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Improving Learning in Mathematics (Standards Units) Rich Tasks

The "Improving Learning in Mathematics" (or Standards Units) resources are, in my opinion, some of the finest ever produced. They are rich, challenging, well thought-out and well resourced. In short, I love them.

From the NCETM website:

"This multi-media resource has been developed with teachers, trainers and managers. Improving Learning in Mathematics builds on existing successful practice and explores approaches that encourage a more active way of learning through the use of group work, discussion and open questioning. Learners are encouraged to ‘have a go’, become more independent and reflective about their mathematics, to learn to think mathematically rather than simply learning rules and most importantly, to enjoy their mathematics"

Mature_Maths_Trainee has kindly created and shared "classroom ready" versions of these outstanding resources, which not only save you a lot of time, but also contain tips, words or caution, and examples of students' work to help you have the most effective teaching and learning experience possible.

Below are the pdfs and PowerPoints of the main activities which I have found really engage and challenge my students. I would strongly recommend you give them a try!


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PDF PowerPoint
N1 - Ordering Fractions and Decimals N1 PowerPoint
N2 - Evaluating statements about number operations N2 PowerPoint
N3 - Rounding numbers N3 PowerPoint
N4 - Estimating length, using standard form
N5 - Understanding the laws of arithmetic N5 PowerPoint
N6 - Developing proportional reasoning N6 PowerPoint
N7 - Using percentages to increase quantities N7 PowerPoint
N8 - Using directed numbers in context N8 PowerPoint
N9 - Evaluating directed number statements N9 PowerPoint
N10 - Developing an exam question: number N10 PowerPoint
N11 - Manipulating surds
N12 - Using indices
N13 - Analysing sequences

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PDF PowerPoint
A1 - Interpreting Algebraic Expressions A1 PowerPoint
A2 - Creating and solving equations A2 PowerPoint
A3 - Creating and solving harder equations
A4 - Evaluating algebraic expressions A4 PowerPoint
A5 - Interpreting distance–time graphs with a computer A5 PowerPoint
A6 - Interpreting distance–time graphs A6 PowerPoint
A7 - Interpreting functions, graphs and tables A7 PowerPoint
A8 - Developing an exam question: generalising patterns
A9 - Performing number magic A9 PowerPoint
A10 - Connecting perpendicular lines A10 PowerPoint
A11 - Factorising cubics 
A12 - Exploring trigonometrical graphs
A13 - Simplifying logarithmic expressions
A14 - Exploring equations in parametric form

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PDF PowerPoint
SS1 - Classifying shapes SS1 PowerPoint
SS2 - Understanding perimeter and area SS2 PowerPoint
SS2 Excel
SS3 - Dissecting a square SS3 PowerPoint
SS4 - Evaluating statements about length and area SS4 PowerPoint
SS5 - Evaluating statements about enlargement SS5 PowerPoint
SS6 - Representing 3D shapes
SS7 - Transforming shapes SS7 PowerPoint
SS8 - Developing an exam question: transformations

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PDF PowerPoint
S1 - Ordering probabilities S1 PowerPoint
S2 - Evaluating probability statements S2 PowerPoint
S3 - Using probability computer games S3 PowerPoint
S3 Excel
S4 - Understanding mean, median, mode and range S4 PowerPoint
S5 - Interpreting bar charts, pie charts, box and whisker plots
S6 - Interpreting frequency graphs, cumulative frequency graphs, box and whisker plots S6 PowerPoint
S6 Excel
S7 - Developing an exam question: probability
S8 - Using binomial probabilities

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PDF PowerPoint
C1 - Linking the properties and forms of quadratic functions C1 PowerPoint
C2 - Exploring functions involving fractional and negative powers of x C2 PowerPoint
C3 - Matching functions and derivatives C3 PowerPoint
C4 - Differentiating and integrating fractional and negative powers C4 PowerPoint
C5 - Finding stationary points of cubic functions C5 PowerPoint

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PDF PowerPoint
O1 - Moving from Eulerian graphs to route inspection (Chinese postman) postman) problem
O2 - Exploring equations of motion
O3 - Solving problems using Newton’s Law