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- Author(s):Karen Morrison, Julia Smith, Pauline McLean, Rachael Horsman, Nick Asker
- Available from: April 2015
A new series of bespoke, full-coverage resources developed for the 2015 GCSE Mathematics qualifications.
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Endorsed for the OCR J560 GCSE Mathematics Higher tier specification for first teaching from 2015, this Student Book provides full coverage of the new GCSE Mathematics qualification. With a strong focus on developing problem-solving skills, reasoning and fluency, it helps students understand concepts, apply techniques, solve problems, reason, interpret and communicate mathematically. Written by experienced teachers, it also includes a solid breadth and depth of quality questions set in a variety of contexts. GCSE Mathematics Online - an enhanced digital resource incorporating progression tracking - is also available, as well as Problem-solving Books, Homework Books and a free Teacher's Resource.
Includes exercises with a variety of questions, including practice, investigatory, reasoning and problem-solving questions which gradually increase in difficulty, and link together sections and topics to develop fluency of mathematics, problem solving and reasoning skills.
Exam-style questions to prepare students for assessment at the end of the two year linear course.
Real life relevancy - chapters will begin with how the content of the chapter relates to work, linking to an example image and quote.
‘Before you start’ questions at the beginning of every chapter on each concept assess whether students can recall the necessary knowledge and skills required.
Calculator tips included.
A ‘Work it out’ feature will help draw out misconceptions. Featuring a set question or a problem with three possible solutions and one correct answer, containing common errors to act as teaching points.
Every chapter includes a summary of the subject content covered in the chapter and a checklist against which students can check their knowledge and understanding in order to identify any gaps.
End of chapter review questions act as summative assessment and revision.
Split across 2 tiers – Foundation and Higher.
- 1. Basic calculation skills
- 2. Whole number theory
- 3. Algebraic expressions
- 4. Functions and sequences
- 5. Properties of shapes and solids
- 6. Construction and loci
- 7. Further algebraic expressions
- 8. Equations
- 9. Angles
- 10. Fractions
- 11. Decimals
- 12. Units and measurement
- 13. Percentages
- 14. Algebraic formulae
- 15. Perimeter
- 16. Area
- 17. Approximation and estimation
- 18. Straight-line graphs
- 19. Graphs of equations and functions
- 20. Three-dimensional shapes
- 21. Volume and surface area
- 22. Calculations with ratio
- 23. Basic probability and experiments
- 24. Combined events and probability diagrams
- 25. Powers and roots
- 26. Standard form
- 27. Surds
- 28. Plane vector geometry
- 29. Plane isometric transformations
- 30. Congruent triangles
- 31. Similarity
- 32. Pythagoras' theorem
- 33. Trigonometry
- 34. Circle theorems
- 35. Discrete growth and decay
- 36. Direct and inverse proportion
- 37. Collecting and displaying data
- 38. Analysing data
- 39. Interpreting graphs
- 40. Algebraic inequalities
- 41. Transformations of curves and their equations
Nick is a Mathematics Advisor for Improve Maths. Nick started teaching mathematics in 1982 and has spent almost 20 years teaching in a variety of settings including secondary schools and all-age special schools. Nick has been a Head of Department and a Local Authority Mathematics Advisor, as well as a Regional Advisor for the National Strategies. He supports mathematics departments to develop their teaching through plan-teach-review cycles. He holds an NPQH and is qualified to lead inspections on behalf of Ofsted.
Rachael currently works across a group of schools for Comberton Village Academy Trust as an Advanced Skills Teacher and Specialist Leader of Education, supporting teaching staff and Heads of Department, delivering training and working closely with national organisations. Recently appointed as Lead for the Cambridge Maths Hub, Rachael also acts as Chair for the 1116 sub-committee and Teaching Committee. She is a member of the Council for the Mathematical Association (MA) where she delivers CPD workshops and training sessions, helps to form responses to government consultations and develops resources for publication. She has also held positions as Director of Maths, Primary and Secondary Liaison and Assistant Head.
Pauline worked at Norfolk LA as a Mathematics Adviser and has been a mathematics teacher for over 20 years. She worked for Capitas school improvement service, is Ofsted trained and is keen on developing maths pedagogies.
Karen is an experienced teacher and teacher-trainer who now works as an author and materials developer. She is the author of a number of mathematics courses. Karen has travelled extensively and has worked collaboratively with teachers and authors in the UK, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Julia Smith is Editor of the NCETM Secondary magazine and is an NCETM PD Lead. Julia is a Subject Secondary Lead for Mathematics for Suffolk/Norfolk ITT, a teacher trainer with ACER and is an outstanding classroom practitioner with management experience within secondary and FE. Awarded the Goldsmith's Award in 2013, Julia has worked as Mathematics Portal manager with the Open University, is a specialist in Functional Maths and has authored a number of secondary and FE titles.
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