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Mr Collins' Maths Resources

Teacher of Mathematics at a Secondary School in Surrey. Member of the TES Mathematics Panel. Blogger - all things Mathematics and Education at http://mrcollinsmaths.blogspot.co.uk 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. Blogger - all things Mathematics and Education at http://mrcollinsmaths.blogspot.co.uk 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.
GCSE Trigonometry Revision Sheet

GCSE Trigonometry Revision Sheet

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.
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Mathematics Revision Cards/Activities Book

Mathematics Revision Cards/Activities Book

A 39 page resource of the revision cards/activities I have used with my classes when finishing topics or when revising for exams. Included in the resource are templates for you/your students to create your own revision cards. There are over 10 different revision cards to create/use. I have also provided examples/pictures of cards I have made, and some they have created too! All instructions to create each card are included in the resource. Read more and see examples here -> http://goo.gl/zjtTxU
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Constructions Comics

Constructions Comics

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
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Highest Common Factor - scaffolded worksheet

Highest Common Factor - scaffolded worksheet

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.
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Expanding Brackets and Simplifying Expressions

Expanding Brackets and Simplifying Expressions

A notebook (and converted PowerPoint) file on Expanding Brackets and Simplifying Expressions. This is a whole lesson's worth of content, possibly two lessons. Includes a starter to expand single brackets and collect together 'like terms' in simple expressions. Examples for you to go through with your class before giving students questions to attempt. There are then 4 different plenary activities to use with your class: a matching activity, a 'spot the mistake' activity, a 'noughts and crosses' activity and finally a 'Finish Him' question! I originally created this resource in SMART notebook but have converted it into a ppt for more to use/benefit from - I've added some animations to make it as usable.
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Y10 Consolidation Homeworks

Y10 Consolidation Homeworks

This is a set of 6 homework sheets I use with Higher Tier GCSE students in Year 10. Each sheet has 10 questions on, which stay the same throughout the sheets - the numbers/wording of the questions change slightly. Topics covered: Rounding to Significant Figures, Standard Form, Substituting into Linear Equations to find values to plot, Area and Circumference of Circles, HCF/LCM and Product of Prime Numbers, Estimation, Multiplying 2-digit numbers, Solving Linear Equations. All answers included on a separate sheet for easy marking! I upload the homework sheets to our school's VLE for students to attempt/download themselves each week. Easy to set, easy to collect in, easy to mark and give feedback in class.
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Mega Substitution Grid

Mega Substitution Grid

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.
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Constructions Comics

Constructions Comics

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
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Identifying Expressions, Equations, Identities and Formulae

Identifying Expressions, Equations, Identities and Formulae

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.
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Takeaway Homework Menu - Mathematics

Takeaway Homework Menu - Mathematics

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.
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Trigonometry (Sin, Cos & Tan)

Trigonometry (Sin, Cos & Tan)

A complete Unit of Work on Trigonometry (Sin, Cos and Tan). Covers finding missing lengths and angles of right-angled triangles. No Sine Rule or Cosine Rule included. Activities include: Measuring lengths of similar triangles to discuss/discover the ratios, identifying lengths of triangles (hypotenuse, opposite, adjacent), exact trigonometric identities (NEW to the 1-9 GCSE), rounding to 3 significant figures, choosing whether to use sin, cos or tan, choosing whether it's a trig question or Pythagoras and more. Lots of practice questions, all answers included and plenary type questions for each lesson/series of lessons. I have been using this with my Year 10 higher set 2 and has taken 6 lessons to complete - not rushing through it and taking the time to explain/cover misconceptions. Would be suitable for NEW 1-9 GCSE Foundation students too. See my blog post for more details.
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Y11 Higher (C/B Grade) Homework Sheets

Y11 Higher (C/B Grade) Homework Sheets

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.
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Plotting and Identifying Coordinates (Iron Man, Minion, Heart, Dragon & Bat Logo)

Plotting and Identifying Coordinates (Iron Man, Minion, Heart, Dragon & Bat Logo)

A set of 5 different pixelated images to create by joining coordinates. These resources are very popular on the TES and I decided to make my own for my students as I enjoy doing them just as much as they do. Included are: a heart, a ‘minion’ (from the ‘Despicable Me’ films), the ‘bat logo’, a Dragon (for St. George's Day) and ‘Iron Man’. All images include both a 1st quadrant only and all 4 quadrants set of coordinates so you can differentiate for your students’ abilities. All answers included
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Guess Which (Quadrilateral)

Guess Which (Quadrilateral)

An engaging game looking at the properties of quadrilaterals. The game is based on the popular board game 'Guess Who'. Students pick a playing card from the deck and then, in turn, ask each other questions to try and guess which quadrilateral their partner has. As the game progresses students eliminate (cross off) the quadrilaterals from their board, based on their partner's answers to their questions. The game is won when one student guesses, correctly, their partner's quadrilateral. Playing board and (back-to-back) playing cards included as well as full instructions and suggestions as to how best use the resource.
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Constructions Comics

Constructions Comics

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
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Factorising Quadratics Lesson(s)

Factorising Quadratics Lesson(s)

This a complete set of lessons on factorising quadratic expressions. Starter includes expanding single and double brackets, all answers included Then, a nice 'Products and Sums' task where students, on mini whiteboards, find which numbers have a product of ... and a sum of... . LOs, before examples for you to cover with your class on each permutation of signs in the brackets once factorised - a very scaffolded approach to suit lower ability students. All answers included for questions posed to students. Other starter activity is to find pairs of expressions that match before continuing with the series of lessons. Finally, a 'My favourite No' (see my blog mrcollinsmaths.blogspot.co.uk) plenary task to review students learning.
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Valentine's Day Mathematics Activities

Valentine's Day Mathematics Activities

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
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Algebraic Proof Lesson

Algebraic Proof Lesson

This notebook contains a whole lesson/number of lessons on using algebra to prove statements such as the sum of three consecutive numbers being a multiple of 6. Starter activity includes writing expressions for certain numbers as well as expanding and simplifying brackets. Lots of examples and investigative tasks for students to attempt. Questions to give to your students and plenary activities to review their learning.
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Calculator Skills Questions for GCSE Calculator Paper Revision

Calculator Skills Questions for GCSE Calculator Paper Revision

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.
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GCSE Trigonometry Revision Sheet

GCSE Trigonometry Revision Sheet

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.
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Area & Perimeter Differentiated Task Board

Area & Perimeter Differentiated Task Board

This is a 'Connect Thoughts' board. The task is played like the 'Connect 4' game where the class choose any 4 tasks to complete in a row. The rows of questions are leveled and is a great way to differentiate, I have found.
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Solving Inequalities and Representing the Solutions on a Number Line

Solving Inequalities and Representing the Solutions on a Number Line

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).
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