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How to Maximise Potential for your Child in their GCSE Mathematics

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How to Maximise Potential for your Child in their GCSE Mathematics (5 weeks to go)
With only 5 week remaining before the start of your child’s maths exams the time running up to this is vital in
getting you child to fulfil their potential by dedicated revision and careful preparation.
This parent mail is designed to give you and your child key strategies to support them in doing all they can to deliver
their best. The pupils have less than 13 maths lessons left before their GCSE. What is vital is what they now do
outside of lessons over the coming 5-6 weeks. A dedicated revision programme using some or all of the strategies
below is necessary to get them to peak at the right time.
Also of note a large number of pupils still appear to not have the correct maths exam equipment. For their exam
they must have a black pen, ruler, pencil, compass and protractor and must have a good scientific calculator.
Failure to have this equipment could have a detrimental effect on their grade. The full kit (in a see through pencil
case) excluding calculator can be purchased from student services for ВЈ1.50. Calculators can be purchased from
many stores/supermarkets – the one we recommend is the Casio FX-83GTPLUS or FX-85GTPLUS. They cost around
ВЈ5.
Here are a number of revision strategies that can be used to help get your child to perform at their best on the day.
They need to start now and not the night before.
Strategy 1 – Exam Papers and mark schemes
Teachers have been giving out exam papers over the past terms but they will all now available now along with the
mark schemes on the Moulton VLE http://moodle.moultonschool.co.uk/ (The full suite of papers and mark
schemes will be on by the end of next week – some have already been uploaded). Just login and then go into
“maths” and select “foundation” or “higher”. They then need to click on AQA Past Papers & mark schemes and/or
Edexcel Past papers & Mark schemes (sets 3/4/5 only for Edexcel).
The pupil can print out an exam paper and once completed (fully or partially) review them against the mark schemes
which are invaluable to identify what was required to get the marks. They are an excellent way of learning what the
exam board wanted to gain the marks for each question. Where possible grade boundaries are also provided to
check what grade you would have achieved. (Grade boundaries fluctuate but as a rough guide you can use
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Higher: A*=82%, A=66%, B=49%, C=30%, D=16%
Foundation: C=72%, D=59%, E=46%, F=34%, G=21%
Strategy 2 – Making use of the maths revision classes
Maths revision classes have been going on for some time now but a number of pupils are not taking benefit of them.
With only 3 weeks of revision classes left encourage your child to attend the relevant one from:
Teacher
When
Mr Pay
Mon and Thurs Lunchtime
Who/Focus
Priority on Further mathematics (set 1) but
will support GCSE at A*-B as well
Wednesday lunchtime
Wednesday after school
Tuesday after school
Foundation to Higher strategy Cs to Bs
for pupils in set 3s who will sit a higher paper
Foundation GCSE support - G to C grade
Higher GCSE support – A* to C grade
Mr Smith
Mrs Jeffery
Mrs Tovey
Where
M1
M2
M3
M7
Strategy 3 - Making effective use of Mathswatch and/or Mymaths
Pupils have access to two excellent online resources to support them with their revision. These are MyMaths and
MathsWatch which every Moulton pupil has access to via the internet. These are also linked to via the schools VLE
under Maths-Internet resources-Student Sites.
MyMaths www.mymaths.co.uk
login: moulton
password: polygon
Every pupil has also got a personal login and password which can be used to do online homework which may be set
by the teacher or for the pupil to revise via the online worksheets and online homework sheets allowing them to
keep a log of what they have done. One of the best parts of MyMaths is the Booster Packs section which is on the
left had side which can support progression through the grades.
Those pupils that need practice below grade D can benefit from the three/four/six boosters.
MathsWatch www.mathswatchvle.com
1. Centre ID: moulton
2. Username: First name initial then surname then day part of date of birth DD
3. Password: full date of birth in DDMMYYYY format
Examples:
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Bob Marley born on 5th February 1999 has login: BMarley05, password: 05021999
Jane Austin-Smith born on 23 December 2002 has login: JAustin-Smith23, password 23122002
The Mathswatch site provides excellent interactive learning and is a great revision source to prepare them for their
exams. There are many ways to find what they want – by using the search box, selecting clip number, by grade or by
topic.
Also enclosed is a flexible 4 week MathsWatch revision programme designed for use with its online resources at
both foundation and higher level to get pupils ready for their exams. With only 5 weeks to why not get them
started on this now.
On the following pages are almost all of the topics that could be in the examinations placed in grade order and a
column for pupil rating. This list of topics is also included on the MathsWatch site in the “extras” section under “List
of Clips”.
Once the pupils have viewed a clip in addition they can have a go at the relevant worksheet once they click on
“Higher” or “Foundation”. They have access to worksheets – “A01 worksheets” (applying the skills) and “A02/3
Practice” (more wordy and need more problem solving) along with answers – these are an excellent way of revising
and assessing ability in each topic.
Grade E, F and G questions - for the
Foundation exam only
MW
Clip
Rating
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Grade D questions - for the Higher and
Foundation exams
MW
Clip
Place Value
1
Factors, Multiples and Primes
44
Ordering Numbers
2
Evaluate Powers
45
Rounding to the Nearest 10, 100 and 1000
3
Understanding Squares, Cubes & Roots
46
Reading Scales
4
Equivalent Fractions
47
Multiply and Divide by Powers of 10
5
Simplification of Fractions
48
Negatives in Real Life
6
Ordering Fractions
49
Multiplication and Division with Negatives
7
Value for Money
50
Fraction of an Amount
8
Find a Percentage with a Calculator
51
Square and Cube Numbers
9
Find a Percentage without a Calculator
52
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
10
Change to a Percentage with a Calculator
53
Money Questions
11
Change to a Percentage without a Calculator
54
Shading Fractions of Rectangles
12
Finding a Fraction of an Amount
55
Ordering Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
13
Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
56
Estimation
14
Multiplication and Division of Fractions
57
Place Value when Multiplying
15
Changing Fractions to Decimals
58
Addition and Subtraction
16
BIDMAS
59
Long Multiplication
17
Long Multiplication with Decimals
60
Long Division
18
Ratio
61
Multiplication & Division with Decimals
19
Proportion Recipe Type Questions
62
Rounding to Decimal Places
20
Hard Calculator Questions
63
Half-Way Values
21
Real-Life Money Questions
64
Reciprocals
22
Generate a Sequence from the Nth Term
65
Proportion
23
Substitution
66
Distance Tables
24
Parallel Lines
67
Timetables
25
Angle Sum of a Triangle
68
Powers
26
Properties of Special Triangles
69
Line Graphs
27
Angles of Regular Polygons
70
Coordinates
28
Areas of Circles
71
Number Sequences
29
Circumferences of Circles
72
Number Machines
30
Areas of Compound Shapes
73
Angles
31
Rotations
74
Congruent and Similar Shapes
32
Reflections
75
Perimeters and Areas
33
Enlargements
76
Volume of Cuboids
34
Translations
77
Converting Metric Measures
35
Finding the Midpoint of a Line
78
Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygons
36
Measuring and Drawing Angles
79
Names of Solids
37
Drawing Triangles
80
Tessellations
38
Plans and Elevations
81
Isometric Drawing
39
Nets
82
The Probability Scale
40
Symmetries
83
The Averages
41
Questionnaires and Data Collection
84
Pictograms
42
Two-Way Tables
85
Conversion Graphs
43
Pie Charts
86
Scatter Graphs
87
Frequency Diagrams
88
Stem and Leaf Diagrams
