6 days to go until Mathematics Paper 1 on Tuesday 21 st May!

This is the only non-calculator students will complete. Students should spend a minimum of 6 hours revising between now and the first exam.

On the morning of the exam students will be expected to come into school  at 7:45am  for a pre-exam revision session.

How can I revise?

Students should spend time memorising the key formulae listed in the next section. I would recommend a minimum of 10 minutes per day using flashcards to test themselves.

In addition students should be using their maths folder to revise all past paper 1’s. Any questions in which students did not initially get full marks should be practiced again by covering, retrying and then checking. In total students should have completed eight paper 1 practice tests to revise from.

Students can get any papers yet to be completed from their teachers and should complete these under timed conditions. Students should then use revision guides, Collins workbooks and Hegarty maths to revise the topics they are unsure of. Mark schemes can be accessed online or alternatively papers can be handed in to teachers for marking. Students should prioritise paper 1’s.

Key topics to revise

All students should be secure with the following essential non-calculator skills:

  • Multiplying whole numbers and decimals (grid or lattice method)
  • Dividing whole numbers and decimals (bus stop method)
  • Adding and subtracting fractions (common denominator)
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Finding fractions and percentages of amounts

Students can access all topics on Hegarty Maths or can speak to their maths teacher for support.

Students will also need to spend time memorising the following formulae using flashcards to test themselves:

  • Area of a square/rectangle/parallelogram/rhombus = base x height
  • Area of a triangle = (base x height) ÷ 2
  • Area of a trapezium = ½ (a + b)h where a is the top, b is the bottom, and h is the height
  • Volume = Area of the cross section x length
  • Area of a circle where r is the radius
  • Circumference of a circle where r is the radius, and d is the diameter
  • Volume of a cylinder = where r is the radius, and h is the height
  • Pythagoras Theorem: a 2 + b 2 = c 2 where c is the hypotenuse
  • SinƟ = O / H where Ɵ is the angle, O is opposite and H is hypotenuse
  • TanƟ = O / A where Ɵ is the angle, O is opposite and A is adjacent
  • CosƟ = A / H where Ɵ is the angle, A is adjacent and H is hypotenuse
  • Sum of exterior angles = 360
  • Sum of interior angles = (sides – 2) x 180
  • Speed = distance ÷ time
  • Distance = speed x time
  • Time = distance ÷ speed
  • Density = mass ÷ volume
  • Mass = density x volume
  • Volume = mass ÷ density
  • Pressure = force ÷ area
  • Force = pressure x area
  • Volume = force ÷ pressure

What can you do to help?

  • Encourage students to speak to their teachers about questions they are unsure of. Ask them to explain the questions to you once they get home to test their understanding
  • Test students on the key formulae/ topics listed above
  • Ensure students complete a minimum of 6 hours revision prior to next Tuesday. Students have revision timetables in which they can plan this out

If you do have any questions about your child's maths revision, please do not hesitate to contact me, or their class teacher for advice.

Many thanks for your on-going support at home!

Thank you,

Miss O’Neill