Developing an Exam Question: Transformations SS8
In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students learn to use past examination papers creatively, recognise and visualise transformations of 2D shapes, transform triangles and other 2D shapes by translation, rotation and reflection and combinations of these. They develop their ability to generalise and explore their own questions in this context. Most students will have met the concepts of ‘rotation’, ‘reflection’ and ‘translation’ before, but may not have a deep understanding of them. In this session, students are provided with copies of a question
similar to those found in GCSE examinations. They answer the question, then analyse the content and skills required to obtain the correct solution. They develop the task by asking further questions and by changing the task in various ways. They develop their own
examination questions and attempt to answer the questions designed by others. (GCSE Grades D-F)
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Worked really well
Posted by bridgetkeely on 12th June 2011
Activity time: 1 hour
Level / prior knowledge: B/C grade, Year 10, covered GCSE transformation topics
Subject / curriculum links / skills: group work, independent learning, learning how to answer an exam question
Preparation time: photocopying
Extra resources: none
Commentary: This lesson worked really well with my bottom set Year 10. They have low confidence and by passing over the question making to them it really made them give the activity a go rather than playing up. I had quite a lot of work to do as a teacher: there is lots of questioning needed, but when you see the students actually improving and being able to tackle hard questions it makes it worthwhile.