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A shop which mainly offers secondary school mathematics materials such as worksheets, revision materials and investigations. Also on offer are English Language resources in particular advice on essay writing. Finally, the shop also offers materials geared towards career education such as giving students advice on how to compose CVs, university personal statements and covering letters with templates and model examples provided.

A shop which mainly offers secondary school mathematics materials such as worksheets, revision materials and investigations. Also on offer are English Language resources in particular advice on essay writing. Finally, the shop also offers materials geared towards career education such as giving students advice on how to compose CVs, university personal statements and covering letters with templates and model examples provided.
Powerpoint of Recognise and Draw nets of 3-D shapes Whole Lesson
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Powerpoint of Recognise and Draw nets of 3-D shapes Whole Lesson

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A Powerpoint for KS3 and GCSE Foundation Students which helps them to recognise and draw nets of 3-D shapes (including Cubes, Cuboids and Triangular Based Prisms). There is sufficient material in the Powerpoint to cover a whole lesson. This could be used as the lesson before teaching students how to work out the surface area of 3-D shapes. In this resource, the pupils are taught how to recognise 3-D shapes before being scaffolded through how to draw them with worked examples of how to draw cuboids and cubes. There are questions for students to complete. The Powerpoint is quite interactive and there is also a strong cross-curricular link with Literacy.
Model UCAS application Personal Statement
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Model UCAS application Personal Statement

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Ideal for sixth form students: this model personal statement (with accompanying commentary) is a sure-fire method of helping with an application to go to University. Could be used as part of a careers, citizenship or PSHE lesson or as a teaching tool in another subject.
Interior and Exterior Angles in a Polygon Powerpoint Whole Lesson
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Interior and Exterior Angles in a Polygon Powerpoint Whole Lesson

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This is a Powerpoint teaching students how to find the interior and exterior angles of a polygon. It is equally suitable for KS3 and GCSE Foundation Maths students. There is sufficient material in the Powerpoint for at least 1 lesson, possibly 2 depending on how fast your class covers the content. The powerpoint shows pupils how to work out the interior and exterior angles of a polygon, firstly by providing them with key terms to learn, then by allowing them to investigate the link between the sum of the interior angles in a shape and the number of sides it has, before linking that to the exterior angle of a polygon. Other topics covered by this Powerpoint include: properties of shape, angle laws, generalising and substitution.
KS3 and GCSE Probability Starters
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KS3 and GCSE Probability Starters

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A selection of 8 starters on probability related to real life which are suitable for KS3 and GCSE students. The starters encourage students to think laterally, being similar to brainteasers. Topics covered include: experimental probability, listing outcomes, sample space diagrams, relative frequency, tree diagrams, probability scales and permutations/combinations. Each starter begins with a problem or statement which the children must decide is true or false through investigation, giving reasons why this is the case. This exercise would be perfect for encouraging discussions as students may present a wide variety of explanations.
How to write better essays
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How to write better essays

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A handy pack which helps students to write coherent and well-structured essays. Students are taught how to be critical (and evaluate) with worked examples and frameworks to help them structure their essays. They are also taught how to synthesise information and to put things in their own words, without losing authenticity. The guide also encompasses a guide which provides advice on helping students answer different types of essay question (summarise, describe, evaluate etc.).
Constructing and Solving Linear Equations Whole Lesson
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Constructing and Solving Linear Equations Whole Lesson

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A comprehensive Powerpoint for a whole lesson on constructing and solving linear equations for KS3 and GCSE foundation groups. Depending on the ability of the class, there is enough material on the Powerpoint for a couple of lessons if pupils need to be taken through the content more gradually. In the Powerpoint, pupils are introduced to the meaning of key words such as co-efficient, linear and equation, shown how to solve equations using the balance method and also how to construct and solve a linear equation when given information. There are plenty of worked examples and questions for pupils to attempt.
Sample Space Diagrams and Probability Whole Lesson
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Sample Space Diagrams and Probability Whole Lesson

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A Powerpoint which can be used as a whole lesson to teach pupils about sample space diagrams. Although intended for KS3 pupils, the content of the resource is also applicable for GCSE foundation students. The powerpoint is very interactive and allows students to get involved at every opportunity, with a strong link to literacy as students are prompted to learn the definition of key words.
Template of creating a model CV
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Template of creating a model CV

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This is a template of how to create a model CV, which is predominantly aimed at those in the upper secondary school and sixth form pupils who may wish to compose a CV to apply for a job or to possess for University. It is easily adaptable for either secondary school or college pupils. The template is designed in an accessible manner and allows students to complete their CVs easily by using this authoritative guide. This could be part of a PSHE/Careers lesson or else be an activity to be completed in form period.
KS3 Percentages Revision
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KS3 Percentages Revision

