Algebra

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Algebra

Changing the Subject of a Formula

Students learn about changing the subject of a formula using the balance method.  As learning progresses they us...

Creating a Sequence using Formulae

Students learn how about creating a sequence using formulae.  Students progress from using function machines to ...

Describing Number Patterns

Students learn describing number patterns on a term to term basis.  More able students tackle Fibonacci and geom...

Describing Picture Sequences

Students learn how about describing picture sequences.  During the lesson students learn how to model a picture ...

Drawing Parabolas

To practice drawing parabolas students learn how to create a table of results for a quadratic equation. They use...

Estimating the Area Under a Curve

Students learn about estimating the area under a curve using the trapezium rule.  As learning progresses they in...

Expanding Brackets and Collecting Like Terms

Students learn how to find the sum and difference of two algebraic expressions by expanding brackets.  Learning ...
Interactive Lessons

Expanding Cubic Expressions

Students learn how to write the product of three binomials by expanding a cubic expression. Learning progresses ...

Factorising Expressions into a Pair of Brackets

Students learn how to factorise an algebraic expression into a pair of brackets using the highest common factor....

Factorising Expressions with Powers

Students learn how to factorise expressions with powers by taking out the highest common factor.  As learning pr...

Finding the nth Term of a Sequence

Students learn about finding the nth term of a sequence.  During the lesson they are taught how to break a seque...

Form and Solve Quadratic Equations

Students learn how to form and solve quadratic equations from geometry problems.  Problems include finding the a...

Horizontal and Vertical Straight Line Graphs

Students learn how to plot and find the equation of horizontal and vertical straight line graphs.  As learning p...

Instantaneous Rates of Change

Students learn how to calculate and interpret instantaneous rates of change in different contexts.  By drawing a...

Interpreting Straight Line Graphs

Students learn about interpreting straight line graphs by finding the gradient and intercept values.  As learnin...

Multiplying and Dividing with Algebra

Students learn about multiplying and dividing with algebra using the correct notation.  More able students are c...

Mr Mathematics Blog

Getting Ready for a New School Year

When getting ready for a new school year I have a list of priorities to work through. Knowing my team have all the information and resources they need to teach their students gives me confidence we will start the term in the best possible way.  Mathematics Teaching and Learning Folder All teachers receive a folder […]

Mathematics OFSTED Inspection – The Deep Dive

Earlier this week, my school took part in a trial OFSTED inspection as part of getting ready for the new inspection framework in September 2019. This involved three Lead Inspectors visiting our school over the course of two days. The first day involved a 'deep dive' by each of the Lead Inspectors into Mathematics, English […]

How to Solve Quadratics by Factorising

The method of how to solve quadratics by factorising is now part of the foundational knowledge students aiming for higher exam grades are expected to have.   Here is an example of such a question. Solve x2 + 7x – 18 = 0 In my experience of teaching and marking exam papers students often struggle with […]