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Graham Colman has been a UK high school and sixth form maths teacher since September 2001. Here you'll find a wealth of great maths and space science resources which have been used, tried and tested and actually work in the classroom. Graham runs his own popular maths website at www.colmanweb.co.uk where you'll find many more resources like these. You can email Graham at grahamcolman@colmanweb.co.uk

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Graham Colman has been a UK high school and sixth form maths teacher since September 2001. Here you'll find a wealth of great maths and space science resources which have been used, tried and tested and actually work in the classroom. Graham runs his own popular maths website at www.colmanweb.co.uk where you'll find many more resources like these. You can email Graham at grahamcolman@colmanweb.co.uk
Report Writer Premium

Report Writer Premium

Video guide to this resource at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ7yDRU1vxg. Write reports easily with this template/writing frame. It will save you hours - aim to create a set of good reports in 20mins per class. With this full version of this resource you can write reports on up to 35 students at a time and this version includes more ready made comments. An important note… This file uses macros to do all the fancy stuff, but macros do work on Macs so you’ll need to run this file on a windows computer. It’s an Apple thing and is the same with all macro-based files. Use the existing maths comments or add your own, following the instructions and formats given. When report day comes around just choose the relevant comments by typing a number and hitting ‘create&save’ and your reports are written. Simply copy and paste into eportal/sims etc. This download includes a BONUS RESOURCE – Easy UCAS Report Writer ‘Lite’ Excel file. This file is based on the same style as the original report writer but is adapted for writing UCAS reports with sections for comments including Work Ethic, Teamwork, Written, Verbal, Degree and Tail. With this file you can write up to 5 UCAS subject reports at a time. There is a premium version of this file available too which has more comments and enables you to write up to 35 reports at a time. Upgrade to the full version of this resource at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/easy-ucas-report-writer-premium-11845636. If you find this useful please leave a positive comment. Any issues at all, please contact me at .
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KS3 / GCSE Times Tables & Mental Maths - Premium, Upgraded Version

KS3 / GCSE Times Tables & Mental Maths - Premium, Upgraded Version

This resource includes… 1. The Maths Mental Tests Excel file with 25 arithmetic practice questions. This file generates endless sets of key mathematical numeracy questions for regular practice to develop student’s fluency in maths. One sheet to use for printing worksheets, another sheet of the same questions for projecting / displaying on screen. Press F9 for a new set of questions. 2. BONUS RESOURCE – A link to a fully interactive and mobile-friendly website of all of the Key Stage 3 Mental Maths audio questions. See notes in pdf file for this link. 3. BONUS RESOURCE – 40 Arithmetic Operations This is another file for generating quick sets of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division or mixed questions for pupils to practice quick arithmetic skills. This is designed to print worksheets of 40 questions for students to complete, perhaps against the clock.
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Report Writer Premium

Report Writer Premium

Video guide to this resource at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ7yDRU1vxg. Write reports easily with this template/writing frame. It will save you hours - aim to create a set of good reports in 20mins per class. With this full version of this resource you can write reports on up to 35 students at a time and this version includes more ready made comments. An important note… This file uses macros to do all the fancy stuff, but macros do work on Macs so you’ll need to run this file on a windows computer. It’s an Apple thing and is the same with all macro-based files. Use the existing maths comments or add your own, following the instructions and formats given. When report day comes around just choose the relevant comments by typing a number and hitting ‘create&save’ and your reports are written. Simply copy and paste into eportal/sims etc. This download includes a BONUS RESOURCE – Easy UCAS Report Writer ‘Lite’ Excel file. This file is based on the same style as the original report writer but is adapted for writing UCAS reports with sections for comments including Work Ethic, Teamwork, Written, Verbal, Degree and Tail. With this file you can write up to 5 UCAS subject reports at a time. There is a premium version of this file available too which has more comments and enables you to write up to 35 reports at a time. Upgrade to the full version of this resource at https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/easy-ucas-report-writer-premium-11845636. If you find this useful please leave a positive comment. Any issues at all, please contact me at .
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Treasure Hunts Maths Activity

Treasure Hunts Maths Activity

A number / algebra activity based on a treasure hunt. An old favourite. Ideal for KS3 / GCSE. Pupils work out the calculations then colour in the corresponding square on the treasure map, the single remaining square is where the treaure is buried. A great way to make pupils do 50 sums! To follow up, ask pupils to create thier own treasure hunts for you to copy and friends to complete.
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KS3 / KS4 Maths Plans and Elevations

KS3 / KS4 Maths Plans and Elevations

Real life plans and elevations - match the house plans to the images. Not as easy as it looks! There are two sets included here, one easier and one harder. When was the last time you actually used a plan or elevation to teach this topic? This is a real life task based on real life house plans, great for getting students to discuss their geometrical reasoning and measurements.
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Finance Terms

