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A collection of engaging mathematics resources to help your students get the most out of your maths lessons. You will find a wide variety of resources from worksheets to whole class activities with more being added every week!

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A collection of engaging mathematics resources to help your students get the most out of your maths lessons. You will find a wide variety of resources from worksheets to whole class activities with more being added every week!
Times Tables Wordsearch Activity Sheet
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Times Tables Wordsearch Activity Sheet

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Activity sheet where pupils answer the times tables questions in words and then find the words in the wordsearch grid below. Perfect for consolidation of quite a dry topic in KS1 or KS2, and could also be used as cover work for a low ability Year 7 or 8 set. File has been uploaded in Publisher and PDF format for ease of use.
Decimal Multiplication Codebreaker Sheet
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Decimal Multiplication Codebreaker Sheet

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Engaging code breaker activity in which pupils work out the decimal multiplication questions for each letter and decode the hidden joke. Answers sheet included. The joke should read "What is a butterfly's favourite subject? Mothematics!"
Order of Operations (BIDMAS) Mastery
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Order of Operations (BIDMAS) Mastery

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Complete order of operations resource that should last over two lessons (perhaps three), but there is a suitable ending point at about 1 lessons work if you do not want to spend longer on the topic. Starts off with questions to check on misconceptions, followed by an explanation of the order of operations - you can choose to use the BIDMAS acronym if you wish, but it is not explicitly stated if you prefer not to use it. The operations are presented as a pyramid to show clear priority. This is followed by questions for independent work of increasing difficulty and another task where pupils can choose between more calculations to work out or inserting brackets to make equations correct. After this, some examples and questions bring square roots in to increase depth, including some questions where pupils need to correct mistakes that have been made. To round it all off, pupils can attempt the 4 Four’s challenge, where they attempt to make the numbers from 1 to 20 using exactly 4 four’s and any operations they like. The number 19 requires factorials so it has been done for the pupils to avoid needing to teach this - and the number 11 is also completed so they can see that square roots can be used, as well as putting 4’s together to make 44. All answers are provided.
Addition and Subtraction Treasure Hunt Collection
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Addition and Subtraction Treasure Hunt Collection

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Three treasure hunt activities on addition, subtraction and a mix of the two that engage pupils and add variety to lessons. Pupils can complete the task individually or in pairs. The cards should be cut out and stuck around the wall of the classroom. Pupils go and stand near one of the cards (in a pair or individually) - possibly whiteboards should be given to them for working out - and they start with that card. When they answer the question on the card they go and find the card that has that answer on, making a note of the order of the cards (the card numbers are at the bottom of the cards). When they get round to the card they started at, pupils are done and come to you to check their work. The correct order is included in the documents so you can see quickly where any mistakes have been made. Blank answer sheets are also included for pupils to write down the card numbers.
Rotations Worksheet
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Rotations Worksheet

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Worksheet with 12 rotation questions for pupils to complete. The first six have the centre of rotation drawn on the grid, the last six the pupils will have to find them themselves.
Multiplying Dividing Negatives Codebreak
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Multiplying Dividing Negatives Codebreak

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A fun and engaging codebreaker activity in which pupils must answer questions involving adding and subtracting negative numbers in order to crack the code and reveal the joke. Ideal for consolidating skills, pupils will race to complete this task and delight in telling you how terrible the joke is. Answers are included, as is the original Publisher file to allow for easy editing should you wish to do so. Joke should read once completed: “How do you get two whales in a car? Start in England and drive west!”
Differentiated Written Addition Worksheet
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Differentiated Written Addition Worksheet

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Differentiated written addition worksheet designed for KS2 or low attaining KS3 pupils. The questions come in three levels - Red (plain addition building up to carrying), Amber (Carrying leading up to pupils setting up the columns themselves) and Green (Pupils set up the columns, includes some decimal addition). There is also an extra GCSE style problem solving functional maths question to challenge the higher attaining pupils.
Decimal Addition and Subtraction Worksheet
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Decimal Addition and Subtraction Worksheet

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This worksheet is a combination of my decimal addition and decimal subtraction worksheets, aimed at teachers who prefer to teach these together. There are three sections, the red section assists pupils by setting out the problems for them at first before forcing them to do so themselves. In the yellow section the pupils must set out all the problems themselves, whereas the green section contains worded questions and some problem solving elements. Answers are included.
Multiplication Codebreaker Activity
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Multiplication Codebreaker Activity

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Engaging code breaker activity in which pupils answer the multiplication questions and decode the hidden joke. The joke should read "How do you make seven an even number? Take the s out!"
Equations from a Straight Line Worksheet
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Equations from a Straight Line Worksheet

