Free resources for teaching and assessment of key mathematical processes for 11-16 year olds

About Applying Mathematical Processes (AMP)

FREE classroom-trialled resources to support teachers in their teaching and assessment of the key processes of mathematics in secondary schools.

The AMP resources, co-funded by the Clothworkers' Foundation, are based on 20 of the Graded Assessment in Mathematics (GAIM) materials produced with Nuffield support in the 1980s. There were 80 GAIM activities and these can be accessed via the National STEM Centre archive.

AMP activities
The AMP activities include:

  • Mathematical investigations, such as working out how many texts are sent if everyone in a group sends one to all the others in the group.
  • Practical explorations, such as designing a table or scheduling the work to be done in a fashion workshop.

The activities are accessible for almost all secondary pupils, offer a wide range of contexts and relate to a broad spectrum of the mathematics curriculum content (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data handling, probability, ...).  Some are more suitable for group work, some may extend the most capable of pupils - these and related aspects are discussed in the teacher notes.

Each activity comes with a 'Pupil stimulus' and 'Teacher notes' and some have Flash and/or PDF files for use with Interactive White Boards and computers.

Support for teaching and assessment
 The teachers’ notes for each activity provide:

  • guidance on how to run the activity in the classroom 
  • probing questions to help pupils progress during the activity
  • A progression table showing stages of development through the task, across the various key processes.
  • sample responses from pupils, illustrating elements of the progression table.

Pilot teachers used the progression tables to inform the guidance they gave pupils and to assess and chart pupil progress; they also used them to enable pupils to map their progress and to see how they could improve, both through self and peer assessment.

At the same time, Bowland Maths is producing:

  • shorter tasks to assess key processes
  • CPD modules for the teaching and assessment of key processes, including involving pupils in self and peer assessment.