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Edward is a Maths teacher at Westminster Under School, one of the leading schools in London. He loves numbers, whether in the classroom or the bingo hall. Like many of his students, he is passionate about music and football – he is in a band and follows Manchester United across Europe – and relishes finding ways to incorporate these passions into his lessons!

Edward is a Maths teacher at Westminster Under School, one of the leading schools in London. He loves numbers, whether in the classroom or the bingo hall. Like many of his students, he is passionate about music and football – he is in a band and follows Manchester United across Europe – and relishes finding ways to incorporate these passions into his lessons!
The X Factor Number Function Machine: KS3
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The X Factor Number Function Machine: KS3

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A great activity for using the different number functions. This seems to work well at showing the students how to move backwards through function machines... just start with 1 at the end (as only one act wins the show).
The sequence created from the Towers of Hanoi
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The sequence created from the Towers of Hanoi

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The minimum number of moves in this puzzle creates an intriguing sequence. It is a fantastic lesson for an array of reasons: it is kinaesthetic it involves pattern recognition it involves discovery learning with a satisfying penny-drop moment it allows for differentiation (low threshold, high ceiling): * All of the students will be able to work out the term-to-term rule * Some of the students will be able to work out the nth term rule * A few of the students will be able to apply the nth term rule to 64 discs The difficulty will be getting your hands on enough Towers of Hanoi so that it is 1 between 2. I got the students to make their own in a DT lesson but this obviously requires a serious amount of planning. Good luck!
Detention letter
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Detention letter

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An alternative to lines… it has the added bonus of teaching the student how to lay out a letter. If done neatly, it takes them roughly 12mins.
Revision and exam advice
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Revision and exam advice

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Advice on information retention, active learning, goal setting, the power of the subconscious, perseverance, planning, workings, equipment and keeping things in perspective.