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Double sided worksheet with 24 straight line graphs for pupils to write down the equation of. ranging from positive gradients to negative, and then fractional gradients. EDIT: I recently did a lesson on this topic with some higher set year 11's, so have produced a second, harder sheet that includes axes with different scales, forcing pupils to use "change in y/change in x" to find gradient instead of just going one across and counting squares. The new sheet is only one sided, but is more suitable for higher attaining pupils. Answers now included.
Addition and Subtraction Silhouette Sheets
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Addition and Subtraction Silhouette Sheets

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Engaging puzzle activities on addition and subtraction that are ideal as either a consolidation for lower ability KS3-GCSE pupils or a lesson starter for higher attainers. Pupils must answer the questions and shade out the answers in the grid above. When they have finished they should see the number 103 on the addition sheet, and the number 42 on the subtraction.
Differentiated Written Multiplication Worksheet
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Differentiated Written Multiplication Worksheet

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Differentiated sheet in three levels for multiplication by grid method. Red section: Grids set out for pupils to finish off Orange section: Pupils must set up the grids themselves Green section: Worded problems building up to some more difficult multi step problems. Pupils can choose which level to start on, and move up when they feel ready. The teacher should also move around the room and make sure pupils are challenging themselves appropriately.
Differentiated Decimal Division Worksheet
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Differentiated Decimal Division Worksheet

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A differentiated worksheet for decimal division using bus stop method. Pupils can choose which section (out of 3) to attempt based on their own confidence. This sheet includes questions on both dividing decimals by whole numbers and dividing by decimals. In the red section the "bus stop" has been set out for the pupils for all except the last four questions. In the amber section pupils need to set it out for themselves, with a worded question at the end. In the green section there are a few standard questions, followed with some worded questions to follow. Answers included.
Place Value Codebreaker (Underlined Digit)
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Place Value Codebreaker (Underlined Digit)

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Engaging code breaker activity in which pupils write down the value of the underlined digits for each letter and decode the hidden joke. Answers sheet included. The joke should read "Where to maths teachers go on vacation? Times Square!"
Addition and Subtraction Crossnumber Collection
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Addition and Subtraction Crossnumber Collection

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WARNING: CURRENTLY MISTAKES IN THIS, WILL BE FIXED ASAP Three engaging cross number worksheets to help pupils practice addition and subtraction skills. Pupils will really enjoy this activity as it can add some interest to a relatively dry topic. Answers included!
Angle Properties Relay
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Angle Properties Relay

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Two relay activities based on angle properties including parallel lines. One of them contains exam style questions aimed at my middle ability year 8 group, the other has more problem solving style questions, mostly taken from the UKMT Challenge that is aimed at my top set year 9's. Pupils (in pairs) are given question 1 to start at the same time, and when they have successfully answered they get the next question to try. First pair to answer all 16 questions correctly wins!
Decimal Division Complete Lesson
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Decimal Division Complete Lesson

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SMART Notebook (and Powerpoint for non SMART users) for dividing decimals. Starter questions practice division, followed by some examples, a quick checkpoint and a differentiated question slide for dividing decimals by whole numbers and then dividing by decimals. For added variety, I have included my Codebreaker and Silhouette activities.
Decimal Multiplication Connect 4
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Decimal Multiplication Connect 4

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Connect four game for pupils to do in pairs or groups of four (with two teams of two pupils). In my experience the activity works best when the board is laminated and pupils can use whiteboard markers. Pupils take it in turns to try and answer a question, and are peer assessed by the other team. If they get it correct they can put their initials over the space, and the goal is to get four squares in a row. The pupils could also used coloured post-its or counters. Answers are included.
Equations With Unknowns on Both Sides Codebreaker
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Equations With Unknowns on Both Sides Codebreaker

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Simple yet engaging code breaker activity in which pupils solve equations with unknowns on both sides, then write the letter of the equation under the corresponding answer to reveal the hidden punchline to the joke at the top of the page. Message should read "Because it had so many problems".
Mode Median and Range Lesson Plan
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Mode Median and Range Lesson Plan

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Fully differentiated lesson plan for working out the mode, median and range of a set of data. Aimed at middle KS3 to low KS4 ability pupils. The powerpoint includes fully worked examples, so you may wish to edit it if you want to teach it yourself. The lesson explores mode, median and range separately with quick questions to check understanding, followed by longer independent work and a reflection task. I have excluded the mean from this lesson as I intend to make a lesson for the mean by itself to explore it more in depth.