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Creating Maths resources that are hyper-engaging, relevant, accessible and thought-provoking (at least that is always my aim!).

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Creating Maths resources that are hyper-engaging, relevant, accessible and thought-provoking (at least that is always my aim!).
Transformations Matching Card Sort
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Transformations Matching Card Sort

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Students first group the cards in to the four types of transformations. This will promote discussion of how to spot each type. Then students match each card to a description. Many of the descriptions are similar, promoting discussion of common misconceptions. There is also one extra description of each type of transformation. This is to stop students from not checking the last of each transformation, but also allows students to draw each type of transformation. This activity would be an ideal way to lead in to 'Describing Transformations' after covering 'Drawing Transformations'.
Factorizing Quadratics Puzzle
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Factorizing Quadratics Puzzle

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Students factorise and expand quadratics to fill in the blanks on the table, including some non-monic quadratic expressions and the difference between two squares. This makes an engaging and challenging task, as it includes: - Finding common factors in different quadratics - Self-checking as the answers are given and students only need to find which position they go in. - All the different types of quadratics students could be asked to factorise/expand at GCSE.
Circle Theorem Puzzle
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Circle Theorem Puzzle

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Use circle theorems and other angle rules to find all the missing angles in this single page puzzle. Ideal as a consolidation or group task on circle theorems.
Mini-Murder Mystery - Non-Linear Graphs
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Mini-Murder Mystery - Non-Linear Graphs

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Students are asked to plot quadratic, cubic and reciprocal graphs. Students are asked to find the turning points of graphs and describe other features. All this work is wrapped in an engaging murder mystery. Contains answers
Representing Direct Proportions
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Representing Direct Proportions

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A task designed to help students see the connections between different parts of Maths. Pupils start with direct proportion questions that they have to answer. Students then add different representations of each question, including: - Formulae - Ratio - Table - Graph Finally, to make the connections more visual, students colour-code the poster where connections are found.
Mechanics: Lift Problems and Pulley Problems (MWB activity)
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Mechanics: Lift Problems and Pulley Problems (MWB activity)

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A mini-whiteboard activity where students are asked to draw several force diagrams for a single situation involving connected particles (in this case, a man in a lift). It is something my students have struggled with in the past, and I couldn’t find much else online, so I created this so that students can become more confident with this topic. Contains a similar MWB quiz for pulleys. Both resources worked really well as revision/consolidation tools.
Solving Equations involving Algebraic Fractions Puzzle (A/A*)
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Solving Equations involving Algebraic Fractions Puzzle (A/A*)

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Puzzles to improve procedural fluency when manipulating and solving equations involving algebraic fractions. Ideal resource to stretch and challenge higher ability students. Differentiated with three difficulty levels, each including an optional extra challenge. Answers provided.
Zombies STEM activity
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Zombies STEM activity

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Set of activities I made for our whole-school STEM day a couple of years ago. As such it is suitable for a wide range of abilities and learning styles. Skills practiced include: - Co-ordinates and map references - Map Scales - Spotting patterns and drawing conclusions - Sequences (including linear, quadratic and exponential sequences) - Calculating Speed/Distance/Time - Time Series Graphs - Functional skills problem solving The activities are set in Bristol but could be adjusted by replacing the map.
Awesome Vectors Race Game (including vector addition/subtraction)
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Awesome Vectors Race Game (including vector addition/subtraction)

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This is a very engaging and tactical game that can be played by 2-4 players. Students take it in turns to play a vector card to move their counter around the track. Once they get the hang of this they should start playing combinations of vectors to move around more quickly. Differentiated by outcome (students choose the difficulty of the combinations they play) and differentiated by task (make the game harder by only allowing 3 or more cards to be played at once. Students will get lots of practice adding and subtracting vectors, as well as multiplying them by scalar quantities.
Vectors Card Sort and Matching activities
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Vectors Card Sort and Matching activities

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These activities are designed to promote discussion and mathematical reasoning skills around vectors and vector addition/subtraction. The first activity asks students to work in pairs to match a resultant vector diagram to an expression like a + b. For extension, students show the vector addition visually and then write it formally for each card. The second activity asks students to sort cards that contain statements about combining vectors in to three columns (Always True, Always False, and Sometimes True) and justify their answers (again in pairs).
Algebraic Fractions Puzzle
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Algebraic Fractions Puzzle

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Puzzles for simplifying, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing algebraic fractions. Highly differentiated with single bracket factorization, double bracket factorization and questions with no factorization required. Ideal for consolidation of the topic or for extending higher ability students. Answers provided.
Solving Multi-Step Linear Equations
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Solving Multi-Step Linear Equations

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A collection of varied and differentiated resources on solving basic linear equations including equations with negative answers and brackets. They are aimed specifically at lower ability students, giving them more time to work on the topic and develop a deep understanding/mastery of the material. Includes: - structured/scaffolded worksheets for building confidence - a row game for paired work/peer assessment - a code breaker and connect 4 game for practicing the skills in an engaging way - 'skills network' for building connections with other topics - Correct the mistakes, problem solving questions and 'Always, Sometimes, Never' cards for developing a deeper understanding More similar resources on other topics coming soon!
Area and Perimeter of Circles
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Area and Perimeter of Circles

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A collection of varied and differentiated resources on finding the area and perimeter of circles and compound shapes involving circles. They are aimed specifically at lower ability students, giving them more time to work on the topic and develop a deep understanding/mastery of the material. Includes: - structured/scaffolded worksheets for building confidence - a row game for paired work/peer assessment - a rally coach for paired work/peer learning - a code breaker for practicing the skills in an engaging way - 'skills network' for building connections with other topics More similar resources on other topics coming soon!
Probability - Expectation and Murder
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Probability - Expectation and Murder

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Cross-curricular lesson looking at how probability can be used and misused in criminal court cases. The aim is to represent probability as something vital that needs to be understood by everyone (including juries) and something memorable. Looks at expected frequency, but could just as easily be adapted to cover conditional probability as well.
Rich task: Finding the mean from a grouped table discovery
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Rich task: Finding the mean from a grouped table discovery

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Students will discover for themselves how to find the mean from a grouped table. They will then get lots of practice with it whilst trying to find the patterns in each puzzle in the collection. They are very rich tasks, with a low entry point (students only need to know how to find the mean of a set of numbers) and an extremely high ceiling (involving sequences and series). Very easy to differentiate for different abilities (either skip pattern 10 or add the brainbox questions). The task ends with a paired activity where students create their own patterns.
Code Breaker Puzzle Creator
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Code Breaker Puzzle Creator

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I love code-breakers. They are a great way for students to check their own answers without them being able see all the answers right from the start. It also makes marking easy because for a whole lesson's worth of work you only check four or five words. This resource automatically creates a code breaker for any set of questions! Its really good for quickly making exercise book or worksheet questions instantly more exciting/engaging. Simply type in the answers for each section (Questions 1a-g for example) in the orange rows of the 'Setup' worksheet and click 'calculate now'. The answers in each section will be assigned a random word. Show students the 'Code Letters' worksheet (either on the board or printout) and they get a letter for each answer. You can check these against the words in the 'Answers' worksheet