Finance Terms

This task was created at the request of my Yr13 sixthformers, “we don’t know any of this stuff, we don’t know how to adult!” So, this activity consists of four pages with lots of finance words and terms together with information and definitions of what these are. The task is to match up the terms with their definitions. Words are grouped into four pages by: The Basics Using Money Saving Money Borrowing Money We have deliberately included some simple and straightforward information as well as some of the more complicated technicalities. The task of matching up is designed to be fairly easy but the real goal here is to easily learn lots about these financial words, products, services etc. Answers are included, just scroll down (or turn the page) to find them. The matching patterns have been designed to be easy to check pupils work but it’ll probably be easier still to print these off beforehand so that you can refer to them if necessary during the lesson. As mentioned above, we’ve included simple information as well as more complicated but you’re not expected to know all of this yourself. You may even take something from this activity too! This download includes a pdf file as well as the original powerpoint file for easy editing.
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Triple Simultaneous Equations

Triple Simultaneous Equations

Here’s seven triple-simultaneous-equations plus one quadruple-simultaneous-equation. A great extension task for more able students (whilst others consolidate and ensure that they understand regular, two-simulataneous-equations). Whilst harder, these all have whole number solutions (bar the last triple question) so that students can focus on the maths and proceedures without getting bogged down in numberwork. Includes answers. Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original Word file for easy editing.
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Trigonometry, Pythagoras, Sine Rule, Cosine Rule

Trigonometry, Pythagoras, Sine Rule, Cosine Rule

Perfect for top-end GCSE or A level/GCSE consolidation. Here’s a well laid out task consisting of 20 questions, being 4 questions based on each of; Pythagoras Standard right-angled trig Sine rule Cosine rule Sine rule for area. As well as a couple of straightforward questions there’s also real clanger or two of a question in each section. This will keep students busy for a full lesson. Answers included. Tried and tested, and corrected(!), in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original powerpoint file for easy editing.
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Binomial Expansions General Formula

Binomial Expansions General Formula

Here’s a well thought out set of binomial expansion questions for Year 13 students (A level Year 2). Includes the general formula at top of page then eight questions for learning plus another eight for more practice plus an* application of* style question to finish. Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original word file for easy editing.
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Vectors Probing Questions

Vectors Probing Questions

This is an activity for Yr13 pupils to check and extend their understanding of vectors. This is a a set of questions to really check understanding of several vector concepts including magnitudes of vectors, vector equations of lines, scalar product and closest distance between a point and a line. Answers and workings included for our suggested vectors but you, the teacher, could choose to ask students for their own vector suggestions which would give completely different answers. Bonus Resource 1: Notes on Vectors. This is the set of ‘notes on a page’ that I give to my students doing this topic. Bonus Resource 2: Vector Triangles in 3D Space - A great problem-solving-style, simple question with many approaches and possible answers; Sort these triangles into scalene, isosceles and equilateral. Which are right angled too? The task involves using lots of those key vector techniques that students need to be able to perform. Sorry, no answers here this time though. Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes all files as pdfs as well as the original word files for easy editing.
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Easy UCAS Report Writer Premium

Easy UCAS Report Writer Premium

Video guide to this resource at [](Video guide to this resource at ). This file has been adapted from the original Easy Report Writer to make writing UCAS reports quick and easy. There are sections for comments including Work Ethic, Teamwork, Written, Verbal, Degree and Tail. With this ‘Premium’ version of this file you can write up to 35 UCAS subject reports at a time. This file will save you hours but we do recommend reading your subject reports through to check that they flow well and that use of name vs he/she reads well. Please aim to create your own UCAS comments rather than using the example ones here. If you find this useful please leave a positive comment. An important note… This file uses macros to do all the fancy stuff, but macros do work on Macs so you’ll need to run this file on a windows computer. It’s an Apple thing and is the same with all macro-based files. Any issues at all, please contact me at .
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Outstanding Checklist

Outstanding Checklist

Whilst there is, of course, no recipe for doing an 'Outstanding&' lesson, here&';s a quick checklist of items that if not done would certainly hinder your chances of being outstanding.
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Differentiation Puzzle

Differentiation Puzzle

** Error now corrected. Matchup the: Equation, Differential equation, Specific coordinate, Gradient at specific point, Stationary points and Tangent. Includes two versions; one Core 1, one Core 2 9use this to extend). Includes Geogebra file used (edit the equation to fit) and images of the graphs used (use this to support). Probably better printed on A3 if possible.
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Solving Equations Game

Solving Equations Game

Pupils earn points by solving the equations. Easier questions earn less points so pupils self-differentiate and decide their own level of difficulty for themselves (although the teacher should check that they do this sensibly of course!). Pupils with most points after a given time period win a prize. The competitive nature of this activity encourages pupils to push themselves more than they would usually and I’m always pleasantly surprised at what equations they can do here. Answers to the equations are included. as well as an easier version (v3) with no negative answers. Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes a files as well as the original word files for easy editing.
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Relationships (between equations, graphs, sequences etc.)

