What will I learn in Key Stage 4?
The syllabus is organised at two overlapping tiers, Foundation and Higher. These tiers range from grades G to A* and cover four major areas: Using and Applying Mathematics; Number and Algebra; Shape, Space and Measure; and Handling Data.
Examination - 100%
November of Year 11 – all pupils who are able will sit the foundation paper in the Winter Term of Year 11. This is a full GCSE exam and will be assessed externally
Summer of Year 11 – pupils will sit the traditional end of Year 11 GCSE exam at the appropriate level of entry
Foundation: C, D, E, F, G
Higher: A*, A, B, C, D
If pupils do not achieve the minimum grade available at their tier of entry, then they will receive an unclassified result (U). Carefully thought out setting should ensure this situation will not arise.
Paper 1 – Non Calculator paper worth 50 % of final mark
Paper 2 – Calculator paper worth 50 % of final mark
It is essential that all pupils sitting GCSE mathematics have a scientific calculator
Why Study Maths?
The course aims to develop the pupil’s mathematical knowledge and use oral, written and practical skills in a manner which encourages confidence and enjoyment of the subject. It is important to be able to carry out calculations WITH AND WITHOUT A CALCULATOR and understand the accuracy and significance of the results obtained, particularly when applying mathematics to everyday situations. The ability to solve problems, present solutions clearly and check and interpret the results are skills which are appropriate not only to mathematics but also to the world around us.
Pupils are set across half-year groups in KS3.
Pupils follow a scheme appropriate to their ability.
Pupils are set at the beginning of year 7 generally into 4 sets across a half year group.
Set 1 follows work at levels 5, 6, 7 during KS3.
Set 2 follows work at levels 4, 5, 6 during KS3.
Set 3 follows work at levels 3, 4, 5 during KS3.
Set 4 follows work at levels 3, 4, 5 during KS3.
Added support is given to those pupils working at level 2 on entry.
Extension work is provided to pupils who are working above and beyond the expected level for their groups.
Lessons are varied with opportunities to develop in areas such as numeracy, problem-solving, working with others, communication, literacy and ICT. Pupils are continually encouraged to develop their thinking skills.
More able pupils (Gifted and Talented) are stretched by extension work in lessons and are provided with extension work aimed at extending pupils above and beyond their potential.
Pupil's are regularly given homework. Homework may either be a written piece of work on a topic or may be an internet- based worksheet. The homework is set to consolidate pupils understanding of the topics currently being studied. Pupils are formally assessed several times a year. Set changes can take place once evidence has been collected to support a pupil’s movement.