions solving quadratic simultaneous equations.
The Human Ratio
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The Human Ratio

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** You will need measuring tapes to run this activity/lesson** Ratio and Proportion Students are introduced to Leonardo Di Vinci's view of what the perfectly proportioned man is. Using statements that Leonardo made students will learn the ratios and how to calculate with them. The main task will be them working in pairs to see how they measure up to Leonardo's expectations (using the worksheet). A quick finish with an introduction to the golden ratio and a nice video that closes the lesson.
Divisibility
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Divisibility

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A fun lesson looking into how to tell whether large numbers are divisible by 2, 3, 4... all the way to 12. Students find them fascinating. Use the worksheet as the main task.
The Ultimate Magic Square
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The Ultimate Magic Square

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A fun starter that looks at a particular magic square that has over 25 ways of making the magic number. Animated PowerPoint allows students to try and find some of the unique ways of getting the magic number.