Content is king – that is our mantra here at Sparx.

Having high-quality content is vital to help progress learners, retain concentration and give learners the best chance at succeeding.

Every question we write is checked, reviewed, proofread and tested before it is used in class or as part of a learner’s homework. We’ve all been in classrooms when a bad question from a textbook derails a class due to an amusing context or incorrect answer, and it can take the teacher a while to get a class back on track. We want to minimise this disruption time in order to maximise high engagement learning time.

Our Content Team has been working hard devising and writing GCSE content to expand upon our current KS3 offering. Using insights and data gathered by our educational research team, and based on our experience of eight years in research and development, our content is world class and carefully crafted to suit a huge range of learners.

As learners reach GCSE, it is of utmost importance that we prepare them both for their exams and life beyond the classroom. Not everyone will use trigonometry or pythagoras’ theorem after year 11, but everyone will need to problem solve. Whether it’s working out how much a shirt costs in a sale, arranging transport to arrive somewhere at a particular time, or deciding which washing machine will fit in a new kitchen.

Here at Sparx we include a selection of real-world contexts to highlight some of the applications of maths beyond a learner’s studies, as well as questions which draw upon links between mathematical concepts. Asking a variety of questions not only embeds a deeper understanding of each topic, but helps to engage learners.

Here are two examples from a lesson we have recently written on right-angled triangles.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This example demonstrates how we apply real-world context to our questions, which learners can relate to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This example demonstrates how we combine multiple topics within one question, teaching learners to problem solve and embedding a deeper understanding of more than one concept.

 

Technology is important but even with the cleverest technology in the world, without high-quality, beautifully written content, we will not be able to unlock the full potential of our learners. Don’t be wowed by the tech, always look beneath at the substance.

Later this year, we will be publishing a series of blogs from our Content Team which will delve into the key principles that underpin Sparx Maths and will explain some of the aforementioned points in greater detail.

As we are partners with Maths Week London 2019, we are giving GCSE maths teachers a free download of the full trigonometry lesson mentioned earlier and a series of posters for use in the classroom.