As the great 20th century philosophers Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross
said, "the best things in life are free". There is some great free
stuff out there that can both enhance your teaching and save you lots
of time. Here is a collection of things I have found very useful.
Please, please, please let me know here if you have found any good
freebies out there!
Free Maths Resource Library 1 - Mike Pye
Owen134866 (aka Mike Pye) has kindly shared an entire body of
high quality lessons, worksheets activities and puzzles, all
beautifully arranged into folders, ready to download in one
go via DropBox. Amazing stuff!
I am 100% bossed, as it is my own website, but you will not
find more high-quality, free, multiple choice questions or rich
data insights anywhere else. I promise. My Quiz
Collections page is a good place to start.
The essential maths search engine for checking answers to questions,
drawing graphs, and much more. Check out the Examples
page for a glimpse of what it can do!
Wolfram Widgets Ready-made widgets that you can use to check
answers or investigate further in the classroom, or your students
can use to revise or check answers to homework.
Online Autograph Activities
These cover major aspects of graphing, geometry and statistics.
You do not need Autograph installed to use the activities. They
can be used by you in the classroom to demonstrate key concepts,
or your students to use at home to investigate things further.
Desmos keeps getting better and better. It is a fantastic online
graphing package, needing no installation and completely free.
It even does statistics too!
An incredibly powerful bit of free dynamic geometry software.
Check out GeoGebra
Tube for loads of free accompanying resources designed by
A fascinating tool to encourage data analysis and visualization
across disciplines. For years I have made do with Excel for
all my statistical diagram needs, but the potential for something
as slick, intuitive and visually impressive as this is huge.
Definitely worth a proper look.
If you have looked through the teaching resources on this site,
you will see that I can't get enough of this software. It makes
creating jigsaws and follow-me cards so easy, provides you with
the solution, and jumbles up the cards so the pupils can do
all the time consuming cutting out! brilliant. help yourself
(or add) to my ever growing bundle here!
I have never seen my students more engaged in statistics in
my life. I have done a series of videos on making use of Gapminder
in the classroom here.
There are also classroom activities available here.
This is a brilliant piece of software. it can be used to convey
many of the basic principles of handling data, and with a little
imagination can be used to teach a level concepts such as conditional
provability. from the link on the left you can get a demo of
the brand new version, or download the free 2003 version.
This is a truly fascinating piece of software from the maker
of the excellent Furbles. the software aims to introduce students
to the concepts of prime numbers and prime factors, not by simply
saying "this is what a prime number is", but by allowing them
to investigate and derive it for themselves, which is the way
maths teaching should be. I would also recommend viewing the
accompany ATM article on the website for lesson ideas. this
software has huge potential!
Structured Variation Grids
Lots of different styles of grids for your interactive whiteboard,
complete with pedagogical notes. Really interesting stuff!
10 quick questions
The ultimate starter and revision tool. this has been regularly
updated over the last couple of years and now contains virtually
every topic from key stages 3 and 4. brilliant. NOTE: the free
version is still available at the bottom of the page.
This amazing website has close to 500 interactive classroom
resources, including tools for measuring angles, manipulating
equations, judging bearings, etc. NOTE:make sure you use the
search facility at the bottom of the page or they'll take you
to the paid content!
An amazing set of java based applets that could be used as part
of a demonstration, or an interactive computer lesson. topics
include solving equations, plans and elevations, impossible
objects, and so much more! click on "applets" in the top corner
to get going!
Mediators for Maths
An amazing set of interactive resources from sunny Liverpool!
they can be downloaded, work without the need for any specific
software and can add spice to lots of lessons. fantastic!
A whole host of fascinating calculators for working out everything
from volume, currency conversion and power consumption.
Teacher led iwb resources More excellent resources for your
IWB. some really nice stuff on algebraic substitution and probability
tools, and each resource comes with clearly written instructions.
NOTE: once again, you need to be on-line!
Mr Barton's Standards Units Page
It keeps me awake at night how little the amazing standards
units (Improving Learning in Mathematics) are used in schools.
you can apply for a free hard copy via the NCETM website, but
I am trying to do my bit by offering all the pdf files. i hope
they come in useful.
It is often thought (and rightly so), that it is harder to approach
a level maths teaching in a rich, interesting way. well, check
out this resource. 40 activities, complete with teacher notes,
to engage a level students and deepen their understanding. visit
the website, and then download the amazing free e-book.
Berkeley maths circle
Some excellent puzzles (with solutions), which would be good
for an extremely able GCSE class, a keen a level group, or anyone
preparing for STEP exams.
St. Mark's maths puzzles
A really nice set of monthly maths puzzles available to download
from this american school's newsletter. the puzzles often rely
on algebra and would probably be suitable for higher gcse/a
level students, or G&T classes. full solutions are also
Some brilliant packages to download from this wonderful site.
help yourself to materials about fractions, enigma codes, and
6 Rich Tasks
6 ideas for rich tasks/investigations, together with lesson
plans and teacher support. very nice.
Exam Board Resources (back to Index)
The following resources were made freely available by AQA and
OCR following a change in specification to the GCSE back in
2010. Their emphasis on problem solving and non standard questions
is more relevant than ever.
