Subjects

Mathematics

Why study Maths?

GCSE Mathematics covers many basic skills that you will need to use in a variety of ways all through your life.

You will use many of the skills you learn in other subjects. For example, in Science you need to take measurements, use formulae and solve equations. In Geography you need to read statistical diagrams and maps.

In Technology you need to be able to draw to scale and be competent with measures. In many other subjects you will be asked to obtain information from charts and diagrams.

What will I learn about?

The course should enable you to:

  • Make and monitor decisions to solve problems
  • Develop skills of reasoning
  • Communicate
  • Understand place value and the decimal system
  • Develop methods of computation
  • Solve numerical problems
  • Understand and use equations and formulae
  • Understand and use properties of shape
  • Understand the properties of position, movement and transformations
  • Use measures
  • Collect, process, represent and interpret data
  • Estimate and calculate probabilities of events

How will I be assessed?

You will be placed in academic ‘sets’ for examination at two possible levels:

  • Foundation Grades 1-5
  • Higher Grades 4-9

 

3 Exams – 1.5 hours each:

  • Paper 1 – non-calculator (33%)
  • Paper 2 – Calculator (33%)
  • Paper 3 – Calculator (33%)

 

You will need the use of a scientific calculator.

What do employers think about the subject?

Employers recognise that Mathematics is a demanding subject. The progress on your GCSE course gives them an indication of how well you might apply yourself in the world of work.

The Mathematics you study is an important foundation for many courses you may take in employment or further education. Many jobs and careers require you to have a GCSE in Mathematics.

What are some of the skills I will gain?

You will develop a wide range of skills in your GCSE Mathematics course.

These include the ability to:

  • Use your mathematical knowledge to solve problems
  • Apply a logical method to reach an answer;
  • Find solutions to problems from real life;
  • Use a calculator correctly and efficiently

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Number calculations
  • Expressions, functions & formulae
  • Decimals & measures
  • Factors, multiples & primes
  • Angles and lines
  • Fractions, decimals & percentages
  • 2D shapes
  • Solving equations
  • Ratio, proportion & percentages
  • Sequences & graphs
  • Transformations

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using learning journeys, in-class quizzes and unit tests, with 2 progress assessments at the end of each term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 7.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • MathsWatch Assignments
  • Revision Mats
  • Creating revision resources
  • MathsPad activities

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • Further number
  • 3D shapes – area & volume
  • Expressions & equations
  • Decimal calculations
  • Fractions & decimals
  • Real life graphs
  • Angles & constructions
  • Probability
  • Sequences or algebraic graphs
  • Fractions & percentages
  • Further displaying data
  • Circles & shapes

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using learning journeys, in class quizzes and unit tests, with 2 progress assessments at the end of each term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 8.

 Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • MathsWatch Assignments
  • Revision Mats
  • Creating revision resources
  • MathsPad activities

In Year 9 your child will study either the Foundation or Higher tier:

Foundation tier covers:

  • Essential number skills
  • Essential algebra skills
  • Graphs, tables & charts
  • Fractions, decimals & percentages
  • Equations & inequalities
  • Sequences
  • Angles
  • Averages & range

 

Higher tier covers:

  • Essential number skills
  • Essential algebra skills
  • Interpreting and representing data
  • Fractions, ratio & percentages
  • Sequences & graphs
  • Angles & Trigonometry
  • Transformations & constructions

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using learning journeys, in-class quizzes and unit tests, 3 progress assessments at the end of each term and a cumulative mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 9.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • MathsWatch Assignments
  • Revision Mats
  • Creating revision resources
  • MathsPad activities
  • Practice exam questions

In Year 10 your child will study either the Foundation or Higher tier:

Foundation tier covers:

  • Perimeter, area & volume
  • Graphs
  • Transformations
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Pythagoras & Trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Construction, loci and bearings
  • Quadratic equations & graphs

 

Higher tier covers:

  • Area & volume
  • Equations & inequalities
  • Similarity & congruence
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Further Trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Further statistics
  • Equations & graphs

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using learning journeys, in class quizzes and unit tests, a progress assessment at the end of the first term and a practice GCSE mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything on the GCSE syllabus through the 3 papers completed (2 calculator and 1 non-calculator).

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • MathsWatch Assignments
  • Revision Mats
  • Creating revision resources
  • MathsPad activities

Practice exam questions on a chosen topic

In Year 11 your child will study either the Foundation or Higher tier:

Foundation tier covers:

  • Perimeter, area & volume
  • Fractions, indices & standard form
  • Congruence, similarity & vectors
  • Further algebra

 

Higher tier covers:

  • Circle theorems
  • Further algebra
  • Vectors and geometric proof
  • Proportion & graphs

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using learning journeys, in class quizzes and unit tests and mock exams at three set points during the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout their GCSE.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • MathsWatch Assignments
  • Revision Mats
  • Creating revision resources
  • MathsPad activities
  • Practice exam questions on a chosen topic
  • Practice exam papers