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I taught in a range of schools for many years before moving into FE, where I found creative and imaginative approaches just as rewarding with adults. Most of my resources are concerned with giving control to the learner, through a range of methods. Some are great for just giving them experience of examination questions, and the chance to discuss these with other learners. I now concentrate on spreading the range of creations from UK KS1 to KS4, and across the Common Standards.

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I taught in a range of schools for many years before moving into FE, where I found creative and imaginative approaches just as rewarding with adults. Most of my resources are concerned with giving control to the learner, through a range of methods. Some are great for just giving them experience of examination questions, and the chance to discuss these with other learners. I now concentrate on spreading the range of creations from UK KS1 to KS4, and across the Common Standards.
Probability at KS3, or Foundation GCSE.  Lots of resources, lots of activities.
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Probability at KS3, or Foundation GCSE. Lots of resources, lots of activities.

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A set of great stuff for theoretical and practical lessons on probability. Lots of questions, a PowerPoint introduction that can be fitted in at any time, a quiz that could end one lesson or start another, and events for printing on cards and sorting into order of likelihood. Plus a set of questions from across the years in KS2 for recap and revision. Enough for a couple of lessons, and lots of photographs that will give you and the learners ideas for creating your own questions. All images (c)2015 Colin Billett
Maths KS3 & KS4 Algebra Expanding & factorising simple brackets through area of rectangles. Lots!
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Maths KS3 & KS4 Algebra Expanding & factorising simple brackets through area of rectangles. Lots!

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Simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions to maintain equivalence by: • multiplying a single term over a bracket • taking out common factors Card matching activity with rectangles in algebraic form, answers with and without brackets. PowerPoint presentation with solutions for class checking. Worksheet of twelve questions each of expanding and factorising using same method, with boxes. Second PowerPoint for starter or checking learning. Three more short worksheets of mixed questions. Plus ‘objectives’ slide. All you need for this straightforward topic, and lots of opportunity for discussion.
Ratio and proportion
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Ratio and proportion

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An illustrated introduction to ratio and proportion from the objectives of GCSE. Includes a few typical GCSE questions, but suitable for all levels.
Diversity
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Diversity

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A few slides to generate thought and discussion on the issues of inclusion and exclusion, and how we embrace diversity.
Using Formulae
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Using Formulae

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A work sheet that utilises a range of formulae from simple shapes to more complex speed/distance/acceleration etc to introduce the concept formulas, the power of generalisation, and being able to intuitively rearrange them. Lots of questions with answers.
Maths Ratio using tables - an innovative approach for KS3 or KS4 GCSE
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Maths Ratio using tables - an innovative approach for KS3 or KS4 GCSE

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Ratio can be difficult for the learners, and especially so since it has become a more significant element of GCSE. Using tables to help structure the questions is a new and extremely useful approach, one that many learners have found beneficial. The questions are all adapted and reconfigured from past papers, and although originally set at GCSE they are equally useful for KS3. The files consist of a presentation to demonstrate the method, plus worksheets at both Foundation and Higher Tier. All files are also included as PDFs so will appear the same on any operating system. If some of the questions look relatively easy, there can be a huge difference between papers - those aimed at the top grades and those questions aimed at the middle.
Maths GCSE foundation and higher; working with surds, including simplifying and all four rules.
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Maths GCSE foundation and higher; working with surds, including simplifying and all four rules.

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Surds are new to the Foundation part of GCSE maths, so I've made a very clear step-by-step PowerPoint that introduces surds, explains irrational numbers, demonstrates how to simplify surds, and gives examples and practice in applying all four rules of arithmetic using surds. Plus rationalising the denominator and more. Throughout the presentation there are groups of questions on each aspect to apply the skills, all with answers. Learners are now expected to appreciate that a surd gives an exact answer rather than a decimal approximation, and an understanding is essential for the new topics in algebra and trigonometry that are now on Foundation. Plus, it could be a very solid introduction to Higher tier surds.
Key Stage 2 Fractions - huge bundle of stuff.
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Key Stage 2 Fractions - huge bundle of stuff.

