Key Stage 3
Our students are taught in ability based sets and these groupings are reviewed each half term following a core assessment. The aim of the National Curriculum is to enable students to develop mathematical fluency, the ability to reason mathematically and solve problems. The content is divided into six key areas of learning, and each of these is taught across Years 7 to 9.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Ratio, proportion and rates of change||
|Geometry and Measures||
Key Stage 4
Students are taught in ability based groups, with the majority of students being entered for the higher tier paper at the end of Year 11.
At Key Stage Four, students follow the 2 tier Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course and will follow either the Higher (Grades D-A*) or Foundation (Grades G-C) course. There is no coursework element in this subject.
The work done in Key Stage 4 follows on from the work in Key Stage 3. The topics covered in Key stage 4 are:
|Integers and place value||Decimals||Indices, powers and roots|
|Factors, multiples and primes||Algebra: the basics||Expanding and factorising single brackets|
|Expressions and substitution into formulae||Tables||Charts and graphs|
|Charts and graphs||Scatter graphs||Fractions|
|Fractions, decimals and percentages||Percentages||Equations|
|Inequalities||Sequences||Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts|
|Interior and exterior angles of polygons||Statistics and sampling||The averages|
|Perimeter and area||3D forms and volume||Real-life graphs|
|Straight-line graphs||Transformations I: translations, rotations and reflections||Transformations II: enlargements and combinations|
|Ratio||Proportion||Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry|
|Probability I||Probability II||Multiplicative reasoning|
|Plans and elevations||Constructions, loci and bearings||Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising|
|Quadratic equations: graphs||Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres||Fractions and reciprocals|
|Indices and standard form||Similarity and congruence in 2D||Vectors|
|Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations|
|Calculations, checking and rounding||Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations||Factors, multiples and primes|
|Standard form and surds||Algebra: the basics||Setting up, rearranging and solving equations|
|Sequences||Averages and range||Representing and interpreting data|
|Ratio and proportion||Polygons, angles and parallel lines||Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry|
|Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs||Linear graphs and coordinate geometry||Quadratic, cubic and other graphs|
|Perimeter, area and circles||3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres||Accuracy and bounds|
|Transformations||Constructions, loci and bearings||Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations|
|Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D||Graphs of trigonometric functions||Further trigonometry|
|Collecting data||Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms||Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics|
|Circle theorems||Circle geometry||Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof|
|Vectors and geometric proof||Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs||Direct and inverse proportion|
The topics covered are the same, except that students are expected to go further and hone their skills picked up in Key Stage 3. In terms of national curriculum levels, a grade “C” is roughly equivalent to a level 7. The GCSE course covers grades “G” to “A*”.
Mathematics GCSE is a linear course and will be assessed in May/June at the end of Year 11 by a calculator and non-calculator paper. There are no modules and no controlled assessments. Internal assessments will be given throughout the year. Some students in Year 11 may also do the Statistics GCSE, this will consist of a controlled assessment element in addition to the terminal examination.
Qualification: GCSE Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel