Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Cumulative frequency curves

Cumulative frequency

Click on the image to go to the interactive culmulative frequency curve.

Move the red dots around on the y-axis to change the frequencies - the cumulative frequency curve, the box and whisker plot and the histogram will change accordingly.

Can a computer read your mind?

Click on the image and have a go:
How does it work?

Monday, 1 October 2007

Grid for number stairs

Here is a Word document with a number grid on - as requested! Click on the link and then on the Word icon to download.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Number stairs coursework

It's coursework time!

With number stairs you have to 'investigate the relationship between the stair total and the position of the stair shape on the grid'. You can change the grid size and the step size - in fact to get good marks it's good to change all (but not at the same time!)

Here is the link to the on-line version

A set of different sized grids can be downloaded here.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Finger multiplication

A little late for the exams, but how about this for multiplication using your fingers: click here. [HT Jeannette Thomas]

Saturday, 9 June 2007



  • a prism is a three-dimensional shape with the same cross section all the way along it.
  • a circular prims is called a cylinder
  • a rectangular prism is called a cuboid
  • the surface area of any prism is the area of the two ends plus the perimeter of the end x the length.
  • the volume of a prism is the area of the end x its length
  • the perimeter of a circle is caled the circumference (= pi x D)

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Calculator paper revision suggestions

Looking at the non-calculator paper these topics didn't come up - so they may possibly come up on the calculator paper:

The last two are almost certain to come up!
I'll try to update this list with some links to appropriate resources - so keep checking it.

Friday, 1 June 2007


How to draw bearings.

There are three things to remember:
1. Go from North
2. Go Clockwise
3. Three figures

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

GCSE Maths Help

GCSE Maths Help is another blog by a further education teacher. There are a number of excellent resources, including presentations on straight line graphs and linear equations.

Maths Stuff resources

There are a number of useful resources at Maths stuff (aka subtangent). On the revise section there are resources on:
  • measuring
  • rotational symmetry
  • straight line graphs
  • piecharts
  • frequency diagrams
  • trigonometry and
  • linear equations

Algebra revision cards

Download (by clicking on the bottom left of the image) and print out the two sheets. Stick them together and then cut out the individual cards. Use them for revision practice.

Names of shapes dominoes

Downloads the pdf(by clicking on the bottom left of the image below) , print it out and cut out the dominoes. Mix them up and try to pair them up.

Area and perimeter dominoes

Download the pdf by clicking on the bottom left on the image below. Print the sheet out. Cut out the dominoes. Mix them up and see if you can connect them.

Algebra mindmap

Click on the map to see a larger image.

Number mindmap

Click on the image to see a larger map.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

A circle joke

What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter?

Answer in the comments below

A circle poem

Fiddle de dum, fiddle de dee,
A ring around the moon is pi times d;
But if a hole you want repaired,
The formula is pi r squared.

source unknown.

Thursday, 10 May 2007


GCSE Intermediate past paper (Calculator)

Videos from www.mathstutor.biz showing solutions to a calculator paper - each snippet lasts for around 10 mins.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

Circle theorems

GCSE Intermediate tier exam (non-calculator)

Videos from www.mathstutor.biz going through the questions of an intermediate tier exam paper (each video lasts for about 10 mins):

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Pythagoras' theorem

Two videos covering Pythagoras's theorem. There will almost certainly be a question on Pythagoras in the exam.


This blog is an attempt to post materials for my maths groups at a further education college.

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