My (current) top ten resources for teaching Core Maths
Thursday 9th December 2021
Beautiful News Daily
Did you know that about 90% of all media coverage is negative? I only came across this website recently – it's described as "a collection of good news, positive trends, uplifting statistics and facts". There are so many different but beautiful representations of data to share with your students and ask, "What do you notice?" or, "Anything you wonder?"Go to resource
Maths on the Back of an Envelope by Rob Eastaway
This book is fantastic for introducing Fermi Estimation! It gives some great ideas, such as becoming familiar with some ‘landmark’ numbers and building up to less structured estimation questions. It has great anecdotes and introduces the mighty ‘zequals!'Go to resource
Getting Started with Core Maths padlet
This contains everything and anything you need to know. There's help for getting started, resources, ideas and links. Go and visit it now!Go to resource
More or Less on BBC Radio 4
This is my favourite podcast. Tim Harford explains, and sometimes debunks, the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life. The radio show is on Wednesday mornings, but podcast episodes are available. I highly recommend.Go to resource
This is a lovely, quirky website with lots of fun resources to play with. I particularly like the Life Stats (in case you’ve ever wondered how many times you’ve blinked in your lifetime) and Sell Sell Sell! (if you want to compare numbers of boxes of Cheerios sold to Amazon deliveries!)Go to resource
In fact, I'd recommend any news website, just to keep it real and topical. I like to find a news story and ask students to find the maths in it, or use it to create my own questions. There's so much data that you can use, such as charts, graphs and percentages.Go to resource
Our World in Data
Talking of data, this website does what it says on the tin and has charts of all kinds of things, including human rights, education, and the environment. It's great for looking at climate change, and you can often download the data as a spreadsheet too.Go to resource
Where maths meets… the world of work!
I love these resources on the AMSP website. They give students a chance to look at some different careers, including a data analyst and a filmmaker, and watch videos and carry out activities. There are different resources for students from KS3 up to KS5, so it's definitely worth a look for all of your year groups.Go to resource
Last but not least, Matt Parker has made some brilliant, accessible and interesting videos. I haven’t managed to watch them all, but I especially love the ones on Landmark Numbers and Bad Number Analogies (when introducing Fermi) and Why do Biden's votes not follow Benford's Law? to look at the election data in the USA.Go to resource
I'd also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @GraphCrimes, @CoreMathsCat, @CoreMathsTom, and @AMSPLon_SE, or joining in with #CoreMathsChat on a Monday evening. I find so many topical resources on Twitter, and I'd also recommend simply searching #CoreMaths.
Finally, and this isn’t a resource as such, but Mathematics in School (published by the Mathematical Association) has just released its Golden Anniversary Issue. This issue takes a slightly different perspective of ‘Mathematics OUTSIDE School’ and looks at some of the benefits of Core Maths. It's definitely worth a read!