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BBC Children in Need 2019 with Beyond Secondary

This year, Beyond and our sister-site Twinkl are the Official Education Partner for BBC Children in Need 2019 – which means we have a secondary resource or two specifically geared to getting KS3 and GCSE students involved. It’s time to embrace the polka-dots, get stuck into fundraising, and raise the roof for Children in Need 2019! Continue reading BBC Children in Need 2019 with Beyond Secondary

Halloween Secondary Resources from Beyond the Grave

Trick or treat? It’s that time of year again when things go bump in the night! Whatever happens by jack-o-lantern light this Halloween, make sure to prize open our crypt-full of Halloween secondary resources and add a terrifying twist to your Maths, English, and Science lessons… Continue reading Halloween Secondary Resources from Beyond the Grave

Would You Pass a Memory Test?

It’s a disturbing irony that the idea for this blog post originally came to me on the way to work and I’d contrived to forget it by home time! I had to rack my brain to dredge it back up. The same thing sometimes happens with words, which is not a good look for an English teacher. The most embarrassing memory lapse to date was forgetting the word ‘syllable’ in front of Y8. Fast approaching my fifth decade, I accept it as a sad fact of life that the memory slowly deteriorates. Then again, were my youthful powers of recollection … Continue reading Would You Pass a Memory Test?

Maths Resources: Favourites This Week

Siobhan Lawrence, Content Writer for Secondary Maths, discusses her go-to maths resources from the site. Browse through her list at the top of the page and click the images to link through to the resources on the Twinkl website. For a fuller explanation on the thought process behind them scroll further down this page. Escape the Room: Arithmetic Exit Tickets These Escape the Room Challenge Cards are a brilliant way to keep students focused right up until they leave the classroom and provide such a great assessment for learning tool for teachers. They are also fantastic for encouraging students to … Continue reading Maths Resources: Favourites This Week

Manipulatives in Maths: Suitable for the Secondary Classroom?

Content writer Siobhan Lawrence explains why visualising manipulatives is suitable for everybody. Interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods, counters, dice, dominoes, geo-boards, to name but a few, are all examples of manipulatives and physical objects which you might associate with a primary … Continue reading Manipulatives in Maths: Suitable for the Secondary Classroom?

Maths Christmas: Is It the Season to be Jolly… Yet?

Ok, so we all have those moments where we can’t get those Christmas lyrics out of our head, we’re on countdown to the last day of term and Christmas just takes over. Students constantly ask, ‘Can we do fun stuff?’ ‘Do you have a Christmas quiz?’ Along with the summer holidays, Christmas is one of those times in the school calendar year where students seem to be on a wind down from some time in November (if not earlier!) and keeping them focused, engaged and inspired in their maths learning can be somewhat challenging! So, how do you keep them … Continue reading Maths Christmas: Is It the Season to be Jolly… Yet?

How do I get the most out of my Year 7 Baseline Tests?

By Debi Cullen, Maths Content Writer Meet the Writer I have been a maths content writer at Twinkl for just over a year. I have over 20 years’ experience of teaching maths, mainly in secondary schools in Kent, and I currently teach part-time in a further education college. I was a middle manager for ten years in posts involving curriculum, mentoring and pastoral care. I also mark GCSE maths exam scripts in the summer. I now live near Snowdonia and its stunning scenery and I also run a holiday let from there. The background to baseline tests? The UK government … Continue reading How do I get the most out of my Year 7 Baseline Tests?

Maths Mastery: The Why and the What

Maths content writer Sarah Garry explores the fact and fiction behind maths mastery. A Passing Fad or Evidence-Based Game Changer? Read up on the latest maths pedagogy, and you’ll struggle to avoid seeing the word ‘mastery’ fairly regularly. It’s more than just a buzzword though; it’s a government supported initiative designed to raise attainment across all groups by ensuring students build strong foundations and develop deep understanding. Leaning heavily on the education programmes of Shanghai and Singapore, widely recognised as the leading educators in maths, science and reading, the programme supports the 2014 curriculum that says, ‘All pupils should become … Continue reading Maths Mastery: The Why and the What

Colour By Numbers at Key Stage 3? What’s the Pedagogy Behind These Amazing Maths Worksheets?

In this blog guest writer Henry breaks down the thought process behind our Colour by Numbers worksheets and how to get the best out of them in the classroom. I’m Henry and I’ve been working with Twinkl Secondary for two years. I taught maths in secondary schools for 4 years, where the greatest compliment I ever received was that my suit made me look like Agent 47 from the ‘Hitman’ games. Today, I want to give you the scoop on our most diverse and popular resources – Colour by Numbers. We made our first Colour by Numbers resources for Christmas … Continue reading Colour By Numbers at Key Stage 3? What’s the Pedagogy Behind These Amazing Maths Worksheets?