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Mr Collins' Maths Resources

Teacher of Mathematics at a Secondary School in Surrey. Member of the TES Mathematics Panel. The resources I have created have all been used personally in my lessons and amended according to their success in my lessons. I hope others find them useful.

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Teacher of Mathematics at a Secondary School in Surrey. Member of the TES Mathematics Panel. The resources I have created have all been used personally in my lessons and amended according to their success in my lessons. I hope others find them useful.
Identifying Expressions, Equations, Identities and Formulae
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Identifying Expressions, Equations, Identities and Formulae

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A lesson (ppt) to go through the differences between expressions, equations, identities and formulae. Starter involves getting students to write their own definitions of an expression before discussing as a class which is the best definition. Main tasks include being given definitions for the equations, identities, and formulae. Simple equations to solve, '2 facts 1 lie' type activity for identifying identities, formulae to substitute into and work out the value of a variable. After these an activity that involves students stating whether something is an expression, equation, identity or formula, answers included. Then, a '2 facts 1 lie' and review of learning plenary at the end of the lesson.
Highest Common Factor - scaffolded worksheet
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Highest Common Factor - scaffolded worksheet

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A worksheet (pdf) and editable ppt file on finding the Highest Common Factor (HCF) of 2 numbers. There are 7 questions in total across 3 pages. There are boxes for students to write in the factors of each number before selecting the highest common factor. Some factors are pre-populated for students to guide them along the way. Fewer factors are given as the questions progress. Best printed as a booklet so students can fold and stick in their exercise books. Aimed at lower-ability sets. Could be used as a homework/cover worksheet too.
KS3 Data Handling Project
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KS3 Data Handling Project

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This is a 6 week 'homework&' project I have created for my set 1 Y9 class. I have saved the ppt as a pdf to give to each of them as a guide to their h/w over the 6 week period. The idea is that this guidance allows them to create their own data handling project including as many aspects of the topics we have covered in class as possible. For more information on how I intend to use this and the feedback once I have had all projects submitted check out my blog: http://mrcollinsmaths.blogspot.co.uk
GCSE Mathematics Data Handling Revision/Key Points
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GCSE Mathematics Data Handling Revision/Key Points

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I have recently created this presentation to run through with my Y11s in preparation for their GCSE Mathematics exams. The topics covered are: Stem & Leaf Diagrams, Scatter Graphs, Frequency Polygons, Questionnaires, Estimate of the mean from a grouped frequency table, Cumulative Frequency Curves, Box Plots, Stratified Random Sampling, Probability Tree Diagrams, Histograms and Two Way Tables. I've highlighted key points for each topic that students need to remember. A3 sheets with questions now uploaded for students to use as you go through presentation!
GCSE Foundation maths: Mixed Questions
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GCSE Foundation maths: Mixed Questions

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This is a PowerPoint I created based on the resource uploaded by Manoj Mistry, which can be found here http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/GCSE-Revision-of-basic-skills-powerpoint-6173598/, I have changed the layout of questions to break them up and have added GCSE grades to each question. My Year 11 class have responded well to these slides!
The Language of Mathematics GCSE exams
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The Language of Mathematics GCSE exams

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KS4 Vocabulary Here is a revision aid I put together for my Year 11 tutees last year. It was aimed at helping them understand the language of their Mathematics exam; what are they actually asking you to do?!
The Pirate Game (End of Term Activity)
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The Pirate Game (End of Term Activity)

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This, is the Pirate Game! It is amazing! I 'play&' this with my classes at the end of each term. Feel free to message me for further details of the game if needed. I have tried to provide as much info in the guide on how the game works. I have adapted this from the one my mentor on my GTP used.
Y11 Higher (C/B Grade) Homework Sheets
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Y11 Higher (C/B Grade) Homework Sheets

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Inspired by http://goo.gl/EUD8Mu I have created 20 Higher Tier h/w sheets for students aiming to get a C/B grade. The sheets alternate between non-calc and calc h/ws and will be used in Term 1 this year. I will then use some B/A grade h/w sheets (watch this space) in Term 2/3. These sheets are aimed at giving students revision of the topics needed to achieve C/B grades in their GCSEs.
Y11 Homework Sheets (B-A* Grade)
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Y11 Homework Sheets (B-A* Grade)

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These are the homework sheets I have been using with my top set Y11 class. They cover 10 different topics aimed at them achieving A/A*s in their GCSE examinations. Topics covered: Surds, Bounds, Algebraic Fractions, Probability, Recurring Decimals, Indices, Factorising, Sim Equations + more. For C-B grade h/w sheets see my other resource. http://mrcollinsmaths.blogspot.co.uk Now with answers included!
Solving Algebraic Fractions
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Solving Algebraic Fractions

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This is a ppt of lessons for solving algebraic fractions. Starter involves solving linear equations that involve fractions (and brackets), answers included. Solving algebraic fractions by 'cross-multiplying' examples are then given for you to go through with your students before they attempt some questions, all answers included. Another quick starter on adding/subtracting fractions. Then, examples to solve algebraic fractions that deduce a quadratic equation to be solved. Use of a common denominator and then recapping of the methods to solve quadratic equations is necessary and can come out in the teacher's examples included. Questions then given for students to attempt, all answers given. Finally, a 'Finish Him' style plenary task for students to attempt after the teacher has started it off for them. All slides have 'tabs' to refer back to LOs and key words throughout the lesson - can be copied and pasted to any slide/ppt.
Forming and Solving Linear Equations
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Forming and Solving Linear Equations

