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Year 11 exam preparation

January 6, 2020

“Welcome back to term 3” is what’s written on the first slide in my power points for year 11 this term. This is the next slide:

Year 11 lesson plan

We had an INSET day today and some of that time was given over to joint planning. I recommend this thoroughly as I find that I get much better lessons planned and a sense of sharing the workload that I always imagined happened in teaching. I spent some time with Elliot working out our approach for foundation tier year 11s this term and the overview of a ‘normal’ lesson is in the slide shown above.

We’re going to start with a clear routine of come in, get your Starter booklet out of the box and work on that in silence. These are Corbett Maths 5-a-day sheets that have been printed into booklets (which is easy to do as you can download a month at a time). We’ve gone for the Numeracy and Foundation options as I’ve found the Foundation Plus ones to be a bit challenging without some help and that is not my aim for the starter.

When looking for which topics to focus on, I found this TES resource which makes use of looking at which topics come up most often. I like the idea of telling students that the revision we’re doing now is linked to the most common topics and means that I’m not just choosing the ones I think it makes sense to revise. We decided to pick the top 9 topics to focus on this term but we’re skipping Questionnaires as it’s not in the course any more.

The main part of the lesson is going to try to use Variation Theory resources where possible as we’ve both found this to be useful for helping the class concentrate. The questions that form the intelligent practise are also seemingly straight forward but with some carefully considered twists thrown in. This is followed by some exam questions, usually taken from the Maths Genie GCSE revision resource page but we’ll go elsewhere if needed.

The section about rewards is just to prompt us into making sure that students that work hard get recognised for this. It’s a push in our faculty at the moment to be more consistent as currently, the teacher that has given out the most this year is at about 1800 while the one who’s given out least is at 150. We need to make this less variable!

We’re going to use this lesson format until the 9 topics have been covered with the intention being that that should be one lesson each (it’s revision, not completely new material!). Once we’re through that, the remainder of the term is those topics mixed up and with roughly 3 topics covered in questions per lesson. We want the students to be able to switch from one topic to another and recall their previous learning. Towards the end of the term, the lessons may well have all 9 topics with students switching fluidly from one to another (or so the dream goes…)

Two other things are:

  • One lesson per fortnight is an exam questions lesson featuring other topics. We’ll use a “walking talking” approach here if that fits.
  • We have one lesson that is in the afternoon. That lesson will have a slightly different structure:
    • Starter
    • Many questions – a sheet with a LOT of straight forward questions on with clear targets of how many need completing for a reward or 2.
    • Bingo – Using the Maths Box bingo sheets (subscription needed) as we’ve both found that our students respond well to these.

I’ve been wanting to have a more structured approach to my year 11 revision for some time now and hopefully this is a good starting place. I’ll let you know how it goes!

From → Maths, plan, Teaching

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