Here is a list of what I consider to be the best secondary school maths websites that I use every week.
UK Maths Challenge is the best high school maths website out there, second to mr-mathematics.com. The Questions and Solutions page provide a fantastic range of questions ideal for engaging and challenging any student. I regularly use these questions in lesson and for homework as I like how they promote problem solving and teamwork. The multiple choice answers are great at bringin common misconceptions. The team challenge resources are excellent for gifted and talented classes and fun for end of term lessons.
Geogebra is a fantastic website for teaching mathematics conceptually using an interactive whiteboard. Topics such as: transformations, graphs, angle properties and even data analysis can all be demonstrated using Geogebra. If you can’t find a ready-made applet it is fairly simple to create your own. I’ve made 58 applets ranging from trigonometric graphs to identifying parts of a circle.
This website has a good range of homework tasks for key stage 3 classes. Every worksheet includes a skill, challenge, literacy, research and memory section. I use a worksheet once a week for my key stage 3 classes as most of the topics at this level are covered. There isn’t as much at GCSE (especially the higher tier) but new topics are added on a regular basis.
I like how the homeworks are laid out but I often need to print them as pdfs so I can upload them for the students. Some sheets include an answer page which helps with marking. It would be better if all worksheets included answers.
Excellent website for helping students improve their weeknesses. I use the topic based practise papers as part of the revision process within my department. The expectation is for students to complete two topic papers every week from January to the summer exam. That’s a lot of printing but most kids will print out the papers at home or read the questions on the computer. Having answers and linked video demonstrations available help to reduce my workload and make the students more independent.
Back in May 2017 maths teachers around the country eagerly awaited the first exam for the new GCSE Mathematics syllabus. Proving geometrical relationships using algebra featured at grade 9. In Paper 1 of Edexcel’s test paper the last question of the higher tier looked like this. Edexcel wrote about student’s performance on this question in […]
Circles, cylinders and circular shapes follows on from area of 2D shapes and surface area of 3D cuboids and prisms which students study in Term 2 of Year 8. In this unit students learn how to calculate the circumference and area of circles both as decimals and in terms of π. Learning progresses from 2D […]
Higher GCSE maths students are required to plot and interpret histograms with unequal class widths. Drawing histograms with unequal class widths are very common in GCSE maths papers. Histograms versus bar charts Histograms look like bar charts but have important differences. Histograms use a continuous horizontal scale which means the bars touch so the difference […]