Get onto! Present & Collaborate

If you haven’t yet got onto “The zooming presentation tool”, you simply must. Presenting using Prezi is a great way of wooing your colleagues and impressing pupils, and the more recent developments with this free software means it is even more fabulous and your presentation really will sparkle.

Have a look at my latest Prezi, used to deliver inset to Science staff about the differences between graphs in Mathematics and Science. Feedback welcome on this, as huge discussions took place around both terminology and the use of a line of best fit v fitting a curve or joining the dots.

Prezi is free online software, it is fairly intuitive software which you and your pupils can explore as you learn. Videos and photos can be uploaded and embedded into the presentation, a path is then made to link each element into a smooth presentation. In addition to the fact that more than one person can be editing, or viewing each Prezi at anyone time, presentations can now be made online.

The possibilities are endless! Definitely worth a trial, if you find this is useful please leave your comments and share the sparkle. Get in touch @numberloving

A lesson off – never!

The requests for a ‘fun lesson’ because of Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas,  Easter, … can be like a knife through the heart (aren’t my lessons always fun?) especially if you are a bit of a stick in the mud like me and won’t reduce yourself to calculated colouring! Thanks to this pop up octahedron, problem solved! Pupils have to construct an equilateral triangle then use this as a template to draw the net, once it is cut out they will need you to attach the elastic band. PowerPoint is in my tes resources here:

you may want to jazz it up a bit and definitely have a trial run first to practice attaching the elastic band – not difficult but I would recommend you have a go first.  Then they can decorate their ‘animals’ as they wish, makes a great display if any of them will let you keep it! This is a pop up devil courtesy of one of my year 8’s (although she wants it back on Monday). Already bought brown card for pop up robins at Christmas and yellow card for pop up chicks at Easter! A lesson off – never!



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Music videos- quick lesson ‘hooks’

Number Videos

My all time favourite, the story of zero the place holder!


Root 3 is a surd; rationalising

Good talking point around the mistakes made by Ma and Pa Kettle.

Shape and Space Videos

Great introduction to KS3 Angles

Introducing polygons


Finding the equation of a line


Song to remember mean, median, mode and range.

Just for fun

Chris Moyles Quiz

One Direction sing a maths sum to their latest song.

Keane’s Numerical Problem

The Automatic with Maths Issues

More maths questions taken from The Chris Moyles Quiz Night can be found on The Mathematics Shed website

If you enjoyed this post, or have any videos to recommend please leave your comments. Get in touch @numberloving

Modular Examinations RIP 2014?

The imminent changes in the United Kingdom are far away but close enough that Heads of Departments/Directors of Learning need to consider them now. Especially if your current year 9’s have began studying the GCSE modular course, is that your school?

On the 27th of October 2011 the UK government released details of plans to reform the Key Stage 4 performance tables which are published annually following results. In a nut shell one of the main changes will be that no more than two non-GCSE qualifications will be counted as equivalent in the school’s headline measures. Therefore this has potential to effect the number of pupils achieving five A*-C GCSE qualifications in school’s.

Those subjects following a modular course will need to ensure that their course is in section 96 of the “headline measure list” to be published in January 2012. Beware if you plan for any of your current year 9 pupils to take a modular examination this academic year (i.e. whilst they are in year9), this course has to be completed by summer 2013 (i.e. the end of year 10). If the full modular course is not completed by summer 2013, the course must be recognised in section 96. In addition the modular course looks ‘likely’ to be scrapped completely after 2014, so get in touch with your exam board and find out how they plan to change modular courses to linear courses.

Further information can be found on the Big Vocational Debate website and on this document of Briefing_and_FAQs.

What are your department’s plans for the future? Do you believe in the modular course? Get in touch @numberloving