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Guide to Maths Revision

GCSE Maths Revision
The time is finally upon us. We are less than two weeks away from the new GCSE Maths exam. Motivating and preparing students for this finally hurdle can either be like you are dragging a horse to water or that they come skipping and jumping. It is imperative that the students are working harder than their teachers. However it is also important they find time for their own wellbeing. A good night’s sleep can help students to retain 60% more of what they revise. So yes I am prescribing sleep to my students in this very busy time. 
 
Stress can compound on students in this busy GCSE period. I’ve found having an open door policy really helps my students, as they know they can access support whenever they need it. My year 11 class mantra is “just try”. We have come so far with that mantra. We are now doing GCSE Higher Maths instead of Foundation Maths as we originally thought we might be. 

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Revision Clocks

Revision Clocks are taking twitter by storm, I have made and completed many with my students over this past year. So below are the ones I've made without snipping questions from old maths GCSE Papers. I have lots with exam questions snipped onto them but I'm not sure about sharing them with copyright laws etc. Answers are provided in the click here option underneath a picture. I am uploading more resources and answers throughout every week in the lead up to exams. 

The idea behind revision clocks is that students ether focus on random topics, a category  or one specific skill within a set time frame. Usually the time frame is 60 minutes and students need to be able to pace themselves accrodingly through the GCSE style exam questions. Revision clocks are ideal for revision as it is a directed task for students which can include differentiation. It supports the students in needing to get both the basics and the complexities of examination correct. I find it best to allow students 20 minutes silent focus on the clocks, allowing them to really test their knowledge before communicating and getting help of their peers in the class on the questons they may be unsure of. 

I hope you find my take on the GCSE revision clocks useful. 

Miss B

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Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden Students Take Risks

Silence.

We’ve all experienced it at some point in life and we’ve probably experienced it as teachers more so than those who aren’t.

Silence.

The moment when you ask a question to a class or when training colleagues and nothing happens. Well I say nothing happens… physically in the room nothing happens. However I could swear I’ve seen tumble weed rolling around my classroom and I’ve heard several pin drops inside my head.

When I first started teaching this would often send me into a tail spin. I would either end up answering the question for the students or provide enough hints and suggestions that the students were none the wiser of the answer to the original question.

 

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Quizzing Using Catch Phrase - Revision Strategy

quizzing strategy catchphrase
Catch phrase is a great quizzing tool that can be used within the classroom. It is important to continualy allow students the opportunity to retrieve information they have previously learnt. Catch phrase is a quizzing strategy I regularily use as it allows me to quickly assess a student’s understanding of a topic with either open or closed questions. Engagement levels are maxed out when we play catch phrase and it brings out the competitive side in many students. As a team game this allows for students to collaborate both their ideas and methods of answering a question, as well as building class moral. This is an ideal revision strategy for students to add to their revision toolbox when working at home.  

Closed Questions

This is perhaps the easier style of questioning to use catch phrase for. 
 
  1. Place keywords onto the grid and ask students to provide the definitions or vice versa. This good for when the students need to remember lots of key terms and processes. The example I’ve used for this is the river processes of erosion, transport and deposition. This method works the same for when students need to remember key formulas in science and maths.
     
  2. You could ask a series of questions on the squares and ask students to provide the answers.
    For example ‘Who said ….’, ‘When did …’ or ‘What happened when ….’

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A Mean Murder Mystery III

Mean from a table Murder Mystery Miss B

It's been a while since I have last shared a murder mystery. So here is my Harry Potter themed murder mystery. The topic if you haven't guessed it yet is calculating the mean specifically from a table. Everybody loves a play on words, right?

This murder mystery was part of a lesson I did with my year 7's recently, I've wanted to spend the time in creating a good mean from the table lesson for a while. I started with a stopclock starter where students had to calculate the median, mode and range from lists and tables. This warmed the students up and refresh their knowledge of both grouped and ungrouped tables. 

I introduced the murder mystery by asking the students to read the newspaper article which always gets a buzz in the classroom. Following this I displayed the four suspects Professor Snape, Sirus Black, Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. This information card also includes their individual stats. 

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Danielle Bartram

Maths Lead Practitioner

Acklam Grange School
Middlesborough
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