89
Simple Probability
90
Mutually Exclusive Events
91
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Grade C questions - for the Higher and
Foundation exams
MW
Clip
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Grade B questions - for the Higher exam only
MW
Clip
Overview of Percentages
92
Standard Form
135
Increase/Decrease by a Percentage
93
Percentage Increase and Decrease
136
Ratio
94
Compound Interest and Depreciation
137
Product of Prime Factors
95
Reverse Percentage
138
HCF and LCM
96
Four Rules of Fractions
139
Using Place Value
97
Solving Quadratics by Factorisation
140
Recurring Decimals Into Fractions
98
The Difference of Two Squares
141
Four Rules of Negatives
99
Simultaneous Linear Equations
142
143
Division by Decimals
100
Understanding y = mx + c
Estimation
101
Regions
144
Algebraic Simplification
102
Graphs of Cubic and Reciprocal Functions
145
Expanding and Simplifying Brackets
103
Recognise the Shapes of Functions
146
Factorisation
104
Trigonometry
147
Solving Equations
105
3-D Coordinates
148
Forming Equations
106
Similar Shapes
149
Changing the Subject of a Formula
107
Circle Theorems
150
Inequalities
108
Cumulative Frequency
151
Solving Inequalities
109
Box Plots
152
Trial and Improvement
110
Simple Tree Diagrams
153
Index Notation for Multiplication and Division
111
Finding the Nth Term
112
Harder Tree Diagrams
Grade A to A* questions - for the Higher exam
only
154
MW
Clip
Drawing Straight Line Graphs
113
Recurring Decimals
155
Finding the Equation of a Straight Line
114
Fractional and Negative Indices
156
Solving Simultaneous Equations Graphically
115
Surds
157
Drawing Quadratic Graphs
116
Rationalising the Denominator
158
Real-Life Graphs
117
Direct and Inverse Proportion
159
Pythagoras' Theorem
118
Upper and Lower Bounds
160
Pythagoras - Line on a Graph
119
Solving Quadratic Equations
161
Surface Area of Cuboids
120
Proof
162
Surface Area of Triangular Prisms
121
Algebraic Fractions
163
Volume of a Prism
122
Rearranging Difficult Formulae
164
Similar Shapes
123
Simultaneous Equations with a Quadratic
165
Converting Metric Units
124
Gradients of Lines
166
Bounds
125
Transformations of Functions
167
Compound Measures
126
Graphs of Trigonometric Functions
168
Bisecting a Line
127
Transformation of Trigonometric Functions
169
Drawing a Perpendicular to a Line
128
Graphs of Exponential Functions
170
Bisecting an Angle
129
Enlargements by Negative Scale Factor
171
Loci
130
Equations of Circles
172
Bearings
131
Sine and Cosine Rules
173
Experimental Probabilities
132
Pythagoras in 3D
174
Averages from a Table
133
Trigonometry in 3D
175
Questionnaires
134
Areas of Triangles using ВЅab sin C
176
Cones and Spheres
177
Segments and Frustums
178
Congruent Triangles
179
Vectors
180
Histograms
181
Probability �And’ & �Or’ Questions
182
Stratified Sampling
183
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Here is a flexible 4 week revision schedule provided by Mathswatch designed to strengthen the pupil at
foundation level to help raise their grade towards D/C.
Here is a flexible 4 week revision schedule provided by Mathswatch designed to strengthen the pupil at higher
level.
Strategy 4 – Use a Revision guide
It is still not too late to purchase a good GCSE revision guide at foundation or higher level for AQA exam board.
The one we recommend is from CGP and can be found at www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_aqa_maths_revision
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Higher guide
ISBN: 978 1 84146 540 1
Foundation guide ISBN: 978 1 84146 541 8
Failing that there are some free guides at higher or foundation on the schools VLE in maths under Foundation or
Higher. These may be useful for your child.
Remember that a good maths grade could make a big difference in the life/job opportunities for your child. 5-6
weeks of hard work now could prove invaluable for the rest of their life.
Best regards
Mr D. Pay
Head of Maths – Moulton School
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