Course Overview: Mathematics

Mathematics is taught for three hours per week at KS3. Students are grouped according to their ability. All five strands of the curriculum are covered - Number, Ratio/Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Data Handling.

Year 7

Half term 1: factors, multiples, primes, powers, roots; calculate with negatives, decimals and fractions; place value; drawing and labelling diagrams. Half term 2: properties of shapes; simplify algebraic expressions; substitution; fractions/decimals/percentages. Half term 3: ratio; sequences; using and converting units; angle rules. Half term 4: percentage change; equations and inequalities; area. Half term 5: estimating and accuracy; coordinates; transformations. Half term 6: pie charts and representing data; averages.

Year 8

Half term 1: prime factorisation; standard form; calculating with fractions; using a calculator. Half term 2: scale drawing; probability; expanding and factorising; rearranging formulae. Half term 3: ratio and proportion; compound units; nth term of a sequence. Half term 4: angles in parallel lines; financial mathematics; linear equations. Half term 5: circle area and circumference; volume; straight line graphs. Half term 6: probability of combined events; scatter graphs; measuring data.

Year 9

Half term 1: surds; calculating with standard form; bounds; constructions. Half term 2: expand two brackets; factorise quadratics; direct and inverse proportion. Half term 3: compound units; quadratic sequences; inequalities and inequations. Half term 4: arc length and sector area; Pythagoras' theorem; congruence. Half term 5: plotting straight line, quadratic, cubic and reciprocal graphs; simultaneous equations; relative frequency. Half term 6: tree diagrams; sample size; time series.

Course Overview: Mathematics

Mathematics is taught for four hours per week at Key Stage 4. Students are grouped according to ability. All students sit the Edexcel Mathematics GCSE (1MA1) at the end of year 11.

Course Components

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Each paper has 80 marks. The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Grades 1 to 5 are available at foundation tier. Grades 3 to 9 are available at higher tier.

Foundation tier topic weightings: Number 22 - 28%; Algebra 17 - 23%; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22 - 28%; Geometry and Measures 12 - 18%; Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%.

Higher tier topic weightings: Number 12 - 18%; Algebra 27 - 33%; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17 - 23%; Geometry and Measures 17 - 23%; Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%.

Course Information

Course Name: Mathematics
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Specification code: 1MA1

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

Year 11 After School Revision (Timing Flexible)
Year 11 Morning Support (Invitation Only)
UKMT Mathematics Challenge (Years 7 & 8)