TES Maths ROTW: GCSE revision trail sheet

Craig Barton
20th March 2017

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: GCSE revision trail sheet

Resource author: Smithd88

What is it?

Revision season is upon us! And with the new challenging GCSEs making their auspicious debut this year, there is little doubt that the next few months will be more fraught than usual. Thankfully, there are lots of top-quality resources - just like this one - to spice up revision while ensuring that it is engaging and useful.

This paired revision activity covers a whole host of GCSE content, from solving equations to circle theorems. Each student shares their answers to given problems, in order to provide their partner with enough information to move onto the next question. As pupils are relying on one another, this trail is likely to spark discussion and promote peer-to-peer learning.

How can it be used?

The success of well-structured tasks like these depends upon a couple of factors: the class dynamic, your students' mood and their willingness to work together. It is important, for example, that one of the pair does not dominate and do all of the work.

With this in mind, I would be tempted to impose a rule that students may not show their questions to one another. They can describe them, and even ask for help, but cannot share directly. That way you should get the best of both worlds - each student will do a decent amount of work while benefiting from positive discussions with their partner.
 

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.


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