Curriculum

Mathematics

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is an exciting and subject that can open up a lot of opportunities for students. The study of mathematics makes you better at solving problems. It gives you skills that you can use across other subjects and apply in many different job roles.

The course will see you develop a better understanding of the world around you, from everyday tasks such as counting and shopping, to more detailed mathematical problems such as interpreting data, we use maths everywhere.

The key areas of study that you will focus on are:

• Number
• Algebra
• Data Handling
• Geometry
• Ratio and Proportion

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher tier (grades 4–9) and students will take three exams at the same tier at the end of Y11.

On all three papers content from any part of the specification may be assessed, and there will be a mixture of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems, with the mathematical demand increasing as students progress through each paper.

Paper 1 – Non-Calculator (33%)
Paper 2 – Calculator (33%)
Paper 3 – Calculator (33%)

What do employers think about the subject?

Employers recognise that Mathematics is a demanding subject. The progress you make 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 the skills I will gain?

You will become a better problem solver through pattern spotting, visualisation, systematic working and using logical reasoning. All whilst developing transferable skills, such as; data analysis, organisation, critical thinking, time management, communication and decision making.

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 in-class quizzes and unit assessments, with 2 progress assessments (one in autumn term and one in spring term) and a cumulative assessment at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 7.

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 in-class quizzes and unit assessments, with 2 progress assessments (one in autumn term and one in spring term) and a cumulative assessment at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 8.

In Year 9 your child will study:

Foundation tier covers:

• Essential number skills
• Essential algebra skills
• Graphs, tables & charts
• Fractions, decimals & percentages
• Equations, inequalities & sequences
• Angles
• Averages & range
• Perimeter, area & volume
• Graphs

Higher tier covers:

• Essential number skills
• Essential algebra skills
• Interpreting and representing data
• Fractions, ratio & proportion
• Angles & Trigonometry
• Graphs
• Area & volume
• Transformations & constructions
• Equations & inequalities

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

In Year 10 your child will study:

Foundation tier covers:
• Transformations
• Ratio & proportion
• Pythagoras & trigonometry
• Probability
• Multiplicative reasoning
• Construction, loci & bearings
• Perimeter, area & volume
• Fractions, indices & standard form

Higher tier covers:
• Probability
• Multiplicative reasoning
• Similarity & congruence
• Further trigonometry
• Further statistics
• Equations & graphs
• Circle theorems
• Further algebra
• Vectors & geometric proof

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in class quizzes and unit assessments, with 3 progress assessments at various points throughout the year and a practice GCSE mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything on the GCSE syllabus through the papers completed.

In Year 11 your child will study:

Foundation tier covers:
• Congruence, similarity & vectors
• Further algebra

Higher tier covers:
• Proportion & graphs

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