Our schemes of work include links to a wealth of teaching resources, created and accumulated over the last 20 years.  We’ve listed a few of them here to give a flavour of what is available.

Maths to Infinity

Maths to Infinity: so called because each activity randomly generates an infinity of different questions, and one of the creators looks like Buzz Lightyear. Anyway, this is an incredibly easy to use interactive resource and is ideal for assessing fluency.

There are about 180 different activities included within the files listed here. This includes a number of AS/A Level activities too.  On opening these files you must choose to ‘enable content’.  Once you’ve done that it really should be self-explanatory. We hope!

Stick on the Maths

A ‘Stick on the Maths’ activity comprises a 3 by 3 grid with nine questions, statements or scenarios.  Alongside this there are nine cards that can be placed on to the grid to provide a solution or fact that matches the question (statement or scenario).

We have found that students really engage with these activities when they are both provided on paper for them to move the cards around, while also displayed on screen at the front of the classroom.   ‘Enabling content’ will allow you to view the activity ‘full screen’, and move the cards by clicking and dragging the border of the box.

You can also choose to hide the ‘solution’ cards for an alternative way of using the resource.  Most of the activities can be used without the cards by challenging students to produce their own set of solutions.  These can be could be shared with a partner, or written on post-it notes and placed on the projected image (hence, ‘Stick on the Maths’).

And yes, we know … they are still named and listed by NC Level.  This is a job we haven’t quite found time for yet, but at some point we will rename everything.  In the meantime, this is no reason not to use them!  Once you’ve heard the reasoning that these problem-solving activities generate we are sure you will agree!

How to use!


All the schemes of work link to resources which can best be described as miscellaneous.  They’re not part of a package – just lots of stuff we have found useful over time.  Here’s a selection to give you a flavour.

  • A selection of times table jigsaws ready to print and cut. There’s a surprising mixture here, including a Roman numeral version, and even a Mayan number system version.  That’ll test their reasoning!
  • The Heinz matrix. ‘What?’ I hear you ask.  Well, just follow the instructions and all will become clear – we think.  This intriguing number puzzle can be used to set challenges including with fractions and decimals.
  • Maximise / minimise is a set of number games that encourage students to consider the structure of standard written methods of calculation.
  • Inequality is a resource for engaging students in how to compare integers, fractions and decimals
  • Algebra Rules  is a matching activity focusing on the basic rules and conventions of introductory algebra.
  • The schemes of work suggest a possible standard approach to teaching students how to solve equations and Balancing Act II is the second of three related activities.
  • Matching graphs provides students with functions and graphs to match together. But there’s nothing random about the selection: the number 2 appears as often as possible in as many different places as possible – all to make sure that students are thinking deeply about gradients and intercepts.  A simplified version of this activity is available too.
  • Screenshot challenge  is a series of puzzles asking students to find equations of lines to create each diagram shown. Since it was written, desmos has become another really useful tool to support this.
  • Everything for an introductory lesson on formal geometric proof  can be found here: Use the opening puzzle with circles to demonstrate why proof is important (ask them to predict and test case 5, then case 6 to finish). Then use the proof puzzles as you see fit.
  • We found it difficult to find the right resources we needed for linking plans and elevations with isometric drawings. So we made this and never looked back.
  • I like a bit of alliteration and I also like Pythagoras’ theorem. The consequence is Triple Triplicate  – a collection of three ways to generate Pythagorean triples which happily links this lovely concept with some practice at substituting into formulae.  The third method really is for A Level students, but it was too good to miss out, and you never know who will be intrigued enough to explore further.
  • Never ones to shy away from creating something interesting for teaching those awkward concepts, Bounding About is a lesson for introducing the idea of error intervals and calculating with bounds. It’s all true – honest.  And you’ll need this PowerPoint too.
  • On the subject of bounds, Ben Nevis is an interesting example of how limits of accuracy impact the things around us. It’s also a mountain.
  • How to introduce iteration? A question I have literally been asked at least three times.  Well, it was even being used to work out square roots of numbers in the days of the Babylonian Empire.  So here is the way that has become my tried and trusted method.

Yes, within ‘miscellaneous’ it has now become necessary to list ‘random’.  Every now and again you will come across ideas and resources that don’t really link in to any stage in particular.  For example, we used to have a languages day in my school, and here are a couple of the consequences: