Revision Programme GCSE Mathematics
Your son/daughter will be sitting the Edexcel G.C.S.E. Mathematics Specification 1MA0 and they will be entered at either the Higher (grades A*-D) or Foundation tier (grade C-G), whichever is most appropriate for their ability. The course is assessed through two examinations of equal weight at the end of year 11; a Non Calculator Paper and a Calculator Paper each of 1 hour 45 minutes.
What We are Doing at School to Help our Students
- Students have analysed their mock exam papers and identified topics which they still have problems with.
- Teachers are using lessons to address the problem topics and to teach new topics to enable students to pick up the marks missed in the mocks.
- Outside of lessons there will be weekly after-school clinics for students to attend and get more individualised help – the time and location of these sessions will be advertised on noticeboards in the Mathematics Faculty area.
- In addition to lessons and after-school clinics we will be providing warm up sessions immediately before each of the exams. At these sessions we will provide brain food, Mathematics warm up exercises and final tips. Students wishing to attend these sessions may come with a topic or problem which they are having difficulty with.
What Students Should be Doing at Home
In order to revise for Mathematics students must do Mathematics! Reading notes and looking at questions in a revision guide will not enable students to practice the concepts. Each Mathematics teacher may have a revision strategy which is unique to them and therefore what suits one teacher may not suit another. Here is a list of possible strategies students can adopt in order to revise effectively:
- Make a "to do" list which highlights problem areas and topics. Then work through each one in order to tackle the problems.
- Make revision cards which summarise the main topics/concepts. This will allow students to review topics already covered as well as condensing their notes from exercise books.
- The Mathematics Faculty has subscribed to www.mymaths.co.uk which is an online website with lots of resources, demonstrations and examples. Students should use this website in order to go over problem areas. All students should be familiar with the login and password, however these are also advertised on noticeboards.
- Working through past papers is the most effective way to revise. The school will provide students with a variety of past papers. Staff may give a past paper during a lesson for students to work on, during a lesson as a timed activity or as homework. Most classes will be completing at least one past paper per week after Easter.
What parents can do to help
- Take an interest;
- Ask your son/daughter to show you their past papers and encourage them to tell you which topics/question types they need help with;
- Encourage independent work
If a past paper is given for homework, provide a quiet environment for them to do it and encourage them to stick to the time limit if necessary.
- Provide help
If you can help them with any of these please do so. If you are rusty on the intricacies of solving simultaneous equations, bisecting a line (or whatever) then you can use the texts, revision guides and www.mymaths.co.uk to work on problems together.
- Ask your son/daughter to explain a concept
This is a very good way of seeing whether students understand a topic. If they can explain to someone else how to do it then they understand it themselves.
- Encourage attendance to sessions outside of lesson time
This will enable students to get specialist help on problem areas.
- Encourage students to complete questions from revision guides/workbooks
In addition to past papers provided by the school, publishers often provide questions in revision guides which are similar to those in exams. Some publishers have specific revision workbooks with model answers. We encourage students to practice as much as possible. Practice makes perfect!
There are several websites available for pupils to use. Here are the ones which we recommend:
The school has subscribed to this on your behalf. It provides lessons on all GCSE topics and topic tests which are marked on line. They should use the “Booster pack” appropriate to the grade they are targeting.
The BBC bitesize site provides topic revision and tests for most GCSE subjects as well as a generic past paper to try.
The Centre of Innovation for Mathematics GCSE resources. Lots of topic practice questions. GCSE revision link has quick tests and answers and generic past papers and answers.
A good source of GCSE revision materials for most GCSEs.
A site with revision topic by topic for GCSE Maths and English and past paper plus answers.
You have to register online 1st then you get access to revision materials for a number of subjects.
This website is free and contains instructional videos on most mathematical problem types.
Revision guides are often a personal preference. We recommend pupils buy a workbook with a revision guide. For example: CGP Revision Guides and Past Papers. We have copies of the “MathsWatch” CD Rom revision guide which offers tutorial presentations on most topics (these cost £3).