Saturday, 22 February 2014

Y11 Higher Homework Sheets

*Updated 12th Aug 2014*
Prior to starting at my school in September last year I was asked by my HoD to find/produce some homework sheets aimed at the higher tier students in Y11.
Now, there are plenty of these type of revision sheets available on the TES, but I wanted to set up my own to cover certain topics I feel are important to achieve certain grades and have some sheets that would be both non-calculator and calculator.

So, I initially set up some grade C-B sheets to give to our higher tier Y11 students. The aim here was that they would be given a sheet a week and the sheets alternated between non-calculator homeworks and calculator homeworks. The odd numbered sheets therefore became non-calc and the even numbers calc h/ws. The other aim with these sheets was that they would re-jog the memories of students who may have forgotten certain topics they had learnt last year and would allow them to keep these C/B grade topics fresh in their minds as they learnt the higher graded topics in class.

To access the sheets click this link ---> (where you can download them from my TES resources). All answers included!

The sheets get slightly harder as they progress and I have seen this reflected in the marks my students achieved on the sheets as the weeks progressed. So, it was difficult to see if progression was being made as the questions were getting harder as the sheet numbers increased. However, for the top end students the marks did not fluctuate much.

I gave these sheets to both my top set Y11 class and my 3rd set class (D/C borderline). I found that the 3rd set class struggled with the sheets somewhat and that some of the topics they had not been taught before. So, in order to support them, I started to create videos that I uploaded to my YouTube Channel (mrcollinsmaths). I have now created a 'tutorial' video for each of the topics that appear on the non-calc (odd numbered) sheets. On these videos I go through the topic, briefly, and then give students example questions to attempt before revealing the answers. The hope then being that they'll be able to then complete the questions on the sheet or come and seek further explanation form me in our after-school revision sessions. I will do the same for the calculator topics when I find more time (now completed - see below for link)!

You can see all the 20 non-calc tutorial videos by clicking on the below link where a playlist of the 20 topics/vids will start playing...

You can see all 19 calc tutorial videos by clicking on the below link where a playlist of the 19 topics/vids has been put together...

I am still using these sheets with my set 3 Y11 class, however my top set Y11 are now progressing to a point where I'm hoping they'll all be able to get As/A*s. So, this week, I set up another document with homework sheets for my top set class to be given each week leading up to their GCSEs. These homeworks focus mainly on A and A* topics with a few trickier B grade topics they've struggled with in past papers etc.

The topics covered on these sheets are:
Surds, Bounds, Indices, Direct and Inverse Proportion, Algebraic Fractions, Standard Form, Simultaneous Equations (linear and quadratic/circle), Probability (without replacement), Factorising where the coefficient of the x squared term is greater than 1 and Recurring Decimals.

You can download these sheets from my TES resources by going to:

I haven't got round to doing the answers for these yet, but will upload the answers file to the resource when I have done them. ANSWERS are now included in the resource!

Support videos will be done over the next week or so and the link to these will appear here. Go to my YouTube Channel and subscribe to receive e-mails when new videos are updated! 

I hope these sheets are useful to others as they have been to me and my students. Let me know if you use them/have any suggestions for improvements etc.

N.B. I wanted to include other topics but due to needing diagrams or charts etc I decided to keep the majority of topics to number and algebra and so there's not too much shape, space and measure or data handling here.

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