I have been trying to think of some nice activities to do during this period of time at home. I thought my year 7 students and my own child might like this activity. I initially made this activity for her to complete and she liked it. I asked her if she could find different ways to complete it and then I thought I’d share it with my year 7 class.

She asked me for some more pentomino tasks for tomorrow so I am creating a few more.IMG_1072IMG_5209

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Today my child said to me she wanted to try to make shapes with 3 pentominoes. I thought I’d try this out. The fact she was keen to carry on with these types of problems made me happy. She really loved working them out.

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Today we were playing around with a few sets of pentominoes together and seeing which identical shapes could make the same shape as another two identical shapes. This is where this task came from:

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Last one for a while…

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Ok, that break didn’t last long but I’m just adding the one I had and I hadn’t shared.

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A more tricky one…

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Number Dot to Dot

A number starter to start 2020: Dot to Dot

Not exciting but a little starter for year 11 – things they made errors on during the Mocks.

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Solution (I hope!)

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Used this with my Numeracy class (they caught sight of the patterns i’ve been drawing and loved them so wanted to try out this DOT-TO-DOT) and now they are desperate to try another one:

They have spent this half term looking at rounding, Approximations, Estimations. So heres a rounding dot-to-dot i made. The first page is the solution. Estimation


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Another Dot to Dot but this time the focus is Negative Numbers Negatives

Heres substitution with Negatives: Substitute with Negatives

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I’ve been drawing patterns and Celtic knots to use in these Dot to Dots and some of the students have been asking me to show them how they are created.

I wanted to add a few shorter dot to dots for my year 7. They enjoy them and two students asked for another one. I am conscious that some students don’t have a printer but I think if you hold paper to the screen you can mark the dots. As there are only 5 Qs on one problem and 10 on the other I think it’s manageable. Some students have been drawing on the ppt so I include that too. They then email me back via SMHW


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I have never been a fan of pictograms and felt they were an inferior way of displaying data. Students took too long drawing images and it seemed to me that a bar chart was a much neater way to display data. It wasn’t until I marked the November Resit exam that it suddenly dawned on me the potential that Pictograms had. Students could solve questions using proportional reasoning and there were some neat ways to solve the answers. On the question I marked, students had to find out the total frequency, given the key was 8 pictures. Some students tried to work out each row individually but others found out how Many shapes there were and multiplied by 8. I saw such a range of successful and less successful methods to solve the problem. From that question i made the following resource