## Adding and subtracting directed numbers

Download the PowerPoint here. OK. So this is a big one. Firstly, I have found teaching negatives difficult in the past. Teaching the rules is a bit useless. ‘Two negatives make a positive’ often leads students to doing things like… Continue Reading

## Calculating bearings

Download the PowerPoint here Bearings is a topic that I’ve taught really badly in the past. It’s due to a number of factors (teaching measuring, use of worksheets) but mainly I think due to a lack of thinking on my… Continue Reading

## Equivalent fraction diagrams

Download the file here Based on reading Viable Maths by Peter Mattock. When I do equivalent fractions but I rarely do it with the aid of a diagram or a frame like I have here. I haven’t extended this to… Continue Reading

## Index Laws : Division

Get PowerPoint here Completing index law week here. I added some whiteboard questions/rapid fire questions as I felt I didn’t have enough build up. As in the last few PowerPoints I spent time thinking about the questions I ask and… Continue Reading

## Indices : Power Law

Get the lesson PowerPoint here. Going with Jo Morgan’s suggestion of doing the power law after multiplying rather than after dividing. I wrote some challenging questions. There’s also a hinge question and some timed questions. I also moved on to… Continue Reading

## Multiplying indices

Get the PowerPoint here Again, a lot of stuff is stolen from Jo Morgan’s great work. I mean, I’m never going to make something as beautiful as this. I wrote some questions. I think they’re quite nice. And I put… Continue Reading

## Index Notation

Download the PowerPoint here. So … I can’t claim that I’ve done much original work here. Most of this is stolen from Jo Morgan’s indices in depth presentation. Sorry Jo! Normally I make a lot of stuff from scratch, but… Continue Reading

## Applications of Pythagoras

Download the lesson here. I find telling pupils the Pythagoras rules and then getting them to solve ‘problems’ isn’t enough. Often, the unstructured problem solving can be overwhelming for students. Opinions vary. You might think that I’ve structured this waaay… Continue Reading

## Pythagoras’ Theorem

Download the lesson here Download the worksheets here [1] [2] There’s two lessons here. Which is the hypotenuse? A worksheet with lots of different orientations of triangles. Moving on to finding the missing side, no matter if it’s long or… Continue Reading

## Ratio problems

Download the lesson here. Just a load of interesting (ish) ratio problems to work though. I used bar modelling. I am increasingly into bar modelling for KS3, although I’m still not massively convinced when it comes to negatives. I call… Continue Reading