Category: Using and Applying

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AQA 90 problems to solve- perfect for 9-1 Maths GCSE

AQA have recently released their ’90 problems’ to support teachers in delivering the problem-solving element of the new 9-1 maths GCSE. It’s a rebranding of the 90 problems they released to support the teaching of Further Maths GCSE in 2008. There a number of issues with many of the diagrams on the newer version, so I’ve attached the 2008 version...

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Powerful, diagnostic, games-based AFL- Kahoot!!!

Kahoot is a tremendously useful, free AFL tool I recently came across after a Twitter recommendation. Students can use any web-enabled device (any OS platform) to take part in games-based quizzes. There are thousands of quizzes publicly available, or you can create your own in a simple drag-and-drop editing tool and add to the public pool. There are many maths-based...

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Brainfeed- fantastic educational videos app for kids

I highly recommend you check out the Brainfeed app in the iOS appstore. It is essentially a collection high-quality educational videos about a wide-variety of topics. For example: How does the brain work? Does space go on forever? How can you outrun a cheetah? How big is the ocean? There are mathematically themed videos too. The strength of the app...

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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  KS3 and GCSE. In...

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The Magic of Pineapples goes live in paperback via Amazon!

The Magic of Pineapples, my latest book has just gone live in paperback format on Amazon. I wrote the book to inspire kids and ‘curious-minded’ adults into appreciating the beauty of maths. It has just been reviewed by TES Maths Advisor, Craig Barton who says: “It is impossible to claim maths is boring after reading this wonderful book. I will...

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Ideas for helping students tackle ‘wordy’ functional questions

Since the introduction of the ‘functional’ questions on the maths GCSE last year it has become important for pupils to improve the skill of taking a ‘wordy’ question and interpret what it is requiring them to do. Many pupils find this difficult and seem to give up before they have even read the question. Through a couple of strategies obtained...