Cazoom Maths Worksheets Review

Cazoom Maths Worksheets is a website offering more than 1000 high-quality maths worksheets for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. The worksheets are differentiated by using a ‘progression’ indicator  of either Light, Medium or Quick. ‘Light’ means a slower rate of progression through the topic; ‘Medium’ refers to a standard expected rate of progression; ‘Quick’ is intended for learners who can make a lot of progress through the topic in a short space of time.

Cazoom-Maths-Worksheets-menu-and-searchThe website can be used by teachers, parents, private tutors, or even students. I found it easy to navigate and locating worksheets is made easy by the clear menu and search function.

There is a large collection of free maths teaching resources, such as blank pie charts, printable graph paper, isometric paper, multiplication grids and more. These teaching resources are available after signing up to their newsletter.

Although not immediately obvious, the coloured Number/Algebra/Geometry/Statistics text on the right-hand side of the homepage are links to each topic area, allowing for easy worksheet hunting.

The Worksheets

Worksheets are separated into topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics and are downloadable pdf files. There are also starter activities and GCSE revision worksheets for grades A*-G. Hee’s a gallery of some of the worksheets from their free sample pack:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I like the clean layout of Cazoom’s worksheets – the purpose of each task is very clear. Answers are also available for all worksheets. Colour is used appropriately and does not distract the learner (I have seen some worksheets – not from Cazoom – that contain more colours than a Dulux colour palette).

Although no longer officially used, the Cazoom worksheets still include National Curriculum Level indicators, which can be useful for knowing which topics are suitable for various age groups.

 

 

Why Study Further Maths?

An interesting video from the Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) YouTube channel for any students considering to study further maths. Could also be a timely reminder for current further maths students why maths is so important in a wide range of careers.

photo credit: Heart via photopin (license)

Eleven plus maths – FAQs from The Good Schools Guide

Here’s The Good Schools Guide providing answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Eleven Plus (11+) Maths:

http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/tutors/the-eleven-plus-11/350/eleven-plus-maths-frequently-asked-questions

What to study at A-level?

Excellent advice from The Guardian for students deciding what to study at A-level:

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jan/19/a-level-combinations-unlocked-what-should-students-study

I certainly agree with the following paragraph from this article:

Enthusiasm for a subject is important, because A-levels are stretching. “It’s worth considering which subjects you actually enjoy,” says Carys Roberts, head of admissions at Bangor University. “Then you’re more likely to get to grips with the continuous study and revision which comes with A-level work.”

Another important point regarding the changes taking place in the next few years:

It’s worth remembering that from next academic year, A-levels will no longer be assessed in modules. For someone who doesn’t thrive in an exam setting, this could have serious implications on their final grades. It’s therefore worth thinking about other qualifications that might better suit your personal learning preferences.

How good is your maths?

Last week, on the back of a story of a nine-year-old criticising the Government’s High Speed Two projectThe Telegraph posted a maths quiz on their website. So… how good is your maths? (No calculators allowed!)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/hs2/11341106/Quiz-How-good-is-your-maths.html

How many prime numbers are there?

What is the biggest prime number?… Or… do they go on forever?

For me, this is a fantastically elegant piece of mathematical thinking which provides the answer to the above questions. This clip is from BBC’s Alan and Marcus Go Forth and Multiply, where Marcus du Sautoy provides the mathematics and Alan Davies asks the questions.