Understanding algebra at year 7 will help your students develop their understanding of algebraic vocabulary and notation and improve their reasoning skills.
Featuring a range of mix-and-match starters, main activities, and plenaries alongside research and discussion tasks, home learning opportunities and an assessment, this pack is the perfect way to introduce algebra at KS3.
- starters, main activities, plenaries, group and independent learning tasks
- suggestions to support and challenge
- end-of-unit assessment
- answers included.
Introduction (pages 3-4)
Section one: Short tasks
Teaching notes (pages 5-7)
Activities (pages 8-12)
- Using symbols
- Writing formulae
- Collecting like terms
Answers (pages 11-12)
Section two: Developing concepts
Teaching notes (pages 13-16)
Activities (pages 17-21)
- Creating formulae
- Collecting like terms
- Expanding brackets
Answers (pages 22-24)
Section three: Developing fluency
Teaching notes (pages 25-30)
Activities (pages 31-41)
- Bubble substitutions
- Walls of expressions
- Magic squares
- Error no error
- Class activities
- Dominoes challenge
- Brackets challenges
Answers (pages 42-52)
Section four: Homework tasks
Teaching notes (pages 53-54)
Activities (pages 56-58)
- Algebra key words homework
- Substitution homework
- Formulae research homework
- Using formulae homework
- Factors homework
Answers (pages 59-60)
Section five: Assessment
Assessment (pages 61-62)
Mark scheme (page 63)
The aims of this pack are to utilise year 7 students’ knowledge from primary school to build solid foundations for their understanding of algebra throughout KS3 and 4.
These are not whole lessons, instead 23 mix-and-match activity worksheets with a summative assessment at the end, giving teachers the flexibility they need to tailor this content to their students and teaching style. They are split into the following sections:
One: Short tasks. These can be used as starters, plenaries or stand-alone tasks.
Two: Developing concepts. Activities intended to be completed with the class, led by the teacher in order to advance students’ learning.
Three: Developing fluency. These activities comprise opportunities to practice concepts met in section two and some are there to challenge the most confident learners.
Four: Homework tasks. These can also be used as independent tasks within lessons.
Five: Assessment. A summative assessment covering all content.
Each section is further split into: teaching notes, activites and answers sections.
The learning objectives for this pack are taken from the national curriculum for KS3. In the teaching notes, objectives for each activity are stated.
Students should be able to:
1. Use algebra with correct notation, such as not write multiplication signs, use indices, understand division as a fraction and use brackets.
2. Use the correct order of operations in number and algebra.
3. Understand the difference between expressions, equations, terms, factors and coefficients.
4. Simplify expressions by collecting like terms.
5. Multiply out a single bracket and simplify.
6. Factorise into a single bracket by taking out a common factor.
7. Evaluate expressions and use standard formulae (substitution).
8. Model situations by converting them into algebraic expressions and formulae.
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