What’s new?

Since the Easter holiday, we have added the following:

TopTopics

TopTopics lets you quickly create a set of questions on topics you choose. Simply use a slider to adjust the level of challenge, click any question to show its answer, and click an answer to generate a new version of the question if you’d like to give your students a bit more practice:

More topics, such as Pythagoras & Trigonometry, are on the way!

Skills drills, Always, sometimes, or never activities, Random Question Generators

In May, we added over 20 additional resources to various topics. These include “Skills drills” worksheets, Always, sometimes, or never activities, and Random Question Generators. Where available, you will find links to these under the Teacher Resources for that topic.

Skills drills worksheets typically have 40 questions on one page. Answers are included on a second page. These questions are different from those in the slides, and are available so that you can give students extra practice – either in class or as homework. We are continuing to add more topics.

For front-of-class use, the Random Question Generators may be more suitable. Each Random Question Generator typically works like TopTopics (see above) except that all the questions generated focus on a given topic. You can show an answer with a click and regenerate a question with one further click. Here is what the Random Question Generator for topic A4e looks like (note that you can customise the difficulty of the questions in this exercise, but the option to do so is hidden in this screenshot):

In Always, sometimes, or never? activities, students need to fill in blanks using either Always, sometimes, or never. Here are a few example questions from the activity for topic N6a:

  1. A square number ____ has a 7 in its units column.
  2. Positive integers with a 6 in their units column ____ are square numbers.
  3. A cube number is ____ a square number.
  4. A whole number raised to the power of 6 is ____ a square number.
  5. A whole number raised to the power of 6 is ____ a cube number.

Extension activities

In response to a suggestion from a user, we have begun to add extension tasks just beneath each topic’s slides. These are currently available for 10 topics, and more are being added each week. These extension tasks might be suitable for students who have completed all the questions on a given slide. These extension activities are separate from the slides so that it is possible for some students to focus on an extension task whilst others look at another slide. See bossmaths.com/a4e for an example.