5 Maths Gems #58

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This is my 58th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. Here I summarise some of the latest ideas and resources for teaching maths.

1. New GCSE Revision Resources
Thanks to @pixi_17 for sharing a fantastic set of revisionresources for new GCSE students. This well designed set of 9 – 1 revision bookletsfor four different grade levels (eg ‘Aiming for a Grade 5’) has come in handy for my Year 10s this week, as they revise for their upcoming endof year exams.

2. Whack a Prime
I love the Is This Prime? game but some of my students get disheartened by low scores. It’s quite a stressful game to play! Slow it down with thisalternative ‘Whack a Prime‘ game from@prehmet.

3. Polygons Angles
This new tool from MathsPad is awesome. I’ve seen similartools before but this is the best yet. Click ‘play’ below for a demonstration.

#mathschat#mtbos Take a look at our new free interactive tool for exploring exterior angles https://t.co/lPy5lvOUVfpic.twitter.com/nHrt19Ai56

— James Pearce (@MathsPadJames) 9 June 2016

4. Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work
At this time of year many schools are thinking about theirschemes of work for next year. I really like the Year 7 Scheme of Learning fromthe White Rose Maths Hub. Schools looking to change their approach at Key Stage 3 (less ‘spiral’, more ‘mastery’) will find this helpful. There’s primary schemes here too.
5. Interesting Exam Questions
Did you particularly like any of the questions in thisyear’s GCSE papers? Share them on Twitter! For example this question wasin the Edexcel Linked Pair Methods 2 paper – it will come in handy when teaching/revisingrecurring decimal proofs in future years.

This circle theorems question from Edexcel Methods 1 was a bit harder than usual – there’s lots to do here! Have a go at it.

For A level teachers, this MEI question is really nice – it was sent tome by a student who got stuck on it when revising.


Did you catch my latest posts? One was about my day at researchED Maths and Science and the other was about maths school trips.

On Monday I presented at LIME Oldham, focusing on mathematical methods. My slides are here.

Because I’m an A level teacher, exam period is still in full swing for me. The last exam is S2 next Monday – phew! I’m looking forward to Edexcel’s conference in Warwick on 2nd July, I should be far less stressed by then!

I’ve got a date in mind for #christmaths16 – Thursday 22nd December – please keep it free! You can read about last year’s event here. This year it will probably have a slightly different format – less CPD, more enrichment – but I will maintain the ‘Christmas party for maths teachers’ social element. Watch this space!

Finally, I’ll leave with you with this nice activity from JamesTanton that I found, alongside other interesting tasks, in his 9th curriculum essay.

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