Equations and Graphs: New Secondary Maths Curriculum Collection 7

Each fortnight, I will put together a selection of resources designed to help cover the objectives of the new 2014 maths curriculum for secondary schools (Key Stage 3). These are all freely available from the TES website.

You can find the full collection here

I hope you find them useful

Pupils should be taught to:

use algebraic methods to solve linear equations in one variable (including all forms that require rearrangement) 

A Question of Algebra

A variation of the TV show A Question of Sport. This activity must be used after you have taught the subject, but make sure you are using the same method as the resource.
Solving equations bingo

A bingo activity to solve equations with the unknown on both sides.
Mathnopoly – Solving equations

A fun game for solving equations.
Last Man Standing – Solving equations

An Excel activity for solving equations with brackets. A great starter or plenary activity.


work with coordinates in all four quadrants 

Complete the shape coordinates

An activity on where you need to find the coordinate to complete the shape.
Complete lesson on plotting coordinates

A complete lesson on plotting coordinates.
Coordinates worksheet

A good worksheet activity on coordinates, quadrants and graphs for KS3 pupils.
Cartoon coordinates

A set of cartoon-themed coordinates.

recognise, sketch and produce graphs of linear and quadratic functions of one variable with appropriate scaling, using equations in x and y and the Cartesian plane 

Matching game – Types of graphs

A matching game for different types of graphs – linear, quadratic and cubic.
Plotting linear graphs worksheet

A worksheet on plotting linear graphs with solutions.
Complete lesson plotting quadratics

A complete set of lessons on plotting quadratic graphs.
Y=MX+C worksheet

An Excel randomly-generated line graph file, where students have to identify the gradient, y-intercept and then the equation.


interpret mathematical relationships both algebraically and graphically 

Mobile phone contract activity

A mobile phone contract activity that covers interpreting costs and plotting them graphically.
Plotting linear graphs – Real-life graphs

Plotting linear graphs both y=mx+c plus real-life examples to be able to formulate an equation to model a real-life situation.
Direct and inverse proportion

A direct and inverse proportion PowerPoint presentation and worksheet solving graphically and algebraically.
Standards unit – Interpreting functions and graphs

A standards unit for interpreting functions and graphs.

reduce a given linear equation in two variables to the standard form y = mx + c; calculate and interpret gradients and intercepts of graphs of such linear equations numerically, graphically and algebraically 

Worksheet – Y=MX+C

A worksheet on y=mx+c
Y=MX+C worksheet

A worksheet covering all variables in y=mx+c and also includes rearranging the equation into the standard form.
Painting gradients worksheet

A worksheet where students work out the gradients given two coordinates and shade the results.
Identifying key features of Y=MX+C

An Excel randomly-generated line graph file, you have to identify the gradient, y-intercept and then the equation.

use linear and quadratic graphs to estimate values of y for given values of x and vice versa and to find approximate solutions of simultaneous linear equations 

GCSE simultaneous equations graphically – Worksheet

A worksheet on solving pairs of linear simultaneous equations using a graphical method. Comes with answers as well.
Using one graph to solve another

A two-lesson set of notes and worksheets on using graphs to solve equations.
Solving equations graphically

An animated lesson on how to use a given quadratic or cubic graph to solve equations by drawing appropriate straight line graphs.


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