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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"

Visit the NCETM website for further details of how to order the full copy to make use of the accompanying videos and other media. Also, visit the iwb maths training website for alternative forms of these materials.

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


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