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There’s nothing quite like the first set of exams of a new specification to really spice things up around this time of year! In this period of uncertainty, I hope that my Inspect the Spec blog series, exploring the key changes in different topic areas and offering top-quality resources to support your teaching, has been and continues to be of help.
So that students feel fully prepared for the unknown, I’ve also 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.
Craig Barton, TES Maths adviser
General revision resources
- Quick-mark question practice
Make sure pupils develop confidence and fluency in a range of topic areas by using these straightforward sheets to practice getting those low-mark, easy-win questions right every time.
- Problem-solving papers
An interesting take on a traditional GCSE paper, these well-presented questions, covering the skills required for AO2 and AO3, come with three versions containing different levels of scaffolding.
- Whole-class pub quiz lesson
Increase levels of engagement through competition while ensuring students are exposed to exam-style questions with these presentations for foundation and higher classes.
- Paired revision trail
Previously featured as my Resource of the Week, this unusual activity gives students the incentive to combine forces with their partner to check one another’s workings are accurate.
- Competitive revision races
Designed for the legacy specifications but completely relevant to the new ones, these differentiated races require pupils to work together to solve a range of algebra and shape questions.
- Error intervals and truncation lesson
Tackle the recapping of error intervals and rounding by truncation in one fell swoop with this complete lesson pack, including a presentation and worksheets with answers.
- Introductory Venn diagram presentation
Before getting bogged down in set notation and conditional probability, ensure that students can first create and interpret Venn diagrams in this well-structured lesson.
- Frequency trees and systematic listing
Packed with worked examples and differentiated practice activities, this presentation is the ideal starting point for refreshing pupils’ understanding of these two new topics.
Resources for higher-only topics
- Finding gradients of and the area under curves
Covering all of the basics and then a little bit more, this short unit is sure to bring your students up to scratch with these two particularly tricky additions to the new specification.
- Capture-recapture lesson
Also previously featured as my Resource of the Week, this comprehensive lesson is neatly rounded off by a codebreaker activity, which results in a classically corny joke.
- Quadratic inequalities practice paper
While good questions on new topics are often hard to come by, these specially created papers prove the exception to the rule with questions in an exam-style format.