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How Dynamic Maths' Resources might help you

With schools mostly shut, and teachers and parents/carers having to move towards home educating, this email is to remind you of the resources available at www.dynamicmaths.co.uk .  Almost all of our resources are entirely free and so can be shared and used with your learners as widely as you need.

Please contact us with any other questions, including if you need a more detailed tutorial than what is provided in this email.  Our email is david@dynamicmaths.co.uk .

In this email, we outline our products:

Free Adaptable Worksheets (Microsoft Excel)  www.dynamicmaths.co.uk

Our maths worksheets generate an almost infinite number of worksheets on a given topic.  There are over 100 worksheets covering a wide variety of maths topics.

Their options allow for teachers to carefully customise the worksheets to allow for precise differentiation to meet the needs of each individual class and/or pupil.

How to use them with your pupils

  1. Browse to find the worksheet(s) you want using the menus on our homepage at www.dynamicmaths.co.uk
  2. Open the spreadsheet
  3. Use the menu on the left-hand side to carefully customise the level of difficulty to match the needs of individual classes and/or pupils.  Need more help?: see our demonstration video to get an idea of how our sheets work.
  4. Distribute to your pupils using whatever email, VLE or online platform that your school is using.  You could do this in a variety of ways, but the best options are probably to:
  • either export the worksheet as a PDF file, if you have that capability
  • or to send on the whole spreadsheet file  (this has the added advantage that pupils can generate another worksheet if they need to; but also has the possible disadvantage that learners will be able to use the "show answers" button).

Exam Paper Question Bank: www.dynamicmaths.co.uk/QuestionBank/

Our exam paper question bank gives free searchable access to 20+ years of exam questions and their mark schemes.  It allows you to search for past exam questions by level, topic and other factors (for example you could: choose to only include non-calculator questions; or you can look only for "non-routine" questions; or you can exclude questions that mix together multiple topics; or you can filter to only look for more advanced questions that have 5+ marks per question).

You can also search for all the questions from a specific exam paper (e.g. all the questions from 2012 Higher Paper 2).

Our question bank relates exclusively to Scottish exams from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), but will still contain potentially useful resources for teachers from other countries.  See below for a brief description of each level.

How to use them with your pupils

  1. Open the Question Bank at http://www.dynamicmaths.co.uk/QuestionBank/
  2. Click the icon corresponding to the level you are interested in (Advanced Higher, National 5 Maths etc) - see summary of levels below to help you find the most appropriate level.
  3. Follow the instructions to filter to get the topic and/or exam paper you are interested in.
  4. After going through all the options, click the button saying "Find Questions".  This will bring up all your search results.   If there are any questions that you don't feel are appropriate, just click the "remove this question from search results" button to remove it.  The other questions will still be there.
  5. Distribute to your pupils using whatever email, VLE or online platform that your school is using.  You could do this in a variety of ways, but the best options are probably to:
  • either copy and paste the JPEGs of each exam question into another document using a word processor or other programme, to format a worksheet that you can send out to your learners.
  • or just send on your learners the questions on the website by copying and pasting the URL of the search results: you can share your particular set of exam questions with anyone by sharing the link in this way.  As an example of how this might work: this link takes you to a set of 10 questions that I produced on stationary points at Higher level.

Summary of levels of exam question:

For the benefit of those more familiar with the English/Welsh education systems, the levels covered in our Question Bank are:

  • Advanced Higher Maths: this is the most difficult level of maths studied in secondary schools in Scotland.  It is approximately equivalent to A2 level Maths or Further Maths in the English system.  Example topics: This level includes topics such as complex numbers, proof by induction, matrices and second-order differential equations.
  • Higher Maths: this is the second-highest level of maths studied in secondary schools in Scotland.  It corresponds to much of the content of AS and/or A2 level Maths.  Example topics: Higher maths is where the concepts of calculus, logarithms and cubic equations are introduced for the first time.
  • National 5 Maths: this is broadly equivalent to the highest level of GCSE Maths.  Example topics: this course is where pupils will explore quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, laws of indices, standard deviation, 3d-volumes and sine/cosine rules.
  • National 5 Applications of Maths: this is a separate course that is also equivalent to the highest level of GCSE Maths, but which focusses on different topics.  Example topics: this course focuses on numeracy, statistics, finance, measures (time management, container packing, tolerance) and geometry.
  • National 4/Intermediate 1: this is the level below National 5.  This level has not been examined since 2015, but the archive of past papers is included for completeness.  Example topics: Pythagoras, right-angled trigonometry, linear equations, circumference and circle areas.

Revision Notes http://www.dynamicmaths.co.uk/store.php

We have produced comprehensive course revision notes for SQA Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.  These contain clearly worded examples along with a detailed index and contents page that learners can use independently to revise key topics from each course.

These can be purchased by either an individual, or by a school.  If a school would like to purchase, but it currently unable to pay due to the current situation, email david@dynamicmaths.co.uk and we will see what we can do to help you out in the short-term.

Features of the revision notes

  • Comprehensive, clearly-worded notes covering the entire syllabus in full.
  • Full contents page and index of all important keywords so that pupils can find the page relevant to a question they are stuck on.
  • Worked examples covering the most common routine questions from the course.
  • No lengthy explanations and justifications - these are important when class teaching, but these notes are designed for pupils to follow themselves.
  • If minor corrections/additions are made to the notes, a revised copy will be sent out for free to existing customers on request. 

Once purchased by a school, the site license allows the school to distribute them to all their learners in a secure, electronic way.  Full details are on our website at http://www.dynamicmaths.co.uk/store.php.

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