Curriculum

Key Stage 3 & 4

 

We use a differentiated scheme of work to meet the New 9-1 National Curriculum objectives to prepare our pupils for GCSE Mathematics at the end of year 11.

This Edexcel Linear course is suitable for ALL pupils of different abilities. Pupils who are entered for GCSE Higher can attain grades from 4 to 9. GCSE Foundation enables pupils to attain Grades 1 to 5.

Each year group use a range of textbooks (Higher Plus: G5-9 pathway, Higher: G3-6 Pathway, Foundation Plus: G2-4 pathway and Foundation: G1-2 Pathway) to match the pitch, pace and progression of our pupils to suit their individual needs.

The department recognises the importance of regular assessment of students.

It enables us to:-

Identify students’ strengths and weaknesses

Plan subsequent lessons accordingly

Inform the process of grouping students

Inform students and parents regarding the progress students are making

Our Scheme of work allows for assessments to be carried out at the end of each unit, half termly and at the end of the year, appropriately matched to the ability of each pupil in each year group.

The GCSE Linear Mathematics course is assessed at the end of the course (Summer of year 11) through three 1 ½ hour written Edexcel examinations. Each paper is worth 80 marks, with one non-calculator and two calculator papers. Internal assessments consist of unit testing and mock examinations to prepare pupils for the terminal examinations.

The assessments will cover the following content headings:

1 Number

2 Algebra

3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change

4 Geometry and measures

5 Probability

6 Statistics

 

● Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher (content is defined for each tier).

● Each student is permitted to take assessments in either the Foundation tier or Higher tier.

● The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers

at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.

● All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series.

● Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

● Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

● Each paper has 80 marks.

● The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.

● Each paper will cover all Assessment Objectives.

● Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.

● A list of formulae will be provided in the examination

● Two assessment series available per year: May/June and November (for post 16 Re-sits).

● First assessment series: May/June 2017.

● The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Individual papers are not graded.

● Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.

● Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).

Key Stage 5

AS and A2 Level

 

The Department follows the specification of Edexcel at AS and A2 level. The AS consists of three modules C1, C2 and S1 which are all equally weighted. Students who pass the AS course will then be entered for A2. The A2 consists of three modules C3, C4 and D1 which are all equally weighted. Edexcel text books matched to the specification are used to deliver the course.

GCSE Retakes (Post 16)

Students wishing to retake their GCSE in Mathematics will be prepared and entered for the Linear Higher Tier (using the Edexcel Higher specification as above) if they have already attained a Grade ‘E’ or above.

Students who attained below Grade ‘E’ will be prepared and entered for the Linear Foundation Tier (using the Edexcel Foundation specification as above).

Homework

Homework will be set in accordance with the school’s homework timetable, and will be the responsibility of each class teacher to set at least two pieces of homework per group per fortnight. This will usually consist of one Numeracy related and one topic related/past examination question/ using ICT (Mymaths).

In KS3, homework will usually be about 30 minutes for each piece of work. Whereas in KS4, pupils will be expected to spend more time, possibly up to an hour for each piece of work to prepare them for their GCSE examinations.

However, in KS5, pupils are encouraged to work more independently and plan their ‘out of lesson’ time more effectively. On-going revision and completing ALL homework should be part of the students’ routine. As much time as required should be spent on each homework, but on average (as a general guidance) more than 2 hours per evening (each evening!) should be spent on their studies overall.