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Curriculum: Maths Key Stage 4

All Year 10 & 11 students study GCSE Mathematics either at Higher or Foundation Level, according to their level of ability.  Some students will also have the opportunity to study for the Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics and the Edexcel Awards in Number and Measure. For students with a particular keenness to study Mathematics, they can also choose to study GCSE Statistics as part of their GCSE options curriculum.

The GCSE course is designed to develop an understanding of key mathematical concepts including number and algebra, geometry and measures, and statistics and probability. The GCSE specification requires students to have a good understanding of problem solving skills and broader mathematical understanding.  Our focus therefore is to enable students to deduce appropriate methods to solve problems in real-life contexts and to decide for themselves how to tackle a question and to choose the maths they will use. 

Our aim is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential in Mathematics. We also aim to develop students' interest and engagement in a subject which should always be exciting, invigorating and highly rewarding.

The topics covered at Foundation and Higher level throughout years 10 & 11 are listed below 

 

Unit

Foundation

Higher

1

Number

Number

2

Algebra

Algebra

 3

Graphs, tables & charts

Interpreting and representing data

 4

Fractions & Percentages

Fractions, ratio & percentages

 5

Equations, Inequalities & Sequences

Angles & Trigonometry

 6

Angles

Graphs

 7

Averages & Range

Area & Volume

 8

Perimeter, Area & Volume 1

Transformations & Constructions

 9

Graphs

Equations & Inequalities

 10

Transformations

Probability

 11

Ratio & Proportion

Multiplicative Reasoning

 12

Right-angled triangles

Similarity & Congruence

 13

Probability

More Trigonometry

 14

Multiplicative Reasoning

Further Statistics

 15

Construction, Loci & bearings

Equations & Graphs

 16

Quadratic equations & graphs

Circle Theorems

 17

Perimeter, Area & Volume 2

More Algebra

 18

Fractions, Indices & Standard form

Vectors & Geometric proof

 19

Congruence, Similarity and Vectors

Proportion & graphs

 20

More Algebra

 

For details of the objectives that are covered in these topics, please click on the links below.

Foundation Tier Objectives

Higher Tier Objectives 

Alongside these objectives are Mathswatch clip numbers which can be used to support students’ independent revision and preparation for termly assessments and the GCSE exam in the summer of year 11.

We also offer Statistics as a Twilight GCSE with sessions run once per week from the spring term of year 10. To view what this course covers, please click here to view the exam specification.

If you have any further questions please contact:

Mr A Gell - Deputy Team Leader - Mathematics 

Mrs L Fox - Deputy Team Leader - Mathematics

Mr D Moulder - Team Leader - Mathematics 

 

 

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