How can we encourage our GCSE maths students
to carry on studying at A-level?
Although a change in syllabus is rarely popular, it cannot be ignored that this new Higher Tier GCSE maths syllabus is potentially more motivating than before.
With increased motivation comes greater learning efficiency, improved grades and, more than likely, an inspiration to study the subject at A-level.
In response to the change in syllabus, Educationalist/Teacher Barbara Young at The ‘Maths is…’ Jugglers has worked hard to develop two new GCSE maths texts that respond to the demands of the new syllabus, in order to support fellow maths teachers with the transition.
These texts have a different approach to most maths texts. They are full of mathematics problems that students love to work with. Motivation results in higher grades. Y10 and Y11 Sureshot are based on earlier texts developed with Barbara’s students in the classroom, which have produced outstanding grades in many schools, including her own.
Activities within these texts range from those that offer a structured approach to strengthening the fundamental concepts of maths, to extension problems that are interesting, and often unusual, to develop students’ skills to a much higher level.
The Y10 Sureshot Guide, contains the following topics:
Below (S) indicates that the whole of this topic is available as a sample on the website.
Topic 1: Number Techniques (S)
Topic 2: Functions, Sequences and Proof (S)
Topic 3: Transformations, Shapes, Areas and Volumes
Topic 4: Pythagoras and Trigonometry (S)
Topic 5: Expressions and Equations
Topic 6: Measuring Likelihood (S)
Topic 7: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Ratios (S)
Topic 8: Graphs
Topic 9: Arcs, Areas, Volumes and Formulae (S)
Topic 10: Analysing Statistics (S)
The Y11 Sureshot Guide will be available in early 2016.
It contains topics 9-16.
To order the Y10 Sureshot Guide at £16 each, you can do it via the website or by post.
If you have any questions, please email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01428 717113.
If you wish to order ONE SAMPLE COPY of Y10 Sureshot, please send a cheque for £5, made out to The ‘Maths is…’ Jugglers, (The Stables, Verner Close, Headley, BORDON, GU35 8LW). The sample copy cannot be ordered through the website.
Please state the name of your school. Only one copy can be ordered per school.
What’s more, if you decide to order 30 or more copies, you will receive a free copy of the Teachers’ Resource and Assessment CD.