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Mathematics

                     

Examination Board: AQA

Course:  GCSE Mathematics course, syllabus 8300

Course:  GCSE Mathematics course, syllabus 8300 All pupils will follow a linear Maths course. The mathematical skills are developed across all five years in school, whilst the GCSE content is covered specifically for January of Year 9.

 

Members of Department:

Mr B Daly, Head of Mathematics
Mr K Tapscott, Second in Mathematics
Mrs H Christensen
Mrs J Freeman
Mr C Hadwen
Miss H Haward

 

PROGRAMME OF STUDY 

Each subject programme of study will:

  • Provide a clear and coherent learning journey
  • Foster subject-based understanding of new knowledge, concepts and methods
  • Ensure students acquire knowledge and give opportunities for recall and application of this knowledge so that fluency is developed
  • Require students to think and reason for themselves
  • Explanations and resources enable students to engage with and master learning
  • Learning should develop a depth of understanding that brings richness to the subject but also a breadth of understanding that enriches wider life and learning
  • Develop a readiness for the next stage: be this the next lesson, the next unit of work, the next year or key stage; it prepares students for both academic, A Level, and future degree study, or vocational learning
  • Contain appropriate, regular and robust assessment methods for measuring student progress and to allow intervention where progress is not as expected.

In order to see an overview of the sequence and progression of learning in Business Studies please see their Programme of Study.

PDF icon  Mathematics Programme of Study

INTRODUCTION

Throughout their five years at Debenham, pupils are taught in Maths sets based on ability; the only exception being the first half of the Autumn term for Year 7, where pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups whilst the sets are determined. Setting is an important process, which enables all pupils to work at the correct pace to achieve their full potential; sets are reviewed regularly and changes made as required.

 

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils cover the National Curriculum which includes four main areas of Maths:

NUMBER     (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio);

ALGEBRA    (formulae, substitution, equations, graphs, algebraic manipulation);

GEOMETRY (angles, polygons, area and volume, metric units, transformations);

STATISTICS (averages and range, charts, probability).

 

KEY STAGE 4

Content and Assessment

Pupils continue to work on the four main areas of Mathematics and extend their skills to apply them to problem solving style questions. All pupils sit their examinations in the summer of Year 11, there is no early entry. The examination consists of 3 papers, all 90 minutes each; there are two calculator and one non-calculator papers.  In Year 11, a programme of revision lessons will help pupils to develop exam skills, and will specifically teach them examination technique.

Further Information

There is no controlled assessment component to GCSE Maths. The introduction of functional elements into the exam means that pupils must be able to solve problems with little structured guidance, and must be able to communicate effectively to explain their reasoning and answers.