An excellent set of a level notes by Mike Cook which would be
good for anyone either teaching or learning a level maths
Maths pret homeworks
Interesting, engaging, challenging homeworks, testing a full
range of skills, all for free. See my video on this wonderful
Bland GCSE Papers
Topic specific bundles of GCSE questions, written in the style
of Edexcel GCSE Papers
Mathster maths worksheets
100s of worksheets, with answers, for all ages, abilities and
Free maths worksheets
An excellent set of maths worksheets in pdf format. many come
with answers, and many have questions more interesting than
those often found in textbooks.
More free worksheets!
More free maths worksheets in pdf form, mostly covering key
stage 3 and early key stage 4. all worksheets come with answers
and would make good homework or revision activities.
An excellent set of pdf algebra worksheets, covering all the
major key stage 3-4 topics, complete with answers! ideal for
homeworks or little tests.
OCR GCSE Module Resources
Modular GCSE may have gone, but these questions and notes are
still extremely useful to use with today's GCSE students.
Free graph paper
What a nice website! you just tell it the exact type of graph
paper that you want, and it gives it to you (for free) in a
handy pdf form!
Classic mistake posters
A really good website offering a whole bundle of posters and
podcasts of classic maths mistakes. ideal to stick up on the
wall, or use as a starter, to provoke discussion.
A a bright, colourful and informative set of over 250 maths
posters ready to print and stick up around your classroom
Topical Application Activities
with the eternal push towards "rich" activities, this updated
2008 bundle from CIMT might come in handy. pupil and teacher
resources for each one. excellent!
GCSE Higher Starters
100 amazing sets of higher GCSE starters. i like to have these
projected onto the IWB as the students arrive, and give them
5 minutes to solve them. keeps them sharp!
10 - 4 - 10 (download from links below)
these are brilliant. they are packs produced by the DFES for
children to take home during the holidays before either their
SATs or their GCSEs. the idea is that the pupils send 10 minutes
a day for 10 days covering each topic they will need for their
exams. what i really like about them is that they provide an
opportunity for parents to get involved in their children's
revision. the support letter explains all. Support Letter
Mr Barton's GCSE ebook of Notes and Examples
I have put all my notes and examples from this website together
in a 300+ page ebook that students can download and have on
their phones/tablets. hopefully it will make a useful revision
A brilliant (free!) gcse textbook, covering all levels and all
topics, compete with worked solutions. brilliant for homeworks
or revision. the pdf version is completely free to download!
A fantastic ebook full of really impressive mathematical magic
tricks to impress your students (and colleagues) from Matt Parker
and Peter McOwan
Martin Gardner ebook An outstanding ebook which is a tribute
to the greatest maths puzzler of all time, Martin Gardner. The
book features interesting articles and loads of excellent puzzles.
NCETM Departmental Workshops
These workshops from the NCETM are simply brilliant for adding
structure, interest and focus to departmental meetings/inset
training. the idea is that as a department you tackle 3 modules
a year. All the big issues are covered, from specific topics
such as fractions and converting units, to wider issues such
A free weekly magazine in packed full of really good teaching
ideas, really good professional development resources, and links
Teachers Report Assistant
If report writing is one of your least enjoyable times of year,
then this piece of software might be just for you! lots of well
written comments (subject specific, and form tutor) which can
be pieced together to make a flowing, relevant report, all for
This is a photo sharing website, but which has huge potential
to enhance the teaching of many maths topics. try searching
for "geometry" or "constructions", and look at some of the wonderful
things that come up. ready made starters and discussion materials!
A brilliant piece of software for taking snap shots of what's
on your computer screen to use in worksheets or presentations.
better still you can use it to capture videos, which could be
used to record tutorials, possibly explaining a homework, or
even for your students to build up a bank of revision videos.
the potential is quite amazing.
If you ever want to convert a Word worksheet into a pdf file,
then this really nice (and completely free) program will do
it for you!
Another gem from the creators of ten quick questions. Ideal
for practising students' mental and written arithmetic skills.
This latest version has a facility for pupils to check their
The Letters Game
This is based on the Letters Game from the UK TV show Countdown,
and challenges students to create the longest word from 9 letters.
to add a maths spin, you could challenge them to create the
longest "maths word", and there is the option of adding your
own word lists to make sure all the classics are in there!
Yet another good one from csf. create and print your own sudoku
puzzles, of varying difficulty, very easily indeed to keep that
brain fresh and active!
Another from csf! generate your own word search very quickly
indeed. Free version at the bottom of the page.
We've all been there: it's getting towards the end of term,
there seems little point in starting that new topic, but it
would be nice if the kids could still be doing something a little
mathematical. why not make them a maths crossword using this
impressive (and free) software?
Loads and loads of brilliant puzzle packs to download for free.
the shape stuff is amazing, and I am prone to using the logic
puzzles as starters to develop thinking skills. they are as
good as mysteries, but without the hassle!
Google Sketch Up
An excellent user-friendly free sketching tool that has amazing
potential to convey concepts such as plans and elevations, constructions,
volume, and even trigonometry. really good tutorials and lesson
ideas can be found here.
Here's an interesting idea. you can design (for free) any type
of maths game you like. better still, why not let your pupils
have a go at designing their own games?
A really interesting piece of software which lets you (or your
pupils!) create your own interactive stories, animations, games,
art, etc. have a look at this Maths
Collection to see what some imaginative people have already
come up with!
You or your students can make fun animations with this
Topology and Geometry Software
A really nice set of downloadable (so you can play them offline)
geometry software. there are tiles to make pretty patterns,
a unit of lessons on multi-connected universe, and the excellent
Torus Games package which explores finite and infinite spaces.