How We Developed Our Free GCSE Maths Revision Lesson Library

While we know that our one to one maths tuition has the greatest impact on improving outcomes in KS3 and KS4 maths, we are also aware that schools are not always able to provide this level of intervention to all their students.

So, to respond to the needs of all students, we have now developed a GCSE maths revision library of free online lessons, resources and downloadable worksheets that is available for all maths teachers and students, at school or at home.

If you can’t wait to explore the extensive range of resources on offer, you can find our free GCSE maths revision resources in the Secondary Resource Library.

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Otherwise, read on to discover how our maths experts have developed over 470 GCSE revision guides and more than 450 corresponding GCSE worksheets.

And why educators across the UK are using these game-changing resources to structure teaching and learning with their GCSE students.

Free GCSE revision in a nutshell

We brought together a team of highly experienced secondary maths teachers and examiners to design and create an ever-growing resource library of online revision guides and resources which places students at its heart.

Working in conjunction with our GCSE maths tutoring programmes, we designed these resources to be as accessible and flexible to use as possible.

Each resource has been carefully created to support secondary school teachers, helping them plan and deliver outstanding lessons. As well as supporting students to develop amazing mathematical skills and increase their maths confidence.

GCSE revision lesson example page
The introduction to our ‘Factorising quadratics’ lesson

For students

Students can explore our maths guides as a way to revise a topic after studying it in class, to prepare for an upcoming series of lessons, or to help them recall previously learnt GCSE maths topics.

For teachers

Teachers can reduce their planning workload thanks to this series of reliable revision guides. Designed to enable independent learning, teachers can direct their students to this collection of resources. Safe in the knowledge that this GCSE collection will continue students learning after class.

Principles behind our free GCSE revision guides and worksheets

Before we started developing these guides, there were a few basic principles we agreed between us as educators to ensure we were all aligned in our approach. After all, with several different teachers, authors, illustrators and editors, we needed to start from a coherent framework that produced easy-to-follow resources. 

  • If we are not saving teachers’ time or reducing their workload, we are not doing our job properly.
  • The maths guides need to be high quality, trustworthy and reliable enough to pick up and teach from in class (or to give to students to substitute or supplement your own teaching).
  • Our processes should be robust enough to pick up errors during development. When errors occur after publication, we have a rapid fixing methodology to correct them immediately.
  • No individual guide stands alone; topics have been considered in integrated clusters to ensure we can direct students to the next (or previous) most suitable lesson.
  • Students must be able to work independently through each revision guide with support available for them where they get stuck. 
  • As a company, our mission is to help narrow the maths disadvantage gap, so it is important to us that the maths lessons and downloadable worksheets are free to all. 
  • While we believe in learning maths for life, we also know that students need to pass their GCSE maths exams; these guides are deliberately designed to provide help for those students working towards a Grade 5 in GCSE. Higher level subjects are also covered.

GCSE topics covered in our revision lessons

We have split the GCSE maths curriculum into 6 overarching topic areas:

GCSE maths revision topics

View the collection of 470+ GCSE revision guides and 450+ corresponding GCSE worksheets. 

Read on to find out how each resource is structured. 

Guiding structure for resources: hub and cluster model

It is common for students to learn maths as a series of independent, standalone topics. In reality, maths topics are heavily linked and rely on one another.

Once a topic has been covered, it can also often be difficult for students to know what to learn next and how the knowledge they have just acquired relates to other areas of the curriculum.

To help with this, we split each topic area into a series of hubs. Each hub contains an overview of a series of related and interconnected lessons, each of which links again to more detailed lessons on each of these related topics.

For example, our ‘Factorising‘ hub gives an overview of each of the types of factorisation that are needed at GCSE. Each example then links to a specific lesson that explores a particular type of factorisation in more detail.

In this way, students are able to easily identify and focus on a particular area of development, while being able to appreciate how that lesson relates and is connected to the wider topic area.

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The structure of every free online revision guide

Each of our online revision guides should feel familiar and simple to navigate. To help achieve this, we broke each guide down into a series of sections.

Introduction

Every revision guide begins with a brief summary of everything that will be covered on the page. A useful hierarchy of pages at the top helps users orient themselves in the wider topic and hub.

GCSE revision lesson introduction

Prerequisite knowledge

Next is a list of areas the user should be confident with before exploring the content covered on that page. The items listed here also link to the corresponding revision guides to make it simple to access these required skills.

GCSE revision lesson prerequisite knowledge

What is this lesson?

In this section, there are clear definitions of the topics covered in the revision guide and a summary of all of the required knowledge.

We often use on-page interactive flip cards to help condense and visualise this knowledge further and serve as a revision aid for the user.

GCSE revision lesson 'what is' section

How to do the topic

A detailed explanation covers how to do each of the topics on that page, breaking them down into easy-to-follow and simple-to-review steps.

These steps are often accompanied by another flip card to allow the user to test themselves.

GCSE revision lesson 'how to' section

Examples

Now that we have a general idea of what the topic is, and how to approach it using a simple step-by-step guide, it is time to see the steps in action!

