# How to Maximise Potential for your Child in their GCSE Mathematics

код для вставкиHow to Maximise Potential for your Child in their GCSE Mathematics (5 weeks to go) With only 5 week remaining before the start of your childвЂ™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 вЂ“ 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 вЂ“ 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 вЂ“ some have already been uploaded). Just login and then go into вЂњmathsвЂќ and select вЂњfoundationвЂќ or вЂњhigherвЂќ. 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 п‚· п‚· Higher: A*=82%, A=66%, B=49%, C=30%, D=16% Foundation: C=72%, D=59%, E=46%, F=34%, G=21% Strategy 2 вЂ“ 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 вЂ“ 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: п‚· п‚· 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 вЂ“ 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 вЂњextrasвЂќ section under вЂњList of ClipsвЂќ. Once the pupils have viewed a clip in addition they can have a go at the relevant worksheet once they click on вЂњHigherвЂќ or вЂњFoundationвЂќ. They have access to worksheets вЂ“ вЂњA01 worksheetsвЂќ (applying the skills) and вЂњA02/3 PracticeвЂќ (more wordy and need more problem solving) along with answers вЂ“ 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 пЃЉпЃ‹пЃЊ 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 Rating пЃЉпЃ‹пЃЊ Grade C questions - for the Higher and Foundation exams MW Clip Rating пЃЉпЃ‹пЃЊ 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 вЂ�AndвЂ™ & вЂ�OrвЂ™ Questions 182 Stratified Sampling 183 Rating пЃЉпЃ‹пЃЊ Rating пЃЉпЃ‹пЃЊ 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 вЂ“ 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 п‚· п‚· 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 вЂ“ Moulton School

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