Mainly Algebra


Brief Description

Teacher’s Notes

Pond Borders

Pupils are required to investigate a variety of rectangular ponds in order to establish a rule for determining the number of pavers required for any size pond. (JS)

Task Plans

Where Am I ?

A simple mystery involving coordinates. Once solved, pupils are invited to create their own. (JS)

A-J Problem

A number puzzle with plenty of ‘What Ifs?’ which quickly develops into an algebraic task. (Paul Flinton)

Task Plans


Card matching activity involving perimeter and area (Helen Curry)

Algebra Mazes

(Dave Allsopp)

Task Plans

Coordinate Sort

An activity which leads to plotting staight line graphs. (Sandra Douglas)

Task Plans


The task requires pupils to generate number sequences and then spot a pattern – (triangular numbers). Although structured, the task can easily be ‘de-structured’ and also extended with ‘what ifs’. (Liz Hart)

House of Cards

Finding a rule to predict the number of cards required to build a ‘house of cards’. (Joanne Waldron)

Equations and Sequences

Three activities linking sequences to equations, which give some interesting results. (Peter Needham)

Always or Sometimes?

An algebraic card sort. (Sophie Garnett)

Party Tables

A sequences and functions task.(JS)

Task Plan

Transforming Graphs





This task (suitable for KS4/5) requires students to work with graphs of functions and link them using descriptions of the transformations that have occurred. (Clare Dawson)


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5 Responses to Mainly Algebra

  • Adeles Scheepers

    Fri 22nd, 2010 @ 11:13am

    Very useful tasks. Will definitely try them out. Resources well designed. Thanks

  • Martin Mansfield

    Mon 12th, 2010 @ 8:48pm

    Thanks for the A – J problem Paul. Going to use it with my year 7s as a differentiated extension task. Cheers.

  • Patricia Pommells

    Fri 23rd, 2011 @ 2:28am

    Fantastic resources. Will be very useful in the maths competitions I organise. Thanks!

  • lois

    Sun 15th, 2012 @ 9:22pm

    I used the co-ordinate sort with my year 8’s. It gave them a really good understanding of the equations of lines and how they work. So pleased with the outcome :)

  • Aibudi

    Mon 19th, 2013 @ 1:33am

    Brilliant resource. I will be trying them on come Sept. Thanks for sharing.

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