Tes Maths: GCSE revision resources

Craig Barton
17th March 2020
Maths symbols to highlight tried-and-tested GCSE revision resources, created by teachers

Ensure students feel confident going into GCSE and iGCSE exams with these hand-picked revision resources

With the 2020 GCSE and iGCSE exams looming in the not so distant future there really is no rest for the wicked. In order for students to feel fully prepared for the unknown, I've brought together this collection of engaging revision resources, complete with old favourites and brand-new ideas tailored to distinct areas of the new specification.

As ever, thanks must go to the generous and talented members of the Tes maths community for sharing these top-notch lessons and activities, which are sure to keep pupils focused and on track until the minute they enter that exam hall.

Happy revising!

Craig Barton, Tes Maths adviser

General revision resources

GCSE Maths Revision Race (Grades 4-5)

15 exam-style questions aimed at grades 4-5 in the format of a revision race, written specifically for the new 9-1 spec. This is a great activity to do as a revision lesson to engage your students in some exam practice. It'll also help you to identify weaker areas that need more revision.

Answers and instructions are included, all you need to do is print the questions. The questions could also be used as a quiz or treasure hunt-type activity.

Get our GCSE Maths Revision Race for grades 1-3!

Get our GCSE Maths Revision Race for grades 6-9!
By SimplyEffectiveEducation

Revision Races - Revision Aid - GCSE

In these GCSE worksheets there are two revision races, aimed at different grades. The teams start with the picture and the first question. When they have shown the answer they are given the next question and so on. I wrote them for module 5 revision, so mostly Algebra and shape questions.
By alipon

Going for gold! - GCSE problem solving papers

These papers test skills that appear on both foundation and higher tier papers.

Each paper has three versions to choose from: Bronze, Silver and Gold. They are the same questions, but the amount of scaffolding is adjusted in each.

There are worked solutions to accompany every paper.

The Platinum paper is an extension to further challenge your students.

Full preview available at http://www.JaggersMaths.co.uk/going-for-gold

By JaggersMaths

GCSE (EDEXCEL) Foundation preparation

Inspired by Graham Cumming’s shadow papers, I set to work after marking my year 11 mock papers where they lost crucial early marks on their exam papers. Huge thank you to Graham for allowing me to host these on TES.

These have been designed to prepare students to make a positive start on the exam papers. For each exam paper, there are four papers for the students to attempt, building up to the actual questions from that years exam.
I am using them as starters every lesson with my year 11s. The structure looks like this:
A4 sheets are folded vertically so that the “My notes” sheet is facing students as they sit down. I get them to work in pairs initially (certainly for the first two papers), getting them to write down strategies they will employ to answer the style of question in front of them. This takes 5 – 10 minutes. I use the visualiser to show good practice and may even guide the whole class to help remind them the approach they have been previously taught.
I then get them to work in silence for approximately 10 minutes to answer the questions independently. When students are ready, I allow them to mark their own work. For questions they have got wrong, I am encouraging them to learn from their mistakes and add to their notes sheet, ready for their next lesson.
I do not collect in scores, but I do go round and ask students how they have got on (it helps that students finish at different times to allow me to work more individually with them). We file these at the back of our books.
In the next lesson I give out a new practice paper and ask the students to fill in the notes section without, initially, using their notes from last lesson. This acts as good retrieval practice and I get to see how much they have retained.
As we progress through the practice papers I try and encourage them to reduce their reliance on their notes, or the helpsheet. Some students fold their paper so it is not visible. It has gone down well and my students now feel more assured about starting their paper with confidence.

If you have any questions/suggestions, please get in contact using my twitter handle @billyads_47

By Billyads_47

GCSE Revision Pub Quiz - Higher and Foundation

This is a revision activity either to be done in small groups or individually. There are the following rounds: Number, Algebra, Shape and Space, Date Handling, Using and Applying. All have 10 questions worth one point each except the Using and Applying round where there are 5 questions worth 3 points each, where workings must be given.
By alutwyche

GCSE revision non calculator

I will run the resource... or attempt to run it... with each pair of students receiving both the even and odd questions. One student answers the even questions and the other answers the odd. The answer from the previous question is needed to answer the question you are on.

The final answer is 27.

