Category: Shape, Space and Measure

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Angles in parallel lines- FUN

I’ve seen lots of mnemonics for remembering the angles in parallel lines facts; “Cangles, Fangles and Zangles” etc. A student I teach who recently arrived from South Africa told me he’d been taught it as “FUN”. I like šŸ™‚

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You’ve never seen the GCSE Maths curriculum like this before…

What you’re looking at is the GCSE Mathematics curriculum. Each node represents a topic, e.g. transformations, ordering decimal numbers, frequency polygons etc. There are 164 nodes in the diagram representing all topics on both the foundation and higher tier curriculum. The nodes are connected by 935 links. Each link represents a connection between two topics whereby one is the prior...

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Numberphile.com- brilliant maths enrichment videos

Numberphile.com is a website devoted to enrichment maths videos. The quirky, fast-paced style of the presenters is engaging and fun. Whether finding maths deliberately hidden in episodes of The Simpsons or finding the flaw in the Enigma code, Numberphile videos never fail to inspire. Here’s the latest one about shapes/ solids of constant width:

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G&T website shout out: IB Maths, ToK, IGCSE and IB Resources

I got an email from a reader, Andrew Chambers drawing my attention to a website he has built for IB students studying in Thailand. The content they study is generally equivalent to A-level. His site IB Maths, ToK, IGCSE and IB Resources features lots of resources to enrich maths learning of gifted and talented pupils at Ā KS3 and GCSE. In...

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Volume of a sphere to calculate the capacity of your lungs

Just a quick idea here… To make a lesson on calculating the volume of a sphere contextually meaningful how about using a balloon to calculate the capacity of your lungs? Get a pupil to take a deep breath and then fully exhale into a balloon. Then measure the radius of the balloon and calculate the volume. You’ll need too get...

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Numberphile- videos about numbers and stuff

Numberphile.com is a website your pupils simply must know about. It describes itself as “videos about numbers and stuff” which is a pretty good summary in my opinion. The videos are not tutorial skill-based offerings, but engaging adventures into interesting mathematical concepts and problems. I really like them as they show maths at its best: interesting problems andĀ fascinatingĀ results, rather than...

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Triangle constructions tangram

A colleague of mine, Claire Nealon wanted to adapt a resource I made a while ago of a triangle constructions tangram (see previous post). She wanted to make it more accessible for lower attaining students. Claire simplified the constructions so that the triangles are all right angled with side lengths that are Pythagorean Triples. This made the activity more accessible...

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GCSE exam questions by topic- bland.in

A colleague of mine recently stumbled across the website of Peter Bland, a maths tutor. It contains some excellent GCSE revision resources in the form on booklets of exam questions on particular topic. They are all available form his website here, but for your convenience I have also linked to his hostedĀ resources by topic below: Algebra for Foundation Bounds Box...

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Hexaflexagons…

Vi Hart has produced an engaging pair of videos about hexaflexagons, the hexagons with 3 faces! The videos are below, and here is a link to a page with instructions and a template for building them… Have fun! Hexaflexagons Hexaflexagons part 2

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TES Maths Podcast 3 goes live

This time Craig Barton and his guests from King’s College, London discussĀ falling standards in maths, advice on running discussion based lessons, and some festive maths ideas.Ā In the attached Word document you will find links to all the resources, ideas and activities discussed, and a link to the Forum discussion as well. Click here to listen to the TES Maths Podcast...

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Flash Maths doesn’t disappoint

@StudyMaths shared an excellent website with me via Twitter recently: FlashMaths.co.uk This site adds to the growing number of websites providing interactive games and learning applets based on Adobe Flash. Other favourites of mine include FlashyMaths.co.uk and TeacherLed.com. Flash Maths is a worthy addition and well worth bookmarking. They have numerous applets that are well designed and add a little...

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Surface area of spheres- an apeeling lesson…

How do you give pupils a beautiful visual picture of why the surface area of a sphere is 4 pi r squared? A super lesson idea I heard recently involved an orange! Give pupils an orange and a blank sheet of paper. They have to draw circles around the orange onto the paper. The idea is that the circles on...

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Angles in parallel lines colouring fun

I want to give my current GCSE year 10 class more practice on identifying angles in parallel lines; alternate, corresponding and co-interior. I have put together the following worksheet that gets them to colour each type of angle a particular colour. Please feel free to use it with your own classes if you like it! Download the worksheet by clicking...

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The first TES Maths Podcast goes live!

The TES Maths PanelĀ are delighted to announce the arrival of The TES Maths Podcast! This is a brand new series hosted by Craig Barton, featuring recommended resources, discussions of best practice, conversations with leading educational professionals and more. You can listen to the first episode by clicking here. TES are working on putting the series on iTunes shortly so they...