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# National Curriculum: Algebra- Year 6 - Video

Created on 24 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 April 2016 by ncetm_administrator

# Video

## Video material to support the implementation of the National Curriculum

This suite of videos on our website addresses the demands of the New Curriculum to introduce formal algebra into KS2.

## Algebra – What’s the pattern?

This Teachers TV Key Stage Two algebra lesson starter is based around how many people can sit at a birthday party table. A single table can seat six children, one at each end and two on either side. When a second table is added, ten children can be seated (two at either end and four at each side). As the tables and the number of children grow, a pattern starts to appear. Students are challenged to work out the pattern and predict how many children could come to the party if there were 100 tables.

## Chessboard Algebra

From the series ‘Great Lesson Ideas’, this Teachers TV video shows an idea for teaching algebra using a chessboard. The teacher asks her students to look for patterns in order to predict how many squares would be on different sized boards. She then presents a formula that could be used for any sized board, which the students use to test some of their predictions.

## Seven Squares

A video showing how three people draw (and therefore see) this matchstick pattern of seven squares:

… and how different ways of seeing might lead to different generalisations and formulae for how many match sticks are needed for 25, 100, n squares.

## Building on rich starting points

This video shows the start of a mathematics lesson at Kingsfield School where pupils are presented with data giving hints regarding a function which they then make conjectures about.