Mathematics at KS3 looks at a wide range of topics, incorporating number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and measures, and statistics and probability into different units. Both Years 7 and 8 will complete the same units of work but at varying degrees of challenge and depth. Pupils in Year 9 then begin the GCSE curriculum.
Unit 1: Arithmetic; Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Accuracy
Unit 9: Pythagoras and Tigonometry
Unit 10: Forming and Solving Equations
Unit 11: Area and Perimeter
Unit 4: Lines, Angles and Shapes
Unit 12: Probability
Unit 5: Data and Interpreting Results
Unit 13: Volume and Surface Area
Unit 6: Construction and Loci
Unit 14: Measures
Unit 7: Transformations
Unit 8: Ratio and Proportion
The Edexcel Mathematics syllabus is divided into six areas:
The curriculum is designed to develop mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills. It also aims to apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which mathematics plays in the world. The current specification places a greater emphasis on Functional Maths and on pupils being able to explain their reasoning.
Pupils are entered for mathematics GCSE at one of two different tier. They are:
* Foundation Tier
GCSE grades available 1 – 5
* Higher Tier
GCSE grades available 4 - 9
Almost all students will be entered at the higher level; a very few students who have difficulty accessing higher tier questions will be entered at the foundation tier. Parents will be informed of the tier of entry.
Students in all sets will follow a Linear Mathematics course. At the end of Year 11, students will be examined by three papers, all of which contribute equally to their final grade.
Each examination is 1 hour 30 minutes long.
Those students who aspire to AS or A2 mathematics should aim for grade 7 to 9.
All students will have login details for MathsWatch. The websites can be accessed at vle.mathswatchvle.com Login details will be provided for individual students by their class teacher.