EAL is often a subject many teachers in schools need or want inset on. From looking at my class lists this year I know I need to brush up on my skills. Many students particularly in the current climate are arriving in the UK all the time with limited to no English. Within my current school we immerse students with the language by placing them in higher ability sets for the language acquisition and many other support structures are put in place behind the scenes. It isn't however in my nature to just allow a student to sit there, despite the language barrier maths is a universal language. In our subject most EAL students who have been in education in other countries can often start seeing success quickly within Maths.
Practice and best guess predicted papers for GCSE Maths, expanding to the new GCSE soon.
It's important to note that any predicted paper from any website is logical and systematic guess work at best and may not be the topics which come up on the actual exam. However, teachers have used their judgement in creating these papers from previous 'typical' topics and also through the process of elimination from paper 1. This is not to say if a topic came up on paper 1 that it can't come up on paper 2 in a different form.
For example standard form was presented as a calculation on paper 1 2016 Edexcel. This doesn't mean it won't appear on paper 2. You may be asked to do a different type of calculation, convert a number from standard form to an ordinary number or visa versa.
We currently do Edexcel Higher and OCR Foundation so the below papers match that. The worked solutions are now available.
*Paper 2 Edexcel predicted papers have been deliberately made to be twisty upon the valid request of my students.
*Warning* All papers are for practice and are a best guess. There is no guarentee any of the topics on the paper will come up.
Many students struggle to revise mathematics; the most common methods students use are to only look at topics they can do and complete 20 of the same question. Students also have a habit to only read and rewrite out their notes. This section is to provide ideas on how to help your students revise and also some resource that may encourage even the most reluctant of students.
The key advice I give all students I teach is to make sure revision doesn't turn into a chore, maths should be fun. To do this I recomend students break down topics and tackle on a basis of two topics they need to work on with one they need to refresh; this means students keep up a postitive mental level with the success of the refresher topic. On top of this I strongly advise students to not do twenty of the same questions. I'm a great believer 1-3 max on the same level and style question should identify if you get it and can move onto the next level/topic or if you need to seek help in the form of your teacher, textbook or online resources. See the skill review pages for Algebra, Data, Geometry and Number for questions.
With #EdexcelMaths trending nationally and news stations across the UK interviewing students highlight what students deemed to be a particularly 'nasty' higher paper 1. Colin Hegarty and I have decided to do a joint post on ways to help motivate your students and get them back in the zone.
This is a new section to the site in here I am going to start sharing the revision mats I am creating for both Higher and Foundation candidates in the final countdown to the exams. These question will be relevant to both the old and new GCSE. In designing the questions I have specific classes in mind, so I'm hoping this will mean the bank of mats will become appropriate to all subsets with both foundation and higher classes.
I have used these in the maths classroom as both just a mat and also with using a revision clock where students have to complete 12 questions within 60 minutes and the clock is divided into 12 x 5 minutes slots. Some students managed to beat the 60 minute clock and start an extra clock (Extra Time). I got the revision clock idea from @Mathsjem who has posted about it here with links to many more downloadable maths clock resources.
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