Starters and plenaries

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2D shapes – identifying polygons (7)
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Angles – basic rules and parallel lines (15)
Angles – circle theorems (5)
Angles – three figure bearings (3)
Area and circumference (15)  New resource!
Area and perimeter – compound shapes (10)  New resource!
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Averages and spread – interquartile range (2)
Averages and spread – mean, median, mode and range (21)
Averages and spread – standard deviation (2)
Bases – binary/hexadecimal (2)
Basic numeracy (5)
Bias and fairness (4)
Binomial probability distribution (2)
Box plots (1)  New resource!
Calculator skills (15)
Cartesian coordinates (6)
Christmas (6)
Circles (11)  New resource!
Collecting like terms (8)
Complex numbers (3)  New resource!
Composite functions (3)
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Conditional probability (2)
Congruence (1)
Constructions (3)
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Correlation (1)
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Expanding brackets (6)
Expanding/factorising single brackets (9)
Experimental probability (6)
Exponential growth (1)
Factor theorem (4)
Factorising polynomials (2)
Formulae and substitution (19)  New resource!
Fractions – equivalent, mixed and improper (13)
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Fractions – fractions of amounts (11)
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Functions (6)
Geometric probability distribution (2)
Gradient of a curve (1)
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Graphs and charts – mixed (2)
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Indices (15)
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Inequalities (10)
Integration (6)
Inverse operations (4)
Iteration (5)
Kinematics in one dimension (1)
Linear equations (17)
Linear graphs – finding the equation of a line (11)  New resource!
Linear graphs – gradients (9)  New resource!
Linear graphs – plotting and sketching (16)  New resource!
Linear graphs – vertical and horizontal lines (3)
Loci (1)
Logarithms (6)
Maths in context (7)
Matrices (1)
Measuring angles (7)
Measuring lengths (3)
Metric units (10)
Metric/imperial conversion (6)
Multiplication and division (30)
Mutually exclusive events (1)
Negative numbers (8)  New resource!
Non-linear graphs – circles (1)
Non-linear graphs – natural exponents and logarithms (1)
Non-linear graphs – quadratics and cubics (6)
Non-linear graphs – sin, cos and tan (1)
Number patterns (3)
Number properties – factor pairs (4)
Number properties – HCF / LCM (6)
Number properties – mixed (15)
Number properties – multiples (2)
Number properties – prime factors (7)
Number properties – primes (2)
Order of operations (BIDMAS) (9)
Percentages – compound percentages (11)
Percentages – profit and loss (4)
Percentages – simple percentages (20)
Pick's Theorem (2)
Place value (3)
Plans and elevations (2)
Posters and displays (22)
Powers of 10 (5)
Prime factorisation (1)
Probability scales (6)
Progressions – geometric (1)
Projectiles (1)
Proof (10)
Puzzles and games (16)
Pythagoras' theorem (12)
Quadratics – completing the square (6)
Quadratics – factorising and expanding (16)
Quadratics – solving quadratics (13)
Quadratics – the quadratic equation (12)
Quadratics-quadratic inequalities (1)
Question generators (3)
Radians (3)
Ratio and proportion (13)
Real-life graphs (3)
Relative frequency (1)
Remainder theorem (1)
Revision (70)
Revision cards (18)
Rich tasks (31)
Rounding and estimating (13)
Sample space (4)
Sequences - special types (7)
Sequences – nth term (15)  New resource!
Sequences – term to term (11)  New resource!
Series (1)
Similar shapes (2)
Simultaneous equations (9)
Sketching curves (8)
Solids and nets – 3D geometry (3)
Solids and nets – 3D representations (2)
Solids and nets – identifying 3D shapes (8)
Spatial reasoning (2)
Spearman's rank coefficient (1)
Standard form (8)  New resource!
Statistical indexes (2)
Substitution (6)
Surds (8)
Symmetry (5)
Tessellation (1)
The number e (1)
Theoretical probability (17)
Time, timetables and planning (3)
Transformations - rotation (1)
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Transformations of functions (8)
Transformations – enlargement (3)
Transformations – mixed (8)
Transformations– reflection (6)
Tree diagrams (1)
Tree diagrams (1)
Trial and improvement (1)
Trigonometry or Pythagoras? (5)
Trigonometry – area of a triangle (2)
Trigonometry – sine and cosine rules (3)
Trigonometry – SOHCAHTOA (16)
Trigonometry – triangles and diagrams (9)
Trigonometry – trigonometric identities (5)
Types of numbers (10)
Using scales (1)
Vectors (3)
Venn diagrams (1)
Volume and surface area (11)

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