TES collection Maths GCSE revision
Maths GCSE Revision Resources Collection
Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
With the curse/blessing of early-entry, it seems these days that students are revising and preparing for exams all year round. There is a danger that revision lessons can be rather stale and frustrating for all involved. This is largely due to the fact that students have seen the material before meaning some will be bored, while others will be thinking that they didn’t get the topic first time around and won’t get it now either. Added to this, there is the problem that exams may well be taking place in other subjects, thus draining your students’ effort and focus even further. What can we do to rectify this? Well, fear not, the incredibly generous and talented users of the TES website are here to help! The quality and range of GCSE revision resources uploaded to the website is truly phenomenal. I know my students have benefited greatly from using these over the last few years, and have led to some exciting, varied, fast-paced and, most importantly, effective revision lessons. Below I have picked out 20 of my favourites.
Top 20 Resources:
- These are an excellent set of 34 bright, colourful, information-packed sheets, each containing 10 GCSE questions (five Foundation and five Higher). I used these with my middle set Year 11 students, working in groups of 2 and 3, giving them eight minutes to work through one of the sheets, before I whipped it off them and gave them another one. It was fast, frantic, but a highly enjoyable and valuable lesson for all involved, in which we covered far more topics than I could have hoped for. I think these are simply brilliant resources. Click here for the full Collection.
- A set of very well presented starter activities aimed at students targeting a Grade C in the Foundation Tier. There are 20 slides, each containing four questions, covering everything from Pythagoras to angle facts. Best of all, there are fully worked solutions. These would work very well at the start of each lesson to get your students’’ brains ticking, or perhaps even printed off as worksheets for the students to solve.
- Instead of giving students questions to try, students are instead given prompts. It is then their job to come up with questions (and perhaps mark schemes) based around those prompts. This could lead to an excellent lesson with students creating questions, testing them out on their peers, and then marking and giving feedback. A much deeper learning experience than just answering the boring exam questions!
- Over the last couple of years we have seen the introduction of the dreaded asterisks (*) questions at GCSE. These are questions that specifically judge and mark students on their ability to communicate their answers in a structured, clear and logical way. Needless to say, this is something that students have always struggled with and in my experience it is the lower ability students that struggle the most. Step forward this excellent resource from mrbag! It provides a series of these asterisks questions, but crucially it also provides students with hints and tips for how they might go about working out the answer and communicating this. Once students’ confidence has increased, they might then be ready to try out section two, where the questions remain but the hints do not. A really well-designed and important resource that should make a lasting, positive impact.
- If you are anything like me, you will always be on the look-out for ways to spice up GCSE revision. This revision trail might be exactly what you are looking for. Designed like a treasure hunt, students must work out the answer to each card and then hunt this answer down amongst the other cards in order to know what question to take on next. What I particularly like about this resource is that it is targeted at grade A/A* students, with the questions being in the style of the latter questions on GCSE exams to really stretch them. I hope you and your students find this resource useful.
- There have been some outstanding resources aimed at GCSE Revision uploaded by teachers to TES over the last few years, and this set of resources by alipon is right up there with the best of them. The resource consists of two Revision Races – one aimed at A-A* and the other at grades D to A*. Students are given a grid and are challenged to answer as many of the 20 questions as possible. Lots of important mathematical topics are covered including: transformations, area, scale factor, Pythagoras, co-ordinates and simultaneous equations. I find that race games like this work particularly well when students are given one question at a time and are only allowed to move on to the next question once they have shown you the answer to the previous one. The classroom will be buzzing and a lot of worthwhile mathematics will be taking place.
- One of the greatest difficulties that my students seem to face in the exam is understanding exactly what the question is asking them to do. Strange words like “evaluate”, “justify” and “prove” seem to stop the students in their tracks, confuse them and make them think that they can’t actually do the question. Any resource that can help alleviate the problem is always going to be popular with me and that is why I think this particular resource from paulcollins is excellent. In the video we take a look at the resource itself, and then I suggest a couple of ways it could be made even more useful in the classroom.
- We’ve all been there: you just need a couple of questions on Pythagoras for your Year 10s and one or two on angle facts for your Year 8s and you really can’t be bothered to type them out. If only questions on almost every maths topic were stored in one place, just ready to be copied and inserted into your presentation, the world would be a better place. Well, good news! Thanks to Ben Cooper’s Mega PowerPoint resource, you never need to look for questions again! This is one of TES Maths’ most popular resources of all time, and it’s not hard to see why.
- A truly phenomenal set of 10 algebra problems designed for Foundation level at GCSE. Different levels of support are offered for each problem, and the document itself is beautifully designed and laid out. This is an area that students of all abilities struggle with, but especially those taking the foundation tier. I would pay big money for this – but here it is on TES for free!
- A fantastic collection of videos from two teachers based in London. Each video is very well presented and contains explanations and examples covering a wide range of GCSE topics. This would be an excellent companion to the work your students are putting in at home and in the classroom.
- A high-quality levelled revision resource. Students have to cut out the cards to make a cycle of question-answer-question etc. (like dominoes, but better!). There is also a reflection sheet for your students to fill in having completed the activity.
- A fantastic treasure hunt activity that gets students up and about and focuses on all the important topics for those aiming to boost that Grade D up to a Grade C.
- A brilliant resource for anyone revising the Foundation tier. Select the unit you are doing, then the strand and voila! An exam question for discussion appears before your very eyes.
- A set of really good Excel spreadsheets that offer students randomised questions to practice key GCSE topics. These would be well suited to a computer room lesson, or even to give a copy to students to take away and use at home.
- A fantastic set of themed True-False activities which are really effective for highlighting any misconceptions that students may have.
- An excellent way of spicing up GCSE maths revision by converting it into a fun Game Show. It is amazing how a little competitiveness increases students’ focus and effort.
- A nice adaptable resource that tries to get students to think what they need to know for a set of very important GCSE topics.
- An amazing set of 23 dominoes that cover a very wide variety of toipics and are suitable for all ability levels. Get them cut out and laminated and you should get a few year’s use out of them!
- Another fun maths game to spice up the revision process. Lots of important topics covered!
- Students often have trouble with the meanings of maths words in exams. Displaying these posters around the room or using them for starts is a good way to address this issue.