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.
When learning how to simplify surds students need to understand the difference between a rational and irrational number. Rational numbers include integers and terminating and repeating decimals. They can be written as a fraction with both the numerator and denominator as integers. An irrational number is a number which, in its decimal form does not […]
There are three common methods for sharing an amount to a given ratio. Depending on the age group and ability range I am teaching I would choose one approach over the other two. The three methods are: Using fractions Unitary method Using a table In this blog I will demonstrate each of the three methods […]
To introduce plotting scatter graphs and understanding correlation I ask students to think about the relationships between different variables and to describe how they might be related. Here’s my starter activity which students discuss in pairs then present to me on mini-whiteboards. When the students have had time to discuss the matching pairs we talk […]