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The "Improving Learning in Mathematics" (or Standards Units) resources are, in my opinion, some of the finest ever produced. They are rich, challenging, well thought-out and well resourced. In short, I love them.

From the NCETM website:

"This multi-media resource has been developed with teachers, trainers and managers. Improving Learning in Mathematics builds on existing successful practice and explores approaches that encourage a more active way of learning through the use of group work, discussion and open questioning. Learners are encouraged to ‘have a go’, become more independent and reflective about their mathematics, to learn to think mathematically rather than simply learning rules and most importantly, to enjoy their mathematics"

Mature_Maths_Trainee has kindly created and shared "classroom ready" versions of these outstanding resources, which not only save you a lot of time, but also contain tips, words or caution, and examples of students' work to help you have the most effective teaching and learning experience possible.

Below are the pdfs and PowerPoints of the main activities which I have found really engage and challenge my students. I would strongly recommend you give them a try!

 Number N1 - Ordering Fractions and Decimals N1 PowerPoint N2 - Evaluating statements about number operations N2 PowerPoint N3 - Rounding numbers N3 PowerPoint N4 - Estimating length, using standard form N5 - Understanding the laws of arithmetic N5 PowerPoint N6 - Developing proportional reasoning N6 PowerPoint N7 - Using percentages to increase quantities N7 PowerPoint N8 - Using directed numbers in context N8 PowerPoint N9 - Evaluating directed number statements N9 PowerPoint N10 - Developing an exam question: number N10 PowerPoint N11 - Manipulating surds N12 - Using indices N13 - Analysing sequences Algebra A1 - Interpreting Algebraic Expressions A1 PowerPoint A2 - Creating and solving equations A2 PowerPoint A3 - Creating and solving harder equations A4 - Evaluating algebraic expressions A4 PowerPoint A5 - Interpreting distance–time graphs with a computer A5 PowerPoint A6 - Interpreting distance–time graphs A6 PowerPoint A7 - Interpreting functions, graphs and tables A7 PowerPoint A8 - Developing an exam question: generalising patterns A9 - Performing number magic A9 PowerPoint A10 - Connecting perpendicular lines A10 PowerPoint A11 - Factorising cubics A12 - Exploring trigonometrical graphs A13 - Simplifying logarithmic expressions A14 - Exploring equations in parametric form Shape and Space SS1 - Classifying shapes SS1 PowerPoint SS2 - Understanding perimeter and area SS2 PowerPoint SS2 Excel SS3 - Dissecting a square SS3 PowerPoint SS4 - Evaluating statements about length and area SS4 PowerPoint SS5 - Evaluating statements about enlargement SS5 PowerPoint SS6 - Representing 3D shapes SS7 - Transforming shapes SS7 PowerPoint SS8 - Developing an exam question: transformations Statistics S1 - Ordering probabilities S1 PowerPoint S2 - Evaluating probability statements S2 PowerPoint S3 - Using probability computer games S3 PowerPoint S3 Excel S4 - Understanding mean, median, mode and range S4 PowerPoint S5 - Interpreting bar charts, pie charts, box and whisker plots S6 - Interpreting frequency graphs, cumulative frequency graphs, box and whisker plots S6 PowerPoint S6 Excel S7 - Developing an exam question: probability S8 - Using binomial probabilities Calculus C1 - Linking the properties and forms of quadratic functions C1 PowerPoint C2 - Exploring functions involving fractional and negative powers of x C2 PowerPoint C3 - Matching functions and derivatives C3 PowerPoint C4 - Differentiating and integrating fractional and negative powers C4 PowerPoint C5 - Finding stationary points of cubic functions C5 PowerPoint Other O1 - Moving from Eulerian graphs to route inspection (Chinese postman) postman) problem O2 - Exploring equations of motion O3 - Solving problems using Newton’s Law
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