Starters and plenaries

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2D shapes – identifying polygons (7)
2D shapes – identifying triangles and special quadrilaterals (9)
Addition and subtraction (17)
Algebraic fractions (2)
Angles – angles in polygons (8)  New resource!
Angles – basic rules and parallel lines (13)
Angles – circle theorems (5)
Angles – three figure bearings (2)
Area and circumference (9)  New resource!
Area and perimeter – compound shapes (8)  New resource!
Area and perimeter – polygons (13)
Averages and spread – interquartile range (1)
Averages and spread – mean, median, mode and range (20)  New resource!
Averages and spread – standard deviation (2)  New resource!
Bases – binary/hexadecimal (2)
Basic numeracy (5)
Bias and fairness (4)
Binomial probability distribution (2)
Calculator skills (13)  New resource!
Cartesian coordinates (6)
Christmas (6)
Circles (5)  New resource!
Collecting like terms (5)
Complex numbers (2)
Composite functions (2)
Compound measures (7)
Conditional probability (2)
Congruence (1)
Constructions (3)
Converting units of area and volume (2)
Coordinate geometry (1)
Coordinates (1)
Coordinates - midpoint and gradient (1)
Cubic equations - factorising (1)
Data collection and sampling (7)
Decimals (17)  New resource!
Differentiation (9)
Dominoes, loop cards and treasure hunts (38)
Expanding brackets (5)
Expanding/factorising single brackets (8)
Experimental probability (6)
Factor theorem (3)
Factorising polynomials (1)
Formulae and substitution (18)
Fractions – equivalent, mixed and improper (10)  New resource!
Fractions – fraction calculations (11)  New resource!
Fractions – fractions of amounts (9)
Fractions/decimals/percentages (13)  New resource!
Functions (5)
Geometric probability distribution (2)
Gradient of a curve (1)
Graphs and charts – bar charts (3)
Graphs and charts – histograms (1)
Graphs and charts – mixed (2)
Graphs and charts – pie charts (4)
Graphs and charts – scatter graphs (3)
Indices (13)  New resource!
Indices – integer powers (2)  New resource!
Inequalities (7)  New resource!
Integration (6)
Inverse operations (3)
Iteration (5)
Kinematics in one dimension (1)
Linear equations (15)
Linear graphs – finding the equation of a line (6)
Linear graphs – gradients (4)
Linear graphs – plotting and sketching (11)
Linear graphs – vertical and horizontal lines (2)
Loci (1)
Logarithms (5)
Maths in context (7)
Matrices (1)
Measuring angles (7)
Measuring lengths (3)
Metric units (10)
Metric/imperial conversion (6)
Multiplication and division (23)
Mutually exclusive events (1)
Negative numbers (7)
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 (14)
Number properties – multiples (2)
Number properties – prime factors (7)
Number properties – primes (2)
Order of operations (BIDMAS) (8)
Percentages – compound percentages (9)
Percentages – profit and loss (3)
Percentages – simple percentages (18)
Pick's Theorem (2)
Place value (3)
Plans and elevations (1)  New resource!
Posters and displays (22)
Powers of 10 (5)
Probability scales (5)
Progressions – geometric (1)
Projectiles (1)  New resource!
Proof (8)
Puzzles and games (15)
Pythagoras' theorem (11)
Quadratics – completing the square (3)
Quadratics – factorising and expanding (13)
Quadratics – solving quadratics (7)
Quadratics – the quadratic equation (6)
Quadratics-quadratic inequalities (1)
Question generators (3)
Radians (2)  New resource!
Ratio and proportion (11)
Real-life graphs (2)
Relative frequency (1)
Revision (69)
Revision cards (18)
Rich tasks (30)
Rounding and estimating (12)
Sample space (4)
Sequences - special types (5)
Sequences – nth term (10)  New resource!
Sequences – term to term (10)
Series (1)  New resource!
Similar shapes (2)
Simultaneous equations (8)
Sketching curves (3)  New resource!
Solids and nets – 3D geometry (2)
Solids and nets – 3D representations (2)
Solids and nets – identifying 3D shapes (8)
Spatial reasoning (2)
Spearman's rank coefficient (1)
Standard form (5)
Statistical indexes (2)
Substitution (6)
Surds (4)
Symmetry (5)
Tessellation (1)
The number e (1)
Theoretical probability (17)
Time, timetables and planning (3)
Transformations - rotation (1)
Transformations - translation (1)
Transformations of functions (7)
Transformations – enlargement (3)
Transformations – mixed (8)
Transformations– reflection (5)
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 (13)  New resource!
Trigonometry – triangles and diagrams (6)
Trigonometry – trigonometric identities (3)  New resource!
Types of numbers (10)
Using scales (1)
Vectors (3)
Venn diagrams (1)
Volume and surface area (11)

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