^{th}gems post. This is where I share five maths teaching ideas.

**1. Fractions and Percentages from Don Steward**

I was incredibly happy to receive a memory stick in the post at the start of term - it was sent to me by Don Steward and it contains all of his PowerPoints for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. I'm very grateful to have access to such fantastic resources. Much of what he sent me is on his blog, but amongst his slides I've also found a few things that I've never seen before. This Fractions to Percentages activity is brilliant. I used it as a starter for my Year 10s this week. This is one of those wonderful 'works well with any age group' activities.

**2. Statistics**

**3. Enrichment**

This week I presented an enrichment lecture at school based on ideas from Simon Singh's book 'The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets'. I adapted the slides that Simon provides for teachers - if you'd like to borrow my presentation then you can download it here. It covers Fermat's Last Theorem, Mersenne primes, perfect numbers, narcissistic numbers, binary numbers and rock-paper-scissors. The slides include footage from The Simpsons, Futurama and The Big Bang Theory.

To promote my lecture I put up posters in the Maths Department showing the puzzle pictured above. I was pleased to see students gathered around the posters trying to solve it. This puzzle works well for any age group - I've seen teachers utterly confused by it and I've seen a 12 year old solve it in seconds! I gave it to a group of Year 4 students in a primary enrichment session this week - they took a while to work it out but once they solved it, they all wanted to take a copy home for their parents to try.

**4. Starter Packs**

Thanks to Ed Southall (@solvemymaths) for sharing his starter packs. These can be printed as A5 booklets so each student has their own starter pack. As well as tasks for 'the basics', the packs include a lovely assortment of puzzles. Ed helpfully provides the answers too.

**5. Leap Year Maths**

It's 29th February on Monday - what a great opportunity for some enrichment in your maths lessons. I'm planning to show my Year 10s Matt Parker's (@standupmaths) excellent video Leap Years: We Can Do Better.

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**#mathsconf6**

I'm looking forward to #mathsconf6 next weekend. I'll be in Peterborough all day on Friday - if you're staying at the Park Inn then you can meet me in the lobby at 7.30pm if you want to join me for the pre-conference drinks.

On Saturday I'll be running a competition at the Tweet Up - do come along and join in.

Thanks Jo - I really look forward to your posts - so much to plunder! From the other side of the world in NZ

ReplyDeleteThank you! So lovely to have a comment from New Zealand!

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