Published on November 10, 2015
This pack contains a series of 5 worksheets (with accompanying solutions).
Each worksheet includes 15 questions, one on each of the following topics:
1. Collecting like terms (+/-)
2. Simplifying simple expressions ()
3. Expanding a single bracket
4. Expanding two single brackets and simplifying the result
5. Factorising a simple expression
6. Solving ‘one-step’ equations (+/-)
7. Solving ‘one-step’ equations (⨉)
8. Solving ‘one-step’ equations (÷)
9. Solving ‘two-step’ equations
10. Solving ‘two-step’ equations with a bracket
11. Solving ‘three-step’ equations (letters on both sides)
12. Solving ‘two-step’ inequalities
13. Specifying values that satisfy an ‘open’ inequality
14. Specifying values that satisfy a ‘closed’ inequality
15. Representing an inequality on a number line
HOW COULD I USE A SKILL DRILL?
That’s entirely up to you! Below are some suggestions though:
• Over a week or two to check progress as you ‘attack’ these topics in lessons
• As a diagnostic tool with a new group
• Set as a homework
• As a starter activity once a week to check skill retention after covering these
WHO IS THIS SKILL DRILL FOR?
This Skill Drill is primarily targeted at Foundation GCSE students aiming for a C. Although few of the included skills in this particular drill are ‘Grade C skills’ in and of themselves, they are still common weaknesses for such students.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
The included student tracker is ideal to allow students to track their own progress on each topic across the 5 drills.
Published on November 4, 2015
This worksheet is targeted at factorising quadratic expressions where the coefficient of x is more than 1.
The sheet follows a graduated progression, allowing students to first match expressions with their factorised forms, then ‘filling the blanks’ in some factorisations followed by doing the full factorisation themselves. These three tasks are completed with expressions containing only positive terms first before moving on to expressions with negative terms.
Full solutions are included.