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Jun 032018

On Maths

For those of you revising for Paper 2 and 3  GCSE Maths then this site is a must. You will find predicted papers that have been carefully written considering what topics have already been tested in Paper 1. You get immediate feedback on your answers and can see what grade you would potentially get if you do the same in the real exam. If you get stuck there are video explanations of each question. A great way to revise.

Feb 282018

A useful video from UKmathsteacher.

GCSE Tutorial Plotting Quadratic Graphs Higher and Foundation)

This channel is managed by up and coming UK maths teachers. Videos designed for the site by Steve Blades, retired Youtuber and owner of to assist learning in UK classrooms. Designed for the Edexcel spec but applicable to AQA, OCR,MEI and WJEC.


Feb 232018

A letter to the Sheffield Star


Dear Editor

As someone who teaches maths for a living it saddens me when I see mathematical errors in your paper.

In a letter about Council Tax increases (21.2.18) Ron Sanderson claimed that last year’s 5.99% rise combined with this year’s 4.99% rise made a total increase of 10.98%. He has added the percentages, ignoring the fact that this year’s increase is 4.99% more than the new total for last year.

For every 100p you paid in Council Tax in 2016, you paid 100 x 1.0599 in 2017.
In 2018 you will pay 100 x 1.0599 x 1.0499 which equals 111.28p or an increase of 11.28%

Understanding percentages is vital when working out things like Council Tax rises, pay claims, credit agreements or interest earnt on investments. People who don’t understand percentages and APR’s are much more likely to be ripped off. If you need help with maths visit my website at where you will find free activities, some with a Sheffield theme such as the Sheaf Valley Maths Trail, to help people of all levels, from the very basic up to Higher GCSE.

Yours faithfully

Maths with Graham

Here is the original letter.

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Feb 192018

Many FE students are preparing to take GCSE maths and are taking the new 9-1 syllabus for the first time. This document tells you exactly what you can expect if you are taking Edexcel.

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Here you can find practice exam papers. The best way to revise is to practice questions then mark them yourself to find out where you are making mistakes.

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Jun 212017

mapThe Sheaf Valley Maths Trail is a short walk starting outside Sheffield City College on Granville Road, along the footpath to Sheffield Station and the steel blade sculpture, behind the station to the steel steps and the amphitheatre, up the hill to the Cholera Monument and then back to college via Clay Wood. Along the way you will answer questions on many different aspects of mathematics. It is suitable for school groups, college students studying Functional Skills, home schoolers and their parents or anyone who would like to have a go!

Download the student booklet here. It is best printed as a booklet.

amphitheatrescaledThere are also a teachers booklet and a powerpoint which I will send to you on request. Email to request these. Please let me know who you are planning to use it with.

Topics touched on on the trail include





Time calculations

Reading a timetable

Calculating journey cost

Speed Distance Time calculations

Shape and Space

Measuring length

Estimating length and weight

Symmetry (Line and Rotational)

3 dimensional shape


Circle calculations

Volume of a cuboid

Area of irregular shapes

Data Handling




Feel free to adapt the trail by missing out some questions and adding others to make it suitable for your students/pupils.

Split your group into teams of 3 or 4 people. Make sure less able students are paired with more able students. Each team will need a DIY tape measure, a large ball of string, a large protractor, a pencil and a calculator. You need to work out the logistics of ensuring there is someone to help at the various stopping points.

Tell your students to stay together, look after each other and take extra care when crossing roads. If this is a school/college outing you will need to fill in a risk assessment.



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Jul 132016


I have recently discovered Kahoot! which is a free quiz game that anyone can use to make interactive quizzes. Competitors compete for points using their mobile phones or tablets to enter their answers. The quicker they choose the correct answer the more points they earn. It is very competitive and certainly provides plenty of pace to a lesson. It is completely free for both teachers and students to use. To start, set up an account at and begin making quizzes.

Here is my first attempt. (I edited an existing one by improving the questions to include misconceptions and added a video for the start).

Mean, Median, Mode and Range

Here are some other Maths Kahoots! Please let me know your favourites and I will add them to this list.

Corbett Maths

Multiplication Facts 9 times table

Multiplication Madness

Mental Math addition

Rounding Whole Numbers


What others think


Ticktock Maths

Great maths teaching ideas

Quizizz-an alternative to Kahoot!

The Math Hatter

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