Maths

 

Purpose of study

 

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

 

Aims

 

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 4 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas. They should build on learning from key stage 3 to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge wherever relevant in other subjects and in financial contexts.

 

 

High Attainers will study the following topics during their 5 year course

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data

Unit 1 Factors and powers

Unit 2 Number skills

Unit 2 Working with powers

Unit 3 Equations, functions and formulae

Unit 3 2D shapes and 3D solids

Unit 4 Fractions

Unit 4 Real-life graphs

Unit 5 Angles and shapes

Unit 5 Transformations

Unit 6 Decimals

Unit 6 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Unit 7 Equations

Unit 7 Constructions and loci

Unit 8 Multiplicative reasoning

Unit 8 Probability

Unit 9 Perimeter, area and volume

Unit 9 Scale drawings and measurements

Unit 10 Sequences and graphs

Unit 10 Graphs

 

Key Stage 4 (Higher GCSE)

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Unit 1 Number

Unit 9 Equations and inequalities

Unit 18 Vectors and geometric proof

Unit 2 Algebra

Unit 10 Probability

Unit 19 Proportion and graphs

Unit 3 Interpreting and representing data

Unit 11 Multiplicative reasoning

 Revision for GCSE Exams

Unit 4 Fractions, ratio and proportion

Unit 12 Similarly and congruence

 

Unit 5 Angles and trigonometry

Unit 13 More trigonometry

 

Unit 6 Graphs

Unit 14 Further statistics

 

Unit 7 Area and volume

Unit 15 Equations and graphs

 

Unit 8 Transformation and constructions

Unit 16 Circle theorems

 

 

Unit 17 More algebra

 

 

 

Middle Attainers will study the following topics during their 5 year course

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data

Unit 1 Number and lesson

Unit 2 Number skills

Unit 2 Area and volume

Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae

Unit 3 Statistics, graphs and charts

Unit 4 Decimals and measures

Unit 4 Expressions and equations

Unit 5 Fractions

Unit 5 Real-life graphs

Unit 6 Probability

Unit 6 Decimals and ratio

Unit 7 Ratio and proportion

Unit 7 Lines and angles

Unit 8 Lines and angles

Unit 8 Calculating with fractions

Unit 9 Sequences and graphs

Unit 9 Straight-line graphs

Unit 10 Transformations

Unit 10 Percentages, decimals and fractions

 

Key Stage 4

At the end of Year 8/start of Year 9, it will be decided whether you will follow the Foundation or Higher route in Years 9-11. Then following the overviews identified above for Higher Tier GCSE and below for Foundation Tier GCSE.

 

 

Low Attainers will study the following topics during their 5 year course

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data

Unit 1 Number properties and calculations

Unit 2 Calculating

Unit 2 Shapes and measures in 3D

Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae

Unit 3 Statistics

Unit 4: Graphs

Unit 4 Expressions and equations

Unit 5 Factors and multiples

Unit 5 Decimals calculations

Unit 6 Decimals and measures

Unit 6 Angles

Unit 7 Angles and lines

Unit 7 Number properties

Unit 8 Measuring and shapes

Unit 8 Sequences

Unit 9 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Unit 9 Fractions and percentages

Unit 10: Transformations

Unit 10 Probability

 

Key Stage 4 (Foundation GCSE)

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Unit 1 Number

Unit 9 Graphs

Unit 18 Fractions, indices and standard form

Unit 2 Algebra

Unit 10 Transformations

Unit 19 Congruence, similarity and vectors

Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts

Unit 11 Ratio and proportion

Unit 20 More algebra

Unit 4 Fractions and percentages

Unit 12 Right-angled triangles

 Revision for GCSE Exams

Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences

Unit 13 Probability

 

Unit 6 Angles

Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning

 

Unit 7 Averages and range

Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings

 

Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume 1

Unit 16 Quadratic equations and graphs

 

 

Unit 17 Perimeter, area and volume 2

 

 

Please follow the link below for further details about the GCSE Maths specification:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html