This task can be ran with students working individually.
By Smithd88

Low-stakes quizzes

OCR Maths: Higher GCSE - Check In Test 6.03 Algebraic equations

A 10 question test on Algebraic equations, comprising: 5 questions on procedural calculations; 3 questions on reasoning and communicating mathematically; and 2 problem solving questions. At the end of the test there is an extension activity which will allow more able students to stretch themselves. This resource is ideal for either formative or summative assessment and can be used in lesson time as a topic assessment, starter or plenary activity or for homework or revision.

Topics include:
Solve linear equations in one unknown algebraically.
Set up and solve linear equations in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts, including those with the unknown on both sides of the equation. (Examples may include manipulation of algebraic fractions.)
Interpret solutions in context.
Solve quadratic equations with coefficient of x2 equal to 1 by factorising.
Know the quadratic formula.
Rearrange and solve quadratic equations by factorising, completing the square or using the quadratic formula.
Set up and solve two linear simultaneous equations in two variables algebraically.
Set up and solve two simultaneous equations (one linear and one quadratic) in two variables algebraically.
Use a graph to find the approximate solution of a linear equation.
Use graphs to find approximate roots of quadratic equations and the approximate solution of two linear simultaneous equations.
Know that the coordinates of the points of intersection of a curve and a straight line are the solutions to the simultaneous equations for the line and curve.
Find approximate solutions to equations using systematic sign-change methods (for example, decimal search or interval bisection) when there is no simple analytical method of solving them.
Specific methods will not be requested in the assessment.

Visit http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/mathematics/ for more resource ideas.
By OCR_Maths

Brockington College Maths homework booklets

All of the homework booklets I design for my Maths department, free and in one place.

Obviously cannot post answers here, but happy for people to email me for them - a DM on twitter with your email address is the best way to get them.

Note there are a few images borrowed from different places. Apologies for any infringement and please just let me know and I am happy to credit or change as required.
By Peter Mattock

GCSE Maths 9-1 Revision Masters

We used these as homework for Year 11 covering a half term. New topic Masters aim to get higher paper pupils familiar with some of the new topics and new style of questioning on the new GCSE. Higher/Foundation Masters are aimed at all students to become more confident in some of the cross over topics. Foundation Masters aimed at foundation paper pupils to gain more confidence in number work and money problems. I found that it worked best printed on one A4 sheet for students to stick at the back of their books and leave a page for their workings. The tracker is useful for pupils and teachers to track progress. Created for students sitting AQA specification in 2017.
By Michael Craven

Quick mark Mathematics GCSE questions

On every GCSE Maths paper there are some questions that are what I call, "Quick mark questions." That is, ones you can do in less than a minute if you know the Maths.

I put this booklet together to help students practice them. It is aimed at those taking the Higher paper although Foundation students may well still find quite a bit of it useful for revision.

I would love to hear your feedback @MrsHsNumeracy
By Maria Howard

New specification topics

Error Intervals and Truncation Full Lesson

Complete lesson on error intervals and truncation based on the new GCSE Edexcel 9-1 content. Powerpoint presentation, worksheet exercises (with answers) and extra examples (to encourage independence). Examples and worksheets taken from the Edexcel guidance documents for teaching new topics on the 9-1 specification. Credit to diagnosticquestions for the MCQs for error intervals.
By rorymathews

Gradient and Area Under Graphs - NEW GCSE - Sequence of lessons

This is something I produced for my top set Year 11s to cover the new GCSE topic of gradients of curves and area under graphs. Included is a PPT that covers several lessons building from general principles, through velocity-time graphs, to gradients of curves and area underneath them. Also included are examples to match the PPT that can be handed to students for annotation and worksheets for each lesson. The velocity-time graph worksheet is an adaptation of one sent to me so not sure of the original author but happy to credit if told. It all finishes with some exam style questions I've written based on sample assessment material from Edexcel.
By Daniel Burke

Capture Recapture - NEW GCSE

This is a simple PowerPoint I made for my Year 11s to teach the relatively straightforward new topic of Capture Recapture. It has a link to a video featuring Jonny Ball demonstrating it in practice which is quite good. I tried to embed it as a flash vide but I've included the YouTube link if that doesn't work.

I've also included the joke codebreaker I got my Year 11s to do, seeing as they seem to enjoy doing these! The joke should be "How do you keep an idiot in suspense?"
By Daniel Burke

GCSE Maths Specification Sheet - Higher

A student friendly version of the specification to allow for identification of skills gaps - Higher Tier

By parkinsoneducation

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