 # Mathematics

Time Allocation:        4 hours per week

Exam Board:              Edexcel

Course Content:

The study of Mathematics allows you to acquire and use problem-solving strategies and to:

• select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations

• reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions

• interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

 9 10 11 Autumn Number, Algebra, Equations, Fractions, Circles, Probability Graphs and coordinate geometry, Transformations,   Data,  Volume, Compound measures and rates Sequences, Sketching graphs, Vectors,   Data and graphs, Algebraic manipulation Spring Shape, Proportion, Averages, Pythagoras Trigonometry and bearings, Similarity and congruence, Inequalities, Probability Trigonometric graphs, Reciprocal and exponential functions Summer Venn diagrams, Percentages, Bounds, Scatter Graphs Data, Circle theorems, Advanced graphs, Construction and loci, Direct and inverse proportion Preparation for exam

Formative Assessment:

Two homework pieces will be set each week – usually one written piece and one online piece. There will be class tests each half term which will be used to monitor progress and to make set adjustments.

Summative Assessment:

There is no controlled assessment in Maths GCSE.

Exams: Students will be entered either for Higher Tier (grades A* - D) or for Foundation Tier (grades C – G). There are two written exams at the end of the course in Year 11 each worth 50%; one of these is a non-calculator paper. Each paper lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes.

Assessment Objectives                                                                       Foundation Weighting                              Higher Weighting

AO1: Use and apply standard techniques                                                            50%                                           40%

AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically                        25%                                          30%

AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and other contexts                  25%                                          30%

Students will also be assessed on their ability to write legibly, with accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in order to make the meaning clear, select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter and to organise relevant information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate.

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What skills profile a GCSE Mathematics student needs:

Students should have a logical approach to problem solving and an inquisitive mind.

What opportunities will a GCSE in Maths lead to:

Maths is the universal language of Science and Business. A good GCSE in Mathematics provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in numerate disciplines, such as: AS/A2 Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Science subjects, Geography, Economics and Psychology.

Famous Mathematicians include:

Isaac Newton, Euclid, Pythagoras and more recently – Albert Einstein, Alan Turing and Andrew Wiles

For more information, contact any of the Maths teachers or go online at www.edexcel.com