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Lots of resources covering fractions in KS2, so great for revision in KS3 and Foundation GCSE. Equivalent fractions, ordering fractions, and four rules of fractions. Addition and subtraction moves from same denominator, through one denominator a multiple of the other, to different denominators. Multiplication and division develops in the same way - simple stages. I've lots of stuff free on fractions, so check the free stuff first if you like. Save 77%!
Maths KS2 and above.  Solving picture puzzles with numbers.
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Maths KS2 and above. Solving picture puzzles with numbers.

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Algebra on KS2 states: find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables. So I've created a presentation using graphical images for learners to exercise mathematical reasoning to solve missing number problems using all four rules. An accompanying worksheet/activity gives learners practice in the skills. Plus a second activity that has no words, just images, which makes it great for learners to talk to each other, and a PowerPoint presentation of the same problems allows the learners to share their thinking with the whole class. Hence can be used at any age above Year 5.
Transformations - KS2 Revision, KS3 Presentation and KS3 Worksheet and Quiz.  Great practical fun.
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Transformations - KS2 Revision, KS3 Presentation and KS3 Worksheet and Quiz. Great practical fun.

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A full set of resources for developing transformations at KS3 or revision at KS4. The introduction consists of a revision of the two transformations of KS2, which can be done by children on an interactive board. Then a full presentation of the four at KS3 with rotations, reflections, translations and enlargements, with lots for the learners to try. Plus a worksheet with eight questions to complete. These can be followed by a review of learning worksheet or a quiz to do for assessment of learning - great fun too. A full lesson plan is included. An exciting lesson that reviews and builds upon existing knowledge. All images copyright Colin Billett
Maths KS3 KS4 Standard Form.  Lots of questions based on the capitals of Europe - real data!
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Maths KS3 KS4 Standard Form. Lots of questions based on the capitals of Europe - real data!

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Real life data to give the learners lots of practice using standard form. Easy conversion exercises leading to questions requiring calculation. All suitable for the current KS3 specs as well as solid revision and practice for GCSE. Standard Form KS3 • interpret and compare numbers in standard form A×10n, 1≤A GCSE calculate with and interpret standard form A × 10n, where 1 ≤ A < 10 and n is an integer
Maths GCSE 9-1 Counting Problems Foundation and Higher Tiers
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Maths GCSE 9-1 Counting Problems Foundation and Higher Tiers

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Two sets of questions, differentiated by paper, for learners to complete. Plus answers. Counting has always been on Foundation, so quite easy for learners. Sophisticated counting strategies are new to the GCSE higher tier. The specs say: apply systematic listing strategies, including use of the product rule for counting (i.e. if there are m ways of doing one task and for each of these, there are n ways of doing another task, then the total number of ways the two tasks can be done is m × n ways) Hence also suitable for revision at A Level Statistics. All questions follow the format of 2017 exams across the boards, and the SAMs and Mocks available.
GCSE Maths 'Using the Product Rule for Counting' Differentiated Presentation
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GCSE Maths 'Using the Product Rule for Counting' Differentiated Presentation

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GCSE Higher Tier says ‘apply systematic listing strategies, including use of the product rule for counting (i.e. if there are m ways of doing one task and for each of these, there are n ways of doing another task, then the total number of ways the two tasks can be done is m × n ways)’. A clear, colourful and carefully explained PowerPoint presentation building up the skills from simple matching problems to calculating combinations and permutations in a variety of realistic and original settings, with lots of opportunity for the learner to reflect, apply, and evaluate the problems. Also available in my shop are two differentiated worksheets of adapted exam questions from sample and real GCSE assessments. Plus a PDF version that will work on all operating systems.
KS3 KS4 Maths Reading and interpreting cumulative frequency graphs.
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KS3 KS4 Maths Reading and interpreting cumulative frequency graphs.

