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### Circles Starters:

Pi Day: March 14th is Pi Day. The third month and the 14th day relates to 3.14 which is pi to three significant figures. How many figures of pi can you memorise?

Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Square Circle Kite: Write down the names of all the mathematical shapes you know.

Pizza Slice: A problem which can be solved by considereing the areas of a triangle and a sector of a circle.

Speed Circles: Find the diameters of the circles in the corners of the square.

Sphere Hole: Find the volume of the remaining part of a sphere after a 10cm cylindrical hole has been drilled through it.

#### Proof of Circle Theorems

Arrange the stages of the proofs for the standard circle theorems in the correct order.

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### Curriculum for Circles:

#### Year 6

Pupils should be taught to illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius more...

#### Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to calculate and solve problems involving: perimeters of 2-D shapes (including circles), areas of circles and composite shapes more...

#### Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to identify and apply circle definitions and properties, including: centre, radius, chord, diameter, circumference, tangent, arc, sector and segment more...

Pupils should be taught to {apply and prove the standard circle theorems concerning angles, radii, tangents and chords, and use them to prove related results} more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate arc lengths, angles and areas of sectors of circles more...

Pupils should be taught to {recognise and use the equation of a circle with centre at the origin; find the equation of a tangent to a circle at a given point} more...

#### Years 12 and 13

Pupils should be taught to understand and use the coordinate geometry of the circle including using the equation of a circle in the form (x – a)2 + (y – b)2 = r2 Completing the square to find the centre and radius of a circle; use of the following properties: the angle in a semicircle is a right angle, the perpendicular from the centre to a chord bisects the chord, the radius of a circle at a given point on its circumference is perpendicular to the tangent to the circle at that point more...

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### Notes:

This is all to do with pi and why it is such an important number. From finding the circumference and area of circles to problem solving and investigation.

Pupils will begin by learning the names of the parts of a circle then, either through investigation or practical activity, discover that the circumference of a circle is always just a little more than three times the length of the diameter whatever the size of the circle. A brief walk through history leads them to find out how to use this knowledge (and a more accurate version of pi) to find the circumference and areas of circles. This can then be developed to find the area of a sector, area of a segment, area of an annulus and the area of the region between a circle and a square in more complex problem solving situations.

More mathematics related to the circle can involve angle theorems, loci and algebra.

### Circles Teacher Resources:

Angle Theorem Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the circle angle theorems.

Circle Parts Kim's Game: A memory game to be projected to help the whole class revise the names for the parts of a circle.

Circle Theorems: Diagrams of the circle theorems to be projected onto a white board as an effective visual aid.

Geometry Toolbox: Create your own dynamic geometrical diagrams using this truly amazing tool from GeoGebra.

### Circles Activities:

Circle Equations: Recognise and use the equation of a circle with centre at the origin and the equation of a tangent to a circle.

Circle Pairs: Find the matching pairs of circle diagrams and circle properties in this interactive online game.

Circle Theorem Pairs: A pairs game based around ten theorems about the angles made with chords, radii and tangents of circles.

Circle Theorems Exercise: Show that you understand and can apply the circle theorems with this self marking exercise.

Circles: Practise using pi to calculate various circle measurements. There are six levels of difficulty.

Geometry Toolbox: Create your own dynamic geometrical diagrams using this truly amazing tool from GeoGebra.

In Terms of Pi: Circle related questions requiring the answer to include a multiple of pi rather than an approximation.

Proof of Circle Theorems: Arrange the stages of the proofs for the standard circle theorems in the correct order.

### Circles Videos:

Transum's Circles Video

A Brief History of Pi: A video from Simon Clark presenting a deep but accessible account of the history of pi.

Circle Drawing Champion: A teacher draws a perfect freehand circle of diameter one metre in less than a second.

Circle Facts Song: A free trial lesson from Math Upgrade dot com.

Circumference: How does the circumference of a glass compare to the height of the glass? You'll be surprised when you find out.

Facts You Should Know About Pi: Mathematician Presh Talwalkar explains five facts you should know about pi.

Pi: Some information about Pi, the "celebrity number'. A video features maths-loving author Alex Bellos.

Pi and Four Fingers: Why is The Simpsons not in Base 8? In this video Simon Singh talks about Pi and Maths in The Simpsons cartoon.

Pi Song: Kate Bush sings the digits of pi (audio only).

### Circles Worksheets/Printables:

Circle Theorem Worksheet: One page of ready-drawn circles for pupils to draw their own diagrams followed by two pages of questions.

Parts of a Circle: A sheet of circles with nine parts named. The pupil is asked to draw the named parts.

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#### Circle Equations

Recognise and use the equation of a circle with centre at the origin and the equation of a tangent to a circle.

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