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This is an excellent Powerpoint covering all the topics in Percentages at KS3 including converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, finding a percentage of an amount, the unitary method and percentage increase/decrease. Suitable for a revision session or just as general practice for students.
KS3/GCSE Factors Investigation
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KS3/GCSE Factors Investigation

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An investigation into the number of factors a number has. This resource gets pupils to devise a formula to work out the number of factors a number has. This investigation should take up a whole lesson, or could be set as a homework task. Topics covered include: factors, multiples, prime numbers, prime factor decomposition, powers and roots. This investigation is particularly useful in getting pupils to become familiar with mathematical notation. This resource is probably more suitable for GCSE students than KS3 pupils, though the investigation is very flexible- the teacher can progress to further stages of the investigation for more able groups.
KS2/KS3/GCSE Square Numbers Investigation
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KS2/KS3/GCSE Square Numbers Investigation

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An investigation (including teacher notes and worksheets) into the origins of square numbers which guides students to generate the square numbers sequence and observe the patterns within it. This investigation would be suitable for a wide variety of age groups including KS2, KS3 and GCSE. In terms of differentiation, earlier stages of the investigation (looking at the patterns in the square numbers) may be more suitable for lower ability learners whereas the latter stages of the investigation (finding the nth term of a quadratic sequence) should stretch higher ability students. Topics covered in this resource are mental arithmetic, properties of numbers, nth term (quadratic) and sequences.
KS3 and KS4 Algebra Investigation
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KS3 and KS4 Algebra Investigation

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This is an interesting investigation which mainly covers the topics of rearranging formulae, expanding brackets and simplifying expressions. However, there are some links to ICT as the words input and output are introduced to students. The pupils are asked to think of a domino and using all the possible digits on the domino as input (if the numbers on the domino were 1 and 6: A=1 and B=6) into a given algorithm find an output. The pupils are then asked to find a formula which connects the input and output. This investigation is very logical and gets students to see patterns, but there is also a very logical, satisfying solution to the problem which is sequential and hopefully gets students to appreciate the rigor of mathematics.
Set of GCSE Maths Foundation Whole Lessons
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Set of GCSE Maths Foundation Whole Lessons

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A bundle which consists of 6 Powerpoints (on Constructing/Solving Linear Equations, Writing Equations and Formulae, Working out the Interior and Exterior Angles of a Polygon, Recognising and Drawing Nets of 3-D Shapes, Sample Space Diagrams and Standard Form). Each Powerpoint contains enough material for a whole lesson and has plenty of questions and worked examples.
GCSE Maths Foundation
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GCSE Maths Foundation

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This bundle is excellent in helping teachers to prepare students for their GCSE Maths Foundation exam. In the pack is 5 full lessons, revision materials on 2-D shapes and ratios, a glossary of all terms used on the course, a formula sheet to help pupils remember formulae and a short test on all the essential skills they need to master in the GCSE Maths Foundation course.
KS3 and KS4  Compound Interest Bank Account interest investigation
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KS3 and KS4 Compound Interest Bank Account interest investigation

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This resource handily introduces compound interest to more able KS3 groups and GCSE in the form of adding interest to a bank account. Other topics covered include percentages and decimal multipliers. This resource is an investigation (with teacher notes and accompanying worksheets) which gets students to investigate whether how often interest is added to a bank account effects the total amount of interest. The problem is so: I invest £1,000 in a savings account at an interest rate of 3.1% p.a. for one year. What interval at which the interest is paid will get me the most money? The students can then be guided to calculating the total amount of interest when it is added, daily montly etc. before being guided to an overall formula to solve the problem.
Glossary of terms used in A Level English Language Child Acquisition
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Glossary of terms used in A Level English Language Child Acquisition

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This resource is a huge glossary of terms which are used in the Child Acquisition of Language unit of A Level English Language. It is an invaluable revision resource which can be kept for students for reference for study throughout the course and is essential exam preparation. It contains sections relating to theories of how children learn language, how they write and communicate with others. It is excellent in helping students get to grip with the technical terms and terminology used in the course and will help them to write more informed answers to exam questions.
KS3 Maths Group Task
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KS3 Maths Group Task

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In this highly interactive group task students are encouraged to move around the classroom to find a fellow student who can tell them the definition of one of the 16 words on their worksheet which all relate to the KS3 Maths syllabus (mode, equation, perimeter etc.). This task encourages mathematical discussion and for pupils to become familiar with terminology used on the course.
KS3 Averages Test
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KS3 Averages Test

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A really useful resource which is tests KS3 pupils on their understanding of mode, median, mean and range. This could also be used as a homework/revision booklet and is suitable for GCSE foundation students as well.
Educational Views by Sam
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Educational Views by Sam

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This is my blog on education with my viws on. The blog contains articles on current issues in education, revision materials and some of my university essays. It provides some interesting topics for discussion and I will be adding to it frequently. Hope you enjoy it!