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Exam Board: Edexcel Link to Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

 

 

Future Careers: Every career you enter into you will require some level of mathematics. Passing your GCSE mathematics will open many doors and allow students to access to A-Levels and/or further education.

In mathematics, we follow the Key Stage 4 national curriculum from year 10 to year 11. Within the curriculum we explore, create, construct and investigate many areas of mathematics. We focus in on areas of STEM where possible and bring maths into real life context for our students. We strive for all students to be able to answer questions in fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We follow Rosenshine’s principles of instruction. By using the principles, successful teaching enables new material to move into students’ long-term memory, linked to their existing knowledge. This means when students are faced with a new problem, they can automatically recall information they already know to help solve it. Students are also given think hard questions which makes them “think”” read “and “write” like a Mathematician.

There are two options for the exam, a Higher paper which covers topics ranging from grade 9 to 4 or a Foundation paper which covers grades 5 to 1. Grade 5 is now considered to be a good pass at GCSE and is the target for all students to achieve as a minimum.

 

Year Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
10

Higher

 

Solve equations using iterative methods.

 

Solve two linear simultaneous equations algebraically and graphically.

 

Solve problems involving direct and inverse proportion.

 

Repeated percentage change.

 

Exploring trigonometry and area of a triangle.

 

Foundation crossover

 

4 operations with fractions and decimals.

 

Forming and solving equations.

 

Exploring trigonometry and Mathematical reasoning.

 

Foundation

 

4 operations of integers

Basic algebra Understanding and calculating probabilities.

 

Understanding more complex diagrams relating to probability.

 

 

 

Higher

 

Use the sine and cosine rules to solve problems.

 

Interpreting statistical charts.

 

Manipulate algebraic expressions by factorising, a quadratic expression of the form ax² + bx + c.

 

Solve quadratic equations by factorising.

 

Foundation crossover

 

Creating and interpreting linear, quadratic, and reciprocal graphs.

 

Working with percentages including real life problems.

 

Converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages.

 

Solve two linear simultaneous equations algebraically and graphically.

 

Foundation

 

Properties of 2d shapes.

 

4 operations with decimals.

 

Working with fractions, decimals, and percentages.

 

Drawing and interpreting linear graphs and frequency polygons.

Higher

 

Simplify surds, including rationalising the denominator of a surd expression.

 

Identifying with upper and lower bounds.

 

Exploring similarity, congruence.

 

Foundation crossover

 

Investigating transformations including combined transformations.

 

Laws of indices.

 

Calculating simple vectors.

 

Investigating properties of circle, cylinders, and spheres.

 

Foundation

 

Collecting, analysing, and interpreting data using averages and range.

 

Generating sequences. Finding and using the nth term.

 

Forming and solving equations in shapes.

 

Working with and 4 operations of fractions

Higher

 

Investigating and performing transformations.

 

Shading regions.

 

Convert between recurring decimals and fractions.

 

Understand and use vectors.

 

Calculate volumes of spheres, cones, and pyramids.

 

4 operations of algebraic fractions

 

Manipulating algebraic functions.

 

Foundation crossover

 

Manipulate algebraic expressions by expanding the product of two / three binomials.

 

Understanding more complex diagrams relating to probability.

 

Investigating ratio and proportion using real life scenarios.

 

Foundation

 

Exploring factors, multiples, primes, and powers.

 

Rounding to a degree of accuracy and estimation.

 

4 operations with directed numbers.

 

Laws of indices.

11

Higher

 

Trigonometric and exponential graphs

 

Graph transformations

 

Velocity time graphs

 

Perpendicular lines and equation of a tangent

 

3d Pythagoras and trigonometry

 

Conditional probability and probability equation questions.

 

Foundation crossover

 

Ratio – 2 ratios, given one value, real life problems, within shapes, questions involving fractions and ratio.

 

Direct and inverse proportion

 

Powers of 10 and standard form

 

Speed, Density, and pressure calculations.

 

Construction, loci, and bearings

 

Foundation

 

Working with time, timetables and completing journeys.

 

Solving problems using a calculator.

 

Function machines

 

Ratio – simplifying, sharing in a given amount.

 

4 operations of fractions

 

 

Higher

 

Quadratic simultaneous equations

 

Algebraic roof

 

Completing the square

 

Nth term of a quadratic sequence and quadratic inequalities Vectors proof

 

Foundation crossover

 

Area of a sector and length of arc

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 1

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 2

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 3

 

Foundation

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 1

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 2

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 3

Higher

 

Revision

 

Foundation crossover

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 4

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 5

 

Revision

 

Foundation

 

Revision algebra, number, shape, ratio, and data grade 4

 

How to get a grade 5 skills and revision booklet

 

 

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