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Mastery for GCSE Edexcel

Unit 8: Using algebra

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Inside the Unit...

Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1: Algebraic terms
  • Lesson 2: Using algebra
  • Lesson 3: Linear equations
  • Lesson 4: Expanding brackets
  • Lesson 5: Factorising quadratics
  • Lesson 6: Identities
  • Lesson 7: Proof of statements
  • Unit assessment

There are 7 exercise sheets and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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Summary

This unit establishes and develops the basics in algebra, starting with a well-paced recap of all necessary prior knowledge including algebraic notation, substitution and manipulation.  Solving linear equations including those with variables on both sides, brackets and more complicated expressions are tackled.  Students move on to expanding double brackets and factorising quadratic expressions, with an emphasis on a mastery approach and application of skills through reasoning problems.  Identities; understanding what they are and their use, is considered next.  Mathematical reasoning is used to show equivalence of expressions and ‘show that’ questions are developed with concepts being strongly supported through mathematical representations.  Algebraic problems are posed from geometric context and reasoning skills are developed to support the solving of such problems.

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Teachers' Toolkit

The GCSE units have been written to satisfy the specification for the Edexcel 1MA1 Maths GCSE. Each unit contains:

  • PowerPoint slides for each component
  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Learning objectives and outcomes
  • Worksheets and homework activities with answers
  • End-of-unit, exam-style assessment test with answers
  • Other material and links to online resources

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Inside the Unit...

  • Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1: Algebraic terms
    • Lesson 2: Using algebra
    • Lesson 3: Linear equations
    • Lesson 4: Expanding brackets
    • Lesson 5: Factorising quadratics
    • Lesson 6: Identities
    • Lesson 7: Proof of statements
    • Unit assessment

    There are 7 exercise sheets and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

    Mathematics Mastery

    Our resources apply the principles of Mastery throughout, creating a rich and deep learning experience. Find out more about Mastery with our quick guide.

    Mathematics Mastery

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