Excellent variety of activities for enrichment and end-of-year Maths from Teacher Resources on Line – trol

Still one of my favourite websites from the very generous www.cleavebooks.co.uk .  Excellent in every aspect, a collection of superb activities, games, questions, tasks and ideas.  Click on any of the examples below to visit the full list of links and resourcesTROL 1 TROL 2 TROL 3 TROL 4 TROL 5 TROL 6


Teacher Resources on Line – trol.

A brilliant question to get people talking about MATHEMATICS!


Read about some different ways of looking at it by visiting:

A Cosmobiologist’s Dream: Where the math is lacking….

NOW try this one…

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 – 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 x 0 = ?

Come on Mathematics teachers, let’s have your answers in the comments below and see if we can agree on both of the answers! 

Free Printable template for Graph Sketching

I made this a while back, but every year I have to look all over for it!  So here it is for everyone to share.  It’s useful for getting students to see the link between a sequence, an equation, the table of values/co-ordinates and the graph of linear and quadratic functions.

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Equation Table Graph (download the powerpoint file 2.5MB and feel free to edit or adapt it for your own classes)

Cazoom Maths Worksheets and Blog


 I’ve just signed up for this and it’s definitely value for money!  For only £2.99 your get unlimited worksheet downloads for 6 months.  If you want to just try a few of them, you can sign up for free and download some to try before you buy (which is what I did).  They are crisp, clear and clever worksheets that I’ve already tried in my classroom with students who need that extra bit of practice or homework.

The site also has a promising blog that features some interesting posts like

Top Ten Tips for Behaviour Management


What is Differentiation and Why is it Important?

Have a look at if you’re a UK maths teacher,  I think you’ll like it.


Blog | Cazoom Maths Worksheets.

Math Worksheets | Free Printable Math Worksheets

I recently used the worksheets for transformations (see here ) and they were excellent.  The students really enjoyed doing them and there were plenty of different ones to choose from, so you will be able to differentiate effectively for all of your students.

Math Worksheets | Free Printable Math Worksheets.

Self-Assessment for each test (with a bar chart to show progress in each area)

This is an A5 form that I attach to each test for each student.   It helps students analyse and display each section of the test so that they can easily see where they did well and what still needs extra practice.  It is originally a PowerPoint file to allow for editing depending on the class, year or subject.  Please feel free to adapt it to your specific requirements.   It also explains how to work out percentage on the back and it allows the students to record the grade boundaries for the test for both KS3 and GCSE.Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 14.45.32

Self Assessment form for each test

A superb site full of excellent resources, Powerpoints and free worksheets

http://www.coops-online.co.uk/ The discovery of this website is like finding treasure under the sea!  Ben Cooper has kindly shared all of his many hours of hard work with all of us.  Ready to print, present or use, his resources are fantastic.  Thanks Ben, you’ve saved many of us from a lot of extra hard work and late nights planning lessons.


How the OFSTED judges describe an outstanding mathematics lesson in the UK

Ofsted Criteria for Outstanding…  
1.  Much of the teaching in all key stages is outstanding and never less than consistently good. As a result, almost all pupils, including disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those for whom the Pupil Premium provides support, are making rapid and sustained progress.
2.  All teachers have consistently high expectations of all pupils. They plan and teach lessons that enable pupils to learn exceptionally well across the curriculum.
3.  Teachers systematically and effectively check pupils’ understanding throughout lessons, anticipating where they may need to intervene and doing so with notable impact on the quality of learning.
4.  The teaching of reading, writing, communication and mathematics is highly effective and cohesively planned and implemented across the curriculum.
5.  Teachers and other adults generate high levels of engagement and commitment to learning.
6.  Consistently high-quality marking and constructive feedback from teachers ensure that pupils make rapid gains.
7.  Teachers use well-judged and often inspirational teaching strategies, including setting appropriate homework, which together with sharply focused and timely support and intervention, match individual needs accurately. Consequently, pupils learn exceptionally well.

extracted from http://emaths.co.uk/index.php/the-emaths-blog/item/an-ofsted-outstanding-mathematics-lesson

Survey time again – Calling all mathematics teachers

Dear Maths Teachers of the World,

A few years ago, I asked teachers to vote for their favourite mathematics websites.  There are so many websites out there these days, that you simply can’t remember which one was the best or which one had those fantastic worksheets you were looking for last week. I am still determined to create a list that will help teachers all over the world to categorise, find, list and use the best possible websites available, with a preference for free resources and ideas.

I have used computers in my classroom since 1995, and I didn’t ever expect to get to the point where there were just too many resources available. I have searched the internet for years, always finding new websites and checking for updates on old favourites. Sometimes, websites I have loved and used have shut down or changed to commercial websites, but it has never stopped me from finding more than I needed for any lesson without having to pay for the resources. I have to admit though, there are one or two (such as “mymaths” and “whiteboardmaths” in the UK) that are part of my toolkit because they are excellent, and come at a very reasonable price. I have spent the last 8 years finding PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, lesson plans, schemes of work, videos, flash animations, interactive whiteboard tools, Promethean flipcharts, Smart notebook files, templates, printable graph paper, posters, blogs and hundreds of other resources designed especially for mathematics teachers and learners. But it takes plenty of time and a lot of fine tuned discernment to get the best out of all the stuff available. Well that’s what I have done for you! So now again, with the beginning of the new school year in the UK, I will continue to share and show you all the excellent resources that are available to you right now with just a few clicks.

Firstly, I’d like you to vote for your favourite websites that you use for planning, teaching or learning. There are some that you may not have heard of before, and there may be some I have omitted on my first list of best websites (I have tried to narrow it down from hundreds to just 25). I have taught in South Africa, the USA and the UK, so this list is not intended to be only for UK teachers, but because I teach in England, I do tend to choose the ones that I am most familiar with in my work. I am hoping to expand my efforts to include teachers from all over the world and I thank the many visitors at international schools for their regular visits.  Please come back and visit for the results as well as my final list of the best maths resources on the internet for 2013. Have fun and please vote or leave a short comment! Steve Williams (MrWilliamsMaths)

Mathematics Curriculums 2013-2014 – UK Schools

02 August 2013

The current national curriculum programmes of study for mathematics at key stages 3 and 4 have been disapplied with effect from 1 September 2013 and are no longer statutory. This means that schools are free to develop their own curriculums for mathematics that best meet the needs of their pupils, in preparation for the introduction of the new national curriculum from September 2014. Further details are available via the link on this page.

Mathematics remains a compulsory national curriculum subject at all four key stages. New statutory programmes of study will be introduced from September 2014 for key stages 1 to 3, and September 2014 for key stage 4.

Mathematics – Schools.

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