The Mathematics Curriculum aims to ensure all pupils: develop fluency within mathematics, are able of reason mathematically, and problem solve. The GCSE Mathematics exam measures students’ mastery of these aims within the five subject areas of the national maths curriculum.
Mathematics is present throughout the known universe- it underpins everything and is essential to everyday life. As a scholar gains confidence and understanding in Mathematics, they are better able to understand and appreciate the beauty and complexity of the world around us.
Our curriculum is cyclic and interconnected. We deliver and revisit topics at planned intervals. This enables scholars to secure knowledge and develop mathematical fluency. Subject content interlinks, ensuring scholars form a schema encompassing wider mathematics- going on to reason mathematically and solve problems of increasing complexity.
Key Stage 3
Scholars begin their study of Mathematics with a focus on Number and consolidation of Key Stage 2 concepts. This provides scholars with the opportunity to identify and fill any gaps in pre-existing knowledge.
Scholars are also introduced to concepts with a particular inference on Geometry and Measures, and Algebra, making up 3/5 GCSE subject areas.
Scholars are taught in ability groups. Those requiring additional support receive 1:1 and small-group tuition to fast-track their progress.
In Year 8 scholars continue to study new concepts whilst also consolidating and building upon foundational topics covered in Year 7.
New topics explored in Geometry and Measures include Pythagoras’ theorem and Trigonometry. Scholars are also introduced to Statistics and Probability.
In Year 9, scholars are introduced to the final subject area Ratio and Proportion.
By the culmination of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, scholars will have developed fluency in the 5 subject areas of GCSE mathematics (Number, Algebra, Ratio, Geometry, Probability).
Scholars will consolidate their knowledge and continue to develop new skills as they move into Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Maths Exam (Exam Board: AQA)
In GCSE Maths, scholars work towards 100% terminal examinations. Examinations comprise of three question papers.
Exam question papers are composed of a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a scholar progresses through the paper.
Paper 1: Non-Calculator (80 marks)
Paper 2: Calculator Allowed (80 marks)
Paper 3: Calculator Allowed (80 marks)
GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5), and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Each scholar will be assigned either foundation or higher tier upon entry to KS4.
Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5)
Scholars will draw upon five subject areas which make up the content of the GCSE Examination: Number (25%), Algebra (20%), Ratio (25%), Geometry (15%), and Probability and Statistics (15%).
Exams are weighted to assess the aims as set out by the department of education: mathematical fluency (50%), mathematical reasoning (25%), and problem solving (25%).
Higher Tier (Grades 4-9)
Scholars will draw upon five subject areas which make up the content of the GCSE Examination: Number (15%), Algebra (30%), Ratio (20%), Geometry (20%), and Probability and Statistics (15%).
Exams are weighted to assess the aims as set out by the department of education: mathematical fluency (40%), mathematical reasoning (30%), and problem solving (30%).