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Mathematics

 

Key Stage 4 Examination Courses Offered

Course Name                                   GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board                                      OCR                                                                   Level: 2

Course Overview

Syllabus: OCR (9-1) Mathematics (from September 2015)

Learners will study topics as described in the appropriate level scheme of work.

Foundation tier- Grades 5 to 1

Higher tier- Grades 9-4

Functional elements of mathematics are assessed through three examination papers each 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration.  Of the three examination papers, two will be calculator papers.

This qualification in mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

The GCSE mathematics curriculum allows learners to:

  • Develop knowledge, skill and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics, and probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Be able to apply the functional elements of mathematics to solve problems in real-life situations
  • Acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

Assessment: 100% examination

 

Course Name                                   GCSE Statistics

Exam Board                                      Edexcel                                                             Level: 2

Course Overview

Syllabus: Edexcel Linear GCSE in Statistics
Assessed through written paper and coursework – controlled assessment

Learners will study topics as described in the appropriate level scheme of work.

Overview of assessment:

Foundation Tier (targeting grades C-G)
• One written paper lasting 1 hour 30 minutes
• 80 marks in total
• Consists of questions in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
• Contains short answer and long answer questions 
• Questions set on standard statistical techniques, diagrams and probability
• Questions which give the student the opportunity to analyse written and statistical evidence

Higher Tier (targeting grades A*- D)
• One written paper lasting 2 hours
• 100 marks in total
• Consists of questions in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
• Contains short answer and long answer questions 
• Questions set on standard statistical techniques, diagrams and probability
• Questions which give the student the opportunity to analyse written and statistical evidence

Overview of coursework content: 
• Planning and data collection
• Processing, representing and analysing data
• Reasoning, interpreting and discussing results

Overview of coursework assessment:
• Not tiered (targeting grade A*–G)
• Controlled assessment
• Three sections:

  • planning
  • data collection and processing and representing data
  • interpreting and evaluating data
  • Tasks provided by Edexcel each year
    • Students and centres able to personalise investigation within the task

The skills candidates learn will help them in their GCSE Mathematics, as well as letting them see how mathematics is used in the real world. The course will also benefit candidates studying other subjects where data is used heavily, such as science, business and geography.

Candidates are taught to consider more than just how to calculate data. By the end of the course they should be able to explain their findings and interpret what data means.

 

Assessment: 75% examination, 25% coursework

 

Key Stage 5 Examination Courses Offered

Course Name                                   AS Level Mathematics

Exam Board                                      Edexcel                                                             Level: 3

Course Overview

The course consists of two core modules C1 and C2 and an application module. The core module topics include – algebraic manipulation (including surds), trigonometric ratios in angles over 90 degrees, 3D coordinate geometry, geometric and arithmetic series, integration, differentiation and proof in mathematics. The application module that is taught is the statistics S1 module. This module includes interpretation of samples, correlation, regression and probability generators.

Assessment: 100% examination

 

Course Name                                   A Level Mathematics

Exam Board                                      Edexcel                                                             Level: 3

Course Overview


The course consists of two core modules C3 and C4 and an application module. The core module topics include – algebraic fractions, partial fractions, coordinate geometry, functions, exponentials and log functions, numerical methods, transformation of graphs, further trigonometry and more complex differentiation of functions, vectors and more complex integration. The application module that is taught is the statistics S2 module. This module includes interpretation of binomial and poisson distributions, continuous distributions, normal approximations and hypothesis testing.

Assessment: 100% examination

 

Sixth Form Provision

Course Name                                   GCSE Mathematics (Re-take)

Exam Board                                      OCR                                                    Level: 2

Course Overview:


Pupils study a range of topics which include number, algebra, shape, space and measures and handling data at the Foundation level.  Grades awarded are C-G. There are opportunities to take the examination in November or June.  

Assessment: 100% examination

Curriculum Content

Term 1

ALL:

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Number skills
  • Expressions, functions and formulae

Term 4

  • Sequences and graphs
  • Transformations
  • Number

Term 2

  • Decimals and measure
  • Fractions
  • Probability

Term 5

  • Revision for end of term examinations.

 

Term 3

  • Ratio and proportion
  • Lines and angles
  • Sequences and graphs

 

Term 6

Extension:

  • Everyday maths – tasks involving application of mathematics to real life situations

Year 8

Term  1

  • Expressions and equations
  • Area and volume
  • Real life graphs
  • Decimals and ratio

Term 4

  • Statistics
  • Graphs and charts

Term 2

  • Lines and angles
  • Fractions

Term 5

  • Percentages
  • Revision for end of year assessment

Term 3

  • Straight line graphs

Term 6

  • Everyday mathematics – tasks involving application of mathematics to real life situations

 

Year 9 (9-1)

Term 1

  • Integers and indices
  • Factors and multiples.
  • Expressions and formulae.
  • Equations and inequalities.
  • Angles.

 

Term 4

  • Transformation
  • Percentages
  • Direct and indirect proportion

Term 2

  • Fractions and decimals.
  • Theoretical and experimental probability.
  • 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Functions and sequences.

Term 5

  • Angles in polygons
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Direct and inverse proportion.
  • Congruent and similar shapes
  • Compound units

Term 3

  • Estimation and approximation.
  • Graphs.
  • Gradients.
  • Ratio and proportion.

Term 6

  • Pythagoras and trigonometry.
  • Circles and cylinders.
  • Charts and averages
  • Bearings and scale diagrams. 

 

Year 10

Term 1

Foundation:

  • Number.
  • Primes, factors and multiples,
  • Algebraic manipulation.
  • Statistics controlled assessment

Higher:

  • Number.
  • Primes, factors and multiples,
  • Algebraic manipulation.
  • Statistics controlled assessment.

