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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!).

Mechanics: Lift Problems and Pulley Problems (MWB activity)

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.

Volume of Revolution

6th form lesson involving Playdoh(!) to visualise volumes of revolution.

Order of Operations (BIDMAS) and the equals sign

This worksheet is my attempt to force students to use the equals sign correctly. Students use BIDMAS on the calculations on both sides of an equals sign to prove that they are equivalent. Differentiated in to three levels. Because of the matching element, this exercise is ideal for self-checking. Answers provided

Complete Unit: Probability

Includes: Introduction to probability and the probability scale Calculating simple probabilities Experimental probability (relative frequency) Expected Frequency Mutually Exclusive events and complementary probabilities Probabilities from two-way tables Tree diagrams Venn diagrams Conditional Probability Sample Spaces (possibility spaces) Includes plenty of differentiation, a variety of interesting (and fun) activities and thought provoking questions

Problem Solving Lesson - Who Wrote This?

This lesson encourages students to use Maths that they know to try to solve a real world problem: Who wrote an anonymous document. The lesson is set up as an intriguing mystery and is solved in small groups, your students should be hooked from the start. There are many mathematical skills which students can employ to solve the mystery, and as students have the choice, there is natural differentiation baked in to this rich task. The powerpoint does suggest two possible avenues for students who struggle to come up with an idea. These use: averages relative frequency One extra note - this lesson is best used with larger classes, as no single technique is particularly accurate in isolation. The magic happens when each group compares their results and their combined solution becomes a lot more convincing.

Time-Series Graphs (Testing your perception against Reality)

Graphs are an ideal place to look for cross-curricular links and in this resource I've tried to emphasize the importance of statistics and statistical awareness for everyone. This is achieved by looking at the 2016 US election and Brexit. In this lesson, students write down guesses for important guesses about the world, they then check their guesses by interpreting real world guesses. Comes as a complete lesson with worksheet

Representing Direct Proportions

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.

Integration Lesson

Introduces integration as the reverse of differentiation. Includes: - Examples and exercises involving basic integration of polynomials - Examples and exercises invcolving calculating the constant of integration - Answers to each exercise - Extra puzzles

(2017 A-level) Whole Unit: Exponential and Logarithms

Activities matched to the Pearson Edexcel book. All the resources that are referenced but not attached can be found here: http://www.resourceaholic.com/p/resource-libraries.html#Logs

Transformations Matching Card Sort

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'.

PRET Homework - Mutually Exclusive Probabilities

A differentiated worksheet inspired by the PRET homework website and Miss Bs Recources. Contains: - mutually exclusive probabilities that add up to 1 - using algebra to find probabilities - expected frequency

Project: Geometric City

Multi-Lesson project where students create nets of different 3d shapes and work together. Each group makes a city block complete with different decorated buildings. Highly differentiated by outcome.

Cross-Curricular Election Maths: Voting Systems

Ideal for use in election years, particularly when things happen like Trump becoming president, despite not winning the popular vote. This is a differentiated lesson looking at the use of different voting systems, their advantages and disadvantages. In this lesson, students will: - Look at the mechanics of different voting systems including: First past the post, alternative voting, BORDA count, weighted BORDA count and a two-round system. - Try out the voting systems to see who would win in a hypothetical situation - Think about how they would vote tactically in each voting system to block someone from getting in - Consider the advantages/disadvantages of each. - Reflect on their learning To really 'show' that there is no perfect system, the votes have been designed so that using each voting system produces a different winner!

Probability - Expectation and Murder

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.

Plotting Lines from Co-ordinate Rules written in words

I wanted an activity where students started plotting straight lines before introducing formal algebraic notation. I couldn't find it so I created this lesson.

Representing Expressions

An activity that aims to help students understand different representations of equivalent expressions, including: - Algebraic notation (with simplified terms) - Unsimplified equivalent expressions (involving Collecting Like Terms and Expanding Brackets) - Algebra Tiles - Substituting values in to expressions - Written word problems

Christmas Maths - Predicting Snowflakes

Students practice their spatial awareness by visualising, predicting and checking reflections. This is all achieved with the fun Christmassy theme of making paper snowflakes. Ideal for an end-of-term activity. Differentiated for different levels of ability.

Compound Units - Speed - Animal Race Puzzle

Simple puzzle about converting speeds written in different units in to a comparable unit.

Algebraic Manipulation Jeopardy

Game of Jeopardy including differentiated difficulty questions on the topics of: - Collecting Like Terms - Multiplying Expressions - Expanding Brackets - Factorising Expressions

Exploring the difference between averages

Two tasks designed to get pupils thinking about the different averages and how they are affected by new numbers added to a set. It preempts my lesson on which average you should use and why (How to use an average - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/how-to-use-an-average-11616492). Its also quite a nice bit of cross-curricular thinking.