Algebra and Graphs

This collection of resources is produced by the Core Maths Support Programme to support the implementation of Core Maths. The collection contains a range of activities all designed to enable students to use and apply algebra and graphs in unfamiliar contexts.


Mental maths and algebra

Students are presented with two calculation ‘tricks’ involving squaring two digit numbers. They then use algebra to explore the reasons why the method works.

The short presentation can be used to show examples to illustrate each of the methods.

The teachers' notes outline the task and suggest that...

Olympic medal ranking

This Core Maths task looks at how countries are ranked at the 2012 Olympic Games. Students use Excel to order the data and are asked to comment on whether the ranking is fair. This activity is designed to then lead to a discussion of weighted rankings.

The teachers' notes give an outline of the task and...

Oxford air temperature

This resource allows students to use a spreadsheet to explore the mean annual temperature of Oxford since 1815. 

Investigating a large data set instructs students to find data from a given website and then use moving averages to investigate possible trends. 

A brief guide to...

Physical Fitness

In this activity students create a graphical ready reckoner to assess physical fitness. The challenge is to construct the ready reckoner and ultimately use it in practical situations. Students are required to plot straight line graphs.

Physical Fitness Overview suggests...


Published by


Share this resource