GCSE Science: Demystify Maths for Science
by James O'Brien
The 2016 specifications for Science have only increased the sheer volume of content students are expected to memorise and understand for their GCSEs.
At Doddle, we’ve now created 540 new resources (and counting) for Science 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
- Fractions, percentages and ratio
Why not try our new resources for yourself?
For a limited time only, we've made two of our new Maths for Science resources free for you to try! Just click here to try our new quizzes on equations and the mean, median and mode.
Looking to support teaching of the new specifications in your department?
Science departments across the country are striving to determine best practice for teaching the new specifications. Join our webinar to see how our online platform delivers over 4,500 ready-made teaching resources and self-marking homework quizzes to help you reduce workload and improve outcomes.
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
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