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I am a deputy curriculum leader at a secondary school in Yorkshire. I have an honours degree in Mathematics with employment experience, completed my PGDE and a Masters degree in Education all from the University of Sheffield.

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I am a deputy curriculum leader at a secondary school in Yorkshire. I have an honours degree in Mathematics with employment experience, completed my PGDE and a Masters degree in Education all from the University of Sheffield.
Curriculum Planning and Data Tracking
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Curriculum Planning and Data Tracking

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Welcome to the my five-year curriculum plans for years 7 to 11 mathematics. I have written the overview and curriculum plans for years 7 - 11, however (as we are only rolling this out at my school to years 7 to 9 in the next academic year) diagnostics and assessments are currently available for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 only. If you have any suggestions for improvements or encounter any problems please do get in touch using my twitter handle @MissBanksMaths
Pick 'n' Mix papers - Foundation
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Pick 'n' Mix papers - Foundation

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Full preview available at https://www.missbanks.co.uk/pick-n-mix-papers These are short GCSE papers aimed at grades 1, 2 and 3. Each paper covers 6 out of 30 preselected grade 1, 2 and 3 skills at random. Across the 10 papers, each skill is tested twice. There is also the same distribution of Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability as there is in the GCSE foundation exams. These are ideal leading up to the exam period once students have learnt all the skills and need to recap alot of skills in a short period of time. The papers are designed to be short enough to be completed and marked by students within a lesson or as part of a weekly homework. The front cover also provides space to encourage students to reflect on what they need to revise and key things they need to remember before their exams. There are worked solutions to accompany every paper (with mark breakdown). There is also a sheet included of which skills appear on which papers.
R^Infinity - personalised mixed starters
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R^Infinity - personalised mixed starters

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An update on my previous regular recall template. This has hundreds of starter-appropriate questions and allows you to create a mixed starter that is personalised to your class. All answers are included too. There is a full explanation and how to use guide on my website: https://www.missbanks.co.uk/r-infinity It is by no means finished yet but I will keep uploading newer versions when I add to this so check back from time to time!
£10k a day or invest your penny?
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£10k a day or invest your penny?

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Students must investigate to answer the question - would you rather have £10,000 a day in for the next 31 days building up in your bank account or put 1p in the bank that turns into 2p the second day, then 4p, then 8p… etc for 31 days Great way to introduce the idea of exponential/geometric sequences and really gets students to appreciate exponentials.
Probability tree diagrams
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Probability tree diagrams

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3 lessons on probability tree diagrams. Firstly where the information is already filled in which is useful for foundation. Probability tree diagrams with replacement from crossover. And probability tree diagrams without replacement for higher.
Solving Quadratics
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Solving Quadratics

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Lessons on: Factorising quadratics Factorising to solve quadratics Factorising and solving quadrtaics with higher coefficients of x squared Using the quadratic formula Completing the square Deciding which method to use to solve a quadratic.
Transformations
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Transformations

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Here is my fantastic value bundle deal on transformations! Each resource is a complete lesson with presentation, starter activity, worksheets, extensions and plenaries.
Jumping frogs
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Jumping frogs

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The classic puzzle! Students record the number of moves it takes to swap over the red and yellow frogs. They also record the number of slides and the number of jumps and find the nth term for these! But this takes it a step further! What if the number of yellow and red frogs wasn’t the same? Highly recommend getting the students sat on chairs at the front of the class and trialing it as a class to start off.
Palindromic numbers
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Palindromic numbers

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Students investigate what palindromic words and numbers are. How many are there up to 500? What happens when we double a palindromic number? Does this always work? What about when I take a number, reverse the digits and add them together? Does this always work? What year was the last palindromic year? When is the next one? What date will next be a palindrome?
The fly vs the spider
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The fly vs the spider

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This lesson requires knowledge of 3D pythagoras. I did this with top set year 10 and nobody got the perfect answer! Although some got very close through trial and error. Students start by finding the distance between two flies in a box. They then have to find the shortest possible path a spider must travel to reach a fly!
Tiling investigation
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Tiling investigation

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Students investigate the number of each type of tile spacer they will need when tiling a floor. They start of looking at squares then move onto rectangles. They they “pattern sniff” or - if they are more competent with sequences - they can try and find the nth term for the number of each type needed for any size floor! Enjoy!
Pentominoes
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Pentominoes

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Great investigation lesson on producing pentominoes and then completing puzzles with these. I highly recommend you spend the time (and money) having sets of the pentominoes copied and laminated and cut out for the puzzles. Enjoy!
Paper folding to the moon
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Paper folding to the moon

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Investigation lesson where students have to find out how many times they would need to fold a piece of paper to get to the moon. Enjoy!
Write, Replicate, Review - REVISE
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Write, Replicate, Review - REVISE

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Simple but effective way to recap a lot of basic skills with your class before an assessment, PPE or exam. Write - you complete an example at the board. Talk through how to do it and students watch and WRITE down everything you do. Replicate - students are given a similar example to complete themselves. They must REPLICATE what they have just been shown. Review - You then REVIEW the question together. Either answer it at the board with them or project and talk through the answers to keep up the pace of the lesson. Revision - Students add to their REVISION list on the final page any topics they they feel they struggle with. I can cover around 12 key topics in a 60 minute lesson this way but beware - it only covers the basic skills and should be supplemented with lessons on problem solving, exam technique and exam style questions. I’ve split into the main topic headings so it is easier to find the questions you require. Yellow = Foundation only Green = Crossover topics Blue = Higher only There is a pdf version in case you don’t have smart and for ease of printing students booklets.
Silent debates (yes - in maths!)
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Silent debates (yes - in maths!)

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Simple but effective idea! Really gets students used to showing every step of working out clearly and gets them practicing problem solving / multi step problems in an engaging way (students really get into this!!!) Instructions: Look at the question you have been given - you have to answer it! Take it in turns to write one step of the working out before passing back to your partner The person who gets the final answer loses!!! If your partner makes a mistake, you can go back and correct it on your move! (or add further working out) Rules: No speaking! No unsimplifying (basically no cheating and going “back a step”)
Goal free problems - GCSE
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Goal free problems - GCSE

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Goal free problems are GCSE questions without the question! Just the information. This allows students to create and answer their own questions which is the highest ranking skill in Bloom’s taxonomy and means the task is instantly differentiated by students’ outcomes. Enjoy!
Erica's errors - GCSE
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Erica's errors - GCSE

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We are starting to see more and more questions at GCSE asking students to spot and correct the mistake made. Clumsy Clive and Erica’s errors problems by @andylutwyche for are a perfect way to tackle this and I have edited and collated them togther. “Erica has made some silly mistakes on her homework. Your students’ task is to find the errors, correct them and explain what Erica has done incorrectly. This should generate discussion in class.”