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


Hyperbola Island

What is it? These eight mini investigations from Maths Tiger are set on the mysterious Hyperbola Island and cover a wide variety of key mathematical topics including factors and multiples; the properties of shapes; equations; area and perimeter; and simultaneous equations. Many of the investigations are open-ended, allowing students to tackle them in any way they like.

How can it be used? My Year 8 class absolutely loved this. I got them into pairs and ran the activity like a relay, where they had to present the correct answer to the first investigation before they could start the second. I challenged one group who finished early to create a ninth investigation - and out came the compasses and angle measurers for a nightmare loci task.

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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


Nature poets

What is it? This resource by lolsson works equally well as a set of separate worksheets or a booklet. The activities are beautifully presented and consist of poems by Wordsworth, Rossetti, Blake and Keats, informative background notes and activities on poetic devices. The tone is pupil-friendly but the material does not lack rigour.

How can it be used? What sets this resource apart is the thoughtful way in which the tasks have been combined. …

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