Relationships (between equations, graphs, sequences etc.)

This is a great, open ended, rich maths task which encourages students to understand connections - relationships - between many areas of maths. Here is… a number machine, algebra, graph, sentence, sequence and input/output table for students to investigate… and hopefully come to the conclusion that all represent the same relationship in different ways. I’ve tried this a few times with Yr7, 8, 9 students and, although they start off slow and I keep my own input to a minimum, they usually get there and appreciate it all the more after a while. If the class is really struggling then you could use the suggestions for ways to investigate which are on slide 4. To extend this rich, open task students could create their own set of cards. The file ‘Relationships’ is the main activity and the ‘LessonPlan’ goes with this. I suggest print out the main page for pairs of students as well as projecting from of class. A subsequent activity / lesson could be students to complete the number machine, table, sentence and graph from the algebra. The file ‘Relationships2’ are the resources that you’ll need for this with the file ‘LessonPlan2’ as the lesson plan. Tried and tested, and corrected(!), in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf files as well as the original powerpoint and word files for easy editing.
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Core 3 Revision Quiz

Core 3 Revision Quiz

A lovely quiz to check pupils understanding of some key concepts from the AQA Core 3 module. Here are 12 rich-maths questions covering the typical major misconceptions. Includes answers. Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original word file for easy editing.
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Chain, Product, Quotient Rule Matchup

Chain, Product, Quotient Rule Matchup

This bundle includes the Chain, Product and Quotient rule match-up activities. All with answers. All as pdfs file as well as the original powerpoint files for easy editing. Bonus resource = Chain Rule Practice activity. A well thought out series of questions based on variation theory for students to progress through learning how to use the chain rule.
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Percentage Checkup

Percentage Checkup

A well structured set of questions to check students understanding and abilities in… Percentage of, Percentage increase & decrease, Reverse percentage, Compound interest Includes answers. Ideal for Yr7-9 students. Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original word file for easy editing.
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Percentage Extension Questions

Percentage Extension Questions

Here’s a set of really quite challenging percentage questions to really test students understanding of percentages as well as their mathematical reasoning skills. Tried and tested in the classroom many times but I’ve left the answers to you, the teacher, this time around. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original word file for easy editing.
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KS3 / GCSE Times Tables & Mental Maths - Premium, Upgraded Version

KS3 / GCSE Times Tables & Mental Maths - Premium, Upgraded Version

This resource includes… 1. The Maths Mental Tests Excel file with 25 arithmetic practice questions. This file generates endless sets of key mathematical numeracy questions for regular practice to develop student’s fluency in maths. One sheet to use for printing worksheets, another sheet of the same questions for projecting / displaying on screen. Press F9 for a new set of questions. 2. BONUS RESOURCE – A link to a fully interactive and mobile-friendly website of all of the Key Stage 3 Mental Maths audio questions. See notes in pdf file for this link. 3. BONUS RESOURCE – 40 Arithmetic Operations This is another file for generating quick sets of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division or mixed questions for pupils to practice quick arithmetic skills. This is designed to print worksheets of 40 questions for students to complete, perhaps against the clock.
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Top Mathematicians (History of Maths)

Top Mathematicians (History of Maths)

A match-up activity for students to learn about the history of maths. Students match up famous mathematicians names, pictures, dates, 'most famous for', 'something else' and 'about the person' cards. I suggest allow students to use laptops etc to support. Designed to instigate knowledge and awareness of some of the most famous mathematicians as well as learning methods for finding info online. My Year 12 groups really enjoyed it! Tried and tested in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original powerpoint file for easy editing.
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Get exam marks in... Integration by Parts

Get exam marks in... Integration by Parts

Notes on how exam marks are typically awarded for integration by parts questions. Includes a writing frame, practice of several questions and answers. Questions taken from the AQA syllabus as shown on document. Tried and tested successfully in the classroom many times. This download includes a pdf file as well as the original word file for easy editing. Quick link to AQA pastpapers here: http://www.colmanweb.co.uk/pastpapers/Pages/aqaalevel.html. This is one of a series of three 'How to get exam marks in integration by substitution / differential equations / integration by parts' resources. Also available as a bundle, search for 'Get exam marks in...'
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