All examples start with a brief description of the type of example that will be explored, before being carefully broken down one step at a time. The first example is usually presented fully to allow the user to have a complete overview of how to answer the question. 

GCSE revision lesson example 1

Each of the following examples is usually presented via drop-down expandable boxes to encourage the user to easily choose which example they would like to focus on. Allowing direct step-by-step engagement.

GCSE revision lesson example 2

Common misconceptions

Many different types of misconceptions can hinder a learner’s success. Highlighting those misconceptions helps students avoid repeatedly making them and improve their understanding of the topic.

This is why every page lists several of the most common misconceptions that learners make. Along with examples and tips for how to avoid them.

GCSE revision lesson common misconceptions

Practice questions

Now it is time to practice! Each page has around 6 practice GCSE maths questions, specifically designed to work alongside the examples in the lesson.

Allowing the user to read through the steps, have a go at the example and then put their skills to the test with a similar style practice question.

We also provide a comprehensive set of GCSE maths past papers.

All questions are self-marking, meaning the user can receive instant feedback on their work. 

Each practice question includes 4 multiple choice answers. Three of which will highlight commonly held misconceptions.

GCSE revision lesson practice question

When a question is selected, the correct answer is displayed along with a brief explanation of why that answer is correct. This helps the user understand where they have gone wrong if they have made a mistake. And provides a deeper level of understanding if the question has been answered correctly.

GCSE exam-style questions

After practising, and exploring all of the misconceptions in action, it is now time for the user to test their understanding with the on-page GCSE exam-style questions.

All of our exam questions are written by our team of expert maths teachers and examiners. Complete with an easy-to-use, student-friendly mark scheme, which is revealed once clicked.

The mark scheme provides a breakdown of how each mark is awarded. Enabling the user to accurately assess their current knowledge and learn from their mistakes.

GCSE revision lesson exam question

Next lessons

Each revision guide ends with the next related guides a student should follow. Helping the user easily navigate to the next topic to further their understanding of GCSE mathematics.

GCSE revision lesson next lessons

Downloadable worksheets and exam questions

Each revision guide comes complete with a set of downloadable GCSE maths worksheets split into three sections.

Section 1: skill-based practice

The first section focuses on key skills and is split into around three groups of questions. These questions often follow variation theory and mirror the examples presented on the online lesson pages.

When used in a classroom setting, this skill-based practice provides plenty of opportunities for students to work independently at their own level while being continually challenged. They are designed to be easily printed and chopped up to support differentiation and also include a full set of answers.

GCSE revision worksheet skill-based practice

Section 2: applied practice

The second section introduces questions that require the students to apply their knowledge to a variety of contexts in the form of worded problems and problem-solving questions.

Here, students can begin to develop a deeper understanding of the topic as they start to apply their knowledge. Again, all questions come complete with a full set of solutions.

GCSE revision worksheet applied practice

Section 3: foundation and higher exam-style questions

The third section contains a variety of foundation and higher level exam-style questions, which are suitable for GCSE maths revision for AQA, OCR and Edexcel exam boards.

Each question comes with a detailed student-friendly mark scheme, clearly explaining how each mark is awarded.

GCSE revision worksheet exam questions

How to use our online maths lessons and worksheets

Below you will find some ideas about how our free online guides and worksheets can be used to support excellent teaching and learning in GCSE maths.

Flipped learning

Set the students a Third Space Learning online guide as part of their pre-class preparation. Encourage students to make notes from the explanations and examples, taking particular note of the summaries on the flip cards. 

Students should attempt the self-marking diagnostic practice questions and record their answers. To challenge themselves, they could then try an exam question. This allows the student to arrive at the classroom with an understanding of the topic and gives the teacher the opportunity and space to explore the topic in greater depth.

Next steps 

Following an in-class lesson, direct the students to the corresponding Third Space Learning online revision guide as part of a consolidation or homework activity. Following an assessment, help the students to make a list of their areas for development, then direct them to our online lessons to help support their revision.

In-class differentiation 

As part of a revision lesson, direct the majority of the class to one of the main Third Space Learning online guides such as ‘Laws of indices’. Here, they can independently work through a series of interconnected lessons focusing on their particular areas of development, which will achieve a more general understanding of how the different areas link together.

This will also allow the classroom teacher and/or the teaching assistant to work with smaller targeted groups of students. Our easily differentiated worksheets are designed to provide full coverage of a topic (if used as a whole) or to be chopped up and distributed to targeted groups of students.

Intervention

As part of an intervention programme, invite those students who are not receiving Third Space Learning online tuition for maths to use lessons or after school sessions to work through a specific selection of free online maths revision guides.

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Third Space Learning’s secondary classroom for one-to-one online maths tuition

Continual professional development

Encourage non-specialist staff members in the school (or parents who wish to support students with their school work) to access the online guides and resources. Remember, maths is for everyone! No matter what stage of life we are at, we can all increase our mathematical confidence.

More free GCSE content coming soon

With more and more content being added weekly, we have developed an extensive library of maths resources to support the teaching and learning of GCSE maths.

With the right support, everyone can do maths, and Third Space Learning is here to help!

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