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What are we studying?
Students will complete the AQA Linear GCSE course. Entry-level Mathematics is offered to students for whom GCSE is not appropriate.
A variety of additional qualifications are offered in Mathematics:
Set 1 have the opportunity to study the Further Mathematics GCSE, running alongside the Mathematics GCSE; this gives the students the chance to extend their mathematics skills. In addition to being a highly regarded qualification in its own right, previous students have found it to be very beneficial when beginning A level Mathematics courses.
We also offer set 5 and 6 students the opportunity to gain a Level 1 qualification in Functional Mathematics (recognised and valued by Colleges). This is usually taken in November of Year 11. Some students will also be able to take the Level 2 qualification.
GCSE Statistics is studied by most students.
How are we assessed?
Each topic lasts for approximately 4 - 6 weeks. At the end of the topic the students will be provided with a revision task and then they complete an assessment in class under test conditions. For each assessment students will be given a grade and this will be compared to their target grade to measure progress and performance.
In addition, in the summer term of Year 10, students sit an end-of-year examination which includes all the topics covered during the year. Students also sit a mock paper in January of Year 11.
The exam board’s assessment is by three exam papers (two calculator and one non-calculator) at the end of Year 11. There is neither coursework nor controlled assessment in Mathematics. There are two tiers of entry: Foundation covering grades 5 to 1 and Higher covering 9 to 4.
How are we grouped?
Students continue to be in sets (1 to 6), regularly reviewed throughout the year, taking into account performance in classwork, home learning, topic assessments and end-of-year exams. Students are moved accordingly.
What home learning are we expected to do?
Each week students will usually receive a piece of home learning. This is typically designed to consolidate the learning. Students are expected to conscientiously complete home learning tasks, looking up or doing their best to address any areas of uncertainty. Each student is issued with a home learning book; most of the home learning set will be from this book. Other home learning could be revision, research or use of the mymaths website. Towards the end of Year 11, the focus is heavily on past papers; we expect students to thoroughly complete papers for home learning each week, and to focus their revision upon gaps or errors identified from marked papers.
What can parents do to help?
Please ensure that students have all the correct mathematical equipment, including a scientific calculator (we recommend the Casio FX83GT+, which is available for purchase in school at a subsidy); help with the home learning where necessary and do so in the student’s book so that we can see; encourage them to use notes in their exercise books from the previous lessons and to use www.mymaths.co.uk as a support tool or as additional practice of a topic that they are finding difficult; ensure that they revise fully the night before a topic test. Many students find Revision Guides useful throughout Key Stage 4 (these are usually available to buy in school at a reduced price.)