Students in Year 7 are taught in sets based on attainment at the end of KS2. The progress made during each academic year then determines the setting of groups for subsequent years during KS3. All students will develop fluency in the 4 essential mathematical competences throughout Years 7, 8 and 9:
- Geometry and Measures
These strands are continually revisited and the learning extended through the course of each year. Content specific summative assessment tasks – APP Tests – take place after each topic; these provide the student and teacher with opportunities for detailed evaluation of learning, and help to generate meaningful personalised learning targets.
Subjects covered throughout KS3 include:
- Calculation & calculator methods
- Formulae and identities
- Functions and graphs
- Geometrical reasoning: lines, angles and shapes
- Handling Data
- Place value
- Powers and roots
- Ratio and proportion
- Sequences and functions
- Solving problems
Students are encouraged to seek help from maths teachers, and attend maths homework club in room M41 every lunchtime for extra support. Additional work can be found here
|Subject Name<||Syllabus||Examination Board|
|Mathematics GCSE Linear Course A||1MA0||Edexcel|
Maths GCSE comprises two tiers of entry:
- Higher (Grades A* to D)
- Foundation (Grades C to G)
Setting in Year 10 is determined by assessment levels at KS3:
- Sets 1 – 4 will sit the Higher paper
- Sets 5 – 7 will sit the Foundation paper
However, this is open to change depending on individual student circumstances. The examination for all tiers consists of 2 exams in June of Year 11, one using a calculator, and one non-calculator paper – each examination lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. There is no coursework.
A revision program runs from June in Year 10 through to the exams in June of Year 11, covering all essential learning topics, and attendance is advisable for any student determined to perform well in this subject.
How will the final grade be awarded?
From September 2015, students will follow the revised curriculum for Mathematics. A number of significant additions to syllabus content have been initiated at a national level, and Examination Boards are redefining their specifications. The main departure is the removal of grades; these have been replaced with numerical levels going from 1 to 9.
The Edexcel examination board offers the choice of Higher and Foundation Tiers of entry. The qualification consists of 3 equally weighted written exam papers taken at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam, on Paper 2 and Paper 3 a calculator may be used.
Each paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. Grades of 1–9 are awarded; 9 is the highest. Individual papers are not graded.
For further information and access to a detailed overview of current syllabus content please visit: qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015
Why is the subject important?
Mathematics is of central importance to modern society. It provides the vital underpinning of the knowledge economy. It is essential in the physical sciences, technology, business, financial services and many areas of ICT. It is also of growing importance in biology, medicine and many of the social sciences.
Mathematics forms the basis of most scientific and industrial research and development. Increasingly, many complex systems and structures in the modern world can only be understood using mathematics and much of the design and control of high-technology systems depends on mathematical inputs and outputs.
– Smith, 2004 Making Mathematics Count
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solutions to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Studying mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
What skills will students use?
Students will learn to develop fluency, to reason mathematically and to solve problems in the following areas:
- Geometry and Measures
- Proportion and Rates of Change
Extra curricular activities
There are daily clubs at lunchtime and after school.
For further advice
Speak to a member of the Maths department for further information.