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This is a complete set of lessons on forming and solving linear equations. SMART notebook file for use with the IWB. Starter involves solving linear equations, with all answers included. Forming equations from 'wordy' type questions Forming equations from geometric scenarios - those that involve areas/perimeters of shapes Forming equations from geometric scenarios - those that involve angles within shapes, on straight lines, around a point, etc - a recap on basic angle rules is included too. Lots of examples to go through with your students as well as questions to pose to them. Includes 'Finish Him' type plenary questions and LOs.
GCSE Trigonometry Revision Sheet
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GCSE Trigonometry Revision Sheet

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I created this GCSE Trigonometry Revision sheet for my Y11 students. I printed the pdf document on A3 paper and got students to complete the questions on the sheet, adding in their own notes/mnemonics to help them remember when to use each rule/formula. The students really enjoyed doing this activity in class as part of their revision for their examinations and then took their A3 sheets home to use as part of their ongoing revision. Once the sheet was filled in, and checked/marked we used them to answer questions from text books/past exam papers. One of my students' completed sheets is attached too.
Solving Inequalities and Representing the Solutions on a Number Line
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Solving Inequalities and Representing the Solutions on a Number Line

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A whole lesson on SMART notebook to teach students how to solve inequalities and represent the solution on a number line. Number lines worksheet also included with 10 number lines to a page for students to work on. Notebook file includes: Starter - putting the correct inequality sign between 2 numbers and writing an inequality for a solution given on a number line (this is mainly to test their prior knowledge)! Solving linear equations task, complete with answers to review this skill and link in with solving the inequalities. Examples for you to go through with your students before giving them questions to attempt. Blank number lines to get students to come to the board to answer questions, before revealing the answers (included).
Valentine's Day Mathematics Activities
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Valentine's Day Mathematics Activities

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A PowerPoint packed full of Valentine’s Day themed activities. The first is to find your 'true love' by finding the number of vowels in a person’s name as a percentage of the number of letters in their name. The main involves listing outcomes of meal choices from a Valentine’s Day dinner menu. There is then a short task involving the love of the number 27 (or the numbers your students love). 2 investigative tasks are then posed based on the main task and finally there is another short task to find one’s ‘true love’! All the teacher notes are in the slides, examples are given and answers to the main task also included. Happy Valentine’s Day. Read more here...http://goo.gl/VAPnSS
Mega Substitution Grid
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Mega Substitution Grid

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This is an activity I use with my students after we have covered substitution into expressions. Students are given the MEGA substitution grid and a mini whiteboard/their exercise book and must substitute the values given in each column into the expressions in each row. The grid should be completely filled in. There are a few parts of the grid already filled in for the teacher to go through with the class - ensuring they are able to see how the values have been achieved. All answers included in the ppt. Grid displayed on the board throughout the activity so the teacher can refer to as students ask questions. The activity involves substituting integer values (positive, negative and zero) into simple expressions (including negatives), those with squared terms and brackets.
Properties of Quadrilaterals Plenary
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Properties of Quadrilaterals Plenary

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This is a plenary activity I do when teaching Properties of Quadrilaterals. I use my ABCD Fans (see my free resources) for this, but mini whiteboards would work just as well. 10 questions to test students knowledge on the properties of quadrilaterals.
Introducing and Interpreting Venn Diagrams
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Introducing and Interpreting Venn Diagrams

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A complete lesson PowerPoint to introduce Venn Diagrams and get students interpreting/using them to find probabilities. A worksheet is provided for students to work on. All examples are fully explained and animations on the ppt used effectively to do so. All answers included and all teacher notes are given in the ‘notes’ section of each slide. Also includes a 10 question plenary using my ABCD fans, but mini whiteboards could be used instead.
Calculator Skills Questions for GCSE Calculator Paper Revision
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Calculator Skills Questions for GCSE Calculator Paper Revision

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I have put together these sets of questions for students to practise their calculator skills ahead of the GCSE Calculator Paper. The questions involve students typing in a calculation into their calculators, writing down all the digits on their calculator display and then rounding their answers to a given number of either decimal places or significant figures. I aim to use these as a starter in each lesson/revision session leading up to the calculator paper. Answers included.
Constructions Comics
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Constructions Comics

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2 sets of engaging comics containing the constructions needed at KS3 and KS4. The first comic contains perpendicular line and angle constructions; the second contains the triangle constructions (SSS, SAS, ASA). Students follow the instructions on the comics to complete their constructions leaving you time to help those students that require a bit more support. There is a triangle constructions worksheet included, as well as an index in the teacher instructions to easily find the construction you are teaching. Read more and see examples here...http://goo.gl/vQKoQR
Takeaway Homework Menu - Mathematics
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Takeaway Homework Menu - Mathematics

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This is my 'takeaway homework' menu I give to my students. The pdf contains a ready to print version of the menu to give straight to students. The idea is that they choose any task to complete for their homework from the menu. I set these homeworks over a half term and students have to earn a set amount of 'chillies' in these weeks. On the ppt file I have an editable version of the menu for you to change my name etc to suit your students - this can then be printed as above. I also have many examples of work from my students to use for inspiration as to what can be created. There are also some display logos and ideas from my current display board in the word doc. See my blogs below for more details! http://goo.gl/hSj1ER http://goo.gl/s6YAln I love this approach to homework and so do my students.