Key Stage 4

The Curriculum Structure - GCSE Mathematics

 

The Mathematics specification we use at the moment is the Edexcel linear GCSE. There are currently two examination papers taken at the end of Year 11. Calculators are allowed to be used on one of these only.  The  GCSE course focuses on all areas of mathematics: number, algebra, geometry and statistics.  As in all schools, changes in 2016 mean that  GCSE courses will be graded on a new scale of 1-9 instead of the present G-A* scale.

The best form of revision for pupils is to become familiar with the style of questions in the exam and to work on their exam technique as well as the Mathematical topics.

To aid this revision process, we have scheduled several practice exam papers to be completed in lesson time. These papers will cover a mixture of topics some we have already covered but some we have not covered yet.

The dates of these are:

YEAR 9 YEAR 10 YEAR 11

Week commencing 26/09/15

Week commencing 26/09/15 Week commencing 26/9/15
Week commencing 9/11/15 Week commencing 23/11/15 Week commencing 8/12/15 mock exams so both paper 1 and paper 2 to be examined.
Week commencing 4/1/16 Week commencing 18/1/16 Week commencing 8/2/16
Week commencing 22/2/16 Week commencing 15/3/16 Week commencing 11/4/16

Week commencing 25/4/16

Week commencing 25/4/16  

Week commencing 29/6/16 MOCK

Week commencing 13/6/16

 

Available on the student share drive and also on the VLE, there is a detailed spreadsheet that holds all the relevant curriculum information. This document contains the whole course content as well as notes and revision materials. Please encourage your child to revise thoroughly for the exam and to use www.mymaths.co.ukLink website for support or to ask their teacher.

 

Pupils are set according to ability and all work is differentiated accordingly. At the end of each topic pupils will sit a “Check out” test – this will enable us to measure their progress and identify which areas they still need to work on. Additionally pupils sit a formal assessment roughly every half term. All of our schemes of work have been written to ensure that all pupils are challenged, but also that no pupil is expected to complete work that is beyond them.

 

Parent/Child home learning opportunities

All classes are set homework every week. These homeworks will be a mixture of activities which aim to develop

  • Mastering the skills they have learnt 
  • Applying the skills they have learnt
  • Investigation skills 
  • Stretch appropriate to their ability

All pupils should attempt each section of their homework, asking their teacher for help if necessary. Pupils will receive written feedback from their teacher every two weeks. This feedback will identify which areas your child as done well in (WWW) and where they need to look to improve (EBI).

Learning support can be accessed using the Justmathsonline website (http://online.justmaths.co.uk/) which has online video tutorials and accompanying worksheets.

 

You access a step by step teacher list to the topics your child will be learning by clicking on the appropriate link to their set.

 

GCSE Mathematics

All students start their GCSE course in Year 9. The course aims to fully prepare all pupils for their Mathematics GCSE. It also helps the pupils to develop the ability and confidence to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge in other subject areas.

GCSE Mathematics is assessed at two levels, Higher or Foundation.  Currently the Higher tier covers grades A* to D and the Foundation tier covers grades C to G. As in all schools, changes in 2016 mean that GCSE courses will be graded on a new scale of 1-9 instead of the present G-A* scale.  Higher tier will now cover grades 4-9 and Foundation tier will now cover grades 1-5.

Year 10 pupils will all be studying the new 9‐1 GCSE in mathematics. There is now a much greater emphasis on using and applying mathematics and being able to apply the skills they have learnt to unfamiliar contexts. Pupils follow a linear course and are usually assessed at the end of Year 11.

Fast Track Students

Fast Track students will be offered the chance to follow the OCR Free Standing Mathematics Qualification in Additional Mathematics alongside studying for their Mathematics GCSE. This course provides candidates with an introduction to the Mathematics studied in AS and A Level GCE modules. The content consists of four areas in Pure Mathematics: Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.

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