GCSE Science: Demystify Maths for Science

by James O'Brien

The new specifications for Science have only increased the sheer volume of content students are expected to  memorise and understand for their GCSEs.

Which is why we’ve now created 540 new resources (and counting) to address the deficit between teaching capacity and the vast amount of knowledge students must learn, retain and apply.

A massive 20% of that content across Combined Science and the Separate Sciences relies on students’ mathematical skills. This increases the pressure on teachers to ensure students not only understand how to make calculations but that they can also transfer their mathematical knowledge and understanding to scientific examples.

In 2017, re-arranging equations proved to be one of the more challenging topics for students in their Year 10 exams.

To demystify the topic, we’ve created a brand new equations mini quiz to walk students through everything they will need to know to tackle equations in their GCSEs.

The quiz tests students first on their method for re-arranging Maths equations, with recap slides designed to ensure they understand substitution and how to re-arrange equations before addressing this in a scientific context.

It covers topics in the biology, chemistry, and physics specifications, ensuring students are able to apply their mathematical knowledge to all three scientific disciplines.

By providing students with all the scientific information they need to answer each question, the quiz ensures your class are only tested on their mathematical skills, meaning the quiz can be taken and repeated at any point during their GCSE course.

Alongside the equations mini quiz, we've also produced six other brand new quizzes. All of these are designed to test students on a different mathematical skill. Each quiz will first challenge students on their knowledge of the topic and will then give them the chance to apply that knowledge to a scientific context.


The other new mini quizzes cover:

  • Area, surface area and volume
  • Mean, median and mode
  • Decimals
  • Probability
  • Sampling
  • Fractions, percentages and ratio

Formerly a science teacher in the UK and abroad, as an Education Adviser I now work with schools who use Doddle to improve the teaching and learning in their classrooms, as well as reducing teacher workload around homework, marking and data management. It’s a pleasure to interact with so many people who share a passion for improving pupils' experiences of education.

– James O'Brien