Year 7 and 8 pupils follow the National Curriculum condensed into 2 years and sit a KS3 SATs paper as a formal examination in June of year 8.
Year 9 is a GCSE foundation year in which we build on problem solving skills and take time to help pupils from concrete and visual models to more abstract mathematical ways of thinking.
Year 10 and 11 pupils follow either the Edexcel Linear A course at foundation tier (spec can be found here) or the AQA linked pair pilot at higher tier (methods spec here and applications here)
There are 2 tiers of study that students may be entered for at GCSE:
• Foundation – Grades C to G
• Higher – Grades A* to D
Edexcel linear pupils take 2 papers (1 with a calculator) and AQA paired pupils take 4 papers, each 1.5 hours (1 without a calculator).
Final decisions on specification and tier of entry are not made until after trial exams in year 11. Most pupils take all their exams at the end of year 11, but some AQA pupils in ignite groups may take Methods 1 and 2 in June of year 10 if they are ready to achieve their target.
In addition, some pupils who need more confidence to achieve their target grade may take the edexcel award in number and measure at level 1 or 2.
CGP revision guides specific to each tier are available from the mathematics department for £3. In addition Maths Watch CDs are available for £3. Past papers can be accessed with mark schemes at the link below. Our centre number is 59022.
Alternatively the Edexcel past paper app is a useful tool.
It is vital that the correct equipment is taken to the exam, and in particular pupils need to be familiar with how the calculator they are going the use for their exams functions.
Natural display calculators can be purchased for £5 from the maths department.
To achieve a C grade we have identified 10 essential skills that your child will need.
1. Basic number facts such as multiplication tables, powers, primes.
2. Percentage, decimals, fractions and ratio.
3. Algebraic manipulation including solving equations.
4. Expanding and Factorising brackets.
5. Area and Volume including knowing formulae for area of 2D shapes.
6. Pythagoras' theorem
8. Scatter graphs and equation of a straight line (Y=mx + c)
9. Cumulative frequency including box plots.
10. Probability including tree diagrams.
Pupils can access assistance with these topics at mymaths.co.uk. Passwords and logins can be obtained from your child's teacher or the head of maths.
Using MyMaths for 1 hour every week will impact on their final outcomes. Booster Packs are available to assist pupils in targeting their revision. We use mathswatch CDs as a revision tool and the homework will often be based on this resource. You can access sample papers and other revision resources at http://www.mathswatch.co.uk
Help is also available during some lunch times and most days after school. Please talk to your maths teacher or Mr Doyle if you need further information or clarification.