Teaching A Level Maths for Newbies!

22 Jan

New to teaching A’Level in 2009, in this blog we share our ideas, best websites and resources we’ve developed along the way.

Resources

These websites were absolutely brilliant for helping me to find my feet and hit the ground running teaching AS and A Level.

1) Mathed Up

This site has resources that are free to download for C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, M1, FP1, FP2, FP3 AND FP4. The resources include teaching Power Points, demonstration excel files, past papers for the AQA scheme and geometer’s sketch pad files. The resources are great but as with all check before delivering to a class.

2) Bring on the Maths

These resources can be used in a number of ways as described here, it is a problem with 12 presented possible solutions. They are great starting point for conversation. Only some of the resources are free, they are great and well worth a mention.

3) Kenny’s Pouch– A Level Schemes of work

Kangaroo maths is a great site for resources, on the link above you will find complete schemes of work with embedded resources, including worksheets and unit assessments. The schemes of work are developed with the EdExcel course in mind but still if you know your specification you can pick and select the resources appropriate.

4) Risps

These are rich starting points created by Johnny Griffis, organised by topic each Risp has a pdf instruction document and a separate pdf with the teachers notes.

5) Mr Barton

A great site for all teaching needs, I found the A Level tarsia jigsaws a gift, click here and scroll down to download zip files containing core jigsaws and don’t miss co-author Laura Rees-Hughes’ jigsaw bundle there too! Here is a decision tarsia created by Laura.

6) Centre for Innovation of Mathematics

Course material, not innovative but good notes for filling gaps in knowledge or for pupils to read and supplement their own notes.

7) School Work Out

This site is fantastic for summary sheets for pupils, I direct pupils to this site for revision. This section of the website is great for word documents and lots of end of topic assessments and OCR schemes of work. Again some editing maybe required for your course and pupils.

Don’t be put off by the subscription as there are a number of worthwhile online samples that are free to use.

9) NGfL A’Level Resources

This is not the easiest site to navigate, after selecting the module and then the topic you need to click open this resource to access the page of downloadable resources. All resources are free and include starter activities, videos and interactive teaching resources. This link should take you straight to the core maths resources. I love the e-chalk resources especially this demonstration of gradient relationship between tangents and normals, click and drag the red dot to move the tangent. Click on the wheel to make sure the normal is shown also.

10) Math Tutor

Thanks to @mismatchtea for pointing me to this site, each section has a video, a pdf, a diagnostic test, exercises and in some cases extension exercise. A great find, thanks again to Mismatch!

This picture of an A Level maths formula tree is from a blog by Priss Lynn
If you have any suggestions to add to the list, let me know I am also on the look out! Get in touch @numberloving and visit our TES NumberLoving store for free and premium resources!!

2 Responses to “Teaching A Level Maths for Newbies!”

  1. Frederick Koh March 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Just submitting both my sites http://www.whitegroupmaths.com and http://www.a-levelmaths.com for your kind consideration, hopefully they will benefit students too. Peace.

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    • Sharon Derbyshire March 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Fantastic sites, definitely worth checking out! I will add to the next post. Thank you for sharing.

      Like

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