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GCSE Maths Writing Proofs

  1. Read the task in Box 1.
  2. Download each of the pdfs and read them. Keep these open so you can refer to them as you watch the video.
  3. Watch the video.

Step 1

The Task

Maths has always had many questions where students are required to provide an explanation of their answer and/or reasoning as well as an answer. The ability to concisely explain mathematical processes and reasoning using the correct mathematical language is very important. This is one of the things that separate a good mathematician from an outstanding one. In order to do this, a student must have correctly determined what the question is asking for and fully understand the process they have been through so it is excellent preparation for studying mathematics at a higher level.

This task was given to Year 10 Students in their second year of early entry GCSE. Students  have covered the curriculum but while GCSE requires some knowledge of  proofs, it often forms a very small part of the exam and is sometimes only touched on by teachers as a result. Questions requiring pupils to "prove", "show", or "explain" are the ones that require extended writing.

In this task each question has at least one section in which pupils are required to provide an explanation of a piece of mathematics.

Step 2

Texts

GCSE Maths Questions About Proofs Text 1

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GCSE Maths Questions About Proofs Text 2

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GCSE Maths Questions About Proofs Text 3

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Step 4

Download the transcript for this video.

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