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Everything you need for a lesson (or two) on reading and interpreting a cumulative frequency graph. Starter activity on PowerPoint to review average and range, with common mistakes and a more challenging question; a presentation in PowerPoint on reading and interpreting a cumulative frequency graph with two examples; learner activities, four questions in Word or PDF; a plenary presentation in PowerPoint to check learning; and a lesson plan to make the whole thing complete. Suitable for high achievers at KS3, or Higher Tier on GCSE now and for the 2015 specs. Can be uploaded to a VLE for the learners to follow themselves.
Maths KS1 Year 2 Time.  Bundle of worksheets for telling the time and drawing hands on a clock face.
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Maths KS1 Year 2 Time. Bundle of worksheets for telling the time and drawing hands on a clock face.

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Big bundle of 10+ worksheets for telling the time and drawing hands on a clock face, meeting the curriculum for Year 2. Standards: ‘Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.’ Precision drawn clock faces in Word and PDF for the learners to read the times, and draw missing hands on the clock faces – minutes, hours, and both minutes and hours. Plus a few KS2 style simple clock questions.
Maths KS2 multiply fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.  Presentation, worksheet, answers!
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Maths KS2 multiply fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers. Presentation, worksheet, answers!

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Maths National Curriculum Multiplying fractions Year 5 ’multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams’ Clear, concise and colourful presentation giving a variety of real scenarios with appropriate images and photographs to give the learners opportunities the ability to see this topic from a variety of positions. And hopefully the learners will develop alternative ways to find solutions. A PDF version is included to ensure it looks good on any screen with any computer system. Plus a worksheet of questions, and another file with the answers. Meets the criteria for Year 5, but invaluable for revision in year 6 and in Key Stages 3 and 4.
Maths multiple-choice quizzes/worksheets FS L2 or KS3/KS4/16+; all aspects. Plus tracking docs.
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Maths multiple-choice quizzes/worksheets FS L2 or KS3/KS4/16+; all aspects. Plus tracking docs.

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Ten multiple choice quizzes in MS Word covering functional mathematics – algebra and formulas, fractions, decimals, percentages, charts, graphs and tables, area and volume, measure, data handling, ratio, proportion, scale, probability, average and range. Designed for use with Level 2 16+ learners but suitable for lower levels at any age, or bright youngsters! All in Word for self-editing. Plus amplification and tracking sheets. These have been very popular for a long time. All images ©2015 Colin Billett
Maths Geometry Key Stage 2 Properties of Shapes Triangles and Quadrilaterals - bundle of activities.
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Maths Geometry Key Stage 2 Properties of Shapes Triangles and Quadrilaterals - bundle of activities.

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Year 4 - Geometry – properties of shapes Two separate bundles of activities covering (a) triangles and (b) quadrilaterals, all for the new KS2 specifications. Specifically written for Year 4, they can easily be used at any level. In Word for editing or PDF for clear copies. Activities, worksheets and assessments, plus a short presentations on triangles and quadrilaterals. The presentations are included as PowerPoints and PDFs, to ensure at least one will open on any computer. Statutory requirements Pupils should be taught to: • compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes Notes and guidance (non-statutory) Pupils continue to classify shapes using geometrical properties, extending to classifying different triangles (for example, isosceles, equilateral, scalene) and quadrilaterals (for example, parallelogram, rhombus, trapezium). Pupils compare and order angles in preparation for using a protractor and compare lengths and angles to decide if a polygon is regular or irregular.
Maths Probability in KS3 and KS4 - everything up to GCSE Higher.
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Maths Probability in KS3 and KS4 - everything up to GCSE Higher.

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Four great bundles of stuff for developing skills and understanding in the area of probability. Great for introducing topics in Years 7, 8 and 9, and for revising skills later on. All you need up to and including GCSE Foundation and Higher. Plus two-way tables, which are a great way of giving opportunities for practising probability knowledge and skills.