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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.
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.
Drawing and Interpreting Pie Charts Whole Lesson
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Drawing and Interpreting Pie Charts Whole Lesson

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An excellent and extensive Powerpoint which teaches students how to draw and interpret Pie Charts given a set of data. The Powerpoint also teaches the importance of pie charts in a real life context and encourages discussions. There are solid links with ratio, fractions and proportion. The Powerpoint also includes plenty of questions for students to attempt, including extension activities for more able students.
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.
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.
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.
Applying for a job (PSHE and Citizenship)
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Applying for a job (PSHE and Citizenship)

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When I used these resources with pupils they formed part of a mock interview, where pupils were asked to apply for a job and present themselves using a CV/covering letter. This bundle consists of a model CV and covering letter when applying for a job (each with commentary and annotation to explain the key features of it to pupils). These are accompanied by templates which give a structure for pupils to complete their own.
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.).
KS3 Maths Essentials Pack
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KS3 Maths Essentials Pack

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This bundle contains some very useful revision aids for KS3 maths pupils. It contains a glossary of all the mathematical terms used on the course which they can use for reference and to boost literacy skills and a formulae sheet of all the areas of 2-D shapes used on the syllabus. There is also a handy test on all the essential skills they need to use on the course.
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.
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.
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.
GCSE Maths Foundation Essentials Pack
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GCSE Maths Foundation Essentials Pack

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This bundle is extremely useful as a revision aid for students taking GCSE foundation Maths exam. As well as being used to assist in revision in the build-up to the exam, it could also be used as a resource to regularly consult throughout the course. It contains a glossary of all key terms and vocabulary used throughout the course, a baseline test of all the key skills students need to have to pass the course and a model answer paper (non-calculator) with detailed explanations of the method used to get the answer.
Writing Equations and Formulae Full Lesson
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Writing Equations and Formulae Full Lesson

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A Powerpoint on writing equations and formulae for KS3 and GCSE Foundation Maths Students. The Powerpoint contains enough material for a whole lesson. As well as showing pupils how to write expressions and formulae, this Powerpoint also covers how to substitute numbers into formulae, with real-life worked examples provided. Plenty of questions are included for pupils to attempt with an extension of solving equations to test more able pupils.
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.
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.
Covering letter template
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Covering letter template

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A useful template for creating covering letters, which could be used as part of general studies or careers education (PSHE/citizenship) and help pupils create their own covering letter, perhaps as part of practice or really applying for a job.
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.
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!