Maths at school … and at home

Both White Rose Maths and BBC Bitesize provided Daily Lessons for students studying at home earlier this year and both are continuing to support students studying at home as well as in school.

If we look at Home Learning from White Rose Maths we see that they are continuing to produce excellent daily ‘home learning’ lessons for Years 1 to 9 (UK ages 6 to 14). Each lesson has a very clear video to help students complete the activity.

White Rose Maths – Daily Lessons

I had a close look at a White Rose lesson on Perimeter in this post; note that you can still see the Summer Term Archive so can access earlier lessons. This particular lesson came from Year 7, Week 5 (scroll down for earlier weeks).

Remember that Nicola Whiston has a superb collection of Knowledge Organisers which follow the White Rose Schemes of Learning, she is sharing the collection here, via Dropbox. My post on Knowledge Organisers has proved very popular, note the new Featured Posts menu on the right to make this easier to find.

From BBC Bitesize, new for this Autumn term are the collections of hand-picked videos, articles, games and quizzes for primary and secondary students, also available are new Primary Catch-Up Lessons. If we look at ‘This Term’s Topics‘ we can then choose a Year and then a subject. Choosing Year 7 Maths for example leads to this collection which includes many of the daily lessons as well as other resources. Note that new topics and lessons are being added to these resources. For an example of a Daily lesson, check this on Perimeter mentioned in the post mentioned earlier on the White Rose and BBC resources. Note the additional resources including a comprehensive worksheet from Pearson for which answers are provided.

BBC Daily Lesson – Perimeter

More valuable resources can be found on the new NCETM website. Check the section for the new school year which provides a range of lesson-planning and professional development resources for primary and secondary teachers. Further resources will be added during the term. The resources here for example concentrate on key mathematical ideas important for pupils whose summer term in Year 6 was disrupted by the lockdown.

amsp transition materials – Sketching

On the subject of Transition, at the other end of secondary education, a reminder of the excellent resources from amsp designed for students to make the transition from GCSE to AS and A level Mathematics. Six sets of resources are available, each set includes either written worked solutions, video solutions or links to websites.

Graspable Math

The User Guide.

Recently published – a really clear user guide for Graspable Math.

I was delighted to see the announcement of the new user guide recently.

This can be downloaded from the Learn section of Graspable Math where you will see the Canvas User Guide. Together with the tutorial videos and Gesture Library resources there are excellent resources for learning Graspable Math.

All instructions are very clear in this 47 page document – everything you ever wanted to know how to do! Check the list of contents:

User Guide – Contents

I checked how to insert a video and it struck me that you can insert a video on a canvas, watch it and try out the feature on the canvas. Try solving an equation on this canvas.

As a teacher, remember you can create a free Teacher account. Check out the Activity Bank with some great activities which will help you and your students learn Graspable Math.

I wrote recently about Graspable Math in this post which has proved very popular – where you will find more examples, including a couple of problems from Don Steward.

Remember that the Learn Section has Tutorial Videos, a Common Gestures Overview, and an Interactive Gesture library where you can watch then try gestures as well as the user guide. Look at this video on Scrubbing Numbers – a lovely feature enabling you to generate many examples.


A complete update to the Videos page, which is easily available from the top Menu.

All links have been checked and many new entries have been added.

For example, an important addition is Dr Frost’s Key Skills and Exam-Topic videos.

Mr Moreley Maths offers a comprehensive library of tutorial videos on GCSE Mathematics. A nice feature of this site is the accompanying Notes Jotter/Worksheet to make notes as you watch the video.

Mr Morley Maths

Another new entry and a site I certainly want to explore further comes from Mr Southern – Teaching and Learning resources for A Level. This site includes lesson plans, resources and videos.

Pulleys lesson plan example

The Videos page includes many collections for GCSE and A Level Maths and Further Maths.

A reminder for example of the excellent amsp videos.

amsp videos

From amsp this brilliant collection of short videos produced by the legacy Further Mathematics Support Program supports the Further Maths Specification. I have used many of these successfully in class and recommended them to students to support their studies. Look at any of the examination boards to see the coverage for the course.

Also added are the free lessons from Colin Hegarty recorded on YouTube to help GCSE students prepare for A Level Maths.