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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.

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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.
Ultimate University Personal Statement Writing Pack
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Ultimate University Personal Statement Writing Pack

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This is a very comprehensive guide on how to write a personal statement at university: including a structure with questions you need to answer, word banks and 3 model personal statements. A very useful resource for those looking to apply for university.
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 Maths Revision Powerpoint
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KS3 Maths Revision Powerpoint

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An extensive powerpoint featuring a selection of exam questions (and answers) for the KS3 Maths syllabus. Ideal for a revision lesson or as a test/assessment activity.
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.
How to answer different types of essay questions
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How to answer different types of essay questions

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This is a guide which covers the whole spectrum of essay questions, with in-depth advice on how to answer each type of question (as well as being accompanied by a handy bank of words for each question). Whilst serving as a useful pedagogical guide for teachers, this could also be distributed as a revision aid or tool for students to help them understand how to answer each essay question. Subject: English (although the advice contained in this guide is applicable to compiling an essay in any subject) Level: Secondary, Sixth Form, University
Area and Perimeter of 2-D Shapes Whole Lesson
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Area and Perimeter of 2-D Shapes Whole Lesson

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This excellent Powerpoint contains a whole lesson for pupils on finding the area and perimeter of 2-D shapes such as squares, rectangles and triangles. It also contains plenty of questions for pupils to attempt including standard, skill-based questions and extension questions which challenge the students to think laterally. Equally suitable for KS3 and GCSE Foundation Groups.
Model Covering Letter
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Model Covering Letter

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This could be a useful accompaniment to a PSHE/Citizenship lesson. This covering letter was for a job as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school. This would pair well with the covering letter template resource also in my stores so that pupils could cross-reference the two.
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.
KS3/KS4 (Foundation) Glossary of Mathematical Terms
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KS3/KS4 (Foundation) Glossary of Mathematical Terms

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A handy glossary of terms (separated by each of the 4 strands of Mathematics: Number, Shape, Handling Data and Algebra) which will be very useful for pupils for revision purposes and act as a reminder for when they forget the meaning of key terminology. Suitable for both KS3 students or those studying foundation at KS4. Links excellently with Literacy and promotes the use of this within Mathematics.
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.
How to write a university personal statement
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How to write a university personal statement

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An incredibly useful guide on how to write personal statements, including a structure, questions which you need to answer in the personal statement and a word bank of transferable skills and phrases to use in the personal statement. Ideal for sixth form students and for those to teach at sixth form level to give as a handout to their students to help them write their personal statement.
2-D Shapes Revision
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2-D Shapes Revision

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A useful revision aid on all the 2-D shapes whom children will encounter in the KS3/GCSE Mathematics curriculum, with notes on their properties and different types of shapes. Also includes a section on polygons for higher ability learners.
KS3 and GCSE Maths Addition Starter
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KS3 and GCSE Maths Addition Starter

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A short, snappy starter which refreshes pupil's mental arithmetic skills and provides a healthy mix of challenge and competition. This starter is suitable for all maths classes in secondary school and those in KS2. The task is this: Using digits from 1-9, make an addition with two 3 digit numbers to make another 3 digit number. Each digit from 1-9 can only be used once (carrying is allowed). . This could be done as a competition to encourage group work where pupils (in teams) are set a certain amount of time and must come up with as many different additions as they can. This starter is also useful for generating discussions as the pupils may notice certain patterns in the answers (i.e. the digits of the final answer always add up to 18) and the commutative law of addition (3 + 5 = 5 + 3).
KS3/GCSE Maths Investigations
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KS3/GCSE Maths Investigations

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A set of 6 investigations (complete with teacher notes and worksheets) where students are set a challenging problem and work to find the solution. Each investigation should take up a whole lesson. The first investigation focuses mainly on probability and gets pupils to find the total possible number of half-time scores if given the full-time score, eventually finding a formula connecting the two. The second connects geometry and algebra, getting pupils to generate a formula which links the total possible number of triangles with a given perimeter. The third investigation gets pupils to discover the origins of square numbers whilst the fourth gets students to calculate the optimum rate (using compound interest) at which interest should be added to money in order to achieve maximum interest. The bundle concludes with a pair of investigations on triangular numbers, the first helping pupils to appreciate the properties of the sequence and the second which gets pupils to discover the derivation for the nth term of the triangular number sequence.
Football Scores Investigation (GCSE Probability)
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Football Scores Investigation (GCSE Probability)

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This is an investigation (including teacher notes and worksheets) which is suitable for GCSE maths students, though higher ability KS3 students should be able to complete it. The problem students have to answer is 'Can you find a formula to find out the total possible number of half-time scores if you know the full-time score of a football match?' Probability is the main topic covered (listing outcomes, formula for total number of outcomes) as well as algebra topics such as expanding brackets, sequences, factorising and generalising formulae. Pupils can probably work on this independently with some teacher input in setting up the investigation and prompting pupils.
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.
KS3 Maths Revision Pack
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KS3 Maths Revision Pack

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This is a great value, extremely useful resource to help students with KS3 Maths revision. It contains a glossary of all mathematical terms on the syllabus to help students become familiar with terminology and boost literacy skills, a test on the essential skills they will use in KS3 Maths as well as a handy formulae sheet for areas of 2-D shapes and properties of a circle. The pack also includes teaching/revision sheets for pupils on finding the area and circumference of a circle, ratios (simplifying and dividing an amount into given quantities), 2-D shapes (including Polygons), Triangular Numbers (which covers the properties and finding the nth term of the sequence with worked examples of exam questions). The pack concludes with an investigation teachers can use to show pupils the origin of the triangular numbers sequence.
KS3/ GCSE foundation Area and Circumference of a Circle Teaching sheet
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KS3/ GCSE foundation Area and Circumference of a Circle Teaching sheet

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A simple resource demonstrating how to calculate the area and circumference of a circle with worked examples clearly illustrating the methods behind answering the question. At the beginning of the resource, children are reminded of the precise definitions of Circumference, Diameter and Radius. Students can use this resource to help them with working out the area and circumference of a circle and and also for revision too. Primarily this resource should be aimed at those pupils in KS3 Maths, though older pupils may benefit from this as a refresher of some basic skills.
Paraphrasing in an essay
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Paraphrasing in an essay

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A very helpful resource which introduces students to the concept of paraphrasing in an essay. This simple and easy to understand resource is intended to act as a starter resource on paraphrasing which breaks down the steps used in order to paraphrase, explaining it fully. This guide may be useful for KS4 students, those at college or in the early years of university.