During term 1, students will also complete their controlled assessment for the GCSE Statistics course.

Term 4

Foundation:

  • Constructions
  • Properties of quadrilaterals
  • Parallel lines
  • 2D and 3D representations

Higher:

  • Algebraic solutions to equations
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry

Term 2

Foundation:

  • Statistics controlled assessment
  • Compound units
  • Bearings and  scale drawings
  • Solving equations

 

Higher:

  • GCSE statistics controlled assessment
  • Compound units
  • Accuracy and bounds
  • Bearing and scale diagrams
  • Construction and loci

In term 2 all year 10 pupils will have completed their controlled assessment for GCSE Statistics.

Term 5

Foundation:

  • Direct and inverse proportions.
  • Ratio
  • Revision for statistics terminal examination

Higher:

  • Circles, spheres and pyramids
  • Revision for statistics terminal examination.

Term 3

Foundation:

  • Percentage change
  • Bivariate data
  • Direct and inverse proportion
  • Graphical solutions to equations.

Higher:

  • Accuracy and rounding.
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Percentage change.

Term 6

Foundation:

  • Revision for statistics terminal examination.
  • Mensuration
  • Pythagoras
  • Trigonometry

Higher:

  • Revision for statistics
  • 2D and 3D representation.
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Proofs and formulae

 

Year 11

Term 1

Foundation:

  • Equations and inequalities
  • Exact calculations
  • Types of number
  • Questionnaires
  • Accuracy

Higher:

  • Geometric proofs
  • Standard form
  • Surds
  • Trigonometry

During term 1, students will also complete a mock 9-1 examination.

Term 4

Foundation:

  • Pie charts
  • Transformations
  • Algebra
  • Functions and graphs
  • Vectors
  • Review of various topics taught through the course.

Higher:

  • Transformation of graphs
  • Functions
  • Vectors
  • Review of various topics taught through the course.

Term 2

Foundation:

  • Geometric review
  • Probability
  • Similar figures
  • Review of number and algebra

Higher:

  • Circle theorems
  • Probability
  • Sequences
  • Straight line graphs
  • Review of various topics taught through the course.

Term 5

Foundation:

  • Examination preparation of May/June examination
  • Provisional examination dates are as follows:
  • Paper 1- 25th May 2017 (morning examination)
  • Paper 2- 8th June 2017 (morning examination)
  • Paper 3- 13th June (morning examination)

Higher:

  • Examination preparation of May/June examination
  • Provisional examination dates are as follows:
  • Paper 1- 25th May 2017 (morning examination)
  • Paper 2- 8th June 2017 (morning examination)
  • Paper 3- 13th June (morning examination)

Term 3

Foundation:

  • Sequences
  • Graphs
  • Parallel lines
  • Perimeter and area
  • Review of various topics taught through the course.

Higher:

  • Real-world graphs
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Transformations
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Similar figures
  • Proofs and formulae
  • Review of various topics taught through the course.

Term 6

ALL:
Revision of all topics in preparation for final examination

 

Year 12

AS Mathematics

Content:

Term

Core module topics

Statistics Module topics

1

C1 Algebra -  Laws of indices and surds
C1 Quadratic functions - plotting and solving
C1 Equations and inequalities. 
C1 Sketching and transforming curves.
C1 Co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane.
C1 Sequences and series.

S1 Mathematical modelling
S1 Representation and summary of data-location
S1 Representation and summary of data- measures of dispersion
S1 Representation of data

2

C1 Differentiation.
C1 Integration. 
C1 Revision.
C2 Algebra and functions including dividing polynomials.

S1 Discrete random variables
S1 Regression.
S1 Probability.

3

C1 Mock examination.
C2 Exponentials, logarithms and laws of logs. 
C2 Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane.
C2 The binomial expansion.
C2  Trigonometry, the sine and cosine rules, using radians, graphs of  trigonometric functions.

S1 Probability (continued).
S1 Normal distribution.

4

C2 Trigonometric identities and equations.
C2 Integration and differentiation.
Geometric sequences and series.

Revision.

5

C1,C2 Revision and work on practice papers

Revision.

6

C3 Rational algebraic expressions.
C3 Functions.
C3 Exponential and natural logarithm functions.
C3 Numerical methods.

S2 Binomial and poisson distribution.

 

 

Year 13

A2 Mathematics

Content:

Term

Core module topics

Statistics Module topics

1

C3 Transformation of graphs
C3 Trigonometry
C3 Differentiation

S2 Poisson distribution
S2 Continuous random variables

2

C3 Revision and mock examination
C4 Algebra, partial fractions
C4 Co-ordinate geometry
C4 The binomial expansion
C4 Differentiation
C4 Vectors

S2 Continuous uniform distributions
S2 Normal approximations

3

C4 vectors

S2 Hypothesis testing

4

C4 integration
Completion of C4
C4 revision and mock examination

Completion of S2 topics
S2 revision and mock examination

5

C3 and C4 revision and practice papers

S2 Revision and practice papers

6

C3 and C4 Revision and practice papers

S2 Revision and practice papers

 

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Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

CGP and Edexcel revision guides and workbooks available at a discounted rate through the department. Please contact Mrs Povey.

 

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Weekly after school revision sessions will be held every Wednesday to support students with the examination preparation and understanding key concepts and methods in mathematics. Weekly master classes will also take place on Wednesday to enhance and enrich the understanding of the most able students in this subject. Saturday and half term OSL session dates will be confirmed later in the academic year.