Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Resources of the Week

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Resources of the Week

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Three subject teachers recommend a high-quality resource, available on the TES website, that they have tried and tested in their own classrooms

Maths

Rotations: catch the thief

What is it? Rotations are tricky for students to master. This is because of the number of skills the process requires: knowing coordinates, understanding angles, having the patience to rotate each point and the spatial awareness to know if you are right or not. This activity by andy_gillen is perfect for developing those crucial techniques, as pupils must carry out a series of tricky rotations of various shapes in order to stop an imaginary thief.

How can it be used? My Year 8 students were really engaged with this activity and enjoyed the self-checking element at the end. As is often the case, extra depth and challenge can be found by flipping the resource on its head. Can your pupils design a "catch the thief" activity? Better still, can they include some of the other types of transformation? Let their imaginations run wild and watch their confidence with transformations increase.

Find it here: bit.ly/RotationsGame

Craig Barton is an advanced skills teacher at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton and a TES secondary maths adviser. Find him on Twitter at @TESMaths

English

Writing your first script

What is it? This script extract, uploaded by diamond_raindrops, is based on C S Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - a text that lots of students are already familiar with from their own reading. The resource has been designed to introduce pupils to the conventions of scriptwriting and comes with a series of prompts that focus on features such as stage directions and placement of characters. …

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