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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!


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   

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  

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  

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
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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