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Transitioning into Cambridge IGCSE® Mathematics

As an experienced teacher and examiner, Deborah Barton knows that students can find the transition from Cambridge Secondary 1 to IGCSE Mathematics a challenge. We’ve asked Deborah to share some tips on preparing 11-14s for a flying start at Cambridge IGCSE.

Transitioning into Cambridge IGCSE® Mathematics

As an experienced teacher and examiner, Deborah Barton knows that students can find the transition from Cambridge Secondary 1 to IGCSE Mathematics a challenge. We’ve asked Deborah to share some tips on preparing 11-14s for a flying start at Cambridge IGCSE.

Extension and problem solving questions are a great way to build critical thinking, preparing students especially well for moving onto Cambridge IGCSE material.

Embed the basics with plenty of practice

Giving learners plenty of practice at Cambridge Secondary 1 helps them with areas where they might struggle at Cambridge IGCSE. I like my students to have questions that build progressively in difficulty so that they can build in confidence before tackling the harder material. Try these questions on graphs of linear function from Oxford International Maths Student Book 1. The numbered questions without a box provide initial practice, then the questions with a box provide challenge for the average student. Questions with a filled box provide stretch and challenge for more able students.

Broaden understanding with open questions

Open questions are really useful extending tools as the only limit is the students’ imagination, and you often find them working at a higher level than expected when presented with questions in this way. Extension and problem solving questions are a great way to build critical thinking, preparing students especially well for moving onto Cambridge IGCSE material. Try this Dining Investigation from Oxford International Maths Teacher Pack 1 with your students, which practises using understanding and strategies in solving problems.

Know the mark scheme inside out

Having really detailed knowledge of the Cambridge Checkpoint and IGCSE mark schemes can help you explain clearly when marks will and won’t be awarded, helping your students with exam preparation. Worked solutions to the harder questions in the Oxford International Maths Teacher Packs are really useful, as they show the layout expected to maximise method marks as students move towards Cambridge IGCSE level.

Build Cambridge IGCSE topics into your Cambridge Secondary 1 teaching

Did you know that some Cambridge IGCSE topics are straightforward enough to introduce to your 11-14 learners, even though they’re not in the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum framework? For example, 11 and 12 year olds can study sets and Venn diagrams. I’ve included these topics as extension chapters in each Oxford International Maths Student Book, so that students will feel much more confident in tackling them at Cambridge IGCSE.

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